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I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: July 16, 2017 09:22AM


[sg.news.yahoo.com]

If a monster space rock crashes into our planet or radiation from an exploding star boils our oceans, humans and most other life forms will disappear.

But one creature is sure to survive, according to a study published Friday.

And it will keep going for as long as the Sun doesn't die -- at least another 10 billion years.

Earth's designated heir is the tardigrade, a microscopic, grub-like, eight-legged animal that can live in water or on land, in extreme pressure high or low.

Also known as a water bear or moss piglet, it can withstand sizzling heat, freezing cold, and high radiation, 30 years without food, and even being dried to a crisp.

Despite its diminutive size -- under a millimetre (0.04 inches) -- it is considered the world's toughest animal.

The tardigrade, said researchers from Oxford and Harvard, will survive all foreseeable astrophysical catastrophes -- asteroid strikes, exploding stars (supernovae) or gamma ray bursts -- and "be around for at least 10 billion years."

That is far better than the diagnosis for our own species.

"Without our technology protecting us, humans are a very sensitive species. Subtle changes in our environment impact us dramatically," said Rafael Alves Batista of Oxford University, a co-author of the study in the journal Scientific Reports.

"There are many more resilient species on Earth. Life on this planet can continue long after humans are gone."




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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 16, 2017 09:41AM
pRICE,

Kind of begs the question... All things considered equal, which is tougher. A tardigrade or a cockroach? I suspect both species will outlive humanity in the event of a global disaster.

Robert
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: July 16, 2017 10:15AM
Humanity has the ability to compensate for weakness by using whatever is available to us in the environment. We are one of few relatively hairless animals to survive the ice age. We are the only mammal living on every continent, including Antarctica. Even if only 2000 of us survive, we'll return. It's happened before.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 16, 2017 10:39AM
That thing is the stuff of nightmares. Thank goodness it's tiny.

But yeah, it will be there right along with cockroaches, pigeons, mosquitos (and probably squirrels).
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: July 16, 2017 12:04PM
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S. Pupp
Humanity has the ability to compensate for weakness by using whatever is available to us in the environment. We are one of few relatively hairless animals to survive the ice age. We are the only mammal living on every continent, including Antarctica. Even if only 2000 of us survive, we'll return. It's happened before.

Reassuring to think that we can survive to be a mass extinction event again.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 16, 2017 12:11PM
Imagine those dudes if they were the size of cattle! terrified smiley



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 16, 2017 02:54PM
Finally a pet that the kids can't kill.



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: steve...
Date: July 16, 2017 04:13PM
Is it true they can survive the vacuum of space? I wasn't aware anything could.



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: July 16, 2017 05:43PM
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steve...
Is it true they can survive the vacuum of space? I wasn't aware anything could.

huh smiley This was well-documented over 30 years ago...
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 16, 2017 06:42PM
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wurm
That thing is the stuff of nightmares. Thank goodness it's tiny.

Awwwwww. I think it's cute!

It's a little 8-legged bearpig! with that cute little Alien-extendo death-sucker.

How can anyone resist a (non-)face like that?
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 16, 2017 06:48PM
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pRICE cUBE
will survive all foreseeable astrophysical catastrophes -asteroid strikes, exploding stars (supernovae) or gamma ray bursts -- and "be around for at least 10 billion years."
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It'll all be reruns by then anyway. Won't matter.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: July 16, 2017 10:23PM
There are better swimmers. . .

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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 17, 2017 11:56AM
I don't know if they'll outlive everything else, but they'll outlive humans, that's for sure.



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 17, 2017 12:25PM
There's your answer to what we're likely to find on Mars (or any of the others).
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: MysteryGuest
Date: July 17, 2017 01:02PM
Seen the pictures. Never seen the video before. Adorable and creepy.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade Overlords. Will they outlive all other species?
Posted by: steve...
Date: July 17, 2017 01:04PM
Interesting. I found an article that says Russian astronauts on the ISS claim to have found living sea plankton on the exterior of the station that likely originated from Earth.

The working theory is that atmospheric currents could be scooping up the organisms then carrying them all the way to the space station, though that would mean the currents could travel an astonishing 205 miles (330 km) above the planet.

NASA has not yet confirmed the discovery.

ExtremeTech



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