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from a blogSounds like something out of radioactive man's secret lab. I read this story on spiegel.de, so it must be true. Apparently fungi Wangiella dermatitidis and Cryptococcus neoformans are capable of feeding off pure radioactive energy. Scientists in New York ran an experiment comparing one sample exposed to the normal level of background radiation, the other sample received 500 times that amount. The radiation junkie fungi thrived happily and outgrew the ecologically grown fungi. Apparently large quantities of this fungi have been found growing inside the Tchernobyl containment area. The authors speculate that this type of fungus could provide an unlimited food supply for nuclear-powered manned space exploration.