Fukushima Fallout: Mutant Butterflies

Aug 14, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Q104.5

Scientists collected butterflies from around Japan, and found that those from the most irradiated regions had stunted wings and irregularly developed eyes.

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Nuneaton

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Aug 15, 2012
 
Still no sign of Mothra, shame.

A good one for a remake of classic Godzilla Vs. Mothra would be to have it hatch out from the "Gehrkin" building in Central London,@ munch through several interesting landscape features before cocooning in a bombproof wrap;... before the inevitable big fight with the giant Halitosis dino.

Would also have to import the classic Japanese Godzilla movie monster noise as the latest USA Godzilla remake was a bit wimpy.

Awaiting movie remake with interest.

Have a nice day: Ag
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

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Aug 15, 2012
 
The radiation that poured out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor last year looks like it's doing a number on Japan's animal populations, researchers warn, after discovering rampant mutations among butterflies. Scientists collected 144 adult pale grass blue butterflies—which would have been overwintering as larvae during the disaster—from around Japan, and found that those from the most irradiated regions had stunted wings and irregularly developed eyes, according to a new study spotted by the BBC.

"It has been believed that insects are very resistant to radiation," the lead researcher says. "In that sense our results were unexpected." And the effects are still being felt. Researchers found that breeding those butterflies resulted in all new mutations, and a second set of Fukushima-area butterflies, collected six months later, showed twice the mutation rate of their predecessors. "This study is important and overwhelming in its implications," one biologist says. These mutations "can only be explained as having resulted from exposure to radioactive contaminants."

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