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Aberrant Ceramics is the art of Aaron Nosheny.

I make hand-built pottery, sculpture, ornaments, masks, menorahs, and other clay objects.

I also use glazed and painted ceramic objects in digitally constructed illustrations, including a children's book and a Tarot deck.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tardigrade

Tardigrades (not a derogatory term by the way - it means "slow walker") are microscopic multicellular animals commonly known (to those who are aware of their existence anyway) as water bears, or, even more esoterically, moss piglets. Tardigrades are notable for their ability to survive in harsh environments by entering a state similar to hibernation. Tardigrades are the only known animal life able to survive in a vacuum. I just rephrased most of that from Wikipedia and I feel like I'm writing a fourth grade report.









Someone else's fine illustration of tardigrade faces.

















8 comments:

  1. By obsessively monitoring Google Analytics, I have learned that this page is a strangely popular destination for the tardigrade youth subculture. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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  2. There is an article on BBC news (http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12855775) probably like me a lot of people are googling for them.

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  3. Came in after googling "Tardigrades", having read http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12855775

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  4. Because they can survive in space!!

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  5. Like others I found your blog after seeing the BBC news article on Tardigrades. I searched the Google Images site and one of the images that came up was the drawing showing the four forms. When reading the article the information was intriguing to me, but the picture totally shocking. This thing looks like a monster! I'm glad it's microscopic because if I saw something looking like that coming toward me I'd probably die of shock.

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  6. Same as others, BBC article inspired Google Images search.

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  7. I'm reading 'The Best Science and Nature Writing 2002', and came across an article about tardigrades by Chet Raymo from the Boston Globe. The fact that they are apparently also known as "water piglets" led to a Google image search. So, here's one visit not related to the BBC article!

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  8. i searched for them after watching an episode of scishow on you tube!

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