Strange News Archive
06 October 2015, 02:09 PM ET
Falling into a long tradition of revamping old doomsday predictions, an online religious group claims that the now-deceased preacher, Harold Camping, was right, and his prophecies forecast the end of the world. Tomorrow.
06 October 2015, 06:44 AM ET
Indulging in an ice cream cone on a hot summer day can be a refreshing but sticky treat. Now, scientists are trying to take some of the mess out of this simple pleasure by developing ice cream that melts slower than conventional varieties.
05 October 2015, 12:04 PM ET
Plants that produce seeds that look and smell like antelope poop are able to trick unsuspecting dung beetles ─ which feed on the droppings ─ into dispersing and burying the seeds, a new study finds.
01 October 2015, 03:10 PM ET
Why do we have fingernails, anyway?
29 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Below the tropical waves near the Solomon Islands, nighttime divers spotted a psychedelic vision: an endangered sea turtle glowing bright red and green.
25 September 2015, 07:11 AM ET
The majority of people believe that intelligent aliens are out there, and many want to reach out. The survey found that men are more likely to believe in intelligent aliens than are women, and also more likely to say humanity should reach out.
24 September 2015, 07:25 AM ET
A female water snake in Missouri can do something that no human woman can (no matter how badly she might want to).
23 September 2015, 02:38 PM ET
Under limestone slabs in a cave in Brazil, scientists made a ghoulish new discovery: a decapitated skull covered by amputated hands. The finding may be the oldest known case of ritual beheading in the new world.
23 September 2015, 02:02 PM ET
The 9,000-year-old remains of a human who was decapitated have been discovered in a rock shelter of Lapa do Santo in Brazil. The odd arrangement of the limbs, with severed hands covering the skull, suggest this was a ritualized decapitation.
23 September 2015, 12:02 PM ET
Encryption isn't the reason we're missing alien signals, as Edward Snowden has suggested. Scientists searching for alien life are looking for other hallmarks of communication.
23 September 2015, 08:04 AM ET
A look inside of Earth has revealed the hiding places of weird antimatter particles that are nearly massless, resulting in a global map of the planet's so-called antineutrinos.
23 September 2015, 07:33 AM ET
Beer enthusiasts, rejoice! Wild strains of yeast could one day help brewers develop new kinds of suds, including new sour ones and others that taste of honey, researchers say.
22 September 2015, 10:42 AM ET
A record-breaking distance has been achieved in the bizarre world of quantum teleportation, scientists say.
17 September 2015, 11:42 PM ET
At this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, those who dared to wonder were rewarded.
17 September 2015, 10:22 PM ET
The 25th annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony honored silly, yet thought-provoking, science. From painful bee stings on the penis and the health benefits of kissing, to the math of a sultan's promiscuous ways, this year's winners did anything but bore.
17 September 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Get ready to honor the kind of science that makes you laugh and think.
17 September 2015, 07:18 AM ET
Get ready to geek out. Tonight (Sept. 17) at 6 p.m. ET is the 25th annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.
14 September 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Kraken is a massive multi-limbed monster in "Clash of the Titans." It has a long history.
10 September 2015, 07:27 AM ET
New results from two separate experiments could hint at the first sign of completely new physics in the world of the very small.
08 September 2015, 10:53 AM ET
High resolution ground-penetrating radar and other archeological technologies has revealed up to 90 large intentionally placed stones outlining a crescent-shaped ‘arena’ less than 2 miles away from Stonehenge.
04 September 2015, 04:12 PM ET
Think sharks only live in the ocean? Think again.
02 September 2015, 02:45 PM ET
A Twitter hashtag, #JunkOff, illustrates the steamier side of biology — and its importance to understanding evolution.
02 September 2015, 02:30 PM ET
A tiny multicellular animal has nothing recognizable as muscle or nerve cells. In fact it has no organs at all. And yet it can hunt down, dissolve and consume algae with surprising sophistication, new research shows.
27 August 2015, 10:15 AM ET
A new definition of the inherent unpredictability of chaos could reveal seemingly smooth situations that have a hidden propensity for chaos
20 August 2015, 11:46 AM ET
A frozen observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and points beyond the Milky Way. Finding these cosmic neutrinos also sheds light on the origins of cosmic rays, the researchers said.
12 August 2015, 01:04 PM ET
Matter and antimatter appear to be perfect mirror images of each other, scientists have discovered with unprecedented levels of precision, foiling hope of solving the mystery as to why there is far matter than antimatter in the universe.
23 July 2015, 11:41 AM ET
Backwards time travel at faster-than-light speeds would involve the creation of spooky doubles of the time-traveling object, a new hypothesis proposes.
23 July 2015, 08:12 AM ET
A century-long puzzle over how delicate strands of glistening ice burst through rotting tree branches, like heads of hair, is closer to being solved.
22 July 2015, 07:31 AM ET
Puddles make water easier to spot and wipe up, but the traditional laws of physics say water should spread indefinitely. So why doesn't it?
17 July 2015, 07:38 AM ET
The disappearance of the skull of German film director F.W. Murnau is disturbing; and while body snatching is taboo it's far from rare. Motives range from the mercenary to the macabre.
16 July 2015, 04:54 PM ET
Bacon-flavored seaweed is the new kale.
15 July 2015, 09:09 AM ET
If the northern giant mouse lemur were the size of a human, its testes would be as big as grapefruits. To capture these testes measurements, scientists had to be quick on their feet in the forests of Madagascar.