When is a suit a lifesaver? My dad, who was a tailor, would threaten to kill me if I didn't wear a suit and tie on certain occasions. But aside from well-known examples such as the spacesuit, immersion suit, and car-racing suits, do other animals ever develop layers that allow them to survive harsh conditions? Seven Japanese researchers from a variety of places revealed that fruits flies, and certain species of honeybees and fly maggots could withstand high-vacuums as long as they were immediately bombarded with electrons from a scanning electron microscopes or if they were first treated with plasma radiation.
What was going on? And why does it matter?