Month: December 2011

Mystery mold: White web-like stuff found growing on nuclear rods

Strange nuclear waste lint might be “biological in nature”. Savannah River Site scientists are working to identify a strange growth found on racks of spent nuclear fuel collected from foreign governments. The “white, string-like” material was found among thousands of spent fuel assemblies submerged in deep pools within the site’s L Area, according to a…

‘Black panther’ was a regular cat

Reported ‘black panther’ was a regular cat – UPI.com. A Louisiana wildlife official said a “black panther” reported near an office building outside of Covington was actually a domesticated cat. Maria Davidson, who manages the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries large carnivore program, said the feline, which was photographed Wednesday and reported to the…

Don’t flip out over magnetic pole reversal

2012: Magnetic Pole Reversal Happens All The (Geologic) Time Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. In other words, if you were alive about 800,000 years ago, and facing what we call north with a magnetic compass in your hand, the needle would point to ‘south.’ This…