Strange News Archive
26 March 2014, 10:57 AM ET
A mysterious and apparently malevolent clown has been seen at night lurking near the streets of Staten Island, N.Y., over the past week. Could it be a savvy publicity stunt?
24 March 2014, 05:16 PM ET
There are a number of hazards in golf: sand traps, the "rough," lakes and other water hazards, and two-for-one happy hour at the nineteenth hole. You can now add "wildfires" to that list.
24 March 2014, 02:18 PM ET
The world has moved on since the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, but one thing hasn't changed very much: The trees, plants and leaves at the contaminated site don't decay at nearly the same rate as plants elsewhere, researchers have found.
21 March 2014, 01:32 PM ET
A new journal devoted to the study of pornography launched today (March 21) with papers about the culture and content of porn. Researchers hope the journal will help pull the field of porn studies out of its infancy.
20 March 2014, 09:37 AM ET
On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared less than an hour after taking off on a flight to Beijing, China. Here are some photos of the search for the missing airliner.
17 March 2014, 06:58 PM ET
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has experts baffled. Without evidence of a wreck or finding the plane, knowing what happened may be impossible.
17 March 2014, 02:46 PM ET
Though aeronautics has made impressive gains since the early days of flight, people and their flying machines have been disappearing into thin air since the 1800s.
14 March 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Math lovers celebrate today (3/14), as Pi Day, in honor of the irrational number Pi. Here are some nerdy facts about pi to impress your friends.
12 March 2014, 03:15 PM ET
The search continues for the 239 passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared somewhere off the coast of Southeast Asia. Assuming the plane crashed over the ocean, how long could survivors continue to live in the open seas?
12 March 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Speculation about a Bermuda Triangle type incident surrounding the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is based on conspiracy theory, not fact.
11 March 2014, 02:58 PM ET
Crystals hit with infrared light could be the next generation of nanometer scale devices.
11 March 2014, 10:42 AM ET
The mystery surrounding a missing Malaysia Airlines jet raises a fundamental question: How can a big plane full of people just vanish into thin air in this day and age?
10 March 2014, 06:38 PM ET
The secret to successful trick-roping involves a steady hand, large lasso and lots and lots of practice ... or perhaps a robot cowboy and a whole lot of math, physicists revealed in March.
10 March 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Two animated clips from a trick-roping model show what happens to a lasso when changing either the size of the loop or the rotation speed is changed. A trick roper demonstrates these skills in real life.
07 March 2014, 11:35 AM ET
On Sunday, most Americans will lose a precious hour of their weekend to daylight saving time. Except for those who live in Arizona and Hawaii, adjusting clocks twice a year is a time-honored ritual, but why do we bother to "fall back" and "spring forward?
06 March 2014, 12:52 PM ET
A toy ball that bounces on water but not on land gets the ability from its elasticity, a physicist has found. The Navy is funding the research for potential military applications.
05 March 2014, 10:55 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.
05 March 2014, 06:37 PM ET
A toy ball bounces on water because of its soft, elastic properties. The findings might have military implications.
05 March 2014, 04:52 PM ET
Though U.S. research on LSD was banned in 1966, researchers in Europe are now reassessing its potential benefits. Doctors in Switzerland recently completed an LSD experiment examining the drug's effect on patients with anxiety.
04 March 2014, 10:30 AM ET
A human would be able to take flight off the surface of Saturn's moon Titan by running in a wingsuit — but only if they were as fast as sprinter Usain Bolt, a group of physics students say.
03 March 2014, 03:00 PM ET
The genome of the pepper reveals several regions that are key for its spiciness, shelf life and resistance to disease. The new findings could plant the seeds for even spicier peppers.
03 March 2014, 02:37 PM ET
An increasing number of men are seeking beard transplants to fill in patchy bears or compensate for non-existent facial hair.
03 March 2014, 06:57 AM ET
Using a weird principle of quantum physics in which two entangled particles of light are connected even when separated, the microscope reveals completely transparent objects, visualizing them in a much better quality than can be done with ordinary light.
01 March 2014, 09:05 AM ET
Five odd and unusual facts about the Oscars, just in time for the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. Read on for weird winners, strange swag and bizarre scientific studies of Academy Award winners.
28 February 2014, 01:31 PM ET
The first detailed model of a 3D strand of curly hair has been created, a development that could be a boon for the film and computer animation industries, researchers say.
27 February 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Never before seen in biology, a state of matter called "disordered hyperuniformity" has been discovered in the eye of a chicken.
26 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Made out of a cluster of electrons and positive charges called 'holes,' the newly created quasiparticle could help physicists locate the boundaries between the quantum world of the very small and the classical world of the human scale.
25 February 2014, 10:03 AM ET
A leopard made its way into a hospital in a bustling North India metropolis, terrorizing patients for 12 hours before escaping into the city.
25 February 2014, 07:15 AM ET
To some viewers, it looks like a landing strip for extraterrestrial spacecraft, but the giant desert spiral is actually an art installation.
24 February 2014, 06:16 PM ET
An incredibly rare process for forming the ultra-heavy top quark has been found. The new result confirms predictions made by the reigning Standard Model of physics.
24 February 2014, 01:49 PM ET
To some viewers, it looks like a landing strip for extraterrestrial spacecraft — or perhaps the portal to a parallel universe, if not an ancient monument to a benevolent deity who had a keen eye for design and symmetry.
24 February 2014, 08:41 AM ET
From the Loch Ness monster and Chupacabra to UFOs and conspiracy theories, Benjamin Radford debunks where needed and brings a dose of grounded science to the world's weird happenings.