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Portobello mushrooms could power your future phone

Engineers at the University of California at Riverside explore how batteries made with mushrooms could be cheaper to make and less prone to degrading over time.

By September 30, 2015


Expensive Super Mario wristwatch levels up the luxury

Got extra cash to blow on a luxury accessory with a plumber and a mushroom? Decorate your wrist with a Super Mario watch.

By November 30, 2015


Mushroom kit has roots in used coffee grounds (video)

As UC Berkeley students, the co-founders of "Back to the Roots" discovered they could grow mushrooms using recycled coffee grounds. Now their mushroom kit sells at grocery stores across the country.

By February 13, 2012


Pizza joint takes Twitter 'follow' literally, 'stalks' fans

As part of an ad campaign, pizza chain Mellow Mushroom followed some of its newest Twitter followers -- in the real world.

By October 24, 2012


Slice mushrooms with one push

The Mushroom Slicer makes short work of mushrooms, with just one push.

By January 25, 2010


Life according to mushrooms

By December 20, 2005


Number of online travel shoppers mushrooms

Consumers are logging on to the Web to buy airline tickets and travel-related goods in record numbers, despite the general queasiness about e-commerce failings.

By November 15, 2000


California opens first state privacy office

The California Consumer Affairs office says it has opened the first state agency in the United States to address consumer privacy. The Office of Privacy Protection will be chiefly concerned with identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, said Consumer Affairs Director Kathleen Hamilton. Identity theft cases are expected to mushroom this year, adding 500,000 to 750,000 victims nationwide, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. The average identity theft victim spends 175 hours and $800 to resolve the situation, according to a study from the California Public Interest Research Group and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. The unveiling comes as California lawmakers mull over drafting legislation to restrict online access to public documents--considered the building blocks of identity theft. A genealogical Web site last week pulled more than 24 million California birth records after intense pressure from lawmakers and residents.

By December 4, 2001