Nuclear fungus

If there’s not a band with that as their name, I think we can rest assured that there shortly will be. It’s well established that various species of fungus can consume things that other lifeforms cannot (plastic, aviation fuel and so forth), but now it appears that certain species of fungus can not only survive in but thrive on the heavy radiation in the graphite rods of the defunct Chernobyl power plant. I’m not too shocked, myself – if fungus can survive in a three-week old cup of coffee, a damaged nuclear plant must be a picnic. [BeyondTheBeyond]