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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A shutdown unrelated to Congress: Jellyfish clog up a nuclear power plant

Can I use the compound verb "shut down" without involving the federal government? You bet I can!

Tons of jellyfish clogged the intake pipe of a Swedish nuclear power plant, causing it to shut down from fear of overheating.

Much more entertaining that stories out of Washington. Here's the whole story, from Salon.

Actually, it's not all that funny, because jellyfish in general are doing well in the ocean as an aquatic "rat species" - meaning a species that thrives in environments damaged by humans. Overfishing, acidification, nitrogen blooms kill off ocean denizens we like, but not jellyfish. Think of them as beautiful floating cockroaches.