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Fallout From Nuclear Plant Meltdown Causing Severe Genetic Changes to Pale Grass Butterflies

Fallout From Nuclear Plant Meltdown Causing Severe Genetic Changes to Pale Grass Butterflies

Japanese, Russian and American authorities have some things in common, one of which is that they lie after really bad things happen. Following the massive meltdown at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, Japanese officials quickly claimed that fallout from the plant was not a serious threat to people or wildlife. But a study just published in Nature would appear to contradict them.

The study focused on the pale grass butterfly and showed what amounts to instant physiological and genetic changes in the insects. These are exactly the sort of fallout-driven phenomena pointedly created by Japanese sci fi film makers following WWII. Beginning with Godzilla, the Japanese filmmakers were not subtle about their ant-nuke message.

The butterflies in the study displayed abnormalities in their legs, antennae, and abdomens, and dents in their eyes. Some also had broken or wrinkled wings, changes in wing size, and spot or color pattern changes. There are much smaller than Mothra…for now.

Insects are widely regarded as fairly resistant to the effects of radiation. Or not.

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