Scientists have discovered fungus growing in the reactor at Chernobyl.
The effin’ slime lives on Gamma Rays!
Seems this slime grows at tremendous rates when bathed with radiation rates 500 times the normal background level.
The fungus uses melanin, just like the component of your skin that causes you to become tan. The melanin works like chlorophyll, except instead of sunlight, it uses ionizing radiation to manufacture energy.
This brings up the idea that our skin may produce energy from environmental radiation. They also are thinking of ways to use these properties to produce food in space for long distance journeys.
I’m thinking about post-nuclear holocaust Earth where a sentient race of slime people rule the land.
Oh, damn, someone beat me to it…