water bear


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Recent Examples on the Web Each sphere is teeming with invertebrate life, hosting creatures such as tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Glacier mice have no feet, but they still move in herds," 28 May 2020 As for whether any of the DNA or tardigrades are still intact, that’s anyone’s guess, but Spivack says there’s no reason to worry about water bears taking over the moon. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 In this state, water bears have survived in outer space and then revived. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "High Temperatures Might Be Water Bears’ Achilles Heel," 23 Jan. 2020 At least 1,300 species of water bear swim in Earth’s waters and crawl in its moist soils. Matt Simon, Wired, "Even Ultra-Tough Water Bears May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change," 16 Jan. 2020 With a resolution of 3 micron and a field of view of around one millimeter, this lens, which is packaged in red, allows the user to see cells and microorganisms like protozoans and water bears. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "If You've Ever Wanted a Smartphone Microscope, Now's Your Chance," 22 Nov. 2019 The future is in sight and water bears face a plight, but first: a cartoon about the Duolingo inheritance. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News," 16 Jan. 2020 To create the little organisms, which scoot around a petri dish a bit like water bears—those tiny microorganisms that are pretty much impossible to kill—the researchers scraped living stem cells from frog embryos. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the First Living Robots: Machines Made from Frog Stem Cells," 14 Jan. 2020 Today's Headlines Tardigrades, or water bears, are known for being basically indestructible. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News," 5 Aug. 2019

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Water bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20bear. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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