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Tardigrades’ latest superpower: a fluorescent protective shield

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Scientists identify a species that appears to absorb potentially lethal UV radiation and emit blue light

The might be tiny creatures with a comical appearance, but tardigrades are one of life’s great survivors. Now scientists say they have found a new species boasting an unexpected piece of armour: a protective fluorescent shield.

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