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Forget Jurassic Park, Scientists Actually Want to Make a Dino-Chicken

Paleontologists set their sights on a part-chicken, part-dinosaur hybrid: the chickenosaurus.

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There are things in this world that were born to be together—peanut butter and jelly, pizza and happiness—and things that mesh a little more awkwardly. Recently, a group of scientists came up with their strangest hybrid yet: the chickenosaurus. It’s a chicken that’s been partially modified to look like its evolutionary ancestor, the dinosaur, through a series of small, deeply bizarre, molecular modifications.

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Want Better Breeding? Do It With A Partner.

Research proves that sexual reproduction is superior to asexual reproduction, though we might’ve been able to tell you that.

In the grand debate over breeding best practices, scientists now have substantial proof that sexual reproduction is superior to asexual reproduction…that is, if you’re a plant. In a study recently published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, evolutionary geneticist Jesse Hollister along with a team of researchers demonstrated that sexually reproducing species were healthier over time, as they don’t amass harmful genetic mutations like asexual procreators do.

Yellow evening primroses. Photo by Matt H. Wade.

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Brainy and Famous! Celebrities With Graduate Degrees

Sure, Harvard grad Natalie Portman is super smart, but here are 13 other actors, musicians and even a model—all with advanced degrees!