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google's project ara was going to offer a tardigrade aquarium module


gif gif: dr. ralf wagnergoogle’s project ara modular smartphone was a weird concept that didn’t make it to market. the idea was to give users the option to change out custom modules for upgrades and odd individual features. a new report reveals that one of the most unusual modules would’ve featured a personal tardigrade aquarium. google has reportedly killed its long-delayed, much-hyped modular smartphone initiative, project… read more read moreventurebeat has taken a look back at all that could’ve been if project ara had made it past the prototype stage. an e-ink display with weather updates, a high-quality microphone, and a breath mint dispenser were among the novelty modules that would be optional. but google wanted to commission something that would make an impression and get people ta






google's project ara was going to offer a tardigrade aquarium module


gif gif: dr. ralf wagnergoogle’s project ara modular smartphone was a weird concept that didn’t make it to market. the idea was to give users the option to change out custom modules for upgrades and odd individual features. a new report reveals that one of the most unusual modules would’ve featured a personal tardigrade aquarium. google has reportedly killed its long-delayed, much-hyped modular smartphone initiative, project… read more read moreventurebeat has taken a look back at all that could’ve been if project ara had made it past the prototype stage. an e-ink display with weather updates, a high-quality microphone, and a breath mint dispenser were among the novelty modules that would be optional. but google wanted to commission something that would make an impression and get people ta






this is the toughest animal on earth


what do you think the toughest animal on earth is? rhino? maybe a pit bull? your average house cat? nope, it’s a tardigrade, which sounds like something from dr. who but isn’t.full story at youtube.more great animals. posted by josh urich






the incredible way tardigrades survive total dehydration


a scanning electron micrograph image of six tardigrades in their dehydrated state. when tardigrades dry out they retract their legs and heads within their cuticle forming a ball like shape known as a “tun.” (image: t. c. boothby)tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are probably the toughest microscopic creatures on the planet, capable of surviving freezing, radiation, and even the vacuum of space. they’re also able to withstand complete dehydration—and scientists have finally figured out how they do it. advertisementresearchers from the university of north carolina, chapel hill, have discovered a unique set of proteins, now known as tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (tdps), that turns parts of the tardigrade’s body into a glass-like substance when it dries out, pro






how tardigrades survive extreme conditions / boing boing


tardigrades, the tiny creatures also known as water bears, are a house favorite at boing boing. able to survive in the most extreme conditions, from alcohol immersion to empty space, their resilience poses difficult scientific questions. scientists believe they've found the answer, and have published their findings in molecular cell.wired's matt simon writes: ...researchers claim they’ve found an exclusively tardigradean protein that the creature produces, forming it into a glass bead. it’s in this state that the water bear can pull off such extreme feats of survival—which might be very convenient for human medicine one day. the problem with the [earlier] trehalose theory, as it turned out, was that while many other organisms like nematode worms and brine shrimp use it to survive desiccati