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Into the Hologenome

Into the Hologenome... How can the bacterial fauna thriving inside our bodies influence evolution? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

Double-Sex Chickens Wow Scottish Scientists

Forgive the exploitative (and awesome) headline, but it's Friday and I feel like we all might need a good scientific tidbit to carry with us to our various dinner parties, hot dates, family meals or Xbox Live gaming sessions. Live your life how you see fit, people, just make sure you talk about gender-bending chickens. As covered by NPR (and published in Nature), Michael Clinton of the University of Edinburgh studies these amazing chickens, which are known in sciencey circles as "gynandromorphs." I kid you not: they're split right down the middle. One side looks like a rooster; the other side like a hen. Seriously, look at the photo.

Science Laughs At Your Wiener Dog

We've been snickering at our wiener dogs and their short little legs since the 15th century and yet genetic science has only recently allowed us to understand exactly why they're so cute.

Did Neanderthals Get It On With Humans?

As millions scrambled for gifts or grumbled bitterly in the final 48 hours leading up to Valentine's Day, BBC News reported that any Neanderthal wooing of Homo sapiens likely resulted in heartbreaking rejection.