Scientists deciphered a key ingredient in tardigrades' arsenal of superpowers, learning how a unique protein in microscopic water bears provides protection from harmful radiation.
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.
We bought a bunch of tardigrades online (thanks, internet!) and tried to see them with six inexpensive microscopes. Here is what we discovered.
Whether you know them as water bears or moss piglets, tardigrades are microscopic bundles of awesomeness.
A new military program aims to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, to buy time for battlefield injuries.
From a close-up of a tardigrade embryo, to an aerial of Antarctic "ice cubes," to a pensive polar bear, winning photographs in Royal Society competition will amaze you.
Tardigrades are virtually indestructible, and scientists believe alien life could share some of the same qualities as these tiny creatures.
Tardigrades, often called water bears or moss piglets, are near-microscopic animals that are almost indestructible and can even survive in outer space.
The eight-legged micro-animal called a tardigrade could survive nearly all the way until the death of the sun, a new study suggests — long after humans are history.
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