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Carmen Hathaway

13 Days Ago

Tardigrades Aka Water Bears Have Crash-landed On The Moon

Say what??!

On a prophetic note: Back in 2015, early stages of learning 3D digital modeling -- I wound up creating this scenario I titled 'In A Beginning', featuring my impression of a trio of Tardigrades. Water Bears. Moss Piglets.

Today, this CBC news headline got my attention:
Ancient near indestructible 'water bears' have crash-landed on the moon

To the moon, Alice, Moe, or whoever you are. Or will be.....




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Robert Kernodle

12 Days Ago

With a title like yours for this comment thread, I'm surprised that no one has commented yet, and so let me be the first.

I've never heard of "water bears" before now. Besides that, your art looks awesome.

 

Chance Kafka

12 Days Ago

I just learned about them yesterday and have been googling them the best couple days. They're pretty cool! Really nice art too

 

Jestephotography Ltd

12 Days Ago

Being a biology nut as a kid they have been one of my favourite of the “lil fellas”.

 

Carmen Hathaway

12 Days Ago

 

Thanks Robert & Chance -- I've been fascinated with these wee marvels for years.

Digging back into archived files of my original design Tardigrade digital modeling projects -- I find a 2GB file full o' fun   :)

I get that, Steve -- zoology, biology total focus throughout my youth, & evermore.

 

Becky Titus

12 Days Ago

They're so adorable! I hope they survive. It would be nice if we could coax these fascinating creatures into enlarging to about the size of kittens...

 

Carmen Hathaway

12 Days Ago

 

    I have my suspicions that, given the right circumstances, kitten size can well be surpassed.   ;)

e.g.

Moss piglets on steroids. Or, as they can apparently withstand something like 5,000 times the radiation we mere mortals would be obliterated by -- just imagine.



 

Doug Swanson

12 Days Ago

A billion years from now, when tardigrades have evolved and developed super-luminal travel and colonized the solar system, they will have a long established religion that revolves around their creation myth and how they were sent from a great, warm, wet place by a God named NASA, to begin a new life. Their temples will feature large statues of something like us and sacred texts telling how we sent them to the moon and then polluted ourselves out of existence. They will be all that's left of us.

 

Carmen Hathaway

12 Days Ago

 
 

Pretty much.


The moon's a balloon -- partay with the Tardigrades -- they're all over it!

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Becky Titus

12 Days Ago

I’m going to name my first one Slorton Herezahoozy :-)

 

Carmen Hathaway

12 Days Ago

 

Cool, Becky.   Dr. Seuss'd be proud.   :)

Mine will answer to no one. Of couse, if it doesn't answer to anyone, I can't properly call it anything.

I'll refer to it as Exercise. 'Cause that's what I'll be busy doing, running & dodging from it.   ;)

 

Becky Titus

12 Days Ago

Probably best to clip their toenails more often than I do my dog's.

 

Mario Carta

11 Days Ago

Carmen, why am I not surprised you would find your topic interesting? Lol

Here is my first ever attempt at making a microscopic video with improvised equipment and not a clue, titled "Aliens Amongst Us" I use a tripod withmy canon 1322mm zoom lens over a student science microscope.

 

Carmen Hathaway

11 Days Ago

 


   I remember this video of yours, Mario.
 

I'm back to some more Tardigrade modeling...what a hoot   :)

@ Becky -- nothing like a good manicure. ;) Those moss piglets have some fine wee hooks!

 

Mario Carta

11 Days Ago

Who could forget a face like that (the thumbnail image in the video). :-)

These creatures are incredible, just to think they are living in my Koi pond in a tiny drop of water.

I don't know if I have come across those bears but I saw a lot of weird alien like moving creatures, really fascinating stuff.

 

Abbie Shores

11 Days Ago

Never heard of them before... Not sure if that's a good or bad thing yet

 

Carmen Hathaway

11 Days Ago

 

:)   I hadn't either till I got into 3D digital modeling a few years ago, Abbie. Tardigrades were the subject of a tutorial. Go figure.

Thanks for permission to share Tardigrade images on this thread, very much appreciated!

Art Prints


 

Doug Swanson

10 Days Ago

"Never heard of them before... Not sure if that's a good or bad thing yet" - It's mostly inconsequential. You will probably NEVER see a tardigrade anywhere other than this forum. You won't get sick OR rich because they're in your life.

 
 

Corinne Carroll

10 Days Ago

Carmen COULD get rich, though. This branch of her art is in a renaissance.

 

Carmen Hathaway

10 Days Ago

 


LOL, Corinne -- thanks!  I'm enjoying myself, and that's of some consequence. To me, at any rate.   ;)

 

Peter Gartner

10 Days Ago

If we find alien life in the Solar System, most likely on Europa, Enceladus or Titan, tardigrades, or something like them, are much more possible than humanoid life-forms, which are just science fiction.

 

Carmen Hathaway

9 Days Ago

 


I've always thought that what alien life forms there are can hardly be imagined.

 

Dennis Lundell

8 Days Ago

Neil Degrasse Tyson had a segment on them when he redid the "Cosmos" series. I don't believe I had heard of them prior. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX4LiZWX6Og

 

Carmen Hathaway

7 Days Ago

 

Thanks for posting the link, Dennis -- hadn't come across the Tyson video yet.

 

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