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The Art of Scientific Research: New Tunable Expression Tools for Bacteroides in the Gut Microbiota

  The image to the left is of the colon of a dead lab mouse, though it wouldn’t look out of place on the walls of a hip art museum. The photo was made possible by a new technology to study bacteria called “tunable expression tools” developed by researchers Weston Whitaker and Liz Stanley in the Sonnenburg Lab at Stanford.

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Singin’ in the Brain: Examining Earworms

Music-brain by Wuhuiru55 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Almost everyone has encountered an earworm slowly wriggling its way into their thoughts. Despite the name’s sinister ring, this creepy-crawler is not in fact a living creature and rarely causes medical harm. Instead, people experiencing earworms are more likely to find themselves unconsciously tapping their feet and mouthing the words to

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Gravitational Waves: Feeling Ripples in Spacetime

Before the dawn of civilization, two giants spun. Floating out in the void of space, two black holes circled each other. With every rotation, they came ever so slightly closer. And finally, in an instant, they collided. In an event of unimaginable power, two black holes became one with a universe-shaking blast. And over a billion years later, humanity heard

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Colombian Jungle Cows to Syrian Social Media: Researching Leishmaniasis

Dusk has fallen in the jungle outside of Tumaco, Colombia. A team of researchers has traveled via jeeps and canoes to the western side of the country, leaving behind the glimmering lights of the Cali metropolitan area. They load the supplies for their remote three-day expedition and placate perhaps the most important item of their trek, a cow borrowed from

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A Lurking Threat: Modern Tuberculosis in the SF Bay Area

When the world’s spotlight is on Silicon Valley, visions of a tech-laced utopia arise. Self-driving cars are being tested, university researchers are developing hand-held medicine supergadgets, and San Francisco Bay Area residents are discussing the remaining scientific frontiers to cross—right? In the midst of all the progress lies a problem that can be overlooked: Mankind’s ancient malady, tuberculosis, is here

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