Strange News Archive
10 June 2014, 11:43 AM ET
The scientists weren't just looking to blow things up. They wanted to know why the magnetic fields in Cassiopeia A, the remains of a star that exploded in a supernova, are intense and uneven in some places, taking on odd shapes.
09 June 2014, 02:13 PM ET
Dr. Alexander Imich, who at age 111 recently earned the record for world's oldest man, died Sunday (June8), Guinness World Records reported.
09 June 2014, 08:34 AM ET
Until now, Oregon was the one state along the U.S. West Coast essentially spared from the disease, which causes a sea star's body to disintegrate, ultimately leading to death.
06 June 2014, 05:44 PM ET
An exhaustive search has turned up no sign that neutrinos can act as their own antimatter partners, a theory that could have explained why the universe is made mostly of matter.
06 June 2014, 10:25 AM ET
In the mid-1880s, the book was apparently swathed in the skin from the unclaimed body of a female mental patient who had died of a stroke. Harvard scientists only yesterday revealed they had confirmed the binding came from a human being.
05 June 2014, 03:48 PM ET
In a unique homage to Vincent van Gogh, an artist has created a 3D-printed living replica of the Dutch painter's famously severed ear.
05 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A man who held his breath driving through a tunnel only to cause a three-car crash in Oregon reveals the widespread belief in superstitions, and the havoc such belief can wreak.
05 June 2014, 01:35 PM ET
Our bad science columnist explores the recent stabbing said to be linked to the fictional villain Slenderman, and how urban legends can sometimes kill. Slenderman, he says, is no more to blame for crimes than a villain like Lex Luthor.
04 June 2014, 04:32 PM ET
A little bit of a real-world science gets a brief flash on-screen during "Godzilla."
04 June 2014, 12:34 PM ET
When art conservators peeled back a layer of varnish on a 17th-century Dutch painting, they uncovered an image of a beached whale that had been hidden for at least 150 years.
02 June 2014, 06:40 PM ET
Scientists may one day be able to use electronic copies of human brains to explore the nature of the mind. But is it ethical to make that e-mind suffer and die if one can resurrect it at will and delete any memory of the suffering?
02 June 2014, 01:44 PM ET
Some theories in physics give rise to the idea of multiple universes, where nearly identical versions of the known universe exist. But if such a multiverse does exist, how would people know, and what would it mean for humanity?
29 May 2014, 11:57 AM ET
Many animals camouflage themselves to avoid being eaten by predators, but few are as strange as a spider that disguises itself as bird poop.
29 May 2014, 09:01 AM ET
After controversy over the unstable soccer ball used in the last World Cup, players should find this year's version a breeze. New research suggests that the Adidas Brazuca has a stable flight path.
27 May 2014, 04:19 PM ET
During this week's House Science and Technology Committee hearing U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, put the question of UFOs to a special panel of SETI scientists.
27 May 2014, 11:05 AM ET
Perhaps surprisingly, there is no universal definition for sodomy, at least in the eyes of U.S. law. Just what constitutes sodomy differs between jurisdictions and states.
25 May 2014, 09:08 AM ET
In mythology, mermaids have existed for thousands of years. The first mermaid myths may have originated around 1000 B.C. And even explorers like Christopher Columbus are said to have spotted the half-woman, half-fish creatures, which were likely manatees.
24 May 2014, 10:15 AM ET
If lazing on the beach isn't your idea of summer fun, never fear. We've rounded up a list of science-based summer vacation destinations all over the United States.
23 May 2014, 02:37 PM ET
Metal whiskers wreak havoc on electronics, but their origin has remained unknown.
22 May 2014, 03:15 PM ET
Imagine a day when hamburgers grown from stem cells in a factory provide enough meat for an entire village. Such a future is within reach, some experts say.
22 May 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The United States particle physics community should focus on dark matter and energy experiments, as well as pursuing new physics related to neutrinos and the Higgs Boson, a new report suggests.
22 May 2014, 08:28 AM ET
The idea of traversable wormholes has been science fiction fodder since Einstein first theorized their existence with the formulation of his general theory of relativity, but do wormholes even exist in nature?
21 May 2014, 01:36 PM ET
The FBI Director initially said the agency may loosen restrictions against pot smoking in order to get more hackers to apply, but backtracked on that statement the next day.
21 May 2014, 10:00 AM ET
At 111 years old, Dr. Alexander Imich of New York City has been crowned the new world's oldest living man, according to Guinness World Records.
20 May 2014, 12:28 PM ET
A new all-beef bacon alternative, called Schmacon, was recently unveiled at the National Restaurant Association Show. The product pairs smoky and sweet flavor with a meaty and crispy texture.
20 May 2014, 11:50 AM ET
While pet owners may have loads of anecdotal data to show that cats are smarter than dogs or vice versa, there's little scientific evidence to back up those claims.
20 May 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Thousands of anchovies turned up dead in Southern California's Marina del Rey over the weekend, leaving a foul-smelling mess.
19 May 2014, 06:11 PM ET
The proposed experiment, which would re-create events that were critical in the first 100 seconds of the universe, could matter entirely from light, completing a quest 80 years in the making.
19 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Married people are more likely to have matching DNA segments than random strangers, suggesting that people pick their mates based partially on genetic-influenced traits.
19 May 2014, 12:16 PM ET
Visitors to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, were shocked last week when an evil-looking fanged fish washed up alive on the shore. The monstrous fish has been identified as a long-snouted lancetfish, a species rarely seen on coasts.
16 May 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Pathogen zombies, evil magic zombies and space zombies are just a few of the threats in a newly uncovered Pentagon plan for dealing with the zombie apocalypse. U.S. citizens can relax, though: The plan was a training exercise.
16 May 2014, 11:36 AM ET
The 13th-century fortress in Transylvania called Bran Castle, and often referred to as Dracula's Castle, is up for sale by its owners — the Habsburg royal line — and the Romanian government has apparently placed an $80 million bid on the storied mansion.