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Check Out These Super Cool Lamps Literally Made From Mushrooms

Danielle Trofe is a Brooklyn-based designer who creates pendant and table lamps that are made from mushroom mycelium. She grows the lampshades inside custom 3D-printed molds and treats them with natural dyes.

Danielle Trofe grows lampshades inside custom 3D-printed molds and treats them with natural dyes. Photo credit: Danielle Trofe

"Mycelium is basically the root structure of mushrooms," Trofe explained in the Mashable video below. "It's rapidly regenerative. It's basically nature's glue."

She takes crop waste—a mixture of corn stalks and seed husks—and injects it with the liquid mushroom mycelium. This "mulch-like material" is then placed in the mold, where it takes four to seven days to grow. After it's done growing, Trofe simply lets it dry, heats it and then dies it.

The product is so natural that Trofe said you could even eat it, though she doesn't recommend it. "It wouldn't taste good at all," she said. "But that's what we were trying to achieve here. Something so natural you could eat it."

Watch the video here:

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A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

High winds, gusting up to 80- to 90 miles per hour in some parts of the state, are expected to last through Wednesday evening. Nearly the entire state has been in a drought for months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which, alongside summerlike temperatures, has left vegetation dry and flammable.

Utilities Southern California Edison and PG&E, which serves the central and northern portions of the state, warned it may preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of electrical fires sparked by trees and branches falling on live power lines. The rare January fire conditions come on the heels of the worst wildfire season ever recorded in California, as climate change exacerbates the factors causing fires to be more frequent and severe.

California is also experiencing the most severe surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with hospitals and ICUs over capacity and a stay-at-home order in place. Wildfire smoke can increase the risk of adverse health effects due to COVID, and evacuations forcing people to crowd into shelters could further spread the virus.

As reported by AccuWeather:

In the atmosphere, air flows from high to low pressure. The setup into Wednesday is like having two giant atmospheric fans working as a team with one pulling and the other pushing the air in the same direction.
Normally, mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles would protect the downtown which sits in a basin. However, with the assistance of the offshore storm, there will be areas of gusty winds even in the L.A. Basin. The winds may get strong enough in parts of the basin to break tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages and sparks that could ignite fires.
"Typically, Santa Ana winds stay out of downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin, but this time, conditions may set up just right to bring 30- to 40-mph wind gusts even in those typically calm condition areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

For a deeper dive:

AP, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, New York Times, Slideshow: New York Times; Climate Signals Background: Wildfires, 2020 Western wildfire season

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