Fly agaric mushrooms
Fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria), artwork. This mushroom is powerfully hallucinogenic, containing the drugs ibotenic acid and muscimol. The effects are unpredictable, and a few deaths have resulted. It takes its name from the medieval practice of breaking the caps into a saucer of milk in order to stupefy flies. It is commonly found amongst birch trees in temperate regions in autumn.
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Cauliflower coral mushroom, Ramaria botrytis, edible
Cauliflower coral mushroom, Ramaria botrytis, edible. . Chromolithograph by C. Krause from Fritz Leuba's Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1890. Fritz Leuba (1848-1910) was a mycologist and artist from Neuchatel, Switzerland.
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Botrytis, Cauliflower, Champignons, Chromolithograph, Clavaria, Coral, Edible, Fritz, Historical, History, Illustration, Leuba, Lithograph, Mushroom, Mycology, Neuchatel, Poison, Ramaria, Switzerland
Hydrogen bomb explosion
Hydrogen bomb explosion. Mushroom cloudproduced by the detonation of XX-35 Apache, a1.85-megaton thermonuclear bomb on 8 July 1956.This was one of a series of detonations carriedout during Operation Redwing on the Enewetak andBikini Atolls in the Marshall Islands of thePacific Ocean during 1956. Operation Redwingtested the design of actual thermonuclear weapons.XX-35 Apache was a prototype for the XW-27 warheadfor a Regulus I missile. The device weighed 1335kilograms. Although it was a thermonuclear deviceusing fusion, a high proportion of the explosionwas due to fission.
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