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Tardigrades: Water bears in space (photo at link)
BBC.Co.UK ^ | May. 17 2011 | no byline

Posted on 05/17/2011 11:11:51 AM PDT by ransomnote

In 2007, a little known creature called a tardigrade became the first animal to survive exposure to space.

It prevailed over sub-zero temperatures, unrelenting solar winds and an oxygen-deprived space vacuum.

On Monday, this microscopic cosmonaut has once again hitched a ride into space on the Nasa shuttle Endeavour.

Its mission: to help scientists understand more about how this so-called "hardiest animal on Earth" can survive for short periods off it.

Tardigrades join other microscopic organisms selected to be part of a project into extreme survival. Shuttle Endeavour Endeavour climbs into the sky on Monday

Project Biokis is sponsored by the Italian Space Agency and will investigate the impact of short-duration spaceflight on a number of microscopic organisms.

The project will use seven experiments to investigate how spaceflight affects organisms on a molecular level.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2007; 20110516; biology; endeavour; projectbiokis; shuttle; tardigrades
Most freakish photo of a living thing I've seen in a loooooong time.
1 posted on 05/17/2011 11:11:58 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote
Most freakish photo of a living thing I've seen in a loooooong time.

Resembles Hillary.

2 posted on 05/17/2011 11:15:42 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: ransomnote

What happens if the exposure to space radiation turns them into giant space water bears that ravage the planet eating entire continents at a time? Then what?

Don’t these guys get the sci-fi channel? Don’t that know what could happen? Is it really worth the risk?


4 posted on 05/17/2011 11:16:20 AM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: ClearCase_guy

that’s pretty damn disgusting


5 posted on 05/17/2011 11:16:53 AM PDT by Dominic01 (Political correctness has become a psychosis)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Flagged for removal.


6 posted on 05/17/2011 11:17:33 AM PDT by RMDupree (I'm not really here.)
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To: All

Booby trapped hotlink


7 posted on 05/17/2011 11:22:58 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Brookhaven

Godzilla vs WaterBear!!!!


8 posted on 05/17/2011 11:22:58 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Dominic01
Did I do something wrong? I attempted to upload a photo of Dr Who's Tardis, making a play on the word tardigrade.

It got pulled and two people are expressing unhappiness with me. I'm truly sorry if I goofed.

9 posted on 05/17/2011 11:22:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Brookhaven

Godzilla vs WaterBear!!!!


10 posted on 05/17/2011 11:23:20 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Brookhaven
What happens if the exposure to space radiation turns them into giant space water bears that ravage the planet eating entire continents at a time? Then what?

And don't forget about the zombi water bears!

11 posted on 05/17/2011 11:23:57 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Your hotlink was booby trapped. Some sites like rotten.com do it routinely.


12 posted on 05/17/2011 11:25:02 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Sidebar Moderator

Okay. Thanks.


13 posted on 05/17/2011 11:26:11 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ransomnote

Bizarre. It looks like it’s wearing a itty bitty space suit.


14 posted on 05/17/2011 11:27:32 AM PDT by right way right
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To: right way right

“Bizarre. It looks like it’s wearing a itty bitty space suit.”

With a universal vacuum cleaner upholstery hub on its face...

Now...I am going to try to stop hearing a spontaneous ditty about an ‘itty bitty space suit’ playing in my head for the rest of the day.


15 posted on 05/17/2011 11:31:49 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ClearCase_guy

16 posted on 05/17/2011 11:35:15 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: ransomnote

I don’t care what the study shows. Water bears are threatened with extinction by global warming. That’s settled science and I’m sticking to my story. /s


17 posted on 05/17/2011 11:41:48 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: ransomnote

WaterBear vs SeaMonkeys!!


18 posted on 05/17/2011 12:23:25 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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100 years from now Scientists will create a human/tardigrades hybrid that can withstand the ionising radiation of long space voyages and be put in a state of suspended life for thousands of years. Maybe this is how we can colonize the universe with space craft not able to exceed the speed of light.


19 posted on 05/17/2011 12:37:43 PM PDT by RC51
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To: Brookhaven

Godzilla will stop them, If they land in Japan.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 12:59:50 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: ransomnote

WATER BEAR DON'T CARE. WATER BEAR DON'T GIVE A S**T. IT JUST TAKES WHAT IT WANTS. WHAT'S IT EATING? A SNAKE? EWWW, DISGUSTING! WATCH IT BITE THE HEAD OFF! IT RUNS BACKWARD? WATER BEAR IS A BADA&&! WATER BEAR DON'T CARE!

21 posted on 05/17/2011 1:05:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: jagusafr

WATER BEAR VERSUS HONEY BADGER!


22 posted on 05/17/2011 1:06:40 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Lazamataz

Per the RuneScape Wiki:

“The Honey badger is a level 32 Summoning familiar. It is summoned by using a honey badger pouch, which will give you 1.6 Summoning experience. The components are: 1 empty pouch, 84 spirit shards, 1 crimson charm, and 1 honeycomb. When used the pouch grants Strength experience.

“This familiar has an ability called Insane Ferocity, which gives the badger a chance of attacking twice in quick succession. It shares this ability with the spirit dagannoth.”

I’m thinkin’ the honey badger’s gonna kick some water bear butt...


23 posted on 05/17/2011 1:21:41 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: ransomnote; Lazamataz
Water bear is everywhere.
Badder than a Honey Badger he don't give a s***
Water bear is everywhere.
In his itty bitty space suit he can't be beat.
Water Bear is everywhere.
Probably even on you and he don't care.
24 posted on 05/17/2011 1:24:35 PM PDT by right way right
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To: Lazamataz

LOL! ROFL! *coughing from laughing*

Yes, that was the spontaneous ditty in my head! Ironically, by coincidence...the same words you spelled with asterisks were the very same words audibly bleeped out in my head as the ditty ran through it. What a coincidence.
And thanks for posting the pic of this bad boy - I keep meaning to learn how.


25 posted on 05/17/2011 1:55:43 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: right way right

ROFL *cough* LOL! *cough cough* Too much laughing.

This, I can tell you, is verse two of the ditty that was running through my head! (LAZ captured verse one) And once again - asterisks in the written lyrics match up perfectly with the audible bleeps in my head as the ditty ran through it!


26 posted on 05/17/2011 1:58:01 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

bttt


27 posted on 05/17/2011 2:00:15 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ransomnote
Find the “http://www. blah blah blah” of your jpeg image.

Copy it.

Write in “img src =” and then paste the URL of your jpeg image.

Put < and > around it.

28 posted on 05/17/2011 2:01:44 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: ransomnote

29 posted on 05/17/2011 2:10:21 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: allmendream

*cringe* Well...it just looks so *cringe* ....simple I have to say...*blush*...that I am a little embarrassed that I never searched out the instructions before. Thank you!


30 posted on 05/17/2011 4:59:15 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

Well do your first one! It becomes addicting. Sometimes a pic will be ALL you post to a thread - and it will be the best post of the thread! ;)


31 posted on 05/17/2011 5:01:17 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Lazamataz

What the He!! is that round thing?? Is that its mouth, or is that where you plug in the vacuum hose?


32 posted on 05/17/2011 5:10:01 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: allmendream

Well, I’ll try but I’ll have to wait a few days or longer before I post something...that water bear photo is a tough act to follow!


33 posted on 05/17/2011 5:21:23 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: COBOL2Java

I’m tellin ya, it’s a itty bitty space suit.

Series.


34 posted on 05/17/2011 5:58:22 PM PDT by right way right
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