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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 …

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Comet collisions increase chance of life across solar system, research suggests

Findings by astrobiologists from Britain and US suggest violent celestial impacts deliver building blocks for life to planets<p>Violent impacts from comets and other hurtling bodies can pepper planets and their moons with the molecular building blocks of life, new research suggests.<p>The high-speed …

Science Weekly podcast: Shooting badgers, the science of epigenetics and geoengineering

As the UK government's badger cull gets under way, we review the methods and ask whether it's likely to work. Plus, we hear from the British Science Festival on the controversial science of epigenetics, and discuss the wisdom of geoengineering the Earth's climate<p><b>Alok Jha</b> is joined by Guardian …

Starwatch: Jupiter in Gemini

From more southerly latitudes than Britain, Venus is spectacular in the SW at nightfall, blazing at magnitude -4.1 while 4° below the much fainter (mag 0.7) planet Saturn. For Britain, though, Venus sets only one hour after sunset so we need a clear horizon to catch it, while Saturn may remain …

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

Irradiated Seeds Combat World's Most Serious Wheat Disease

In Kenya, two new varieties of wheat are resistant to a fungus that defeated even Norman Borlaug's resistant plants.<p>Kenyan farmers last week got a first look at two new varieties of wheat that are resistant to the number-one threat to worldwide wheat production. They got to see resistant and …

Nuclear options: Microsoft was testing Surface Phone while Nokia experimented with Android

Things might have turned out very differently<p><i>An example of what a Surface Phone might have looked like. Image credit: Jonas Daehnert (deviantART)</i><p>Microsoft and Nokia need each other more than you'd expect. While Nokia was testing Android in a variety of different ways, Microsoft was busy …

The pill that can text from inside the body

Scientists are set to trial a new ‘digital pill’ which can send a text to relatives and doctors from inside the body.<p>It is hoped the pills could be used to cut the number of drugs that are wasted each year as well as alert family members if medication isn’t being taken properly by elderly relatives.<p>…

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Enough With Baby Talk; Infants Learn From Lemur Screeches, Too

New research suggests that 3-month-old human babies can use lemur calls as teaching aids. The findings hint at a deep biological connection between language and learning.<p>Babies begin learning as soon as they're born. They're listening, too. But researchers still don't know exactly how the …

Cage Match

How science is transforming the sport of MMA fighting<p>Greg Jackson, the single most successful trainer in the multi-billion-dollar sport of professional mixed martial arts fighting, works out of a musty old gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from the base of the Sandia Mountains. On a recent …

Stanford researchers crack the math behind successful Reddit submissions

It's a social media marketer's dream: a formula for a successful Reddit submission. A team of statisticians at Stanford has spent the past few months analyzing 16,700 pictures on Reddit in order to analyze the impact of content, title, community to which it was submitted, and time of submission. …

Facebook flaw allowed hackers to delete posted photos

A security researcher is rewarded with $12,500 after discovering the security flaw that left photos fair game.<p>A security flaw that allowed hackers to delete any image stored on Facebook has been discovered by Indian researcher Arul Kumar -- and he has been rewarded for his efforts.<p>The Facebook …

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World's thinnest keyboard unveiled by Cambridge tech firm

Company behind technology found in Beats headphones and Nike gadgets plans lightweight add-on for tablets or phones<p>The company behind the technology found in wireless Beats headphones and Nike Running gadget has unveiled the world's thinnest keyboard, with a flexible, wireless touchscreen just half …