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Major biological discovery…inside the Chernob

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#1    tipsy_munchkin

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 09:25 AM

There has been an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of some B-grade sci fi movie, a robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls. Since it is highly radioactive in there, scientists didn’t expect to find anything living, let alone thriving. The robot was instructed to obtain samples of the slime, which it did, and upon examination…the slime was even more amazing than was thought at first glance.
This slime, a collection of several fungi actually, was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as a food source. Samples of these fungi grew significantly faster when exposed to gamma radiation at 500 times the normal background radiation level. The fungi appear to use melanin, a chemical found in human skin as well, in the same fashion as plants use chlorophyll. That is to say, the melanin molecule gets struck by a gamma ray and its chemistry is altered. This is an amazing discovery, no one had even suspected that something like this was possible.

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#2    Sir Wearer of Hats

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 09:51 AM

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:12 AM

Life is pretty amazing. There are microbes that live in Jet fuel. Now something like this is amazing too. Goes to show you
we might find life on planets that we might not expect to.






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