Strange News Archive
22 October 2015, 07:23 AM ET
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider may have found the first traces of glueballs, elusive particles made entirely of gluons, a new model suggests.
22 October 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Bacteria can be beautiful.
21 October 2015, 06:04 PM ET
Bacteria can be beautiful.
21 October 2015, 10:46 AM ET
Around the human ear are tiny, weak muscles that once would have let evolutionary ancestors pivot their ears to and fro. Today, the muscles aren't capable of moving much — but their reflex action still exists.
15 October 2015, 09:40 AM ET
A mysterious swirl of objects spotted around a distant star has captured the interest of astronomers who look for advanced alien civilizations.
14 October 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Since 1954 when the first Tokyo-destroying sea monster hit theaters, Godzilla has reared its terrifying head in 30 films. So why is the sci-fi movie such a smashing success? Turns out, the beast reminds us of our childhood love of dinosaurs.
14 October 2015, 10:09 AM ET
Aliens might have sex, assuming the benefits outweigh the risks on their home planets. What that sex would look like is an open question. But if animal antics on Earth say anything, extraterrestrial sex would be weird.
12 October 2015, 03:30 PM ET
From a pair of handcuffs to a tennis racquet, supercoiled DNA takes on crazy, fantastical shapes, new research reveals.
12 October 2015, 09:37 AM ET
A new computer simulation has reconstructed the brain cell firing of a tiny sliver of the juvenile rat brain's neocortex.
09 October 2015, 04:42 PM ET
A poison-injecting suitcase and a not-so-harmless shovel are among the items on display.
09 October 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Photos from a creepy new exhibit at the Museum of London.
09 October 2015, 07:31 AM ET
Hawking recently posited that an alien visitation would put Earthlings in the same position as Native Americans when Columbus landed on their shores. Lessons from Earth suggest intelligence and aggression might evolve hand-in-hand.
08 October 2015, 01:16 PM ET
Sure, the seasonally themed Whopper will turn your poop green, but that's not really anything to worry about.
08 October 2015, 07:20 AM ET
A common explanation for why people believe wild conspiracy theories falls flat.
07 October 2015, 07:24 PM ET
A newly described species of rodent has a nose like a cute little piglet, ears that only a mother could love and teeth that would make Dracula run in fear.
06 October 2015, 07:06 PM ET
A few slices of bacon a day seem to keep the doctor away (at least for one woman).
06 October 2015, 02:09 PM ET
Falling into a long tradition of revamping old doomsday predictions, an online religious group claims that the now-deceased preacher, Harold Camping, was right, and his prophecies forecast the end of the world. Tomorrow.
06 October 2015, 06:44 AM ET
Indulging in an ice cream cone on a hot summer day can be a refreshing but sticky treat. Now, scientists are trying to take some of the mess out of this simple pleasure by developing ice cream that melts slower than conventional varieties.
05 October 2015, 12:04 PM ET
Plants that produce seeds that look and smell like antelope poop are able to trick unsuspecting dung beetles ─ which feed on the droppings ─ into dispersing and burying the seeds, a new study finds.
01 October 2015, 03:10 PM ET
Why do we have fingernails, anyway?
29 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Below the tropical waves near the Solomon Islands, nighttime divers spotted a psychedelic vision: an endangered sea turtle glowing bright red and green.
25 September 2015, 07:11 AM ET
The majority of people believe that intelligent aliens are out there, and many want to reach out. The survey found that men are more likely to believe in intelligent aliens than are women, and also more likely to say humanity should reach out.
24 September 2015, 07:25 AM ET
A female water snake in Missouri can do something that no human woman can (no matter how badly she might want to).
23 September 2015, 02:38 PM ET
Under limestone slabs in a cave in Brazil, scientists made a ghoulish new discovery: a decapitated skull covered by amputated hands. The finding may be the oldest known case of ritual beheading in the new world.
23 September 2015, 02:02 PM ET
The 9,000-year-old remains of a human who was decapitated have been discovered in a rock shelter of Lapa do Santo in Brazil. The odd arrangement of the limbs, with severed hands covering the skull, suggest this was a ritualized decapitation.
23 September 2015, 12:02 PM ET
Encryption isn't the reason we're missing alien signals, as Edward Snowden has suggested. Scientists searching for alien life are looking for other hallmarks of communication.
23 September 2015, 08:04 AM ET
A look inside of Earth has revealed the hiding places of weird antimatter particles that are nearly massless, resulting in a global map of the planet's so-called antineutrinos.
23 September 2015, 07:33 AM ET
Beer enthusiasts, rejoice! Wild strains of yeast could one day help brewers develop new kinds of suds, including new sour ones and others that taste of honey, researchers say.
22 September 2015, 10:42 AM ET
A record-breaking distance has been achieved in the bizarre world of quantum teleportation, scientists say.
17 September 2015, 11:42 PM ET
At this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, those who dared to wonder were rewarded.
17 September 2015, 10:22 PM ET
The 25th annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony honored silly, yet thought-provoking, science. From painful bee stings on the penis and the health benefits of kissing, to the math of a sultan's promiscuous ways, this year's winners did anything but bore.
17 September 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Get ready to honor the kind of science that makes you laugh and think.