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Research Suggests Mushrooms Talk to Each Other | Learn English with the News

New research suggests that mushrooms may be able to communicate with each other with a vocabulary of up to 50 “words.” We’re skeptical, but who are we to question those who are so wise in the ways of science! Super Mario, what are you doing!?!?

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Mushrooms | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Mushrooms | Fill In The Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Mushrooms | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full text:

For people wanting their minds blown, the kingdom of fungi is a never-ending box of tricks.
Mycologists studying the underground filaments of fungi are observing electrical signals similar to a nervous system. This is a normal phenomenon, except that they found the signals were remarkably similar to human language.
When filaments, called “hyphae,” of a wood-digesting fungal species discover a bit of wood to munch on underground, the hyphae begin to light up with “spikes” of electrical signals that reach out to the hyphae of other individuals, and even trees.
One fungi had a series of electrical spikes of almost identical length to English words, while another fungi had spikes even more closely identical to the average word length in the Greek language. Around fifty “words” could be identified based on repetition.
Some scientists are skeptical that the research was done looking for ‘language’, suggesting that this puts a shroud of exaggeration and overexcitement about the findings. To his credit, Professor Adamatzky explained that it could be simply that the electrically-charged tips of hyphae were just creating electromagnetic reactions as they explore the forest underground.
It is not the first piece of science that suggests life outside Animalia communicates with language. Tree scientist Peter Wohlleben believes trees produce scents instead of words, and that soon a computer will be able to detect and attach purposes to the scents, and translate them into words.

 

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