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The foul chartreuse sea

Researchers in Kotzebue, Alaska, are investigating why their town is increasingly playing host to harmful cyanobacteria.
In the ocean, it’s snowing microplastics

In the ocean, it’s snowing microplastics

Tiny bits of plastic have infiltrated the deep sea’s main food source and could alter the ocean’s role in one of Earth’s ancient cooling processes, scientists say.
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This fire-loving fungus eats charcoal, if it must

When a wildfire plows through a forest, life underground changes, too. Death comes for many microorganisms. But, like trees, some microbes are adapted to fire.

This ink is alive and made entirely of microbes

This ink is alive and made entirely of microbes

Scientists have created a bacterial ink that reproduces itself and can be 3D-printed into living architecture.
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Wildfire smoke may carry 'mind-bending' amounts of fungi and bacteria, scientists say

When wildfires roar through a forest and bulldozers dig into the earth to stop advancing flames, they may be churning more into the air than just clouds of dust and smoke, scientists say.

The social life of forests

The social life of forests

Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?