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?
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain