Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hooked on Radiation

Like plants that grow toward the sun, dark fungi, blackened by the skin pigment melanin, gravitate toward radiation in contaminated soil. Scientists have observed the organisms -- somewhere between plants and animals -- blackening the land around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in the years since its 1986 meltdown.

edit: oopsie - link above corrected (though it was amusingly apt that the hypertext led here.)

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