What Would It Take to Wipe Out All Life on Earth?

In about 5 billion years' time, our Sun will use up its reserves of hydrogen and begin to cool down and expand, cooking the Earth in a miasma of heat and radiation. Given our current trajectory, humans will probably be long gone by then anyway, but at least one lifeform will likely still be plodding along: the utterly unkillable tardigrade. According to a new study from Harvard and Oxford, it'll take nothing short of the death of the Sun to finally do the species in – which bodes well for the resilience of life as a whole... Continue Reading Utterly unkillable tardigrades will live to see our Sun die Category: Biology Tags: Animals Earth Extinction Harvard Oxford University Sun Related Articles: Global cheetah numbers plummet toward extinction Leopard numbers plummet in former African stronghold Back from the dead? Sig

What Would It Take to Wipe Out All Life on Earth?

Mon 17 Jul 17 from Discover Magazine

Water bears will survive the end of the world as we know it

Water bears have a till-death-do-us-part pact with the sun, study suggests.

Fri 14 Jul 17 from ScienceNews

Utterly unkillable tardigrades will live to see our Sun die

In about 5 billion years' time, our Sun will use up its reserves of hydrogen and begin to cool down and expand, cooking the Earth in a miasma of heat and radiation. Given our current ...

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Gizmag

Tardigrades: The last survivors on Earth

The world's most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration.

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Phys.org

Tardigrades could probably survive the otherwise complete annihilation of life on Earth

Animals Water bear don't care. Water bear don't care. Meet our planet's future overlords.

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Popular Science

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