Tardigrades, commonly known as moss piglets or water bears, can be found living in water, damp moss, flower petals, and sand all around the world. The minute invertebrates are usually 1 mm (0.04 inches) or smaller in size and have a head, four fused body segments, and eight claw-ended legs. Tardigrades are able to resist extremely low temperature, pressure, and humidity, and go into dormant states for months or even years. How many years can a moss piglet survive without water?
Back in the day
Frederick Henry Royce built his first car, a "Royce," in 1904. Henry Edmunds purchased one of Royce's cars and showed it to his friend Charles Stewart Rolls, the owner of one of Britain's first car dealerships. Rolls and Royce soon decided to embark on a joint business venture and agreed that Royce's cars would be sold exclusively by Rolls. By 1907, the men were winning awards for the engineering reliability of their cars. When did the Rolls-Royce company acquire rival car maker Bentley?
Born on a day like today
Leander was a Swedish actress and singer. As a contracted performer with Germany's principal film studio, Leander made a number of successful films that contributed to the Third Reich's propaganda. She did not, however, take part in official Nazi party functions. After the Battle of Stalingrad, Nazi criticism and pro-Americanism dominated Sweden, and Leander, whom people associated with Nazism, was shunned. Why did Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels dub her an "Enemy of Germany"?