How tardigrades survive extreme conditions


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INB4 Clearly they’re not only non-native but are the advance guard of the TriSolarian invasion. We’re screwed.


I myself wish to uncover the secret of surviving total immersion in alcohol.


all very interesting, but the dog-whistle word is “vitrification”

can it be done? - and when? - that’s all i want to know


God, more tardigrades. I can’t believe how much mileage those talentless hacks have wrung out of having a silly name and looking cute under an electron microscope.

ETA that wasn’t meant as an oblique dig at @beschizza


Tardigrades 2020!

All the tardigrades!

Make America Durable!


The same is true for the newly discovered retardigrades…they were found in a big pile of elephant feces.

…but just look how cute their tiny tiny hands are!



Moss piglets!


What more do you need in life?


Practice. I’m working my way up.


Noone told you? Pretzels.


As somebody with a plush naked mole rat, I guess I can’t cast any aspersions…


Danish ancestry works for me.


Reddit LPT:


I believe you’re thinking of the alien invasion in HHGTTG.

For thousands more years the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across—which happened to be the Earth—where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.


Haven’t made it to total immersion, but total saturation is a regular.


Step one: don’t inhale any of it.


I’m not sure if I’m more disappointed that people are still making jokes like this, or that they’re getting as many Likes as they are.


a) low hanging fruit
b) gallows humor
c) pressure release valve
d) all of the above?:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

for me i’m going with D only because i can’t ignore him away, but i totally understand, no one would be happier then i if i never heard mention of the guy again. here’s to hoping…