Strange News Archive
03 April 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Since ancient times, Jerusalem has been a magnet for religious pilgrims from some of the world's largest faiths — namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But for a small percentage of these visitors, their reverence may become pathological.
03 April 2015, 03:06 PM ET
The 2011 Japan tsunami released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air.
03 April 2015, 08:13 AM ET
Every spring, colorful eggs show up in Easter egg hunts. But besides serving as an oval canvas for egg decorators and a symbol of rebirth and fertility, avian eggs are known for their diversity in shape and size.
02 April 2015, 04:22 PM ET
Joni Mitchell has said she suffers from the strange and controversial condition called Morgellons disease.
31 March 2015, 07:01 PM ET
A mysterious condition that gives the tongue a mottled appearance that can sometimes resemble a map of the continents has long baffled scientists, but new research may offer some clues to its causes.
31 March 2015, 10:57 AM ET
Past calculations made an assumption about Earth's layers that doesn't hold up, meaning if a person dug a tunnel through the planet, they could fall through to the other side quickly, though they could get sucked back in at the other end.
30 March 2015, 08:15 PM ET
Ordinary tampons can detect sewage pollution, a new study shows.
30 March 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist famous for his groundbreaking research in the face of pronounced physical disability, has applied to trademark his name.
27 March 2015, 02:10 PM ET
Investigators confirmed that a 55-gallon metal drum of nuclear waste burst open in New Mexico after it was packed with the wrong kind of cat litter.
27 March 2015, 10:12 AM ET
Physicists have entangled a record number of atoms in a way that their behaviors would stay connected even if they were at opposite ends of the universe. The finding could lead to ever more precise atomic clocks, the researchers say.
26 March 2015, 07:21 AM ET
An experiment shows "spooky action at a distance," in which a particle is in two places at once until it gets measured, causing the particle to take on a definite position, in a phenomenon that Einstein thought was crazy.
24 March 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Instead of flushing millions down the toilet, we could be mining our poop for gold.
20 March 2015, 03:35 PM ET
Experimental food company Lick Me I'm Delicious has created an Edible Mist Machine based on ultrasonic vaporization tech. Using a straw, tasters can sample more than 200 flavors of edible mist.
20 March 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Mudskipper fish use their "hydrodynamic tongues" to exude water from their mouths and then quickly suck it back up once it submerges the food, a finding that could shed light on how animals with backbones first invaded land.
19 March 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Fried tarantulas, baked cockroaches and grasshopper kabobs are on the menu for the Explorers Club annual dinner this weekend.
15 March 2015, 05:41 AM ET
New technology is blurring the boundaries between life and art, allowing artists to conceive of dystopian futures and strange human-algae hybrids.
13 March 2015, 04:40 PM ET
National Science Foundation (NSF) mathematician Tom Russell recites a long string of the irrational number. Several NSF Program Staff members had a go at the number from memory as well.
13 March 2015, 03:54 PM ET
Every year, math enthusiasts celebrate Pi Day on March 14, because the date spells the first three digits (3.14) of pi, or π, the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
12 March 2015, 07:20 AM ET
It might be possible to show that "gravity particles" do exist by using superconducting materials, new research shows.
11 March 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Freezing temperatures and snow have turned much of the United States into an icebox. But, beyond keeping people inside and prompting them to bundle up when they venture out, does the cold weather change people's behavior?
05 March 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Scientists opened two bottles of beer from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland to get a profile of the 19th century brews. The discovered some unpleasant smells.
03 March 2015, 02:38 PM ET
For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of light behaving both as a wave and a particle at the same time.
03 March 2015, 11:46 AM ET
In the event of a zombie outbreak, the best place to hide is away from populated areas, scientists have confirmed. A team of researchers decided to model what would happen if an epidemic of the undead hit the United States.
03 March 2015, 10:20 AM ET
In this simulated zombie outbreak, susceptible humans (blue - upper right) hide from zombies (red -bottom left) or disregard ‘dead zombies’ (green -bottom right). Combined effect of is shown on the upper left.
27 February 2015, 11:21 AM ET
The Internet went bonkers last night over a simple question: What color is this dress? Some people see it as white and gold, while others swear it's blue and black. What's going on?
27 February 2015, 06:53 AM ET
New experimental results from a giant atom-smashing experiment suggest that dark photons are not the culprit for mysterious experimental results that challenge the reigning physics model.
26 February 2015, 04:48 PM ET
Last summer, the discovery of several new giant craters in Siberia drew worldwide interest, launching wild speculation that meteorites, or even aliens, caused the gaping crevasses. And now, scientists have found even more of them.
26 February 2015, 04:47 PM ET
Seven giant craters have mysteriously appeared in northern Siberia, possibly due to methane gas released from melting permafrost. And scientists think may be dozens more.
20 February 2015, 04:52 PM ET
In a bizarre new trend in certain circles, people are snorting chocolate powder through their noses with the aid of a machine. But some experts say the practice may be dangerous.
20 February 2015, 04:50 PM ET
A Belgian chocolatier created a device that allows people to snort cocoa powder. But is this practice wise?
19 February 2015, 09:39 AM ET
Sure, it's the most prestigious award that Hollywood has to offer, but that coveted Oscar statue might also be a bad omen for some of the actors who receive it, a new study suggests.
19 February 2015, 05:26 AM ET
A bizarre sheet of clouds embraced the highest peak in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last week, enchanting even the park's most seasoned visitors.