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I thought it was fascinating...that video that was going around....someone went in on motorcycle with a video camera. I wonder how many x-rays your exposure would equal on just one trip. It's just a moot point since I couldn't afford to go over there anyway.
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Radiation mutated vegetables
served at Chernobyl hotel.
Val I remember what you're talking about, the old 'Kid of Speed' videos, where the gal drives her cycle through Chernobyl and takes various Roentgen readings of the area.

Destination Truth went there as well, the episode is called 'Ghosts of Chernobyl'

As I recall it was pretty interesting, and even though they did have to wear protective gear, there were still places the radiation was too high for them to hang out for long.
Been in a 'Hot Spot' a time or two myself.
15 years ago made a 10 min. dive on a valve box and picked up a dose of 368 mr.
My year's dose was 1772 mr. The year before was 1668 mr.
They (DOE) used to sign off on a great deal more than they do these days.
I worked with some old timers whose lifetime dose was well over 30 r.

We used to be pretty cruel to new apprentists coming on to the Rad jobs for the first time.
Stories like their 'little tenders' would shrivel up and dry out after a few years on the job.
Nothin' like seeing 'em wobble off to the zone shaking in their boots.
Fitters are just as sweet to one another as the day is long!
Wow, thanks.
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Chernobyl Fungus Feeds On Radiation
by Kate Melville

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AEC) have found evidence that certain fungi possess another talent beyond their ability to decompose matter: the capacity to use radioactivity as an energy source for making food and spurring their growth.

Detailing the research in Public Library of Science ONE, AEC's Arturo Casadevall said his interest was piqued five years ago when he read about how a robot sent into the still-highly-radioactive Chernobyl reactor had returned with samples of black, melanin-rich fungi that were growing on the ruined reactor's walls. "I found that very interesting and began discussing with colleagues whether these fungi might be using the radiation emissions as an energy source," explained Casadevall.

Casadevall and his co-researchers then set about performing a variety of tests using several different fungi. Two types - one that was induced to make melanin (Crytococcus neoformans) and another that naturally contains it (Wangiella dermatitidis) - were exposed to levels of ionizing radiation approximately 500 times higher than background levels.

Both of these melanin-containing species grew significantly faster than when exposed to standard background radiation.

"Just as the pigment chlorophyll converts sunlight into chemical energy that allows green plants to live and grow, our research suggests that melanin can use a different portion of the electromagnetic spectrum - ionizing radiation - to benefit the fungi containing it," said co-researcher Ekaterina Dadachova.

Investigating further, the researchers measured the electron spin resonance signal after melanin was exposed to ionizing radiation and found that radiation interacts with melanin to alter its electron structure. This, they believe, is an essential step for capturing radiation and converting it into a different form of energy to make food. Until now, melanin's biological role in fungi - if any - had been a mystery. Interestingly, the melanin in fungi is no different chemically from the melanin in our skin, leading Casadevall to speculate that melanin could be providing energy to skin cells.

And radiation-munching fungi could be on the menu for future space missions. "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.

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The ability of fungi to live off ionizing radiation could prove useful to people.  Mango

"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"

Wook ? Your rocket is ready to go ?
Wook ready
where's the frigging space ship.