Meet the Indestructibles
What nature's own Superheroes can tell us about alien life
We humans are pretty feeble creatures. Take away our clothing, central-heated homes and Bear Grylls, and chances are we’d be dead within a few months from exposure or disease. Toss our fragile spongy bodies into the freezing vacuum of space and, even if we don’t actually explode in a cloud of boiling blood (as the myth goes), without air to breathe and cosmic radiation bombarding our tender flesh, we’d be dead quicker than Katie Price can get married.
But this isn’t true of all Earthlings. As scientists have come to discover, many life-forms have evolved to be extremely hardy and others have evolved to become near-indestrucible. From superheated, deep-sea thermal vents, to pools of flesh-melting acid and even deep within the bowels of the Earth, all over the planet we have found life, not clinging on, but actually thriving in some the most inhospitable environments.