Tough little tardigrades use biofluorescence to resist damage from ultraviolet rays.
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.
New images of the solar surface, the closest ever seen, included a flaw that resembled a tardigrade.
A tardigrade, a mouse brain and a wasp ovary were some of the standout images in a contest celebrating the beauty in the very small.
Scientists deciphered a key ingredient in tardigrades' arsenal of superpowers, learning how a unique protein in microscopic water bears provides protection from harmful radiation.
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.