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