Radioactive Fungi

"...Sitting at the centre of the exclusion zone, the damaged reactor unit is encased in a steel and cement sarcophagus. It's a deathly tomb that plays host to about 200 tonnes of melted radioactive fuel, and is swarming with radioactive dust.

But it's also the abode of some very hardy fungi which researchers believe aren't just tolerating the severe radiation, but actually harnessing its energy to thrive.

'Our findings suggest that [the fungi] can capture the energy from radiation and transform it into other forms of energy that can be used for growth,' said microbiologist Arturo Casadevall from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, USA..."