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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Pseudomonas syringae

The Vibrio Family

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Vibrio

The Torpedo

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Bdellovibrio

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Pseudomonas putida

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Cyanobacteria

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Deinococcus radiodurans

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: E. coli

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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

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Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

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Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

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