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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

A 540 million year-old microscopic protist sex mystery is solved

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How tiny, shelled protists reproduce helps explain their strange evolutionary patterns

Meghan Zulian, University of California, Davis

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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Extreme microbes survive the desert by dissolving rocks with acid

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"...the thought about the desert dehydrating the rocks was not correct. It was actually the microbes dehydrating the rock"

Max G. Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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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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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Sneaky molecular biology tricks bacteria into killing themselves, in place of antibiotics

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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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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Biologists are studying corals with techniques designed for humans

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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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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How do mosses reproduce? By spreading their seed on everything

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Come for the soft and cool outdoor perch, leave covered in moss sperm

Jerald Pinson, University of Florida