OK Spider-man fans, here’s one to really let your imagination run wild with. Scientists are studying white cobweb that was discovered on nuclear waste (Uranium) by workers at a US nuclear waste facility – Savannah River Site in South Carolina – discovered last month.
The web, described by The Daily Mail as a ‘white ‘string-like’ material – never seen before on nuclear waste – was found among thousands of spent fuel assemblies submerged in deep pools’.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board – a federal oversight panel – have said that: ‘The growth, which resembles a spider web, has yet to be characterised, but may be biological in nature.’ and ‘further evaluation still needs to be completed’.
However, the discovery has sparked fears of a mutant spider, just like the one that bit teenager Peter Parker and turned him into Spider-man in the Marvel comics.
NOW FOR THE SCIENCE BIT:
‘Experts say that any creature inside in the pools of water – which are intended to protect workers – would have been exposed to the nuclear fuel’, say The Daily Mail.
‘This raises the prospect of a creature having morphed into a new species of ‘extremophile’ after being exposed to uranium.
Osman Kemal Kadirolu, a former professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Istanbul, said: ‘The radiation field near a spent fuel assembly is very large and will definitely disturb the normal life cycle of the micro-organisms. Though I am sure you would not get monsters like the ones that come out of the Sea of Japan in cheap Japanese horror movies.’ (Sad face – ed’s note).