Strange Science: Tardigrades

TardigradeTardigrades, aka water bears or moss piglets, have experienced a recent upsurge in popularity. They’re tiny little critters (only about 0.5 millimeters, or 0.02 inches), and scientists have known about them since the eighteenth century. But despite scientists studying them for hundreds of years, there’s plenty we are still learning about tardigrades.

For example, in 2016, Japanese scientists cracked some of the secrets as to why tardigrades are virtually indestructible. And earlier this month, another Japanese scientist located another species of tardigrade in water in a parking lot.

If you’re interested in learning more about these unusual creatures, check out this article for more fun facts about tardigrades!

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