×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Alaskan Village's Orange Goo Was Fungal Spores

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the this-is-how-the-zombie-apocalypse-starts dept.

Science 47

olsmeister writes "In a follow-up to a report that was mentioned on Slashdot a week ago, the NOAA has determined that the orange 'goo' that washed up on the beaches at the remote Alaska village of Kivalina was not eggs of crustaceans, but rather spores from a fungus that creates rust on plants. It is not known whether the fungus is harmful to humans or not."

cancel ×
This is a preview of your comment

No Comment Title Entered

Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago

No Comment Entered

47 comments

Zerg alert (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37147838)

Who let the infestor out ?

Only One Way To Find Out (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#37147842)

It is not known whether the fungus is harmful to humans or not.

Well, there's really only one way to find out. Some unlucky volunteer needs to scoop some up and put it on a cracker. Orange, glow-in-the-dark caviar will be quite the novelty if their guinea pig does OK ;-)

Re:Only One Way To Find Out (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148210)

If you eat it, it will turn you into a pirate. It was dropped by the flying spaghetti monster. It's trying to fix global warming.

Re:Only One Way To Find Out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37148988)

Oh great it's blister rust v.01beta

Does anyone have a link... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37147944)

To the actual NOAA release, rather than the hideously dumbed-down MSN rehash?

San Diego smell? (1)

jasno (124830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37147948)

What about the mysterious hydrocarbon odor wafting through San Diego lately?

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/aug/19/tests-odiferous-air-come-negative/ [signonsandiego.com]

The scary thing is that it took so long for them to analyze it, and they still don't know what it is. It's hard to believe there isn't a system in place for rapidly identifying airborne contaminants.

Re:San Diego smell? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37147990)

somewhat offtopic, wouldn't you say, elder?

Re:San Diego smell? (1)

egamma (572162) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148148)

What about the mysterious hydrocarbon odor wafting through San Diego lately?

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/aug/19/tests-odiferous-air-come-negative/ [signonsandiego.com]

The scary thing is that it took so long for them to analyze it, and they still don't know what it is. It's hard to believe there isn't a system in place for rapidly identifying airborne contaminants.

The science goes where the money is--identifying the most dangerous things first, like radiation, anthrax, and 'in soviet russia' jokes.

Re:San Diego smell? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37148166)

"All analysis of the air samples gathered after the Wednesday afternoon incident have come up negative, said Mahmood Hossain"

I think I see your problem right there. Better bring in one of the Bin Laden brothers to make sure.

Re:San Diego smell? (1)

jasno (124830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148298)

Yeah, because no one grabbed an air sample while the smell was at its peak. It took them hours just to collect some air.

It's probably just a jet fuel spill, but it could have also come from one of the many biosciences companies along the coast. Some people swear it smelled exactly like jet fuel. Others claimed it was exactly like chemicals used in protein denaturing. Thousands of people smelled it, but no one really knows what it is.

Re:San Diego smell? (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148366)

Sheesh... You burn one hamburger on your barbeque, and the whole neighborhood complains. Damn vegetarians.

Re:San Diego smell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37148462)

is that your euphemism for the loud sound that explodes from your ass and kills your neighbors, devil westerner

Re:San Diego smell? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148568)

I guess it's time to go to the Boll Weevil and get a hamburger and a pitcher. Then try again when the Chargers play at home.

That reminds me of my last girlfriend (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37147996)

Just go to the doctor and he'll give you some cream for it.

Re:That reminds me of my last girlfriend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37150098)

Just go to the doctor and he'll give you some cream for it.

I don't get it. Did she cheat on you with her doctor?

Well damn (-1, Offtopic)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148046)

Well damn I'm sure there is a joke in here about Sarah Palin I just can't think of it. +1 to anyone who does.

Re:Well damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37148078)

Sarah Palin has some pretty raunchy yeast infections if they are causing orange gooey discharges.

Re:Well damn (4, Funny)

forgot_my_username (1553781) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148128)

But you can't cause you just posted... damn... now, I can't as well.
Ok, so Sarah Palin, a polar bear, and a cup of orange fungus spores walk into a bar...
They all saddle up to the bar for a drink.
The polar bear looks at Palin and then says to the orange fungus spores... I guess they will serve anyone here
Sarah Palin then blurts out "I'm a frayed knot!"



you didn't say it had to be a good joke.

Re:Well damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37148452)

You left out the best part! That's when the string says:"Wrecked him? Damn near killed him!"

Re:Well damn (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148354)

The orange goo is the only resident of Alaska convinced she would be a good president and wanted to show it's support?

Re:Well damn (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 2 years ago | (#37149100)

Leave it to goo to be insightful enough to realize that intelligence can be overrated. Maybe it thinks the comparative youngster would have been an ideal backup if John McCain got ill: Spare parts!

Relieved (1)

wsxyz (543068) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148240)

I am very relieved to find out it wasn't a skull-boring, brain-eating crustacean.

Re:Relieved (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37149032)

I am very relieved to find out it wasn't a skull-boring, brain-eating crustacean.

What happens if I tell you it's a skull-boring, brain eating fungus?

Does that make you feel any better?

Good Job Homeland Security (2)

aywang31 (2078102) | more than 2 years ago | (#37148290)

You would think that given how much the US government spends on homeland security and protection against bio/chem threats, they would be able to analyze this faster. Then again, remote Alaskan villages are probably the last place any terrorist would think of to attack.

Re:Good Job Homeland Security (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37149074)

You would think that given how much the US government spends on homeland security and protection against bio/chem threats, they would be able to analyze this faster. Then again, remote Alaskan villages are probably the last place any terrorist would think of to attack.

If it is an unknown fungus, it will take some time to figure out it's phylogeny. Probably the most direct method would be DNA sequencing. This can be done fairly quickly but interpreting the data might take some time.

Since it's unlikely to be a terrorist attack for the reasons you mention, the biggest problem may well be figuring out who should pay for it.

Re:Good Job Homeland Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37149406)

Congratulations! You seem to be one of the few who realize that Alaska is a part of the US!
God forbid this should be linked to global warming and the hyper-accelerated thawing of the arctic. It makes me wonder what else is lurking under the ice. As for who is going to pay for it, the answer revolves around oil - either the oil companies who are banking on the thawing of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas or those trying to stop them. As for the natives who have thrived in the Arctic for the last 10,000 years - the rest of humanity has already proven that they don't give a flying f*&k about them.

Re:Good Job Homeland Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37151438)

Oh eat shit, and while you're doing that educate yourself on aboriginal history in the north, and about current issues surrounding aboriginals in the north. I guarantee the many, many first nations (Dene, Inuit, and so forth) folk I work with each and everyday would laugh in your face.

Re:Good Job Homeland Security (1)

Pranadevil2k (687232) | more than 2 years ago | (#37149750)

If I were a terrorist/rival nation/supervillain testing a killer super fungus, I would test it in an area where the impact would be noticeable but the reaction would be slow. Once preliminary tests are finished you can adjust for larger/more effective deployment. Just saying.

shipping container (2)

nixnox (2441984) | more than 2 years ago | (#37149090)

logistically, the easiest explanation is a cargo ship container carrying grain contaminated with a rust fungus, gone overboard and ruptured open, spreading the resulting gooey goodness before port inspectors could go "blech" in person. note that I'm not saying it went overboard accidentally, although it would be hard to implement without a dock loader-- it's a lot easier to write off a container "lost" at sea than "contents consumed by fungus"

Re:shipping container (2)

3vi1 (544505) | more than 2 years ago | (#37149142)

Or, it's an ancient superfungus that had been locked in an iceshelf after killing all life on the planet hundreds of millions of years ago... set free by global warming.

Whichever.

Re:shipping container (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37153140)

If it's so "super" how come it's locked in an iceshelf? Ancient superman?

Could it be???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37150072)

maybe it's from the radiation from Japan ... Just sayin

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...