Everything you need to know about death cap mushrooms

Amanita phalloides, more commonly known as “death cap” mushroom. SunMedia VICTORIA — The shiny greenish domes poking out of Glenn Nicholls’s lawn don’t look particularly threatening. But the mushrooms are the same species that killed a three-year-old Victoria boy this week: the “death cap” — the deadliest mushroom species in the world. “That’s news to me,” the Uplands resident said. “I’ve noticed them before and noticed they’re an odd shape, but now I know what they are. There are lots of those all over the yard.” Nicholls said he didn’t have any children in the house, but his daughter’s dog never took any interest in the mushrooms. Although 90 per cent of worldwide mushroom deaths have been attributed to death caps, the boy’s was …

Tom Rogic scores as Celtic claim Scottish League Cup with win over Aberdeen Tom Rogic lashed a left-foot stunner as Celtic claimed the Scottish League Cup and their 100th major trophy with a 3-0 win over Aberdeen. Socceroos star Rogic strolled into the right hand side of the box before bringing the ball back onto his left foot and firing into the far bottom corner of the goal to open Celtic's account on 16 minutes. Celtic and Socceroos star Tom Rogic. Photo: Getty Images Man of the match James Forrest doubled the Hoops' advantage before the half-time break. Moussa Dembele added a third from the penalty spot after Anthony O'Connor brought down Forrest as Celtic wrapped up their landmark major trophy to the delight of the two influential midfielders. Rogic was full of excitement to score a goal as Celtic ...

“Young blood” transfusions found to reverse aging in mammals Science is incredible. Some of the strangest sounding experiments of all time have led to discoveries that changed the entire world. That’s a major part of scientific discovery, especially when it comes to biology. Similarly, going to great lengths to make advancements in the health realm requires experiments that may sound a bit unconventional to the average person. Thus is the case with a reverse aging technique that was recently discovered. Through the use of “young blood” — blood samples from teenage humans — scientists have discovered that they can reverse aging in mammals. By injecting this young blood into old mice, the effects of aging are reversed in a manner that changes everything we think we know about getting older. RT reports, “The elixir of youth ...

Michael Cheika says now is the time for Wallabies down the pecking order to stand up Paris: Michael Cheika says now is the time for a number of backup Wallabies to rise to the challenge and prove they can perform at Test level as Australia finalises its preparations to take on France at Stade de France. Cheika refuted suggestions he had rested anyone, instead saying the coaching staff had "made choices" to pick 11 new faces to the starting XV that lined up against Scotland. "I want to see how some other guys play at the top level," Cheika said. "It's about saying to those guys perhaps who have been finishing or haven't been getting selected that the opportunity to perform at the top level is here and is always going to be given to you once you work hard for it. "Those ...

Australian cricket selector Mark Waugh chuffed with Test rookies' performances National cricket selector Mark Waugh has given Australia's three exciting young debutants the big tick of approval but saved his highest praise for 20-year-old Matt Renshaw. Former captain and selector Allan Border was staggered by criticism of Renshaw's slow going – after the opener needed 46 balls to make 10 runs in the first innings and then 170 for his unbeaten 34 in the second dig of Australia's third Test win over South Africa. All smiles: Peter Handscomb, left, and Renshaw walk off the Adelaide Oval after claiming victory. Photo: Getty Images But Waugh and Border agreed that Renshaw could hardly have done better after he negotiated the crucial first dozen overs under lights with the South African pace attack whizzing the ball around in search of a vital early ...

Tyrone Roberts eyes up Gold Coast Titans' playmaker role Tyrone Roberts wants to be a starting half at Gold Coast next season, even if NRL coach Neil Henry has already indicated he could be used as a utility. The Titans are spoilt for choice in the playmaker role for 2017, and Roberts looks the most likely to make way. "I've just got to make sure I'm consistent on a day-to-day basis": Tyrone Roberts. Photo: Getty Images His partner from last season, Ashley Taylor, was awarded the Dally M Rookie of the Year in 2016. Meanwhile 22-year-old Kane Elgey returns from injury, and has already earned comparisons to Andrew Johns from Titans star Jarryd Hayne after just one training session. But Roberts doesn't plan on giving up the role easily. "That's one of my goals," ...

Bunnings boss quits for 'personal' reasons Wesfarmers chief Richard Goyder has dismissed talk Bunnings boss John Gillam quit his post in protest over missing out on the top job. Mr Goyder described the shock announcement as a "personal" decision. He said there was no truth to reports Mr Gillam was one of three candidates, including finance director Terry Bowen and industrial business boss Rob Scott, vying to be the next chief of Wesfarmers. "John has been a candidate and one of potentially more than three that have been identified as potential candidates but nothing has happened that would have ruled him out of that," Mr Goyder said. John Gillam (right) was clearly not prepared to stay within the Wesfarmers group and chance his luck to one day succeed its boss Richard Goyder ...

FDA approves anxiety drug for your dog … so he doesn't react to his ... It seems like there is a pill for every possible ailment, real or imagined, known to man these days, and now that is extending to man's best friend.The FDA has just approved the first drug specifically aimed at treating "noise aversion" in dogs. It's being marketed to dog owners whose pets are frightened by loud sounds. Isn't that something that can apply to almost every dog and many other types of animals, not to mention humans?Research shows that almost half of dog owners report that their dog is afraid of some type of noise, but reacting to loud noises is a completely natural instinct and one that actually serves a purpose. However, like some of the parents who dose their "hyper" kids up on ADHD...