New Species of Tardigrade Discovered in Japanese Car Park

Say hello to Macrobiotus shonaicus, a completely new species of tardigrade—those incredibly resilient microscopic wee beasties that likely have what it takes to survive the apocalypse. Read More >>

Scientist Say Tardigrades Will Be the Last Animals on Earth

Microscopic tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are the toughest animals on the planet, capable of withstanding intense radiation, extreme temperatures, and even the vacuum of space. In a fascinating new study, researchers have shown that tardigrades are poised to survive literally anything that nature throws at them—and that of the animals alive today, they’ll be the last ones standing before the Sun annihilates the Earth billions of years from now. Read More >>

The Incredible Way Tardigrades Survive Total Dehydration

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. Read More >>

Freakishly Resilient Plants Managed to Survive a 450-Day Ordeal in Outer Space

In an experiment conducted on the International Space Station, two different types of naturally-occurring algae were exposed to the extreme conditions of space. Incredibly, both strains survived. It’s a finding that could further our understanding of how life originated on Earth, and how colonists might be able to sustain themselves on Mars. Read More >>

Genes Hold the Key to the Water Bears’ Indestructibility 

Tardigrades, also known as “water bears”, are microscopic animals capable of withstanding some of the most severe environmental conditions. Researchers from Japan have now created the most accurate picture yet of the tardigrade genome, revealing the clever tricks it uses to stay alive. Read More >>

Saharan Silver Ants Have Evolved an Awesome Way of Fighting Extreme Desert Heat

The strikingly beautiful Saharan silver ant is capable of withstanding some of the most extreme temperatures on the planet. New research shows that their silver sheen serves as a heat-repellent system, reflecting incoming sunlight like a prism. Read More >>

Sorry, Oxygen-Free Animals Don’t Exist After All

2010 a group of scientists announced that they’d found evidence of multi-cellular life in hyper-salty, oxygen-free pools at the bottom of the ocean. A new study indicates that what they thought were living animals were actually corpses taken over by bacterial “body-snatchers”. Read More >>

The Ancient Secrets of a ‘Bleeding’ Glacier are Finally Being Revealed

Against vast whiteness of Antarctica, Blood Falls bleeds a deep dramatic red. The colour comes from iron-rich ancient seawater trapped under the ice for 2 million years. For the first time, scientists have been able to take a sample from deep under the ice. Read More >>