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Featured Discovery at Chernobyl. Life thrives in a radioactive environment.

Discussion in 'Science and Religion' started by Twilight Hue, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. Twilight Hue

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    Btw...the only Italian journalist who made a reportage inside the reactor, died of cancer some years later...

     
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    I dunno. It's the first I heard of it.
     
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    The fungi use the radiation (mostly X-rays iirc) like plants use sunlight. They don't "eat" the radiation sources.
     
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    Exactly
     
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  10. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    It never ceases to amaze. It opens up a whole new universe of possibilities of what could be out there.
     
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    I would say maybe. I don't know for sure, but I do know certain mushrooms are capable of, basically, eating our bodies and filtering the toxins out. It is fascinating regardless. But if it does help filter it, I wonder if it could do so in the oceans? Maybe not a good idea, but dropping barrels of nuclear waste in the ocean is going to eventually be a very major problem. It would be wonderful if this helps pave the way to solving that issue, along with radiation leaks from Fukashima reactors.
     
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    It's stuff like this that keeps my mind open to the idea that even the Period Table of Elements is going to be vastly expanded as we begin to take larger steps into the Cosmos. If life in other places in the universe is just as tenacious and determined to survive as has proven here, what might it look like? What survival mechanisms, physiology, and other physical characteristics evolved to suit a different environment with different environmental challenges? Can life be based on more than just carbon and possibly silicon? Does all life need water like Earthling life?
     
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    Toxins are matter and can be broken down into components. Dont know how that would apply to radiation emitting matter
     
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    There has to be some waste material, obviously, but the article does say the fungus converts the radiation into energy for growth. I have no idea how that works, but it's absolutely amazing.
     
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    I dont believe that. The radiation is already energy
     
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    Ah, the majestic Revoltistanian trout, Revoltistanus trioculus.
     
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    Strictly speaking, everything that is eaten by plant or animal is already energy. Animals take this in through calories, and to a small degree sunlight. Plants get this primarily through sunlight (which is also a form of electromagnetic radiation). This energy is taken in, digested in one way or another, and converted into energy the organism can use. In this case, the fungi is breaking down radiation as energy for growth. This would roughly be like us eating a piece of fruit for the vitamins, fiber, and a sugar boost. Or taking in sunlight to covert it to vitamin D.
     
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    The fungi apparently has a mechanism involving melanin that it is using to convert the energy from radiation to energy it can use for growth.
     
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    Plants dont break down sunlight. I dont believe fungi breaks down radiation
    The radiation may stimulate fungi growth on it's way thru
     
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