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Cerebrospinal fluid of three confirmed meningitis cases in Minnesota

US meningitis deaths: pharmacy firms plan voluntary shutdown

Two pharmacy companies in the Boston area plan to cease operations as a “precautionary move” after an outbreak of meningitis linked to tainted medication killed 12 people.

Medicine implicated in rare meningitis cases went to 23 US states

More than 17,000 vials of an injectable steroid that has been linked to 35 cases of meningitis, five of them fatal, were sent to doctors' offices and clinics in 23 states over the summer, health officials said yesterday.

Being Modern: Foraging

As anyone who has studied those academically certified case histories of Stone Age man, The Flintstones and Captain Caveman, will know, foraging has been going on since prehistory. Bish-bash-bosh with the club and you've got a larvely bit of woolly mammoth for tea.

Asparagus with Asian mushrooms

Asparagus with Asian mushrooms

Serves 4

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (11/03/12)

Rant

Author Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter: bestselling author, artist – and expert on our native mushrooms

Potter's science paper to be presented to society that rejected it in 1897 because she was a woman

Honey-roast duck with flowering chives and black fungus

Orange goo in Alaska was fungal spores, not tiny eggs

An orange-coloured goo that streaked the shore of a remote Alaska village turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by a preliminary analysis.

The fungi you need to know: How to pick a wild mushroom that won't poison you

Falling in love, they say, is like eating an unknown mushroom. You never know it's the real thing until it is too late. This summer is already producing crops of wild mushrooms – ceps, chanterelles, summer truffles and other delicious kinds, which are appearing in profusion in the warm, damp woodland soil.

Leading article: Green giants

Some trees are so imposing that it is hard to believe that they can get sick and die.

Flying tonight? Bats under threat

America's bats are dying in record numbers because of a deadly fungus that thrives where they sleep. Now there are signs that it could happen here

Seductive lure of Carsten Höller's living wonderland

Twelve castrated male reindeer, 12 canaries, reindeer urine, fly agaric mushrooms and two houseflies of indeterminate sex. So reads the list of materials used in Carsten Höller's latest exhibition, SOMA, at the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin.

Blaze of glory: Building a bonfire is one of autumn's great joys

It's also a useful way to prepare the garden for winter
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