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Miniature self-sustaining enclosed ecosystem

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 22, 2020
A self-sustaining, enclosed ecosystem within a miniature capsule to be viewed under a microscope. It would contain specific resilient species of microorganisms (tardigrades, etc) and everything they need to thrive. 

This would be similar to the popular closed aquatic ecosystem - Ecosphere, where live shrimp and algae are enclosed in handblown glass. There is no exchange of air or nutrients between the enclosed ecosystem and the environment. In sub-optimal conditions, the tardigrades would go dormant.

Such a capsule could be built into a ring or a necklace pendant. Wear your pet tardigrade:)

It could be sent to Mars on the back/outside of a rover and periodically send a photo to earth so that we can keep up with how the tardigrades are doing in there.
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Juran7 months ago
Just as an interesting idea, you could build small components or separate parts of the sustainable system by 3D printing by two-photon polymerization to produce particles smaller than 10 microns with a high degree of shape complexity! https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/sm/d0sm01320j#!divAbstract