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ALL SPUN UP  Molecules hit with a laser have reached record spin speeds of 600 trillion revolutions per minute.

ODD ALLIES  Domesticated grapevines play host to the bacterium P. acnes, which relies on the plant for essential DNA repairs.

UNNECESSARY SUFFERING  Despite the availability of a potent vaccine, measles continues to cause outbreaks around the world due to its high transmissibility, spotty vaccine coverage in some poor countries and vaccine avoidance in wealthy ones. The infection has no effective treatment, so researchers are working to develop antivirals.

MMM…GUT SMELL  Adult fruit flies as well as larvae may use the whiff of excreted gut bacteria from youngsters of their kind to choose food sites where other fruit flies have flourished.

ANTIBACTERIAL BACKFIRE  Soaps that contain triclosan, a commonly used antimicrobial compound, could actually help disease-causing bacteria colonize the human nose. 



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