Strange News

Zigzag Physics: Loophole Makes Light Particles Act Drunk
Abstract Lights
January 24th, 2015
The laws of physics say a photon should travel at the speed of light through empty space — but new research shows this isn't always the case. The experimenters managed to slow down light without a medium.
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Nobel Prize Winners Show Playful Side in Crayon Drawings
Robert B. Laughlin was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1998,
January 9th, 2015
A new photography exhibit suggests that, while Nobel laureates may be geniuses in their field, most aren't very good at coloring.
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Rare Butterfly Is Half Male, Half Female
gynandromorph butterfly
January 8th, 2015
An unusual butterfly that is half male and half female recently caught the eyes of a volunteer at a butterfly exhibit at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Chris Johnson, a retired chemical engineer from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, was volunteering at the
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Football Physics: Why Deflated Balls Are Easier to Catch
football
January 23rd, 2015
After an inspection revealed that some of the footballs used during Sunday's NFL playoff game were slightly deflated, many people are asking whether the balls gave the New England Patriots an unfair advantage over the Indianapolis Colts.
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Photos: Nobel Prize Winners Draw Their Discoveries in Crayon
Robert B. Laughlin was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1998,
January 9th, 2015
These Nobel laureates are the best in their fields — even if they're not very good at coloring.
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6 Incredible Spy Technologies That Are Real
retro spy photographing documents
January 2nd, 2015
From visual microphones to hackable medical implants, the futuristic technologies found in James Bond movies are becoming much less far-fetched.
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6 Times Holiday Decorations Turned into Disasters
Christmas Disasters
December 20th, 2014
Every winter, people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments, trees and tinsel. But none of these holiday pastimes is risk-free, as people — and cats, dogs and owls — have learned over the years.
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Freaky Shark 'Out of a Horror Movie' Caught by Fisherman
Frilled shark
January 22nd, 2015
A bizarre, freaky-looking shark with rows of needle-sharp teeth and a body like an eel's was caught by a fisherman in Australia. The odd creature is a rare type of shark known as a frilled shark, and is sometimes called a fish "fossil" because it dates ba
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2015's 'Leap Second' Could Scramble Computers
Clock Gears
January 9th, 2015
A leap second will be added to 2015 to keep atomic clock time in sync with Earth's actual rotational time.
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Cholera Bacteria Spear Their Prey to Grab Genes
This image shows Vibrio cholerae bacteria attached to a chitin surface.
January 1st, 2015
The bacteria that cause cholera grab genes from other organisms in a particularly predatory way: They spear neighboring cells with a poison-tipped spike.
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