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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

Fungi create genes to "win over" their plant friends and neighbors

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The vast majority of plants depend on fungi for life, and fungi are always learning how to best befriend plants

Attabey Rodriguez Benitez, Science Friday

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

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The sugar in semen makes HIV drugs less effective

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Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

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To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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Max G. Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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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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Swimmers, beware! A rare – but deadly – amoeba lurks at the bottom of the lake

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Just 146 cases have been reported in the U.S. since 1962, but only four survived the amoeba's attack on their brain

Bill Sullivan, Indiana University

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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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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Refrigeration slows – but doesn't stop – food rot. Now scientists know why

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Bacteria like E. coli have a system to recover from the cold

Melanie Silvis, UC San Francisco

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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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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A story of failure, collaboration, and incredibly tiny medicine

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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