13 Dec '11, 7pm

Detailed Illustrations of Mutated Insects Challenge the Science Of Nuclear Power

Detailed Illustrations of Mutated Insects Challenge the Science Of Nuclear Power

Despite the catastrophic meltdowns of recent memory, advocates of nuclear power have always maintained that it's a safe and "green " source of energy, and that when properly contained, would not harm local wildlife. But these disturbingly beautiful watercolor paintings of mutated insects by Swiss science artist and illustrator Cornelia Hesse-Honegger tell another story: that even properly functioning nuclear power plants can have a negative effect on organisms. Cornelia Hesse-Honegger/via Originally working as a scientific illustrator for the scientific department of the Natural History Museum at the University of Zurich for 25 years, Hesse-Honegger began her unusual study after the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl. Hesse-Honegger began collecting and documenting "morphologically disturbed" insects in Switzerland and Sweden, in zones which were affected by the fallout blown from...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/paintings-muta...

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