25 Awesome Facts About Water Bears That Will Blow Your Mind

Water bears are some of the toughest microorganisms on the planet. As we’ll soon discover, it takes a lot to destroy them. Also called tardigrades and moss piglets, scientists are still learning more and more about them every day, and it could mean big things in the future. Better understanding the water bears’ resilience and nigh-superpowers could help scientists develop new technologies. Ready to go swimming with these tubby and adorable little creatures? Here are 25 Awesome Facts About Water Bears That Will Blow Your Mind.

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They can virtually live in any environment. Astronauts released them in space unprotected for weeks and they survived.

spaceSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/tardigrades-facts-water-bear-science-outer-space-2017-10

While they can endure extreme environments and are pretty much indestructible, they prefer to live in water and damp places, like underneath a lake bed or on moist moss.

wet mossSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/71380/7-tough-facts-about-tardigrades

Put to the test, scientists discovered water bears can withstand temperatures of minus 328 Fahrenheit (-200 Celsius) and 300 Fahrenheit (148.9 Celsius).

thermometerSource: https://www.livescience.com/57985-tardigrade-facts.html

They can endure high doses of radiation. Scientists exposed them to 1000 times the radiation it takes to kill a human for them to finally die.

radiationSource: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17178624

The superpower that allows them to withstand pretty much anything is called "Cryptobiosis." They can shut down their metabolism to .01 percent and practically play dead, making them almost indestructible.

WaterbearSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/71380/7-tough-facts-about-tardigrades

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