13 February 2015, 07:13 AM ET
The origins of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day are mysterious, though the idea probably emerged not much more than a century ago. Friday and the number 13 are the source of superstitions going back much further.
13 February 2015, 07:13 AM ET
Today is the first of three Friday the 13ths this year. Here are some of the strangest, most tragic and simply notorious events that have occurred on Friday the 13ths throughout history.
12 February 2015, 10:32 AM ET
Science now has an answer to the famous question asked in the iconic Tootsie Roll Pop commercial, revealing how many licks it takes to get to the pop's gooey center. The research also unlocks the secrets of how objects dissolve in fluid flows.
12 February 2015, 07:02 AM ET
A woman experienced months-long headaches after a traumatic injury in a Pilates Reformer class caused spinal fluid to leak out of her spinal cord.
10 February 2015, 07:03 PM ET
New high-speed camera footage has revealed why popcorn kernels pop, jump and flip when they are heated.
10 February 2015, 10:23 AM ET
Researchers recently unraveled the mystery of how popcorn pops, capturing the transformation from kernel to popcorn in extreme slow motion of 2000 frames per second; played here 100x more slowly.
07 February 2015, 10:26 AM ET
Many people get cravings for a cigarette or a glass of wine. But what about a potent desire to get tattoos or eat human ashes?
05 February 2015, 02:16 PM ET
What if you could check into a hotel, have your luggage carried to your room and order a coffee — all with help from a team of robots?
02 February 2015, 02:45 PM ET
Every February, a small, furry mammal with buck teeth gets trotted out in front of a crowd in Pennsylvania to take part in a time-honored Groundhog Day tradition: If the beloved groundhog Punxsutawney Phil "sees" his shadow, the country is in for six more
29 January 2015, 06:54 AM ET
Building a quantum computer can sometimes yield unexpected benefits — like providing the right environment to demonstrate that Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity is, in fact, correct.
24 January 2015, 08:23 AM ET
The laws of physics say a photon should travel at the speed of light through empty space — but new research shows this isn't always the case. The experimenters managed to slow down light without a medium.
23 January 2015, 10:35 AM ET
After an inspection revealed that some of the footballs used during Sunday's NFL playoff game were slightly deflated, many people are asking whether the balls gave the New England Patriots an unfair advantage over the Indianapolis Colts.
22 January 2015, 01:30 PM ET
SpongeBob was recently spotted sinking down to the deep oceans of a toddler's belly.
22 January 2015, 01:10 PM ET
The beard on the burial mask of King Tutankhamun, one of Egypt's most well-known pharaohs, was glued back on with epoxy after being knocked off during cleaning, according to conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
22 January 2015, 12:34 PM ET
A bizarre, freaky-looking shark with rows of needle-sharp teeth and a body like an eel's was caught by a fisherman in Australia. The odd creature is a rare type of shark known as a frilled shark, and is sometimes called a fish "fossil" because it dates ba
13 January 2015, 08:23 AM ET
Bill Gates wants to turn your poop into clean drinking water, and he's got just the machine to do it.
09 January 2015, 01:38 PM ET
A new photography exhibit suggests that, while Nobel laureates may be geniuses in their field, most aren't very good at coloring.
09 January 2015, 01:32 PM ET
These Nobel laureates are the best in their fields — even if they're not very good at coloring.
09 January 2015, 07:38 AM ET
A leap second will be added to 2015 to keep atomic clock time in sync with Earth's actual rotational time.
08 January 2015, 08:14 AM ET
An unusual butterfly that is half male and half female recently caught the eyes of a volunteer at a butterfly exhibit at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Chris Johnson, a retired chemical engineer from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, was volunteering at the
02 January 2015, 12:15 PM ET
From visual microphones to hackable medical implants, the futuristic technologies found in James Bond movies are becoming much less far-fetched.
01 January 2015, 02:57 PM ET
The bacteria that cause cholera grab genes from other organisms in a particularly predatory way: They spear neighboring cells with a poison-tipped spike.
27 December 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The world's most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, will restart in 2015. Here's what researchers will be looking for.
23 December 2014, 07:15 AM ET
Football, NASCAR and their rowdy, roaring crowds were pitted in a head-to-head battle this year to see which sport hits highest on the seismic charts.
20 December 2014, 06:22 AM ET
Every winter, people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments, trees and tinsel. But none of these holiday pastimes is risk-free, as people — and cats, dogs and owls — have learned over the years.
19 December 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A man's persistent déjà vu puzzles scientists who probed his brain to find an explanation.
19 December 2014, 10:57 AM ET
Chemistry makes Christmas cookies possible, whether crispy, chewy or cake-like in texture. Here's how the combination of fat, flour and sugar can become complicated quickly.
18 December 2014, 01:43 PM ET
A cultural agency in the United Kingdom says it's discovered the oldest living Christmas tree in all of Britain.
15 December 2014, 02:47 PM ET
If they timed their escape just right, three prisoners who slipped out of Alcatraz on a raft made from raincoats in 1962 would have had a chance of survival, new research shows.
12 December 2014, 05:56 PM ET
Hallucinogenic mushrooms are perhaps the last thing you'd expect to find growing in the Queen of England's garden.
11 December 2014, 06:30 PM ET
In a tongue-in-cheek research article, researchers examine the gender make-up of the receivers of a Darwin Award over 20 years.
10 December 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A salamander tadpole with two seemingly functional heads is born in Israel, and researchers are speculating that environmental pollutants or random mutation may have caused the defect.