Tardigrades Are Still a Complete Evolutionary Mystery

You’re probably aware that nature’s most badass animal is undoubtedly the tiny tardigrade, or waterbear. They might be small, but unlike your weak butt, they can live a life without water, withstand temperatures from -328 to 304 degrees Fahrenheit, and even survive the depths of space. How did evolution make such a strange creature, and who are its relatives? 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 >>

Someone Turned Nature’s Most Bizarre Creature into an Adorable Plush Toy

If you haven’t read up on tardigrades, or “water bears” as they’re more commonly known, take a few minutes and familiarise yourself with the microscopic creatures that are nearly indestructible. Then you’ll understand why you must own this adorable stuffed version. 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 >>

Frozen Tardigrade Brought Back to Life After 30 Years

Tardigrades, or “water bears,” are renowned for their remarkable survival skills. But these microscopic creatures are far more indestructible than we thought. In a recent experiment, scientists in Japan successfully revived a tardigrade that had been frozen for more than three decades. Read More >>

Indestructible Water Bears Have a Genome That is Seriously Weird

Water bears, known to scientists as tardigrades, are famously adorable microscopic creatures who can survive anything: freezing, total dehydration, radiation bombardment, and even the vacuum of deep space. Now scientists have sequenced a tardigrade genome, and are very surprised by the results. Read More >>