Water bears ... in space

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16 Responses to “Water bears ... in space”

  1. naturegrrl says:

    best thing about this project was its name.
    TARdigrades In Space, or TARDIS.
    nerds… gotta love em.

  2. avi says:

    We should strap them to a rocket and send them to the nearest possibly habitable planet! Might as well jump-start a brand new Water Bear-based civilization while we still have the chance.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve read that tardigrades are a form of life where every specimen is identical. That is, every individual tardigrade has the exact same number of cells as any other individual tardigrade.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are lots of different kinds of water-bears. Within a species, though, they often do have the same number of cells. It turns out that’s not uncommon among the tiniest animals – some nematodes and wheel animals are the same way. By the way, although they don’t quite make it in space, some of those will survive temperatures past liquid nitrogen.

  4. karl_jones says:

    The European Space Agency deliberately killing living creatures.

    Cute living creatures, at that!

    Where is PETA when you need it?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for using my video in this article. I have been working on toughness of tardigrades for 10 years and have been culturing this tardigrade species for 5 years in the lab.
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  6. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh…so SUNLIGHT is their weakness. Earth is saved!

  7. seyo says:

    I’m just gonna go ahead and welcome our new water bear overlords anyway. Better safe than sorry.

  8. oddboyout says:

    Wow these are actually really cute! <3

  9. RedShirt77 says:

    For how long can they do this? Because if it isn’t 100 years it probably isn’t an effective way for life to travel the stars.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Neither red hot nor the ice cold can destroy the water bear
    http://boingboing.net/2009/12/08/water-bears-rock-out.html

  11. Nadreck says:

    And the Water Bear Emperor does the Happy Dance!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1gSxppAhM

  12. kawayama says:

    wait wait wait—what was that Aeon Flux episode where beings that look like this contain an amnesia capsule? the brave couple in the episode try to destroy the beings by blasting them into the sun… but Trevor and Aeon mess everything up, as usual.

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