Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are nature’s toughest animals.
They can survive in temperatures from close to absolute zero (270°C below freezing) to more than 150°C.
They can survive without water for more than 10 years and withstand a dose of radiation equivalent to having more than 4 million X-rays taken.
And apparently, they can also survive in the vacuum of space.
This video is a rather scary demonstration of something called ground resonance that occurs in helicopters.
The Chinook helicopter in the video below has had its skids removed, allowing the fuselage and rotor assembly to vibrate at the same frequency, causing resonance to occur and the helicopter to literally shake itself apart.
Take a close look around this Google Map. What do you see?
“The Boneyard” is the informal name for the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) facility in Tucson, Arizona.
The Boneyard is home to $33 billion worth of disused aircraft.
More pictures after the jump.
The Z machine is the world’s largest X-ray generator.
For a few billionths of a second the Z machine uses 80 times the entire world’s electrical power output. The incredibly high voltage electromagnetic pulse this creates induces an electrical current in all the metallic objects in the room, creating the sparks in the photograph above.
The Z machine is used to study nuclear fusion and recently created a plasma with a temperature of more than 2 billion degrees celsius, hotter than the interior of the Sun.