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    A Detailed View of the Ancestor of Photosynthesis

    A Detailed View of the Ancestor of Photosynthesis

    The symmetrical light-gathering, energy-producing complex offers insights into how modern photosystems evolved.

    Some Bacteria Make a Big Difference in Dryland Wheat Farming

    Some Bacteria Make a Big Difference in Dryland Wheat Farming

    Even a single species of bacteria can positively affect soils and plants, improving and even enabling agriculture in semi-arid areas.

    Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break Down Biomass

    Sampling Guts of Live Moose to Understand How They Break Down Biomass

    First-of-a-kind study advances understanding of microbial and viral communities involved in biomass breakdown.

    Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole: The Surprising Structure of Uranium Bound in Hematite

    Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole: The Surprising Structure of Uranium Bound in Hematite

    An atomic view of how toxic uranium binds to iron minerals in the environment enables better predictions of its behavior.

    How Injected Microbes Persist in Hydraulically Fractured Shale

    How Injected Microbes Persist in Hydraulically Fractured Shale

    Scientists reveal the importance of an amino acid that supplies energy and protection for microbial communities deep underground.

    Unique Interface and Unexpected Behavior Help Explain How Heavy Metals Act

    Unique Interface and Unexpected Behavior Help Explain How Heavy Metals Act

    Three types of water molecules form around a platinum-based ion, offering insights for waste processing and metal refining.

    To Grow or Not to Grow? That Is the Question for Plants

    To Grow or Not to Grow? That Is the Question for Plants

    Scientists show metabolic tradeoffs result from a specific change to the grow-defend balance.

    Forming the Ion that Made the Universe

    Forming the Ion that Made the Universe

    Research offers details on the chemistry of trihydrogen ion.

    Water: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

    Water: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

    Elegant theory shows how water helps separate ions involved in material synthesis and manufacturing.

    Seeing Coherent Patterns at the Microscopic Scale

    Seeing Coherent Patterns at the Microscopic Scale

    Review highlights insights into coherence, which could help overcome roadblocks in next-generation energy systems.

    A Simplified Way to Predict the Function of Microbial Communities

    A Simplified Way to Predict the Function of Microbial Communities

    A pioneering study offers an easier approach to study how microbes work and could help scientists advance models of the cycling of elements and nutrients in frequently flooded soils.

    Squeezed Quantum Dots Produce More Stable Light

    Squeezed Quantum Dots Produce More Stable Light

    Exploiting a strain-engineering approach could provide nanoscale light sources with a nonfluctuating emission wavelength for use in sensors, quantum communication, and imaging.

    Unexpected Complexity: A 3D Look into Plant Root Relationships with Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

    Unexpected Complexity: A 3D Look into Plant Root Relationships with Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria

    Scientists develop a molecular map of metabolic products of bacteria in root nodules to aid sustainable agriculture.

    Maximizing Ozone Signals

    Maximizing Ozone Signals

    New technique enables more efficient and precise estimates of trends in ozone and other atmospheric constituents within selected geographical regions and timeframes.

    How Much Water Does the World Use?

    How Much Water Does the World Use?

    Global data set shows monthly water use by irrigation, manufacturing, and other uses, helping researchers to analyze water use by region and season.

    Uncovering the Microbial Food Web in Thawing Permafrost

    Uncovering the Microbial Food Web in Thawing Permafrost

    Recovery of more than 1500 microbial genomes shines light on how carbon is metabolized as permafrost thaws.

    Get to the Root: Tiny Poplar Roots Extract More Water than Their Larger Counterparts after Drought

    Get to the Root: Tiny Poplar Roots Extract More Water than Their Larger Counterparts after Drought

    Researchers link root water uptake to root traits and assess (poor) performance of common models.

    Ions on the Edge

    Ions on the Edge

    Ions at the edge of water, exposed to air, don't separate like they do when surrounded by water, offering insights for desalination and corrosion.

    First Observation of Methane's Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth's Surface

    First Observation of Methane's Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth's Surface

    Predictions of the direct impacts of greenhouse gases must account for local temperature and humidity conditions.

    Gust or Bust: Blustery Winds Important for Modeling Tropical Rainfall

    Gust or Bust: Blustery Winds Important for Modeling Tropical Rainfall

    Researchers find gusty winds increase surface evaporation that drives summer rainstorms in the Tropical West Pacific.

    Why Toxic Methylmercury Production Increased in a Great Lakes Estuary

    Why Toxic Methylmercury Production Increased in a Great Lakes Estuary

    Research offers evidence that microbes and organic matter raise toxin levels, potentially helping improve mercury monitoring.

    Starving the Oceans

    Starving the Oceans

    Nutrients increasingly moving to the deep ocean with strong climate warming could lead to drastic drops in surface ocean life and fishery yields.

    Supplying High-Quality Cancer-Imaging Isotopes

    Supplying High-Quality Cancer-Imaging Isotopes

    New method produces high-purity zirconium-89, a diagnostic radionuclide used to image cancerous tumors.

    Steady as She Goes

    Steady as She Goes

    Scientists tame damaging edge instabilities in steady-state conditions required in a fusion reactor.

    Silicon and a State of Shock

    Silicon and a State of Shock

    A novel experimental geometry at the Linac Coherent Light Source reveals, for the first time, how silicon responds to shocks similar to those in a planet's core.