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Much of the scientific literature on tardigrades makes mention of how "cute" they are. I think this must be a matter of context. If you spend a lot of time staring through a microscope at weird-looking creatures, your standards for cuteness must necessarily be lowered. Personally, I find tardigrades grotesque. I mean, I greatly respect their invincibility, but they look like a cross between a mole and an overstuffed pool raft. But beauty is as beauty does.

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