Perhaps the epitome of the cute-ugly, creepy-cool divide, tardigrades are marvels of nature. The microscopic creatures, also called water bears, are known as much for their pudgy, almost comical, appearances as their ability to survive almost anything thrown there way, from starvation to radiation. When it comes to tardigrades, Live Science leaves no micro-stone unturned. Here's the latest news on all things tardigrades, from recent discoveries, to dissections of their oddities, to breakdowns of various mysteries.
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Proteins found in tardigrades could be used to stabilize drugs that would otherwise need refrigeration.
Whether you know them as water bears or moss piglets, tardigrades are microscopic bundles of awesomeness.
Two tardigrades and one egg that spent the past three decades cooling their jets in a researchers' freezer were recently resuscitated.
A tardigrade's unique genetic makeup fuels the creature's remarkable resuscitation superpowers.
A unique protein found only in tardigrades explains why these tiny animals can dry out completely and survive.
Reference Tardigrades, often called water bears or moss piglets, are near-microscopic animals that are extremely resilient.
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