How Does Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survive Extreme Cold?

The Antarctic midge spends more than half its life frozen. A better understanding of how it does so could have implications for human health.

Comments: 9

  1. Pretty resilient critters. How about we send them to Mars and see how they fare there?

  2. @Crow We should respect and protect earth's creatures. I can name a few political leaders I rather send.

  3. @Crow Good idea....we'll have to send a load of penguins ahead just to ensure a food supply......

  4. Fascinating, and a welcome relief from much other news. Thanks.

  5. Fascinating. When growing up, nerds like me spent many hours wondering what forms life on other planets would take. We only had to look around to see. Meanwhile, if anyone figures out how to put humans in freeze-dried stasis for a few centuries and bring them back, those who want to do so have to get in line behind me!

  6. What amazing creatures. I wonder how their extreme cold tolerance works compared to that of tardigrades.

  7. Useless and silly... Imaginary utility is a common ploy by those enchanted by working in non-productive areas. time to work on real problems of fragile planet.

  8. Off topic, I know, but.....Appoint a few as trump advisors and cabinet members. They could not be any odder of a choice than has been made so far. Maybe THEY could adapt?

  9. It’s great to see that these insects survive in Antarctica. But no need to put the gratuitous “how does it apply to humans spin on it”. The world does not revolve around humans. We have destroyed much of the planet by figuring out what utility independent living things are to us.