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The Big Sleep: How Hibernation Could Overcome Life-Threatening Injury

The Big Sleep: How Hibernation Could Overcome Life-Threatening Injury | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"There are [...] certain species of animal that can endure far greater spells of cold. The Arctic ground squirrel normally maintains a body temperature similar to our own. But during hibernation, it can survive a core temperature as low as –3°C, carefully managing its super-cooled bodily fluids so that it won’t freeze solid. And Lovelock’s hamsters could survive hypothermic depths that would kill us. How animals survive these states is of great interest to anyone hoping to unlock the secrets of suspended animation for humans."

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Could Lemur Hibernation Answer Space Travel Questions?

Could Lemur Hibernation Answer Space Travel Questions? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A lemur that hibernates is strange and cute enough. But studying its lethargic state may provide a clue to sending humans on long-distance space travel or healing the ravages of heart attacks, stroke and head trauma, according to researchers at Duke University."

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