Strange News Archive
02 October 2013, 02:30 PM ET
What we don't know is shaped by what we do.
01 October 2013, 05:03 PM ET
As the human population continues to inch closer to 8 billion people, feeding all those hungry mouths will become increasingly difficult. A growing number of experts believe that we'll soon have no choice but to start eating insects.
01 October 2013, 03:24 PM ET
In Galway, Ireland, 76-year-old Michael Faherty was found burned to death at his home in December 2010. The coroner concluded Faherty's death was a case of spontaneous human combustion — a human being catching fire with no apparent cause.
01 October 2013, 02:36 PM ET
The zombie apocalypse on the "Walking Dead" can be modeled just like other diseases, and those models spell trouble for humans.
30 September 2013, 02:19 PM ET
The main ingredient in industrial plastic number 5, has been detected in the atmosphere of the Saturn moon. The propylene molecule was missing in Voyager 1's probe of the moon in 1980, and had baffled scientists until now.
26 September 2013, 04:55 PM ET
Officials in China are warning people to beware when walking through wooded areas, due to a rise in the number of deadly hornet attacks caused by the Asian giant hornet — also called the yak-killer hornet - which has killed 28 people this year so far.
26 September 2013, 12:18 PM ET
Move over Celine Dion. Alston's singing mouse (Scotinomys teguina) emits sopranino trills to mark its boundaries deep in mountain cloud forests. [The little vocalist even takes a bow.]
25 September 2013, 02:42 PM ET
The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine is the world's only museum devoted to the world population of cryptids, including the Loch Ness Monster, Yeti, Bigfoot, amongst many others that remain unidentified.
25 September 2013, 02:09 PM ET
Doctors in China are growing a new nose on a man's forehead to replace the one that was damaged by infection. Though it sounds outlandish, this technique is just a variation on a classic method used by plastic surgeons all the time.
24 September 2013, 05:01 PM ET
Though his first dance number was panned, his second dance to Beethoven's Fifth symphony has gotten him into the next round of competition on "Dancing with the Stars."
24 September 2013, 04:51 PM ET
Nineteen elements on the periodic table — including gold, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum — are getting their atomic weights adjusted, thanks to more precise measurements and better calculations of the abundance of certain isotopes.
21 September 2013, 09:01 AM ET
From molasses to rubber ducks, some strange substances have spilled into waterways and onto roadways. Here are some of the highlights.
20 September 2013, 11:55 AM ET
If science fiction ruled the world, time travel and teleportation would be commonplace, and humanlike intelligent machines and cyborgs would be walking amongst us. But just how likely are these and other far-out ideas?
19 September 2013, 11:42 AM ET
Reported sightings of Bigfoot — the legendary ape-like creature — have abounded for decades. Now, for the first time, someone has created a map showing the places where alleged Bigfoot sightings have occurred.
18 September 2013, 02:14 PM ET
Last week, a pipeline dumped hundreds of thousands of molasses into a Hawaiian harbor. Besides molasses, you wouldn't believe some of the other strange substances that have spilled on roadways and waterways.
18 September 2013, 08:08 AM ET
Nocturnal sightings of the face-painted fiend — widely dubbed The Northampton Clown — began earlier this month. The clown has not harassed, attacked, nor threatened anyone; he — or possibly she or It — merely wanders the streets creeping people out.
17 September 2013, 09:43 AM ET
Time-lapse footage shot by an Associated Press photographer shows the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship being pulled completely upright during a complicated, 19-hour operation.
13 September 2013, 01:37 PM ET
The public voted the blobfish the world's ugliest animal. It will now serve as the mascot for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
12 September 2013, 10:56 PM ET
Amid a flurry of paper airplanes, hosts adorned with little more than silver body paint, and the world's first and only opera about a centrifugal-force birthing machine, the 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded tonight.
12 September 2013, 09:49 PM ET
Dung beetles that navigate using the Milky and an experiment that required eating a parboiled shrew to the discovery that walking on water, on the moon, is feasible, are just a few of the highlights of the 23rd annual Ig Nobel Awards ceremony.
12 September 2013, 07:29 PM ET
Thousands of fish have been reported dead in the waters around Honolulu after a massive spill of molasses. Molasses, a dark, viscous liquid that's generally made from sugarcane, has a variety of uses.
12 September 2013, 03:14 PM ET
Where funny meets smart, you get the established Ig Nobel prizes. Here's how you can watch tonight's ceremony live.
12 September 2013, 12:57 PM ET
If the top quark is not heavier than experiments currently suggest, a stranger-than-doomsday fate may await the cosmos — disembodied brains and virtually anything else could one day randomly materialize into existence.
12 September 2013, 10:41 AM ET
Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick. Their chance finding is now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
10 September 2013, 05:00 PM ET
A fungus that causes a deadly brain infection has a curious mating strategy, in which it reproduces sexually with clones of itself, a new study finds. The offspring have additional copies of certain chromosomes, creating genetic diversity from scratch, st
10 September 2013, 10:49 AM ET
The deaths of more than 100 elk in a 24-hour period in rural New Mexico has officials puzzled, ruling out all of the usual suspects, such as disease, predators and poachers.
09 September 2013, 03:26 PM ET
A "tidal wave" violently tossed ships docked along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia at about 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 8, 1817, according to newspapers of the time. Turns out, that tidal wave was actually a tsunami, launched by a powerful magnitude-7.4
09 September 2013, 02:59 PM ET
Megalomyrmex symmetochus guest ants recruit nestmates to protect their Sericomyrmex amabilis host from Gnamptogenys raiders. Toxic alkaloid weaponry is used by the guest ants.
06 September 2013, 01:57 PM ET
Bill Nye is the next celebrity scientist to strut their stuff on the show "Dancing with the Stars"
04 September 2013, 02:49 PM ET
Hundreds of small black Portuguese millipedes (Ommatoiulus moreletii) are the likely culprits in a train collision in Australia that injured six passengers.
04 September 2013, 11:25 AM ET
The webby structure has scientists and observers baffled.
04 September 2013, 10:47 AM ET
A skyscraper under construction in London, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie due to its curved shape, is reflecting sunlight so strongly it has burned objects below, including cars, say locals. Tara Cleary reports.