Tiny Worlds

From the social network in the soil to the ecosystem in your body, it’s amazing what’s hidden just out of sight

Researchers can trace the family tree of individual mutations inside our cells

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The task is like looking through a book with six billion letters for individual typos

Malosree Maitra, McGill University

Even cities have their own unique microbiomes

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Rita Ponce, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal

Your saliva affects the way you spread pathogens

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Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

What engineers can learn about infrastructure from predatory army ants

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Ants can teach us how to design strong networks resilient to individual failures

Celia Ford, University of California, Berkeley

Changing your microbiome could be as easy as taking a walk in the park

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Sophia Friesen, University of California, Berkeley

Comment 2 peer comments

Ancient poop analysis reveals extinct species of bacteria

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Scientists analyzed bacterial genomes from 1000-2000 year feces

Simon Spichak, Neuroscience

Marine archaea make oxygen in the dark using nitrite

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Elise Cutts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Researchers identify a bacterium that enables its host to breathe nitrate instead of oxygen

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Meet Candidatus Azoamicus ciliaticola, discovered in a Swiss lake

Irene Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

These slimy underwater mats can help store carbon, but only if they can survive

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Tamiko Thiel and Luisa I. Falcón are creating interactive art to help save the stromatolites

Gabriela Serrato Marks, Massive Science

Deborah Jin engineered new quantum states of matter — twice

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According to colleague Kathryn J. Levin, Jin "probably would have gotten the Nobel"

Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Two mini microscopes watched a mouse’s brain move its body in real time

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Sruthi Sanjeev Balakrishnan, National Centre for Biological Sciences

Comment 6 peer comments

The sugar in semen makes HIV drugs less effective

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Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

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