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Tardigrades’ latest superpower: a fluorescent protective shield – The Guardian

Scientists identify a species that appears to absorb potentially lethal UV radiation and emit blue light

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The might be tiny creatures with a comical appearance, but tardigrades are one of lifes great survivors. Now scientists say they have found a new species boasting an unexpected piece of armour: a protective fluorescent shield.
Also known as water bears or moss piglets, tardigrades are microscopic, water-dwelling creatures, around 0.5mm to 1mm in length, that resemble a crumpled hoover bag with eight legs.
But while their appearance invites amusing comparisons, it is their hardiness that has in…

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