Strange News Archive
07 February 2014, 11:13 AM ET
A phenomenon first seen decades ago and revisited in a new experiment involving quarks could extend one of the most successful theories in physics.
06 February 2014, 12:34 PM ET
Particles never before detected and possibly teensy extra dimensions may be awaiting discovery, says a physicist, adding that those searching for such newbies should keep an open mind and consider all possibilities.
05 February 2014, 04:14 PM ET
For tourists wanting to experience Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District without necessarily participating in the — ahem — local offerings, a new museum offers a glimpse into the neighborhood's salacious history.
03 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Mosquitoes use scent-detecting molecules known as odorant receptors in their antennae. These sensors help mosquitoes "sniff out" sources of blood. Now, researchers have discovered mosquitoes have these same molecules in their sperm as well.
03 February 2014, 01:33 PM ET
A man claims his fishing vessel was blown off course near Mexico and washed ashore at the Marshall Islands 13 months later, but officials are skeptical.
03 February 2014, 10:02 AM ET
Just a few fundamental physical constants that govern the physics of the universe can be used to predict everything from the size of the tallest mountain on a planet to the size of a neutron star.
30 January 2014, 04:14 PM ET
For the first time, the Super Bowl will be played in a cold-weather city in a stadium without a roof. Why are so many football stadiums in cold climates open to the elements?
30 January 2014, 08:50 AM ET
Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? That's what cosmologist Max Tegmark believes.
29 January 2014, 01:06 PM ET
A behavior predicted by the famous physicist Paul Dirac in 1931 has been shown in a system of ultracooled atoms in the lab. The system mimics a magnetic monopole, which has only one pole, passing through an electron.
28 January 2014, 12:35 PM ET
Fascinating time-lapse video shows bubbly brewing process of a seasonal strong ale.
27 January 2014, 05:23 PM ET
A strange and rare winter weather marvel appeared overnight in Eastern states blasted by blustery winds — snow rollers, or snow sculpted into fanciful shapes such as doughnuts and hollow tubes.
27 January 2014, 04:20 PM ET
Contract killers are often paid a surprisingly small amount of money to kill people for petty personal reasons, contrary to television accounts of hit men, new research finds.
27 January 2014, 03:56 PM ET
To resolve a paradox between quantum mechanics and general relativity, Stephen Hawking has released a new paper arguing that light can, in fact, escape from black holes eventually, doing away with the notion of an event horizon.
27 January 2014, 02:28 PM ET
It's high time someone took advantage of the word jellyfish in this way. Dallas aquarists have turned moon jellies into the first peanut butter jellyfish ever.
24 January 2014, 03:01 PM ET
In their responsibility to keep roads open and safe during snowfall, transportation departments continue to investigate and implement new, sometimes unusual, strategies.
22 January 2014, 09:48 AM ET
Scientists use sound waves to make droplets dance in the air and to control their movements.(NOTE: The music is not the sound used to levitate the droplets).
21 January 2014, 03:20 PM ET
A new experiment that, for the first time, creates a beam of antihydrogen atoms, could help scientists understand why antimatter is so scarce is the universe.
16 January 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Gaining the title as the world’s largest vinyl record, a supersized LP of the Eagles’ multi-platinum hit, Hotel California, spins on top of the redesigned venue, the Forum.
15 January 2014, 12:47 PM ET
An environmentalist group in Iceland has aided in the postponement of highway construction with claims it would disturb an elf habitat.
14 January 2014, 07:04 PM ET
Physicists reveal how a chain of beads can defy gravity and act like water spouting from a fountain. The findings could have surprising implications for everything from tethered satellites to elevators reaching from space to Earth.
14 January 2014, 10:17 AM ET
Belief in elves and fairies is rooted in Icelandic culture, and that combined with a hardy environmentalism is driving many to protest the building of a road through what is believed to be a magical elfin habitat.
13 January 2014, 12:55 PM ET
Though it may never achieve mainstream appeal, a Hindu group in India is promoting the use of urine as a treatment for numerous diseases, including cancer, diabetes and tuberculosis.
10 January 2014, 07:17 PM ET
NASA Associate ISS Program Scientist Tara Ruttley talks about the experiment and other science on the latest Orbital Sciences cargo run.
08 January 2014, 07:25 PM ET
Plenty of wacky phenomena, from frost quakes and frozen soap bubbles to square tires and soda slushies, are possible, or practical, only when temperatures dip below freezing.
07 January 2014, 12:51 PM ET
Stuck indoors while the Polar Vortex sends temperatures plummeting? Try these science experiments that are perfect for the frigid weather.
07 January 2014, 10:23 AM ET
The human brain may be hardwired to believe such obvious hoaxes as the one pulled off by Nvidia to promote its new Tegra K1 processing chip. Conspiracy thinking can also make crop-circle hoaxes believable.
06 January 2014, 03:03 PM ET
Before your next karaoke-singing contest, you might want to visit a pharmacist: Researchers have found that a drug known as valproate, or valproic acid, can help people learn how to produce perfect pitch.
02 January 2014, 10:03 PM ET
Possibly the first-known mummified erect penis, and other burial anomalies, were not accidents during embalming, but rather deliberate attempts to make the king appear as Osiris, the god of the underworld, in as literal a way as possible.
02 January 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Unusual blue petunias reveal a molecular trick that plants use to create vibrantly colored petals. The finding might open the door for all sorts of new flower hues.
02 January 2014, 07:51 AM ET
For the first time scientists are seeing how charm quarks transform into their antiparticles. The observation could help answer questions about why the universe is made of matter, and might even be evidence of new, previously unseen particles.
30 December 2013, 03:01 PM ET
While the new finding may not push Alice's hookah-smoking insect from its psychedelic pedestal, this caterpillar is pretty snazzy, as it puffs out nicotine to ward off hungry wolf spiders.
30 December 2013, 08:35 AM ET
Bat sex involves unique behaviors not seen in other mammals, including swarming, honking and oral sex.