First Tardigrade found!

Hey everyone, I’ve found my first tardigrade today ! I found the little face he is making in this picture really funny. I made a video about him, in the end there is a creature I found while searching for the tardigrade that I can’t identify, If anyone is willing to give it a gess…

Wiggly Water Bears

This charismatic creature is called a tardigrade (also known as a water bear). The scientific name for the animal shown here is Hypsibius exemplaris. These amazing animals were kindly provided to the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Embryology Class during Summer 2018 by Dr. Bob Goldstein from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Goldstein’s lab has turned these resilient…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 06

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… The last place that we reached was Pangong Tso lake, at a height of about 4,350 m. 60% of the lake’s length lies in China. This lake lies in the Indo-China…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 05

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… After Khardung La pass we entered Nubra valley (Coldest Desert of India) Still no sign of Lichens anywhere… We’re almost reaching the end… Part 06 in the making…. For other Parts,…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 04

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… As we finished our journey in Hampta Pass, we returned back to Manali as our trip to Leh–Ladakh was about to start. The valley is one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots,…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 03

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… Next stop was Hampta Pass (32.2703698 N 77.3465824 E; 4277 m above sea level) Next campsite was Sheagoru (32.2781109 N 77.3549425 E; 3949 m above sea level) Here ends our Journey…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 02

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… We further trekked to our next campsite i.e., Chika (32.2821 N 77.2558635 E; 2998 m above sea level) Next camp major camp site was Bhalu ka Ghera (32.2801933 N 77.2967295 E;…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 01

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. My current endeavour on Tardigrades (water bears) started as a passion for Astrobiology, these tiny creatures are known to survive extreme environment conditions (i.e., low or high temperatures/pressures, high dosage of X-rays/gamma rays/UV…

How to Find Tardigrades (Water Bears) in Your Own Backyard

Tardigrades, also known as Water Bears or Space Bears, are incredible members of the microcosmos that can be found just about anywhere in the world. These eight-legged invertebrates are only 0.1-1mm long, yet they are certainly the world’s toughest animals! Just how tough are they? They have been shown to survive temperatures as low as…