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Scientists Discover Radiation-Eating Microbe

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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 11:51 PM

Hair-like filaments called pili enable some bacteria to remove uranium from contaminated groundwater. The discovery, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could aid in the development of radioactivity clean-up technologies.

Some bacteria, including a species called Geobacter sulfurreducens, are known to get their energy from reducing — or adding electrons to — metals in the environment. When uranium dissolved in groundwater is reduced in this way, the metal becomes much less soluble, reducing the spread of contamination.

Source: Nature Magazine

Again nature seems to have the solutions to man made problems that we can't seem to solve. It couldn't have happened at a better time either, with the disaster at Fukushima threatening the livelihoods of millions of people as we speak. Now it remains to be seen whether or not this discovery will be put to use in Japan. Knowing TPTB and their track record, most recently the BP oil spill, politics will get in the way of this being utilized.
edit on 9/5/2011 by Tgautier13 because: Fixed URL Link.

posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 11:52 PM
Well. Now that they've found one, how many more can we find?

And moments like these make me thank God.

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posted on Sep, 5 2011 @ 11:53 PM
Solution huh...

posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 12:34 AM
reminds me of ...

There was an old woman who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
Perhaps she'll die

wonder what the final solution will be to clean up the world (worse than the spiderbacteria)?

posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 12:44 AM
What? First we get cancer eating bacteria(, then radiation eating microbe all in the same day? Did we have an alien visit already, granting us new tech or what?

posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 12:47 AM
More like a God with a sense of humor towards an increasinly fear-driven society.

posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 01:04 AM
Now, on the other end of the spectrum, if this technology shows true promise for cleaning uranium contamination at a mass scale, how will this change nuclear war? Will our world leaders show less discretion when deploying warheads, when they know the fallout damage will only be a fraction of what it once was? Does this discovery drastically increase the chances of a nuclear attack, whether false flag or not, on American soil?

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