Results for - After all, can we really kill a tardigrade?

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A couple of months ago we were talking about the water bear. Let´s find out a bit more about this amazing creature that can live up to 200 years and survive in space.

This creature can stay alive in total vacuum, pelted by enough radiation to create an army of superheroes, It can go without water for 10 years, It can survive temperature from near-absolute zero to boiling water and the pressure of six Marianas Trenches stacked together. But it can´t survive to stomach acid and the human immune system. Who cares? After all, did you ever eat a water bear?

1. This creature can stay alive in total vacuum, pelted by enough radiation to create an army of superheroes, It can go without water for 10 years, It can survive temperature from near-absolute zero to boiling water and the pressure of six Marianas Trenches stacked together. But it can´t survive to stomach acid and the human immune system. Who cares? After all, did you ever eat a water bear?

Yes
4%
84 votes
No
64%
1,218 votes
Undecided
14%
260 votes
Not Applicable
17%
330 votes
If your answer is no, then you probably don´t know you can find them very close to you. Tardigrades are pretty ubiquitous in nature. You can collect plenty of them from freshly cut lettuce, spinach and other garden greens, as demonstrated by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh in a citizen science activity. Did you ever imagine that these unusual creatures were living right there, with you?

2. If your answer is no, then you probably don´t know you can find them very close to you. Tardigrades are pretty ubiquitous in nature. You can collect plenty of them from freshly cut lettuce, spinach and other garden greens, as demonstrated by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh in a citizen science activity. Did you ever imagine that these unusual creatures were living right there, with you?

Yes
10%
183 votes
No
68%
1,284 votes
Undecided
7%
123 votes
Not Applicable
16%
302 votes
Don´t worry. Tardigrades don´t infest people or other animals. If ingested, the tiny creature would be digested and provide a tiny amount of nutriment, but nothing more. Do you ever wonder about those micro creatures you eat daily and can´t even see without a microscope?

3. Don´t worry. Tardigrades don´t infest people or other animals. If ingested, the tiny creature would be digested and provide a tiny amount of nutriment, but nothing more. Do you ever wonder about those micro creatures you eat daily and can´t even see without a microscope?

Yes
28%
522 votes
No
48%
911 votes
Undecided
8%
154 votes
Not Applicable
16%
305 votes
Scientists have reported tardigrades in hot springs, on top of the Himalayas, under layers of solid ice and in ocean sediments. Many species can be found in a milder environment like lakes, ponds and meadows, while others can be found in stone walls and roofs. Tardigrades are most common in moist environments, but can stay active wherever they can retain at least some moisture. Now there are some museums that allow you to investigate this magnificent world we can´t just see without technology helping us. Did you ever have a chance to see a water bear alive in a microscope?

4. Scientists have reported tardigrades in hot springs, on top of the Himalayas, under layers of solid ice and in ocean sediments. Many species can be found in a milder environment like lakes, ponds and meadows, while others can be found in stone walls and roofs. Tardigrades are most common in moist environments, but can stay active wherever they can retain at least some moisture. Now there are some museums that allow you to investigate this magnificent world we can´t just see without technology helping us. Did you ever have a chance to see a water bear alive in a microscope?

Yes
4%
70 votes
No
76%
1,435 votes
Undecided
5%
88 votes
Not Applicable
16%
299 votes
01/16/2016 Education 1892 37 By: LBP

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