Manasi Vaidya

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    The Few Tough Species That Survive the Rigors of Nothingness

    The Expose-R module attaches to the ISS and holds samples in the harsh conditions of space.NASA In the 1800s, scientists imagined that life was brought to Earth by a rock that had been knocked off of a distant, life-filled planet. Now, over 100 years later, we are able to test this idea of “panspermia”—by sending […]

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    The Pretty Bacterial Dance That May Help Prevent Infections

    Imagine looking down through a microscope and seeing a big mass of bacterial cells, writhing in sync, churning in circles. You can almost hear a buzz of activity. The micron-sized organisms migrate across a plate of agar, gobbling up the nutrient-rich media, recalling the frenetic activity of bees in a hive.What you see through the […]

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    Toad Orgies, Underwater AC, and Other Stories From the Storm

    Most creatures flee storms, but some thrive because of them.

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    The Challenges of Illustrating Science

    Two Nautilus artists share their creative visions.