For two consecutive weeks, Sarah Hurley slept in her car parked outside her working lab.

Cyanobacteria cells as seen under the microscope. Doc. RNDr. Josef Reischig, CSc., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The doctoral research assistant’s focus was on cyanobacteria, a single-celled organism that has been found in nearly every large body of water on Earth for over two billion years.

Because culturing cyanobacteria requires frequent monitoring, Hurley returned to the University of…

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