Strange News Archive
11 November 2014, 07:03 AM ET
Psilocybin, or "magic," mushrooms are a controlled substance with hallucinogenic effects. Recently, however, researchers have been studying this fungus as a potential mental health treatment. Here are 11 strange facts about "'shrooms."
09 November 2014, 09:17 AM ET
Physicist Nami Arkani-Hamed gave a live lecture on the future of physics research and predicted that a revolution in the field is on its way.
06 November 2014, 12:36 PM ET
Physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed will give a live lecture on recent quantum mechanics research and the evolving understanding of space-time at the Perimeter Institute on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.
31 October 2014, 01:19 PM ET
While exorcisms, in which demonic spirits are driven out of a supposedly possessed person, may seem a dark practice relevant only on TV screens, they have long been recognized by the Catholic Church and several religions.
31 October 2014, 11:51 AM ET
Facts about the zombie phenomenon in pop culture, movies and gaming.
31 October 2014, 07:15 AM ET
The notion of zombies dates back at least 400 years, but today's walking dead are thoroughly modern monsters, created by open-source collaboration. Here's how zombies have evolved.
30 October 2014, 02:58 PM ET
Some researchers seize on Oct. 31 as an opportunity for serious study. From an analysis of racist costumes to an assessment of the hazards of egg throwing, here are a few strange chapters from the annals of Halloween science.
30 October 2014, 09:57 AM ET
A few facts help explain how the real Dracula earned such a nasty reputation.
29 October 2014, 10:24 AM ET
One idea for a Halloween dinner party could involve asking your guests to dress up in gothic gowns, and decking out your house to look like Dracula's castle. If you are into such a plan, here are five spooky dishes to consider for the menu.
29 October 2014, 07:48 AM ET
From the haunted Tower of London to the story that inspired "The Exorcist" and the rattling tale of Lady Dorothy's apparition spooking the 300-year-old Raynham Hall, ghost stories have been told since ancient times and are a staple of Halloween.
29 October 2014, 07:38 AM ET
The active ingredient in magic mushrooms seems to create many more connections in the brain, which could explain why users experience synesthesia and other trippy effects.
28 October 2014, 06:53 AM ET
When a dead body decomposes in the ocean, scientists know little about what happens to it. To find out, some researchers performed an unusual experiment that involved dropping pig carcasses into the sea and watching them on video.
24 October 2014, 01:45 PM ET
Science-minded artists can use "living paint" to create art inside petri dishes.
22 October 2014, 12:59 PM ET
Sex is older than anyone had ever known. New research reveals that 385 million-year-old fish did the deed — and they may have invented copulation as much as 430 million years ago.
22 October 2014, 12:40 PM ET
The first animals to have sex were tiny armored fish called microbrachius that copulated some 385 million years ago in a square-dancing type maneuver.
16 October 2014, 07:18 AM ET
What causes the weird sounds produced by skipping rocks across a frozen lake?
14 October 2014, 03:39 PM ET
The discovery of several mysterious craters in Siberia earlier this year launched a wave of speculation about their origins. Now, a new report suggests an explanation for the holes, claiming it could also be linked to the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
14 October 2014, 07:51 AM ET
Physicists have discovered a new particle from data from the Large Hadron Collider that could reveal how protons in atomic nuclei are held together.
10 October 2014, 04:02 PM ET
Marijuana use is becoming ever-more mainstream, with two states now allowing recreational use of the drug. From pot's mythical origins to false positives in baby urine, read on for some of the odder facts about this drug.
07 October 2014, 09:01 AM ET
A new particle called the Majorana fermion is made of both matter and antimatter and physicists think it could advance quantum computer development and aid the search for dark matter.
06 October 2014, 07:30 PM ET
From the alien-looking and toothy lamprey to the ghoulish aye-aye with its spindly middle finger to the beady-eyed whip spider, here are some of the creepiest-looking and fear-inducing creatures on the planet that you should pet or adore more than leap fr
03 October 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Physicist Subir Sachdev gave a live lecture at the Perimeter Institute on Oct. 1, explaining the basics of quantum entanglement and levitating superconductors.
02 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
A 19th-century mummified fetus that underwent an ancient surgical procedure while in its mother's womb has been discovered by scientists in Italy. The remains were uncovered due to the devastated 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.
01 October 2014, 12:21 PM ET
Long-distance lovebirds may soon be able to "teleport" kisses to one another, thanks to a high-tech but somewhat unusual device.
30 September 2014, 02:33 PM ET
The discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle thought to give all others their mass, was music to scientists' ears, but now the data has been turned into literal music.
27 September 2014, 10:22 AM ET
A plasma bubble likely contributed to the helicopter radio communication failure during the battle of Takur Ghar, part of Operation Anaconda during the war in Afghanistan.
24 September 2014, 07:05 AM ET
The common octopus can be a cannibal, sometimes dining on members of its own species, showing a taste for the victim's arm tips. Now, divers have caught this octopus-on-octopus action in the wild for the first time on video.
23 September 2014, 01:33 PM ET
A mysterious butterfly-shaped cloud spotted over St. Louis last week was built from actual butterflies.
22 September 2014, 05:18 PM ET
Miles of slick mud poured down the parched throat of California's Mount Shasta on Sunday (Sept. 21) in one of volcano's largest mudslides in two decades, the Forest Service said.
22 September 2014, 01:10 PM ET
The plant-eating dinosaur, which sported some of the largest nasal passages of any dinosaur, may have been killed by a giant crocodile 75 million years ago. The croc attack would have led to the quick death and burial of the beast.
18 September 2014, 09:06 PM ET
The brilliant minds behind research studies about how Earth's magnetic field affects pooping dogs and why people see Jesus in toast were honored tonight during one of the most purposefully ridiculous ceremonies in all of science: the Ig Nobel Prizes.
18 September 2014, 08:27 PM ET
Here's a look at the winners of this year's Ig Nobel awards, which first make you laugh and then make you think.