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B7Biscuit
B7Biscuit Aug 5 2012, 7:45am says:

Isn't life beautiful?

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Freakydemon Author
Freakydemon Aug 5 2012, 8:51am replied:

They look pretty weird but they sure have a certain kind of beauty to them. Especially their resilience to outside factors.

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TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Aug 5 2012, 9:43am replied:

Agreed, what a marvel

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Readyus Creator
Readyus Aug 5 2012, 1:10pm says:

Nature is so perfect.

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Freakydemon Author
Freakydemon Aug 5 2012, 6:33pm replied:

Well not really... I mean look at the horrible positioning of the oesophagus and the windpipe, effectively allowing food and other stuff to get stuck in in your windpipe. Not to mention faulty mitosis, caused by dead cellparts, that in turn causes ageing, effectively killing us slowly by faulty cleaning of older cells or dead parts in cells. Nature has some good working systems but there are also a lot of them that are flawed or even heavily flawed.

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Sarge_Rho Creator
Sarge_Rho Aug 8 2012, 10:43pm replied:

No, not at all. If it was perfect, Evolution wouldn't work.

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Berserker101
Berserker101 Aug 21 2012, 7:41pm says:

The nature is beautiful. Is very intelligent. And also is the most perfect thing in this world and the whole universe. But nothing is really perfect...

Then our nature did a great mistake: CREATE US.

We are very evil. So evil than also we hate each other. We are very destructive, very killer, very DEADLY. We are the sh*t of this planet and also very retarded that we don't know that WE ARE DESTROYING THE EARTH!!!!!!!! ANIMALS THAT LOST HIS LIFE BECAUSE OF US!!!!!!!!!! PREDATORS NEED MEAT. BUT OUR RACE WANTS TO CREATE MORE FACTORIES THAT CREATES AMBIENTAL CONTAMINATION AND DESTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!
WE CANNOT CONTINUE LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!

I just hope that the 2012 End of the World is going to be real...

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Tardigrades occur throughout the world, from the Himalayas, above 6000 m, to the deep sea, below 4000 m, and from the polar regions to the equator.

Tardigrades range from 0.3 to 0.5 mm. They are able to survive in extreme environments. They can survive temperatures close to absolute zero, or 0 Kelvin (−273 °C), temperatures as high as 151 °C, they can survive more than 1200 times the atmospheric pressure, 1000 times more radiation than other animals and almost a decade without water. In 2007, tardigrades have being taken into lower orbit and exposed to the vacuum of space (exposing them to extremely low pressure) for about 10 days, to later return to Earth alive.

The animals are one of the few groups of species that are capable of reversibly suspending their metabolism and going into a state of cryptobiosis (a sort of stasis). While in this state their metabolism lowers to less than 0.01% of normal and their water content can drop to 1% of normal. And all that is needed to revive the animal is some drops of water and it will reanimate itself in less than an hour.

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