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Nano-Suit Protects Bugs From Vacuums 75

sciencehabit writes "Put a fruit fly larva in a spacelike vacuum, and the results aren't pretty. Within a matter of minutes, the animal will collapse into a crinkled, lifeless husk. Now, researchers have found a way to protect the bugs: Bombard them with electrons, which form a 'nano-suit' around their bodies. The advance could help scientists take high-resolution photographs of tiny living organisms. It also suggests a new way that creatures could survive the harsh conditions of outer space and may even lead to new space travel technology for humans." Work is also being done on electron "suits" that protect against radiation.
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Nano-Suit Protects Bugs From Vacuums

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  • Spacelike vacuum? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mjlner ( 609829 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @03:28AM (#43469985) Journal

    What exactly is a "spacelike vacuum"? Is it different from other vacuums? Are there vacuums that are unlike space?

  • Re:shockingly (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pahles ( 701275 ) on Wednesday April 17, 2013 @05:33AM (#43470381)
    Apparently not:

    ..., they found that the young fly wiggled in place for an hour as if everything was fine. When they put another larva in the same vacuum and let it sit there for an hour before bombarding it with the microscope's electrons, it predictably dehydrated to death. Somehow, the electron stream was keeping the larva alive and so unscathed that it later grew to become a healthy fruit fly.

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