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Back when my children were in middle school, I had a lot of fun helping them with their science projects. My enjoyment of looking through the microscope led to a personal passion to make a contribution to science.
Thus began my own scientific study: a population survey of the little known creature (at the time), the tardigrade.
It all started when I hosted a video for Vice Media which went viral and thus popularized the tardigrade as the “The First Animal to Survive in Space.”
I became known as Mike Shaw, The Space Bear Hunter. With 10 million views, the “tardigrade” became the Number 1 search word on Google.
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If you like music you will enjoy my PBS video on YouTube, “Songs For Unusual Creatures.” Have you seen the most popular television show in Brazil? Watch me talking about tardigrades- English and Portuguese. Links to these videos at the bottom of this page.
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The New York Times featured tardigrades in their Science Section when the American Museum of Natural History opened their tardigrade exhibit. Read my interview here.
Tardigrade models at the entrance of the 2015 Life at the Limits exhibition at the American Museum of Natural history Photo ©AMNH/R.Mickens
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Known as “The Space Bear Hunter,” Mike Shaw popularized tardigrades by hosting the YouTube video “First Animal to Survive in Space.” He also hosted the PBS video “Songs For Unusual Creatures,” and has appeared on national television in Brazil discussing the tardigrade’s ability to survive extreme conditions.
Mr. Shaw has authored several books and a scientific paper increasing our knowledge about this unusual microscopic species. Most recently, Mr. Shaw was featured in a science article in the New York Times to tie in with the tardigrade exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.
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The winning image was taken by Tagide deCarvalho (U.S.A.). The beautiful fluorescence image above shows the inside of a tardigrade with colorful details.