20 September 2013, 11:55 AM ET
If science fiction ruled the world, time travel and teleportation would be commonplace, and humanlike intelligent machines and cyborgs would be walking amongst us. But just how likely are these and other far-out ideas?
19 September 2013, 11:42 AM ET
Reported sightings of Bigfoot — the legendary ape-like creature — have abounded for decades. Now, for the first time, someone has created a map showing the places where alleged Bigfoot sightings have occurred.
18 September 2013, 02:14 PM ET
Last week, a pipeline dumped hundreds of thousands of molasses into a Hawaiian harbor. Besides molasses, you wouldn't believe some of the other strange substances that have spilled on roadways and waterways.
18 September 2013, 08:08 AM ET
Nocturnal sightings of the face-painted fiend — widely dubbed The Northampton Clown — began earlier this month. The clown has not harassed, attacked, nor threatened anyone; he — or possibly she or It — merely wanders the streets creeping people out.
17 September 2013, 09:43 AM ET
Time-lapse footage shot by an Associated Press photographer shows the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship being pulled completely upright during a complicated, 19-hour operation.
13 September 2013, 01:37 PM ET
The public voted the blobfish the world's ugliest animal. It will now serve as the mascot for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
12 September 2013, 10:56 PM ET
Amid a flurry of paper airplanes, hosts adorned with little more than silver body paint, and the world's first and only opera about a centrifugal-force birthing machine, the 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded tonight.
12 September 2013, 09:49 PM ET
Dung beetles that navigate using the Milky and an experiment that required eating a parboiled shrew to the discovery that walking on water, on the moon, is feasible, are just a few of the highlights of the 23rd annual Ig Nobel Awards ceremony.
12 September 2013, 07:29 PM ET
Thousands of fish have been reported dead in the waters around Honolulu after a massive spill of molasses. Molasses, a dark, viscous liquid that's generally made from sugarcane, has a variety of uses.
12 September 2013, 03:14 PM ET
Where funny meets smart, you get the established Ig Nobel prizes. Here's how you can watch tonight's ceremony live.
12 September 2013, 12:57 PM ET
If the top quark is not heavier than experiments currently suggest, a stranger-than-doomsday fate may await the cosmos — disembodied brains and virtually anything else could one day randomly materialize into existence.
12 September 2013, 10:41 AM ET
Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick. Their chance finding is now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
10 September 2013, 05:00 PM ET
A fungus that causes a deadly brain infection has a curious mating strategy, in which it reproduces sexually with clones of itself, a new study finds. The offspring have additional copies of certain chromosomes, creating genetic diversity from scratch, st
10 September 2013, 10:49 AM ET
The deaths of more than 100 elk in a 24-hour period in rural New Mexico has officials puzzled, ruling out all of the usual suspects, such as disease, predators and poachers.
09 September 2013, 03:26 PM ET
A "tidal wave" violently tossed ships docked along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia at about 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 8, 1817, according to newspapers of the time. Turns out, that tidal wave was actually a tsunami, launched by a powerful magnitude-7.4
09 September 2013, 02:59 PM ET
Megalomyrmex symmetochus guest ants recruit nestmates to protect their Sericomyrmex amabilis host from Gnamptogenys raiders. Toxic alkaloid weaponry is used by the guest ants.
06 September 2013, 01:57 PM ET
Bill Nye is the next celebrity scientist to strut their stuff on the show "Dancing with the Stars"
04 September 2013, 02:49 PM ET
Hundreds of small black Portuguese millipedes (Ommatoiulus moreletii) are the likely culprits in a train collision in Australia that injured six passengers.
04 September 2013, 11:25 AM ET
The webby structure has scientists and observers baffled.
04 September 2013, 10:47 AM ET
A skyscraper under construction in London, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie due to its curved shape, is reflecting sunlight so strongly it has burned objects below, including cars, say locals. Tara Cleary reports.
04 September 2013, 10:41 AM ET
One of the tiniest species of frog is able to hear despite not having eardrums or middle ears, thanks to a resonating cavity in its mouth.
03 September 2013, 07:56 PM ET
Using algae, artists create opera performance you can eat.
03 September 2013, 03:53 PM ET
A strange phobia makes people feel panicked or ill at the sight of holes, and new research hints at the cause. The fear may stem from a visual resemblance to poisonous animals, according to a new study.
28 August 2013, 05:50 PM ET
Scientists have created an incredibly fast-spinning object that whirls half a million times faster than the average washing machine. The new technique could shed light on whether quantum friction exists.
27 August 2013, 02:38 PM ET
Is there any more esoteric, almost mystical-sounding scientific field than particle physics?
26 August 2013, 12:07 PM ET
The world's most expensive coffee is a delicacy derived from coffee berries pooped out by the Asian palm civet. Fake "Kopi Luwak," as the coffee is called, is common, but now researchers say they have a test that can determine which grinds are real.
25 August 2013, 05:28 PM ET
Once scientists are able to create traversable wormholes in space, time travel will be easy, says astrophysicist Eric Davis. Others disagree, saying even if a wormhole is found it would be too tiny for even a person to fit inside, let alone a spaceship.
23 August 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Though birds haven't yet learned how to read road signs, recent research suggests that birds can figure out the speed limit on a particular stretch of road.
23 August 2013, 12:05 PM ET
A pony found in Dartmoor, England, in July apparently died under mysterious and horrific circumstances: It had been mutilated, and several of its organs were missing, fueling speculation that it was killed in a satanic or pagan ritual sacrifice.
23 August 2013, 09:34 AM ET
Strange particles called neutrinos have a habit of switching identities, changing from one flavor into another — a transformation that may help probe some of the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
22 August 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have built an atomic clock with incredibly stable ticks. The ultrastable clock could be used to test some of the fundamental theories in physics.
20 August 2013, 01:16 PM ET
Researchers describe a woman who started having musical hallucinations. She did not recognize the songs in her head, but when she sang or hummed them for her husband, he identified them as popular tunes.