This incredible timelapse turns mold into a work of art

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If someone told me that mold can be beautiful, I would just give them a disgusted look and say “Ew, no way!” But Beauty of Science proves me wrong in their latest video The Rise of Molds. It shows different types of mold growing in a super-macro timelapse, and it turns that “disgusting” mold into a true work of art.

Beauty of Science always comes up with interesting ideas, turning biology and chemistry into artistic videos. They’re not just delightful to watch, but you can also learn something new from them. From The Rise of Molds, I learned what those nasty molds are actually useful for. Rhizopus is used to brew sweet rice wine and make fermented bean curd, and Aspergillus niger (black mold) is used to produce citric acid and ferment sake and vinegar. In my opinion, these two also looks the weirdest when filmed in super-macro. Aspergillus oryzae is used to brew soy sauce, chili bean sauce, tempeh and sake. And finally, Penicillium is used to produce penicillin, which is the only thing I could conclude, but it’s also the mold that ripens and flavors cheese.

So, the next time you open your fridge and find a new life on your veggies, maybe grab a macro lens and snap a few shots before tossing the moldy veggies in the trash.

[The Rise of Molds | Beauty of Science]

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