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Do you know what kills more women during and after pregnancy than anything else? The answer is probably going to surprise you. And do you have a pretty good understanding of how evolution works? If so, we might have another surpirse for you. 

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Sometimes it’s a good year for one kind of wild plant and sometimes it’s a good year for another kind. But what causes these fluctuations in plant abundances from year to year? A new study suggests it might be linked to soil microbes underneath those plants.

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Bacterial infections can cause a variety of symptoms from mild intestinal discomfort to death. Recent research could lead to a new form of antibiotics by shutting down bacteria’s injection system.

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When plant ecologists are out for a walk, they see a puzzle. For almost 100 years, they’ve been trying to understand what governs the presence and abundance of a plant species in a community.  

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Bacteria are everywhere—throughout our bodies, in the air, and even part of some of the foods we eat, like yogurt. The ubiquitous nature of microbes may be unnerving to some, since these microscopic creatures don’t have a squeaky clean record. Some do cause disease, but the good they bring to the world often goes unnoticed.