water bear

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Recent Examples on the Web One of the new CG ghosts, Muncher, took cues from a tardigrade (microscopic water bear) and glass frogs for translucency. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2022 Even if the water bear's speed changed, their gait stayed the same, per Gizmodo. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Sep. 2021 Mosses which house many microscopic organisms, including the famous tardigrade, or water bear. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2021 To further test the water bear's survival limits, researchers loaded the microscopic beings into a gun and fired them at sand bag targets to test their impact survival rate, according to a study published in Astrobiology. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 The water bear is intriguing to scientists for its tough make-up being able to survive in unbearably hot and cold environments as well as low-pressure areas and even the vacuum of space, according to the Smithsonian. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 3 June 2021 However, some meteorites that hit Earth or Mars may experience lower shock pressures that a water bear could survive, Traspas explained to Science. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 With this event in mind, astrochemist Alejandra Traspas and astrophysicist Mark Burchell, who both work at the University of Kent, set out to find if the water bear's impact survival was possible. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 Each sphere is teeming with invertebrate life, hosting creatures such as tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. Candice Wang, Popular Science, 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of water bear

1848, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2022

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“Water bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20bear. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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