Ancient, near-indestructible ‘water bears’ have crash landed on the moon

Ancient, near-indestructible 'water bears' have crash landed on the moon

A 3D-rendered illustration of a tardigrade a.k.a. water bear a.k.a. moss piglet. (3Dstock/Shutterstock)

Microscopic tardigrades, Earth’s most resilient species, were aboard a privately funded Israeli spacecraft

Thousands of ancient, eight-legged, nigh-indestructible creatures have crash-landed on the moon — and they’ll probably be there long after the human species is wiped off the face of the Earth. They’re called tardigrades, and 10,000 of them were suspended in artificial amber and loaded … [more…]

A Bizarre Tardigrade Was Found With a Belly Full of Strange, Glittery Material

A Bizarre Tardigrade Was Found With a Belly Full of Strange, Glittery Material

When you put a tardigrade under a microscope, you never know what you’re going to get. These weird-looking ‘water bears’ are some of the strangest creatures on the planet, and they are constantly surprising us. Even once you see them with your own eyes, it can be hard to figure out what the heck is going on.

Biologist Rafael Martín-Ledo has been studying marine microfauna such as tardigrades for years, … [more…]

New species of ‘water bears’ discovered in parking lot — tardigrades

New species of ‘water bear’ discovered in Japanese parking lot

It’s not often that a microscopic organism gains celebrity status, but that’s exactly what tardigrades have managed to accomplish. The tiny organisms often called “water bears” due to their stout body shapes, have gained popularity thanks to their undeniable cuteness and incredible resiliency. Considered “micro-animals,” tardigrades are thought to date back as far as 530 million years and they’re still around today.

Now, an entirely new species of the tiny … [more…]

The Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed

The Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed

The world knows no toughness like that of the water bear, which looks like a cannon wearing a pair of wrinkled khakis. This microscopic critter can survive boiling water (and alcohol too, just to be safe), some of the lowest temperatures in the universe, and blasts of radiation that would kill a human. In the slightly edited but still immortal words of Austin Powers: “Why won’t the water bear die?”

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