Science is AWESOME

According to these articles, there’s life inside the Chernobyl reactors. A robot sent inside found several kinds of black fungi growing on the walls. It turns out that this fungi has adapted to use melanin to metabolize gamma radiation into energy, which is leading some to speculate that maybe skin cells make some small amount of energy in the same way.

The first thing I thought of was the Hulk, though. I guess that’s pretty sad.

Science A Go Go: Chernobyl Fungus Feeds on Radiation
Blog: Major biological discovery…inside the Chernobyl reactor??

13 thoughts on “Science is AWESOME”

  1. So, in the near future black-skinned people will not only be immune to radiation but they’ll feed from it? o_O

  2. “Since ionizing radiation is prevalent in outer space, astronauts might be able to rely on fungi as an inexhaustible food source on long missions or for colonizing other planets,” noted Dadachova.

    …Yum.

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