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Red-breasted Nuthatches are irrupting this winter across North America. Heather Elaine Ritchie/Flickr

When birds go roaming: The mystery of avian irruptions

During bird irruptions, hundreds or thousands of a single species show up outside their normal territory. Most of what we know about irruptions comes from data collected by citizen scientists.
It’s estimated our cells will replicate 10,000 trillion times in our lifetime. Errors in this process can lead to cancer. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why are we more likely to get cancer as we age?

Modern medicine is increasing our lifespan. But as we survive diseases and live longer, more of us are succumbing to cancer.
The mitotic spindle inside a living cell, magnified x 80,000, captured by biomedical animator Drew Berry. Drew Barry/Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts

Of microbes and machines: how art and science fuse in Bio-art

When art meets the biological sciences, living matter becomes the medium. From the chaotic beauty of smallpox to poems implanted in bacteria, Bio-art investigates the boundaries of life and death.

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