Are today’s scientists hard at work trying to create a breed of cat that will help the society detect nuclear waste? Not really, but it was an idea that was very popular in the 1980’s. While this may seem like something out of a science fiction movie but it’s not. These scientists actually gave serious thought about this subject. People in the future may find themselves in real danger due to the alarming rate of nuclear waste being stored in the ground. In fact, in the United States this is already becoming a problem. But as the years go by and we forget what we have buried, the issue will become amplified. So to combat these problem scientists are coming up with unique ways to alert the people of these dangers. While many would probably be put off by such an idea you never know what’s in the minds of some people.
These “ray cats” as they were called, were supposed to actually change color when leaking nuclear waste is present. Kind like the old cranny in the mind shaft, these cats will turn a bright color alerting those around them of the danger. It’s not clear how these cats would be deployed but my guess is they would send them to area of the country where the waste sites are located. While it’s not known if any extensive research was conducted or if any animals were breed, the idea is very intriguing. But I seriously doubt if any of these animals were produced because it just seems so far-fetched of an idea. If they were, who knows what genetic make up they would have or where the color changing ability would come from. It’s a sure bet that this kind of genetic breeding would have to be conducted in a laboratory.
The idea is very bizarre and some might say it is downright strange leaving many to wonder, what where these scientists thinking? Many cat lovers around the world would probably rebel against this idea. Can you just imagine what these animals would have to go through to get them to turn different colors? What kind of strange alien cross breed would you need to produce these kinds of mutant cats? But I don’t think we will have to worry about this happening any time soon. So don’t start writing those letters just yet, let’s wait and see what happens in the future.
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