Strange News Archive
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.
23 June 2014, 06:01 PM ET
The universe should have collapsed just microseconds after it formed in the Big Bang, according to one new theory.
23 June 2014, 12:33 PM ET
The Higgs boson decays into matter-carrying particles known as tau leptons, yet another confirmation of the standard model of physics.
20 June 2014, 07:48 PM ET
Pablo Picasso's famous painting of a bathing woman in a blue room carries a secret: High-tech scans have revealed that the well-known scene was painted on top of a portrait of an unidentified man.
20 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Kronos' leader recounts the emotion of tracking where music recording began in this full-length conversation with @DavidSkyBrody of Livescience.com. The performance was captured with 5 different historic audio formats.
20 June 2014, 08:24 AM ET
The mother of a man who drowned while using a shamanic hallucinogenic drug called ayahuasca has filed a lawsuit against the New Age spiritual retreat where the incident occurred. This isn't the first time such a New Age experience has ended in death.
19 June 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Free will may emerge from random background noise in the brain, new research suggests.
18 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The fundamental gravitational constant that Newton described more than 300 years ago has been measured using fountains of ultracold atoms.
18 June 2014, 09:53 AM ET
A bachelor party hiking in New Mexico stumbled across a 3-million-year-old stegomastodon skull, the prehistoric ancestor of mammoths and elephants. The skull is one of the most complete mastodon fossils ever discovered.
17 June 2014, 02:58 PM ET
A new startup uses vein recognition technology as a way for customers to make purchases using only the palms of their hands.
17 June 2014, 08:52 AM ET
A miniature skull model bought in an antique shop by a German couple three decades ago could be a 500-year-old lost artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, a new study claims. But some art historians are wary of the attribution.
16 June 2014, 07:09 PM ET
Four new foals have been born from frozen horse embryos, which could enable selective breeding programs in the future.
16 June 2014, 05:17 PM ET
Tomorrow morning (June 17), the first-ever transatlantic "scent message" will be transmitted from New York City to Paris.
13 June 2014, 11:48 AM ET
They're baaack — in zoos around the world, animals are taking to the field — or at least, the tank or the food bin — to predict the results of World Cup games.
12 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A new experiment has demonstrated quantum tunneling over long distances — a spooky effect where subatomic particles can pass through barriers.
12 June 2014, 10:39 AM ET
For East Coasters, Friday the 13th brings a full moon, the lowest in the sky of the year. But put away your lucky charms: Neither Friday the 13th nor full moons are any cause for fear.
11 June 2014, 08:34 PM ET
Australian Madison Stewart, star of 'Shark Girl' (Smithsonian Channel Special) has another hobby besides SCUBA diving: Feeding Vegemite to unsuspecting Americans like @DavidSkyBrody of LiveScience.com...
11 June 2014, 04:49 PM ET
20-yr-old diver, filmmaker and conservationist Madison Stewart explodes myths about sharks in this Live Science exclusive interview with @DavidSkyBrody. On more than 450 dives, various species of shark have been her playmates, family and friends.
10 June 2014, 07:06 PM ET
The sperm of the desert ant Cataglyphis savignyi swim in bundles, a rare example of sperm cooperation. The teamwork boosts the swimming speed of the sperm, potentially providing a reproductive advantage.
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.