Tardigrades can survive being shot out of guns at up to 2,000 mph

Originally published at: Tardigrades can survive being shot out of guns at up to 2,000 mph | Boing Boing

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This is excellent news for my plans for a high-speed on-demand tardigrade delivery service.

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The linked article describes an Israeli craft that crashed into the moon, not Mars. To my knowledge Israel has not yet launched any Mars missions.

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Cool.
Those hardcore little water-bears signed up for it, yeah?

:grimacing:

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If anything, this makes me sad that we’re torturing little creatures for science. When all of the experimented-upon creatures rise up and turn the tables, it’ll make Skynet look like kindergarten recess. And we’ll totally deserve it.

If you’ve ever eaten salad or fruit you probably killed more tardigrades by immersing them in acid in the course of one meal than this experiment did. At any rate, they’re doing it for a good reason: we want to be sure we’re not endangering other alien life that might be out there by introducing invasive species.

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A 'tardigrade sabot" was not something I thought I’d read about today.

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Clearly I was trying to demonstrate how a single distracted typo can snowball and lead to further accidental misinformation!

…I’ll flag @beschizza about that.

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This makes tardigrades the only species likely to survive Texas’s new gun legislation.

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Tardigrades!!
How DO they work?

(Is there nothing a tardigrade cannot survive?)

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[Life at Low Reynolds Number](https://PDF Life at Low Reynolds Number, EM Purcell 1973.) (PDF warning) is weird and bizarre.

I wonder how many mm of RHA a tardigrade can just relentlessly survive its way through?

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