Re: [Aroid-l] OT: Fungi that eat ionizing radiation?
- Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] OT: Fungi that eat ionizing radiation?
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 10:37:39 -0400
I looked a little at this reference
and I am putting myself down as a skeptic. This paper looks to have been
published without peer review through funding from George Soros. Neither
of those is proof by itself, of course, but it makes the scientifically
minded put on the brakes a little bit. I was interested in the claim that
living fungi were found growing inside Chernobyl and I clicked on the reference
indicated in the paper, at the NIH, and no article was listed there. The
site was, in fact, the NIH site, but there was no article. This blunder
would never happen in a peer-reviewed paper.
Then there's the whole idea that some
living thing (defined according to how that is understood by those of us
who live on Earth) can not only survive ionizing radiation but utilize
it to perform life functions. I have watched certain effects of ionizing
radiation (x-rays) on formerly living materials and would be surprised
if melanin could even withstand ionizing radiation without charring all
the way to carbon, much less "eat" it. Then, of course, the life
form would have to have some cell structure to support the melanin and
make use of the energy products therefrom. Big doubts.
Ionizing radiation is severe stuff.
And my understanding of the Chernobyl reactor is that it is now encased
in concrete and nobody with any sense goes anywhere near it. But they have
robots in there that are able to retrieve samples? And some researchers
at Albert Einstein have these samples and are conducting research, also
using ionizing radiation? And word of such a discovery did not make it
onto the evening news?
I don't have time to pursue this further,
but it smells like "fringe" science. That is to say, a hoax.
There is a lot of this kind of stuff on the internet. You have to be careful.
|Steve Marak <email@example.com>
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|[Aroid-l] OT: Fungi that eat ionizing
A bit off topic, but I know others on the list like
these things too ...
A post today on one of the bulb lists I follow gave a link to a
"fascinating-if-true" paper on the possibility that some fungi
can use ionizing
radiation as a direct energy source in a way similar to plant's use of
An abstract is at:
and the full paper seems to be available online at PLoS ONE at:
Ok, it's not exactly "The Blob", but the part about melanized
the walls of the damaged Chernobyl reactor has at least a bit of those
1960's science fiction "B" movies about it. If it were April
1, I'd assume it
was a joke ... but I admit I hope it's true.
-- Steve Marak
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