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Could mutant spiders have been created by accident at nuclear facility?

February 7th, 2012 by Marc Comments


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.
‘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).

cooling tower at Savannah River Site

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….