- Not Exactly Rocket Science
Fungi transform depleted uranium into chemically stable minerals
The countryside around Iraq and the Balkans are still suffering from the ravages of wars fought in the 1990s. The environment is littered with the potentially dangerous remnants of military weapons – depleted uranium.
But penetrating rounds aren’t the only potential threat to human health posed by depleted uranium. The substance is still radioactive, can cause heavy metal poisoning and burn spontaneously on impact to produce aerosols of uranium compounds. These potential risks have been downplayed by many reports but they make the use of depleted uranium in munitions highly controversial, especially when locals have to deal with traces that litter the landscape after battle ceases.
Now, a new study shows that very unlikely allies may be helping to clean