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Cars could be made from mushrooms

By T.K. Randall
February 5, 2011 · Comment icon 15 comments



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In the future vehicles could be made up of parts built using mushrooms and other organic materials.
The strange revelation is part of research in to developing more sustainable car parts that don't use petroleum plastics but instead take advantage of natural materials to produce greener 'bioplastics'. The technology has now advanced to the point where such materials constitute a viable alternative.
In the future, mushrooms may be as common in cars as they are on pizza. Believe it or not, scientists who are trying to find more sustainable ways to build car parts believe the answers may be found in things such as mushroom roots.


Source: AOL News | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Cerebral Assassin 12 years ago
IM FREAKIN OUT, MAN!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ms. Anita Cigarette. 12 years ago
This will be great to see, if it even is out into action. I have a feeling this is going to fall into the bottomless abyss of dismissed ideas that will change our lives for the better.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Leonardo 12 years ago
Great idea! I'm presuming the old models will be recycled in a frying pan and served with a nice steak?
Comment icon #9 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 12 years ago
It would begin to smell over time I would imagine.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
Great idea! I'm presuming the old models will be recycled in a frying pan and served with a nice steak? In some place of the US, old cars wont rot in front of the yard as they will slowly be eaten away
Comment icon #11 Posted by Evilution13 12 years ago
Yes mushrooms. And Id like it to run on lemonade.
Comment icon #12 Posted by BiffSplitkins 12 years ago
Actually, they could be doing this with hemp already, anyways. Ta-da. Driver: Duuude. Why does it feel like it's taking forever to reach our destination? Passenger: That's because you are driving 4mph.. pass the Cheetos.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Most Good and Holy Funk 12 years ago
Hemp doesn't really have any THC. You couldn't get high off your car. While I appreciate your attempt at humour, crap like that is why hemp isn't viewed as a viable replacement to plastic (and many other products). There is so much negative views of it because of it's relation to pot, and it's actually really frustrating.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker 12 years ago
I'd call it the Mycon-o-car, myco- for fungi and ...con-o-car, sounds like econo, as in economical. I saw part of that show. It was pretty good. The advantage the mushroom would have over hemp is that the fungus grows into the rough shape of the part and then they only need to fit it into a mold and cover it with a coating. Hemp would need a lot more processing and cannot be used as a cushion material.
Comment icon #15 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
Driver: Duuude. Why does it feel like it's taking forever to reach our destination? Passenger: That's because you are driving 4mph.. pass the Cheetos. LOL!


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