Viridian Note 00250: Bacterial DataphageBruce Sterling [email@example.com]
Attention Conservation Notice: It was already on Slashdot, but it's way too Viridian to let it pass.
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ISSUE 2215 Monday 18 June 2001
"Scientist finds fungus that eats through compact discs By Robert Uhlig, Technology Correspondent
"FIRST there was the computer virus. Now scientists have
found a fungus that eats compact discs.
"Victor Cardenes, of Spain's leading scientific
research body, stumbled across the microscopic creature
two years ago, while visiting Belize. Friends complained
that in the hot and sticky Central American climate, a CD
had stopped working and had developed an odd discoloration
that left parts of it virtually transparent.
"Dr Cardenes and colleagues at the Superior Council for
Scientific Research in Madrid discovered a fungus was
steadily eating through the supposedly indestructible
disc. The fungus had burrowed into the CD from the outer
edge, then devoured the thin aluminium layer and some of
the data-storing polycarbonate resin.
"Dr Cardenes said: 'It completely destroys the
aluminium. It leaves nothing behind.' Biologists at the
council had never seen this fungus, but concluded that it
belonged to a common genus called geotrichum.
"Philips, the Dutch electronics company that invented the compact disc, said it believed the Belize case was probably a freak incident caused by extreme weather conditions." (((As is only too common in climate coverage, the lede paragraph is buried at the end of the story.)))
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