Tardigrade Gun Interplanetary Space Travel
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Tardigrades have earned the reputation for being one of the most resilient creatures in the animal kingdom, whether it be in the vacuum of space, the depths of a volcano, or even an Antarctic lake nearly a mile underground. A recent study had scientists firing canisters full of tardigrades out of a high-speed gun at various speeds to see if they could survive the pressure of each resulting impact. Read more for a video and additional information.



They discovered that shooting them out at nearly 2,000 miles per hour, the frozen tardigrades could be revived. However, at speeds faster than that, the tardigrades just ended up mushing together and could not be brought back to life. The ultimate goal was to discover if tardigrade-like creatures could survive the conditions required for interplanetary space travel.

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NERF Fortnite SMG-E Blaster -- Motorized Dart Blasting -- 6-Dart Clip, 6 Official Elite Darts -- for Youth, Teens, Adults
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NERF Fortnite SMG-E Blaster -- Motorized Dart Blasting -- 6-Dart Clip, 6 Official Elite Darts -- for Youth, Teens, Adults
  • Dart-blasting Fortnite blaster replica: this smg-e blaster is inspired by the weapon used in Fortnite, capturing the look of the one in the popular video game
  • Motorized dart blasting: power up the motor with the acceleration button and press the trigger to unleash 1 dart at a time with motorized blasting (batteries required, not included)
  • 6-Dart clip and 6 Nerf Elite darts: includes a 6-dart clip and 6 official Nerf Elite darts that are tested and approved for performance and quality and constructed of foam with flexible, hollow tips