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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

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

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Building elaborate structures from scratch is difficult for computers, but in the hands of a gamer...

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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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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Experiments at an abandoned 4,000-year-old mine have researchers optimistic

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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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

How gut bacteria manipulates your immune system – by mimicking it

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Scientists are discovering how microbes 'speak' with the body

Melanie Silvis, UC San Francisco

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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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These tiny methane-eating organisms have an outsize impact on our climate models

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They don't need as much oxygen as we think, and that's a big deal for climate scientists.

Michael Graw, Oregon State University