Interesting article about some further problems in the Chernobyl series: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/06/11/top-ucla-doctor-denounces-depiction-of-radiation-in-hbos-chernobyl-as-wrong-and-dangerous/#6f1a0e491e07
(take with a grain of salt, this is from a pro-nuclear lobbyist. His points are still valid, particularly the figures about casualties at the end, and the misinformed claims that people that are irradiated become radioactive, or the part about the fetus saving the mom from radiation)
@Matter It was one of those silver lining stories I read like years ago. It'll be maybe in the Goog index, lets consult the Great Sage and Eminent Junkie... ;)
@Matter Apparently I had it backwards. Looks like brightly colored animals are getting the shaft, but drab ones are doing well, maybe? It's a scientific article so it reads in stereo. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070711105732.htm There is also this: https://academic.oup.com/jhered/article/105/5/704/2961808. I don't know where i heard that the color was protecting them tho... maybe I imagined it.
@Matter But then after a while of reading you discover that radiation can be absorbed by melanin, and there's a whole segment of research to be done on pigments and radiation. And apparently something about fungi becoming radiotrophs, I suppose, is the proper term for it. This branches off to the wonder if humans didn't evolve melanin not only for protection from UV, but also from naturally occuring pitchblende in the great african rift valley.
@Matter Looks like I might have heard about it a long time ago, until they revised the theory and I missed that part, so that would explain why I see everything to the contrary.
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