A living organism’s physical system needs to have a strictly maintained internal environment if it’s going to be metabolically successful; or “alive”, to use the plainer adjective. However crazy the external environment, Homeostasis keeps your insides in the calm eye of the storm. Weird and mechanical? Yuh huh.
Cordyceps; yes, the name is strange, but not as strange as this superfood’s bizarre origin story. Cordyceps is not a nodding little blossom delicately posing in the sun, and science is increasingly amazed at the healthful potency of what this weird stuff contains. But what exactly is it? Cordyceps is a ... well, it's ... maybe you should sit down.