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  • Researchers have been trying to figure out why cancer develops in some human tissues, such as colon tissue, far more frequently than in others, such as bone. Now, a new study suggests that random mutations that occur in healthy, dividing stem cells can explain much of this dramatic variation, with...
  • The Rosetta spacecraft caught up with the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beyond Mars this August, and its preliminary results — along with the studies it will allow in the near future — top this year's list of the most important scientific breakthroughs, according to the editors of...
  • Eric Jarvis describes how the massive avian genome project revealed key relationships and events within bird evolution. | AAAS/ Carla Schaffer An international team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of 45 avian species and created the most reliable tree of life for birds to date. Their new...
  • Offering disadvantaged youth summer employment, even if it's part-time and pays minimum wage, might be a relatively cheap and effective way to decrease youth violence, according to a new study. One Summer Plus participants were less likely to commit violent crimes for more than a year after their...
  • A massive genetic survey of the world's fungi — an often-overlooked group of organisms with important ties to human health and the economy — has revealed the main drivers of fungal diversity. And, they're not exactly what researchers had expected. The fungal world. | Siiri Jüris ja Leho Tedersoo...
  • China's reliance on seawalls to capture land for economic use could devastate the country's remaining coastal wetlands. | AAAS/ Slideshow by Carla Schaffer China is expected to ramp up construction of its coastal seawalls over the next several years. But the practice, which encloses large swaths of...
  • Lightning strikes like this one at Horseshoe Bend in Sweetwater County, Wyoming may become more common with rising world temperatures. | Tom Koerner/ USFWS As the world gets hotter, lightning strikes will increase by about 12% for every 1 degree Celsius rise in global average air temperature, a new...
  • A new timeline for insects shows that the creatures first evolved 479 million years ago — earlier than previously suspected — and that their appearance coincided with Earth's first land plants. The revised insect tree of life, also called a phylogeny, is helping scientists answer some of the...
  • In a dance video by Uma Nagendra, aerial dancers hang upside-down on trapezes and extend their green-clad legs skyward, like plant seedlings stretching toward the light. Below, other dancers in brown roll toward them and shoot their arms out in ominous, percussive movements. Next, a tornado hits,...
  • Eiman Azim is the 2014 grand prize winner in the annual international competition for The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology. Azim is being recognized for his exceptional research contributions into the neural circuits that control skilled movement. "When we catch a ball or throw a dart...