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Radioactive spider-webs found in nuclear facility?

The Daily Mail reports that a strange spider-web like substance has been found on nuclear waste containers stored under water at the Savannah River Site nuclear facility. The idea of some radioactive biological substance brings to mind Peter Parker who gained his super spider abilities by being bitten by a radioactive spider.

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.

This raises the prospect of a creature having morphed into a new species of ‘extremophile’ after being exposed to uranium.

Organisms with a natural resistance to radiation are said to be ‘radioresistant,’ and do exist. Deinococcus radiodurans is one of the most naturally radioresistant organisms on Earth and has been genetically engineered so that that it can be used in the treatment of radioactive waste.

Tests are being run on the substance and a report only states that the it has yet to be characterised, but “may be biological in nature.”

Community Comments

#1 Mike Cope
February/7/2012
@ 1:13 pm

Coincidence that the new Amazing Spider-Man trailer was released today? My spidey senses are tingling.

#2 Pedro Molina
February/7/2012
@ 3:32 pm

Well, the trailer looks a little bit… radioactive.

#3 Rich Diesslin
February/7/2012
@ 3:35 pm

Brings to mind this scenario:
http://www.the-cartoonist.com/vault/toons/display.html?image=richdiesslin_spiderman_id.jpg

#4 daniel boris
February/8/2012
@ 12:16 pm

In a related story, Doctor Doom was also discovered nearby, bound in the same nuclear spider webbing.

#5 russel clyvert
February/16/2012
@ 4:25 am

I want to see some videos that people using there spider powers.

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