Strange News Archive
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.
29 May 2014, 09:01 AM ET
After controversy over the unstable soccer ball used in the last World Cup, players should find this year's version a breeze. New research suggests that the Adidas Brazuca has a stable flight path.
27 May 2014, 04:19 PM ET
During this week's House Science and Technology Committee hearing U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, put the question of UFOs to a special panel of SETI scientists.
27 May 2014, 11:05 AM ET
Perhaps surprisingly, there is no universal definition for sodomy, at least in the eyes of U.S. law. Just what constitutes sodomy differs between jurisdictions and states.
25 May 2014, 09:08 AM ET
In mythology, mermaids have existed for thousands of years. The first mermaid myths may have originated around 1000 B.C. And even explorers like Christopher Columbus are said to have spotted the half-woman, half-fish creatures, which were likely manatees.
24 May 2014, 10:15 AM ET
If lazing on the beach isn't your idea of summer fun, never fear. We've rounded up a list of science-based summer vacation destinations all over the United States.
23 May 2014, 02:37 PM ET
Metal whiskers wreak havoc on electronics, but their origin has remained unknown.
22 May 2014, 03:15 PM ET
Imagine a day when hamburgers grown from stem cells in a factory provide enough meat for an entire village. Such a future is within reach, some experts say.
22 May 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The United States particle physics community should focus on dark matter and energy experiments, as well as pursuing new physics related to neutrinos and the Higgs Boson, a new report suggests.
22 May 2014, 08:28 AM ET
The idea of traversable wormholes has been science fiction fodder since Einstein first theorized their existence with the formulation of his general theory of relativity, but do wormholes even exist in nature?
21 May 2014, 01:36 PM ET
The FBI Director initially said the agency may loosen restrictions against pot smoking in order to get more hackers to apply, but backtracked on that statement the next day.
21 May 2014, 10:00 AM ET
At 111 years old, Dr. Alexander Imich of New York City has been crowned the new world's oldest living man, according to Guinness World Records.
20 May 2014, 12:28 PM ET
A new all-beef bacon alternative, called Schmacon, was recently unveiled at the National Restaurant Association Show. The product pairs smoky and sweet flavor with a meaty and crispy texture.
20 May 2014, 11:50 AM ET
While pet owners may have loads of anecdotal data to show that cats are smarter than dogs or vice versa, there's little scientific evidence to back up those claims.
20 May 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Thousands of anchovies turned up dead in Southern California's Marina del Rey over the weekend, leaving a foul-smelling mess.
19 May 2014, 06:11 PM ET
The proposed experiment, which would re-create events that were critical in the first 100 seconds of the universe, could matter entirely from light, completing a quest 80 years in the making.
19 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Married people are more likely to have matching DNA segments than random strangers, suggesting that people pick their mates based partially on genetic-influenced traits.
19 May 2014, 12:16 PM ET
Visitors to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, were shocked last week when an evil-looking fanged fish washed up alive on the shore. The monstrous fish has been identified as a long-snouted lancetfish, a species rarely seen on coasts.
16 May 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Pathogen zombies, evil magic zombies and space zombies are just a few of the threats in a newly uncovered Pentagon plan for dealing with the zombie apocalypse. U.S. citizens can relax, though: The plan was a training exercise.
16 May 2014, 11:36 AM ET
The 13th-century fortress in Transylvania called Bran Castle, and often referred to as Dracula's Castle, is up for sale by its owners — the Habsburg royal line — and the Romanian government has apparently placed an $80 million bid on the storied mansion.
14 May 2014, 09:43 PM ET
Scientists at La Trobe University published a study this week about a protein found in the flowers of ornamental tobacco plant that targets human cancer cells and destroys them.
14 May 2014, 01:36 PM ET
So-called "green" kitty litter may be a good idea for eco-conscious cat lovers, but it's a bad idea for storing nuclear waste, according to an investigation into a radiation leak that occurred at WIPP, America's only nuclear waste storage site.
13 May 2014, 06:38 PM ET
A small, toothy fish, which researchers say resembles the terrifying creature from the movie 'Alien,' is turning out to be a big mystery for the scientists who study it.
12 May 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A woman suspected of being a witch was beaten by mob and died in Brazil after a Facebook post by a local news outlet spurred suspicions the woman was involved in child abductions.
12 May 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Exploding head syndrome is a real condition, and researchers are finally beginning to address this rare and little-understood sleep disorder as an illness worthy of medical investigation.
10 May 2014, 08:18 AM ET
The animal world contains an amazing diversity of genitalia that has been largely unappreciated, even among scientists. Live Science goes to the zoo with author Menno Schilthuizen to talk about the sex lives of ducks, cave insects and humans.