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When troops are injured on the battlefield, time is of the essence: How long it takes service members to receive medical care is often the single most important factor in determining whether they live or die.
Now, scientists are looking at new ways to buy some extra time for battlefield injuries, but not by getting medical care to troops faster. Instead, the scientists want to essentially slow down time.
Cue - Creatures - Tardigrades
And they're taking a cue from tiny creatures called tardigrades.
What's weird in science news this week? Mountain-climbers' poop disposal, a parking lot tardigrade, and screeching caterpillars.
Program - Defense - Advanced - Research - Projects
A new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — the U.S. agency tasked with developing new technologies for the military — aims to develop treatments that literally slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping the body into a slowed or suspended state until medical care is available. In other words, the program, called Biostasis, aims to "slow life to save life," according to a DARPA statement.
Such a treatment sounds like science fiction, but there are organisms on Earth that employ similar strategies to stay alive in seemingly deadly environments. For example, tardigrades, the microscopic creatures often known as "water bears," can survive freezing, dehydration and extreme radiation. They do so by entering a state called "cryptobiosis," in which all their metabolic...
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