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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

Scientists recreated a key step for the origin of life at hydrothermal vents

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Simulating alkaline environments from 3 billion years ago showed formation of precursor cells is possible

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

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To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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Max Levy, University of Colorado Boulder

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Gamers are one-upping nature and computers by designing whole new proteins

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Luyi Cheng, Northwestern University

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Pregnant women must get their flu shots to help avoid future influenza epidemics

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Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

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Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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It's time to highlight our fungus friends in our microbiomes

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Adriana Romero-Olivares, University of New Hampshire

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Scientists have engineered a self-destruct button in bacteria

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Molly Sargen, Harvard University

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This year the flu came in two waves – here’s why

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Two different strains of flu tag-team our immune system

Patricia L. Foster, Indiana University

It looks like microbes can help clean up mining pollution

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Rose Jones, Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Science

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The secret to sounder sleep may be lurking in our guts

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Hannah Thomasy, University of Washington

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Don't fear germs – at least not too much

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Jennifer Tsang, Microbiology

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Can corals be saved? The key may be in their microbes

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

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A new method using paper towels like you have in your kitchen could make diagnosing diseases more affordable

Jennifer Tsang, Microbiology

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How scientists are mapping the building blocks of life

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Joshua Peters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Why teamwork is better than attempting lone heroism in science

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Samantha McWhirter, University of Toronto

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Beetles exploit bacteria labor to grow their exoskeletons

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Melanie Silvis, UC San Francisco

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The soil microbiome could change agriculture—if we can understand it

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Tinkering with the buzzing "social network" in the soil could be a new frontier for making crops grow faster and healthier.

Michael Graw, Oregon State University