Chernobyl fungus could shield astronauts from cosmic radiation

A recent study tested how well the fungi species Cladosporium sphaerospermum blocked cosmic radiation aboard the International Space Station.

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  • Radiation is one of the biggest threats to astronauts' safety during long-term missions.
  • C. sphaerospermum is known to thrive in high-radiation environments through a process called radiosynthesis.
  • The results of the study suggest that a thin layer of the fungus could serve as an effective shield against cosmic radiation for astronauts.
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Say goodbye to the beloved banana

Those bananas you love are Cavendish bananas, and they're probably about to go extinct.

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  • The world's most popular edible variety is about to be wiped out by a fungal invader. Again.
  • We've already lost Gros Michel bananas, which were the world's favorite until the 1960s.
  • The solution? Possibly genetic editing, but more likely a greater availability of exotic varieties.

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