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Ticks wander into airless high-radiation; act like it's a picnic

Kanazawa - Japanese researchers have discovered that ticks can survive the extreme radiation and airless vacuum inside an electron scanning microscope, making them the first animal to ever be viewed moving and alive in such conditions.
 

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Sizes of ticks common to most areas in the United States.
Sizes of ticks common to most areas in the United States.
Courtesy of the California Dept. of Public Health, SF
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The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
CDC public library
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 (a) Whole body  (b) upper body  (c) capitulum  (d) 4th article  (e) spiracular plate  (f) claw and ...
"(a) Whole body, (b) upper body, (c) capitulum, (d) 4th article, (e) spiracular plate, (f) claw and pulvilus of nymph are shown."
PLoS ONE
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Ticks  with their surprising survival abilities  are the first animals to be seen alive and moving u...
Ticks, with their surprising survival abilities, are the first animals to be seen alive and moving under a scanning electron microscope.
PLoS ONE
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