Strange News Archive
01 May 2014, 10:45 AM ET
The story of a circus train accident has become the stuff of legend in the Pennsylvania town of Tyrone, but some researchers are hunting for more tangible traces of that pileup in the form of a mass grave.
30 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
On May 30, 1893, around 5:30 a.m., the Walter L. Main circus train carrying dozens of animals and performers ran off the tracks in an epic crash in central Pennsylvania. Researchers are hunting for the makeshift graveyard.
30 April 2014, 02:21 PM ET
An Oklahoma execution by lethal injection that went awry has renewed interest in the protection against "cruel and unusual punishment," as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
30 April 2014, 09:52 AM ET
The most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider, has not yet created any black holes as some have feared, researchers say. Even it did, there is no danger of those black holes destroying Earth, scientists find.
28 April 2014, 12:55 PM ET
After a hole in Mount Baldy, Indiana, swallowed a young boy, officials have closed a section of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. But why are these dangerous holes suddenly appearing in the sand dune?
26 April 2014, 09:08 AM ET
Beneath the surface of the icy waters of Antarctica, a symphony of sounds can be heard.
25 April 2014, 02:23 PM ET
People have responded with outrage over the news that aborted fetuses were routinely burned at an incinerator in Oregon that used medical waste to generate electricity.
23 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Captured by Dr. Lin Shao of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus through structured illuminated microscopy applied to the wide field microscope, Shao captured more than 50 time points which were then reconstructed in 3D.
23 April 2014, 03:03 PM ET
Michael Weber of The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Germany reconstructed the mesmerizing footage in 3D after capturing it using light sheet fluorescence microscopy in the living zebrafish.
23 April 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Captured by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, this winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo, revealing startling clarity and detail of such a large specimen.
23 April 2014, 12:37 PM ET
Some effects of the long-lasting, sub-freezing temperatures are only now becoming apparent. One surprise was the discovery that starving rats in New York City had attacked the trees in urban parks for sustenance.
22 April 2014, 07:09 PM ET
A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say.
22 April 2014, 04:43 PM ET
Specimens from the Australian National Insect Collection were imaged using a new photography technique. The compiled data results in a display of highly detailed digitized bugs.
22 April 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Lars Kindermann and Ilse Van Opzeeland of the Alfred Wegener Institute obtained this sound recording, which – although it sounds like the quack of a mechanical waterfowl – is actually a minke whale.
22 April 2014, 11:09 AM ET
The image, showing a ghostly oval shape with trailing white tendrils, is not, of course, Scotland's famous lake monster, but the sighting does highlight why satellite images can easily fool the untrained eye.
22 April 2014, 10:04 AM ET
A huge Australian snake bites people who are asleep.
22 April 2014, 09:26 AM ET
After a Soviet submarine carrying nuclear warheads sank in the Pacific in 1968, the Soviet Navy failed to locate the vessel. That's when the U.S. government, keen on getting classified information from the sub, asked the CIA and Howard Hughes to help.
21 April 2014, 03:01 PM ET
The 15-year-old boy who survived a flight across the Pacific Ocean stowed away in an airplane's wheel well has everyone wondering just how he achieved this remarkable feat.
21 April 2014, 01:28 PM ET
In a move that was likely to sow panic among parents of teenagers, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of Palcohol, a powdered alcohol. Now, it appears that approval has been rescinded.
19 April 2014, 11:02 AM ET
On Easter Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection, in which, according to the New Testament, Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion.
18 April 2014, 12:36 PM ET
A think-tank associated with a cosmetics company has a plan to brighten the surface of the moon in an effort to lighten up the night sky and reducing the need for electricity to run street lights. Scientists are skeptical.
17 April 2014, 04:11 PM ET
Officials in Portland, Ore., are flushing 38 million gallons of public drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught on camera urinating into an open reservoir on Wednesday (April 16).
17 April 2014, 11:42 AM ET
During copulation, lasting 40 to 70 hours, the female cave inserts her penislike gynosome into the male organ to collect sperm. The female's lengthy penis would be the equivalent of a 5 foot 9 man having a penis about 9.8 inches long.
17 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
Females with penislike genitals and males with vaginalike organs are cases of a new extreme reversal of sex roles researchers have discovered in little-known cave insects.
16 April 2014, 05:04 PM ET
In a highly emotional situation like a school shooting, it can be difficult to separate fact from speculation. What does science have to say about school shootings and violence?
16 April 2014, 11:25 AM ET
From levitating a car with water from fire hoses to sprinkling salt on a dead frog's legs to make them twitch, the Science Channel show "Outrageous Acts of Science" explains the science behind YouTube videos that would make your jaw drop.
15 April 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Apparently, once you've eaten human flesh, you develop a real taste for it. Two brothers in Pakistan were arrested in 2011 for digging up about 150 graves and stealing away with the bodies, which they later consumed.
15 April 2014, 10:53 AM ET
The list of food and non-food items that have been combined in an unnatural marriage just got longer: Viagra and Champagne ice cream.
15 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Four prominent physicists say they were misquoted in a documentary trailer promoting a claim debunked more than 450 years ago: that the Earth is in a privileged spot in the universe.
14 April 2014, 05:39 PM ET
The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say.
14 April 2014, 02:56 PM ET
A popular televangelist from San Antonio named John Hagee has stated that the four lunar eclipses scheduled to begin this month — also known as "blood moons" — are a sign that biblical prophecies are about to come true.
14 April 2014, 02:42 PM ET
In 2012, scientists at the world's largest atom smasher came across evidence of what they believe is the Higgs boson, a long-sought particle that gives other matter the property of mass. Here are four bizarre facts about other bosons.