Water-dwelling tardigrades survive dry spells by turning into glass

by on March 17, 2017

The tough-as-nails creatures can survive desiccation for a decade, and revive in an hour after being exposed to water. Behold the mighty tardigrade, quite likely the toughest creature on Earth. Also known as water bears or moss piglets (swoon), these Miyazaki-esque micro-animals can survive the vacuum of space, blasts of radiation, being frozen for decades and even desiccation. How do they do it? The mystery behind this remarkable perseverance has stumped scientists for more…
WN.com – Science News

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