Strange News Archive
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
31 July 2014, 12:54 PM ET
A woman near Nepal was beaten to death after being accused of being a witch, showing the real and present harms of witch hunts in India and elsewhere. Often it's the marginalized and poor who are victims of the gruesome witch hunts, experts say.
31 July 2014, 11:01 AM ET
An English plumber welded an enormous fart machine, drove it to the White Cliffs of Dover and blasted it at France. Colin Furze has a reputation for constructing eccentric creations, including the world's fastest baby stroller last year.
30 July 2014, 06:26 PM ET
A trio of mysterious gaping holes in northern Siberia has spawned many theories about their origin, but scientists have suggested some concrete explanations.
30 July 2014, 02:38 PM ET
In this test of spatial cognition, red-footed tortoises presented with shapes in varying positions were rewarded with bits of strawberry when they touched the targets.
29 July 2014, 04:54 PM ET
An astronomer and an artist have paired up to convert gamma ray bursts detected by the Fermi Large Area Telescope into ’sonified’ animations.
29 July 2014, 11:47 AM ET
Researchers developed an algorithm that can map the musical progression of bands like the Beatles.
29 July 2014, 11:13 AM ET
The Cheshire Cat of the classic children's book "Alice in Wonderland" had a smile that could disconnect from its body. In the spirit of Lewis Carroll, scientists have created quantum Cheshire Cats in the form of neutrons separated from their magnetism.
28 July 2014, 09:58 AM ET
The Higgs Boson was spotted in an ultra-rare interaction between force-carrying particles called W-Bosons, which could explain how the Higgs boson imparts mass to other particles.
28 July 2014, 08:11 AM ET
A municipal worker who got stung by an estimated 1,000 bees while mowing a park lawn on Thursday (July 24) was in stable condition. So how did he survive the buzzing attack?
24 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A forensic archaeologist unexpectedly found the oldest medical description of a near-death experience in a book from 18th century.
23 July 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Scientists are looking into cat poop to explore whether a microscopic organism that lives in there could be modified and used as a cancer treatment.
22 July 2014, 07:30 PM ET
A Turkish family affected by a rare genetic disorder does not represent "backward evolution," as one researcher claims. The family's gait is not reminiscent of primate ancestors, and is in fact, all human.
21 July 2014, 02:03 PM ET
Cork quality has been declining for years, and scientists think it may be from cork oak trees adapting to climate change.
18 July 2014, 05:28 PM ET
A lumpy fossil — billed as the longest piece of ancient poop — will hit the auction block next week.
18 July 2014, 05:11 PM ET
A 10-year-old boy suffered from ear pain and hearing problems for years before doctors were finally able to crack the case.
16 July 2014, 06:35 PM ET
In an attempt to fix his broken headphones, a radiologist turned to an unusual resource at his disposal.
16 July 2014, 10:35 AM ET
From shipwrecks to an upright dining table to a dead giraffe, a cornucopia of strange objects have been discovered in the shadowy depths of New York City's waterways.
11 July 2014, 05:18 PM ET
How physics keeps people from falling off water slides, like world's tallest water slide in Kansas City named Verruckt.
11 July 2014, 01:58 PM ET
Losing yourself in an acting role might be difficult, but imagine how hard it is if the human you're playing isn't human at all. Karin Konoval, who plays the orangutan Maurice in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" talks about the transformation.
09 July 2014, 01:19 PM ET
Seahorses don't neigh, but they do click when feeding or courting and growl when under threat, new research finds.
07 July 2014, 04:55 PM ET
Today is the 86th anniversary of the invention of sliced bread and the 134th birthday of its inventor, Otto Rohwedder.
01 July 2014, 12:10 PM ET
A new experiment could reveal traces of a ghostly particle called a sterile neutrino, which only interacts with ordinary matter through gravity.
25 June 2014, 05:32 PM ET
High-speed video revealed that disco clams are not bioluminescent, but their lips are covered with tiny silica spheres that reflect natural light.
23 June 2014, 06:22 PM ET
When Bacillus subtilis bacteria, a species normally found in the human gut, are placed in a drop of water, the organisms create a vortex, with bacteria on the outside swimming in one direction and the ones on the inside swimming the opposite way.