Meet the awesome water bear: so ugly it’s cute; oh, by the way, it’s also, without question, the toughest animal on the planet

The tardigrade (aka, the water bear; named for the adorable way it walks) is just a millimeter long, but is quite probably the most bad-ass animal on Earth.  It can handle temperatures as low as -300F or has high as 300F; it can go for 100+ years without food or water; it can survive the vacuum of space; it can withstand radiation doses of over 500,000 Roentgens (1,000 times the lethal does for a human).

I’m telling ya, nature never ceases to amaze.  If we could tap into a fraction of the water bear’s powers, we could truly become the superheroes that most adult men already think they are.

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Posted on April 29, 2013, in Nature. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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