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A new report estimates that 95 percent of people live in areas with dangerously high levels of fine particulate matter such as dust and soot.

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Microorganisms Make a House a Home?

By Amanda B. Keener | August 26, 2015

The fungal and bacterial communities in household dust can reveal some details about a building’s inhabitants.

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Dogs, Dust Microbes, and Allergies

By Ed Yong | December 16, 2013

Dust-borne bacteria from houses with dogs can prevent allergies in mice by changing their gut microbes.

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The Martian Tempest

By Beth Marie Mole | November 26, 2012

NASA scientists are closely watching a dust storm on Mars that threatens to go global and interfere with rovers on the planet’s surface.

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image: Dogs May Guard Against Asthma

Dogs May Guard Against Asthma

By Hayley Dunning | July 3, 2012

Mice become immune to a virus associated with childhood asthma when exposed to dust from homes that have dogs.

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