Parlor Spider...Step In, Little Fly

Insightful thoughts and/or rants from atop the soapbox from one who wishes to share the "right" opinion with everyone.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We Need Godzilla...Stat!

With all the scientists around, you'd think it would have been obvious to them that we are on the verge of something horrible. It should not be left to an untrained observer like myself to figure this out: Mothra will rise again...seriously...and we will have no protection.
Let me set this up for you: Mothra was a larvae affected by radiation in those 60s Japanese movies. Her powers included emitting deadly rays from the antennae, shooting bolts of lightning from her wings, and letting loose a poisonous yellow dust. "Fantastic sci-fi," I hear you say. You won't be so smug after I let you in on what scientists in Japan are discovering in their studies over ten years with Pale Grass Blue butterflies (and remember, Mothra began as a giant BLUE larvae).
Two months after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, scientists gathered 144 of the aforementioned butterflies from 10 areas around Japan; some were very near the nuclear disaster while others were from distant areas. Note that these two-month-old specimens would have been in the larvae stage during the disaster (sounding Mothra-like?) They found an increase in leg, antennae and wing mutations in all butterflies, though the most distinct mutations occurred in the specimens around Fukushima. Their analysis of the data, published recently in Scientific Reports, also specified that the mutation rate among butterflies closest to the Fukushima site was more than double that of the rate in specimens collected in the earlier collection from the same area.
So, you can see, that it won't be long before a potential horde of destructive Pale Grass Blue butterflies will descend, and, at this point, there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. I realize it is dangerous to even write about the possibility since Mothra was also telepathic, but I had to warn the blogosphere in hopes that we can somehow save ourselves.
I can only hope the Pacific Ocean proves to be a substantial enough barrier.


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