The Invisible Harm of Thirdhand Smoke, Why Whales Get Lost During Solar Storms, and A Massive Virus That Blurs the Line Between Life and Non-Life

Learn about the invisible harms of thirdhand smoke; massive viruses that blur the line between the living and non-living; and why whales get lost during solar storms.

Moviegoers contaminate nonsmoking movie theater with ‘thirdhand’ cigarette smoke by Kelsey Donk

Massive viruses that blur the line between living and non-living by Cameron Duke

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  • Huge bacteria-eating viruses close gap between life and non-life: Large bacteriophages carry bacterial genes, including CRISPR and ribosomal proteins. (2020, February 12). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200212131458.htm 

Solar storms blind whales because they mess with magnetoreception by Cameron Duke

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