Strange News Archive
04 September 2014, 12:23 PM ET
Water is a tool for Asian archerfish, a striped species that shoots its prey with adjustable jets to knock it into the water below. A new study reveals how the fish target prey more than 6 feet away.
02 September 2014, 02:25 PM ET
The geckos Russia sent to space to have sex have sadly perished, the Russian space agency said yesterday (Sept. 1). The mission's goal was to study the animals' mating, fertilization and embryonic development in a zero-gravity environment.
31 August 2014, 09:06 PM ET
Archaeologists excavating a cave in Gibraltar discovered rock engravings that may have been created by Neanderthals more than 30,000 years ago.
30 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Think a dead snake never hurt anybody? Think again.
28 August 2014, 10:36 AM ET
Ardent believers in the existence of a mythical creature known as the Yeti may be excited to learn that rare photographic "evidence" of this mysterious beast is now up for auction.
28 August 2014, 10:22 AM ET
Don't believe in the Abominable Snowman? These photos might make you change your mind.
28 August 2014, 09:21 AM ET
The Holometer project, which is based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, is now operating at full power, probing the very nature of space-time itself.
27 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists obsessed with Death Valley's sailing stones have solved the Racetrack Playa mystery.
27 August 2014, 01:13 PM ET
Shrödinger's cat is a thought experiment that has fascinated physicists for decades. An experiment explores its ramifications with surprising results.
26 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Yes, spiders can have personalities. And new research finds that these personalities assert themselves when spiders find their niches in social groups. The study suggests an evolutionary reason for the development of personality.
26 August 2014, 07:50 AM ET
In the film "Guardians of the Galaxy," the character "Groot" is a walking, talking tree that seems to defy nature. How outlandish is the idea of a plant-animal hybrid?
24 August 2014, 09:33 AM ET
Physicists have discovered tiny quantum tornadoes spinning inside droplets of superfluid liquid helium.
22 August 2014, 05:53 PM ET
Doctors have removed the skeletal remains of an unborn child from its mother 36 years after the baby's conception, according to news reports.
22 August 2014, 02:20 PM ET
An experiment meant to recreate conditions soon after the Big Bang are revealing hints of a long-predicted, but never spotted, particle known as an extra-heavy strange baryon.
19 August 2014, 11:28 AM ET
Chemists can now use a test to identify counterfeit coffee made with filler ingredients like soybean, corn and twigs.
18 August 2014, 02:21 PM ET
A bizarre ancient worm finally finds its place in the tree of life. Hallucigenia sparsa is such a strange specimen that its head was originally thought to be its tail, but researchers now know that it was the ancestor of modern velvet worms.
15 August 2014, 05:35 PM ET
It may be common for psychiatric patients who are Muslim to attribute their hallucinations or other symptoms to jinn, the invisible devilish creatures in Islamic mythology, researchers in the Netherlands have found.
15 August 2014, 01:26 PM ET
It may sound unlikely, but a knife in your skull might not kill you.
15 August 2014, 07:45 AM ET
The stoneware bottle, officially bottle for Selters water, contained what may be gin or vodka and was found within a shipwreck at the bottom of a Gulf in the Baltic Sea. Apparently, the booze is drinkable, though doesn't smell good.
14 August 2014, 06:42 PM ET
Like an herbivorous Count Dracula, a snakelike vine coils around its leafy victim, punctures its stem and proceeds to suck out its life juices.
14 August 2014, 03:20 PM ET
The idea of a shark attacking someone in the ocean is scary enough, but this week, a 7-year-old boy was bitten by one of these fearsome fish in a lake.
14 August 2014, 10:39 AM ET
In this time-lapse video, the parasitic plant dodder attacks tomatoes, sucking water, nutrients and even genetic material from its host.
12 August 2014, 09:34 AM ET
From tennis shoes to banana bunches, some strange things have been known to wash up on beaches. But one of the strangest has to be the two-headed dolphin whose carcass was recently found on a beach in Turkey, according to Turkish media reports.
11 August 2014, 11:34 AM ET
Researchers using submersible robots to track the hunting behaviors of seal-stalking great white sharks were astonished when one of their subjects mistook their scientific probe for edible prey.
08 August 2014, 03:21 PM ET
The Magnitude 8.8 Chile earthquake of 2010 triggered icequakes (cryoseisms or frost-quakes); vibrations from rapid fracture in large ice fields, frozen soil, or rocks interlaced with frozen water. Seismic data sped up 100x produces the sound.
07 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Active microbes were found hidden inside microscopic droplets in a giant lake of asphalt. The finding boosts the potential for discovering alien life in the universe, particularly on Saturn's largest moon Titan, which boasts expansive hydrocarbon lakes.
07 August 2014, 10:24 AM ET
Nature often builds 3D structures from flat materials. Researcher Samuel Felton and colleagues created a self-folding robot – which stands, crawls and turns – by placing hinges in shape-memory polymer which contracts at 100°C.
06 August 2014, 10:59 AM ET
For the first time, physicists have used an equation to map the path quantum particles are most likely to take when changing from one quantum state to another.
05 August 2014, 03:27 PM ET
A Canadian project centered around a hitchhiking robot aims to explore the state of artificial intelligence and the culture of human kindness.
01 August 2014, 02:31 PM ET
An invasion is afoot along beaches from Oregon to California: Millions of glassy purple, jellyfish-like sea creatures that look like sailboats have been washing ashore.
31 July 2014, 08:34 PM ET
A pale, gooey-looking "see-through" mouse could help scientists gain a better understand processes in the body, according to a new study.
31 July 2014, 08:08 PM ET
In a study of cultural mobility over the past 2000 years in Europe and the United States, a map of the birth and death sites of notable figures has been plotted. Full Story: http://goo.gl/1DUSVu