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Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus

Not necessarily harmful! But just so you know.<p>Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay <i>blue</i> eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.<p>The Araucana chicken …

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes: Drunk People Feel Sexy, And More Of The Year's Silliest Science

The Ig Nobel Prizes are in! Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year.<p>Last night were the Ig Nobel Prizes, the most important of Nobel Prize ceremonies. The ceremony honors the year's strangest--but also very good!--scientific research, in 10 different categories. Past …

FYI: What Happens If I Put Rocket Fuel In My Gas Tank?

If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle's main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a …

Researchers find gears in nature – on planthopper insects

Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanismfound inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects.<p>The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides …

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Why does your voice sound different on a recording?

No one likes listening to themselves, but why? It’s because when you speak you hear yourself in two different ways.<p>What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. Greg Foot explains all.<p>The first is …

FLOTUS to meet on food pitches

First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with major players in the food industry, entertainment business and public health next week to revisit a politically controversial issue: the marketing of food and beverages to children.<p>The last time the administration left it up to industry to make strides on …

Yemen investigates reported child-bride death

Yemeni authorities say they are investigating the reported death of an eight-year-old girl from internal bleeding on the first night of her marriage, in a case that has rekindled international outrage over child brides.<p>Yemeni rights campaigner Arwa Othman said earlier this week that the girl, …

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When we meet on a quiet street away from Phnom Penh’s daytime bustle, Samnang is showing little sign of the aftereffects of an evening spent carousing at a local bar. Bright-eyed and lively, he chats eagerly about his friends’ weekend plans.<p>“We go dancing and looking for girls,” he says. “It’s …

China's Education Proposal Could Mean Less Homework For Students

For young students in China, school may soon be a lot less stressful.<p>According to state television network CCTV, the country’s Ministry of Education recently released a proposal to lighten the workload of Chinese students. The suggested regulations were open for public comment in late August and …

Obamacare D-Day now a soft launch

For months all eyes have been on October 1 — the first day people can sign up for Obamacare.<p>But as that day approaches, many people working on the nuts and bolts of the health law are tamping down any expectations of a sign-up stampede.<p>Not everyone will enroll immediately. And that, they say, is …