This four-legged Chinese chicken = the real face-hugger from Alien

Goodness, this is difficult to look at. Last week, a shopper in the Chinese city of Changsha bought this frozen chicken from the supermarket, only to discover that the skinless fowl possessed four delightfully mutated legs. According to a university professor consulted by the website China Buzz, the chicken is… » 3/23/12 10:25am 3/23/12 10:25am

And now, a chicken grown in a Petri dish

A fertilized, incubated chicken egg takes about 21 days to hatch; and while most of us have seen what chicks look like at either end of the developmental spectrum (either sunny-side-up in a frying pan or newly hatched in a nature documentary), the fact that egg shells aren't see-through means that not many people have… » 1/12/12 9:15am 1/12/12 9:15am

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sex in the Animal Kingdom

Sex is probably the most popular pastime in the history of life on Earth — which makes it all the more ridiculous that so many of us have such a mealy-mouthed way of talking about it. Take the expression "the birds and the bees," which we use to avoid speaking more explicitly about courtship and sex to our kids. » 11/14/11 10:17am 11/14/11 10:17am

The strange story of headless body that survived for a year and a half

We've all heard of freshly beheaded chickens running around with their heads cut off. But an actual headless chicken couldn't maintain a balanced run for more than a second or two, right? Wrong. One chicken managed to make more than just a few twitching movements. It lived long enough to acquire a name, a stage… » 2/08/11 6:30am 2/08/11 6:30am