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Comment nukes do not work that way (Score 5, Informative) 384

IANANP, but AFAIK a regular explosion or fire will not set off a nuclear weapon. The trigger explosion has to be carefully controlled, otherwise it'll just blow apart the nuclear material instead of compressing it to supercritical. That's why it's so hard to build a nuke. Crashing with a nuke is at worst going to spread some nuclear material over a small area, in the same way that any other material in the crash would be. No nuclear explosion.

Comment sponsored links in google results are the culprit (Score 1) 543

I was wondering how anyone could accidentally download from a third-party pay site, since the real site is always at the top of my search results. Then I realized that I normally don't even see the sponsored links; my brain filters them out automatically. Clicked on a couple of them, and some do look pretty slick; I could see someone falling for it once they've gotten to that point.
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Submission + - Chernobyl Mushrooms Feeding on Radiation

cowtamer writes: According to a National Geographic Article certain fungi can use ionizing radiation to perform "radiosynthesis" using the pigment melanin (the same one in our skin that protects us from UV radiation). It is speculated that this might be useful on long space voyages where energy from the Sun is not readily available.

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