Tardigrades turn into glass to survive complete dehydration
Tardigrades, the microscopic animals also known as water bears and moss piglets, have captured the imagination of scientists for almost 250 years, thanks to their Muppet-like appearance and their ability to survive extreme environments that would destroy most other living things. One of these skills is the ability to endure being dried out for up to a decade or longer. In Molecular Cell on March 16, a team of scientists report that this knack for survival is due to a unique set of proteins they dubbed tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs).
Thu 16 Mar 17 from Newscientist
Tardigrades, the microscopic animals also known as water bears and moss piglets, have captured the imagination of scientists for almost 250 years, thanks to their Muppet-like appearance and ...
Thu 16 Mar 17 from Phys.org
Just when we thought we'd seen all the tricks waterbears keep up their tiny sleeves, they're back to surprise us again. The post Tardigrades survive extreme dehydration by turning into glass ...
Tue 21 Mar 17 from Extremetech
This animal keeps on surprising us.
Fri 17 Mar 17 from ZME Science
Fri 17 Mar 17 from Telegraph.co.uk Science
Glassy proteins allow tardigrades to survive being dried out for more than a decade
Fri 17 Mar 17 from Chemistry World
Researchers from the University of North Carolina were interested in understanding how the creatures are able to endure dry conditions for such long periods of time.
Thu 16 Mar 17 from Daily Mail
Unique protein allows these microscopic animals to dry into husk, then return to life.
Thu 16 Mar 17 from Arstechnica
Thu 16 Mar 17 from Gizmodo
Researchers claim to have found a protein that makes the water bear so insanely tough. The post The Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed appeared first on WIRED.
Thu 16 Mar 17 from Wired Science