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Some Bacteria Have Lived in the Human Gut Since Before We Were Human

New study suggests that evolution plays a larger role than previously known in people's intestinal-microbe makeup.

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Looking Forward ... and Back: Podcast Updates

In case you missed it, here are some Point of Discovery podcast highlights from the past year, plus a preview of new episodes coming soon

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Why is CGI in the Movies Still So Hard?

A computer scientist talks about the challenges of CGI in the movies.

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Here's What Research Did for Me, Student Stories

Students and scientists discuss the importance of getting involved in research early.

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Jekyll and Hyde Bacteria

What do you do when the bacteria you study that's deadly in the real world acts all mild and gentle in the lab?

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Saving the Bees, Two Perspectives

How do you move 100,000 honeybees—a living laboratory for research on the gut microbiome—half way across the country?

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Pyramid Probe

How particle physics can help explore the insides of ancient Mayan pyramids without digging

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The Race for Dark Energy

Karl Gebhardt explains the two leading ideas for what dark energy might be.

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The Case of the Missing Folate

Richard Finnell studies the genetic underpinnings of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

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Cocktail Party Effect

Your brain has to do all sorts of tricks to focus on just one voice floating in a sea of noise, including localization

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