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Old 07-16-2017, 01:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What would it take to kill all the Tardigrades?

Tardigrades are the toughest animals on Earth. What would it take to kill them all?

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If a cataclysm wipes out most of life on the planet — including humans — it’s likely that tardigrades will survive. These oddly cute microscopic animals are among the toughest creatures on Earth.

Some can withstand the shock of boiling water and temperatures that near absolute zero. Others have survived in the crushing pressures of the deep ocean or go without water for decades. Tardigrades have survived in the vacuum of space. In 2014, Japanese researchers thawed a group of tardigrades that had been frozen for 30 years. What did they do after they woke up? They reproduced.

But, what would it take to ... kill them all? (Laughs maniacally.)
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Yeah, I think it is beyond human capability to kill all of the tardigrades fortunately.
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We'd need to turn the earth into a twin of venus.

Pretty unlikely, even as badly as we're doing.
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We'd need to turn the earth into a twin of venus.
Which will happen eventually, we're right at the inner edge of the Goldilocks zone and if we weren't a double planet we'd never have made it this long.
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Which will happen eventually, we're right at the inner edge of the Goldilocks zone and if we weren't a double planet we'd never have made it this long.

This article thinks we will move away from the sun over billions of years though not much.

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Old 07-17-2017, 02:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This article thinks we will move away from the sun over billions of years though not much.
The sun is also going to warm up.

We might have as as much as another 1.5 billion years according to this article that's a lot less optimistic than the title. It describes a stable Earth that's reminiscent of the overheated planet in Niven's A World out of Time, with small habitable zones near the poles.
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Well shoot, it will eventually cool down and burn out if we can keep the air conditioners on till then.
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