Mutualism of the month: Frogs and a protective bacterial complement

Mutualism of the month: Frogs and a protective bacterial complement

The endemic Panamánian golden frog was at risk of complete extinction from the threat of a pathogenic fungus. It has since been raised in captivity with the hope of reintroduction to the wild. The only problem: the fungus is still around. Learn how researchers are developing a treatment for these amphibians involving mutualistic fungus-fighting bacteria in this month's mutualism.

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Crafting the next generation of quantum physicists through video games

Crafting the next generation of quantum physicists through video games

With the thought of inspiring a new generation of scientists, Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, in partnership with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, came up with the idea of creating a mod for Minecraft that could educate kids about quantum physics through first-hand experience and experimentation, without the kids even knowing they are practicing! They called it qCraft.

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Mutualism of the Month: Nectar robbers and pollinating birds

Mutualism of the Month: Nectar robbers and pollinating birds

This month’s mutualism is between the nectar-robbing purple sunbird Nectarina asiatica and a small flowering tree, the desert teak Tecomella undulata, particularly how the purple sunbird impacts the relationship between desert teak and its two pollinating birds: the red-vented bulbul Pycnonotus cafer and the white-eared bulbul P. leucotis.

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Mutualism of the Month: Aphids and a protective bacteriophage

Mutualism of the Month: Aphids and a protective bacteriophage

Bacteria and viruses are frequently thought of as parasites; a problem to society. Not all are harmful and some of them are even helpful. See how a bacteria and virus pair help save aphids from imminent danger in this month's mutualism!

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