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 report filed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, a federal oversight panel.
“The growth, which resembles a spider web, has yet to be characterized, but may be biological in nature,” the report said.
Savannah River National Laboratory collected a small sample in hopes of identifying the mystery lint — and determining whether it is alive.
Eww. This is very creepy! Sounds like the beginnings of some environmental thriller where we all die. However, it’s possible they are some extremophiles as mentioned in the io9 article. Or, it may not even be alive. We’ll have to see but sounds intriguing.