You already knew that tardigrades are weird creatures, but you'll get way more weirdness when Ze Frank explains them. For example, they come in all shapes and colors, including transparent. In this video, we get to watch them eat diatoms and poop crystals, come back to life after being dehydrated, and reproduce by various means. Because that's how tardigrades do.
I tweeted Miss Cellania's awesome post about how tardigrades poop crystals — possibly the best thing I've yet learned in 2021 — and was talking about it on Twitter with Randy Shulman, when he asked an interesting question … While poking around online to figure that out, I ran across this terrific story in Wired… READ THE REST
A species of tardigrade shields itself from UV light using a glowing blue pigment, researchers have discovered. Eswarappa found that like many other tardigrades, these Paramacrobiotus are resistant to ultraviolet radiation. After sitting under a germicidal UV lamp for 15 minutes — ample time to kill most microbes and give humans a skin lesion —… READ THE REST
I've been monitoring this for some time and can happily report that Tardigrades (previously at Boing Boing) have finally matched and surpassed the high water mark of popularity that they enjoyed in the 1830s. According to Google Ngram, the string "tardigrade" appears in 0.0000020291% (20.291 per billion) of its 2019 corpus of English texts. Though… READ THE REST
Cars have been a symbol of freedom for a century. Once you earn a license as a teenager, you've got the means to get out of the house on your own. Later, the freedom of the open road is intoxicating, offering the temptation of limitless adventure if you just hop behind the wheel, turn the… READ THE REST
For decades, they've been mortal enemies. Oil and water. Fire and ice. Hatfields and McCoys. Windows and Mac. Never the twain shall meet. Nowhere is the dichotomous relationship between the two programming giants more evident than when you run an emulator to try and make a Windows app work on a Mac. There's a good… READ THE REST
If you're running a website, you want people to visit that website. Presumably. Wild guess. If you're going through the work and cost of operating a website just to dump your thoughts on the web, that's cool. Diary is probably safer, but whatever. Back to the point at hand: If you're operating a website, you… READ THE REST