Strange News Archive
11 October 2013, 01:25 PM ET
Our real science experts reveal how to avoid getting your brains eaten by the walking dead. Their tongue-in-cheek tips quarantine, a body of water, and leather neck and shin guards.
11 October 2013, 07:40 AM ET
The second-largest hospital in the Southern African country of Swaziland may be operating a black market in human body parts used in magic spells, according to claims made by a reverend and others.
10 October 2013, 05:10 PM ET
There aren't many things that can bring a quiver to a Briton's stiff upper lip, but a venomous arachnid named the false widow spider (Steatoda nobilis) seems to be giving the entire country a case of the heebie-jeebies.
09 October 2013, 04:36 PM ET
Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in its early stages has always been challenging. But researchers believe they may have discovered a simple test that could be used to make a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer's disease — and it involves peanut butter.
08 October 2013, 11:00 AM ET
A new method of nuclear fusion uses incredibly high-energy lasers and proton beams to fuse boron atoms and hydrogen nuclei, producing energy that can be easily harnessed.
04 October 2013, 09:05 AM ET
The creature, thought to have inspired the Kraken and other mythological beasts, measures some 30 feet long and boasting 400 pounds of weight.
03 October 2013, 02:58 PM ET
A new Kickstarter campaign is raising funds for an appliance that will brew beer automatically for you.
03 October 2013, 09:37 AM ET
The government shutdown was ironic from the moment it began — It happened over the health care law, which started registration the moment the government shut down on Oct.1. The odd effects of the shutdown haven't ceased in the two-plus days since.
02 October 2013, 05:00 PM ET
For insects like aphids, a raindrop on their head is like a refrigerator falling on a human, so it behooves them to detect stormy weather and avoid such naughty acts.
02 October 2013, 04:51 PM ET
While thousands of government employees, including many scientists, have been furloughed during the government shutdown, some are still hard at work, many with unusual jobs.
02 October 2013, 03:46 PM ET
Lake Natron is one of the most serene lakes in Africa, but it's also the source of some of the most phantasmagorical photographs — images that look as though living animals had instantly turned to stone. Here's what really happens.
02 October 2013, 03:21 PM ET
Photographer Nick Brandt has captured haunting images of the Lake Natron in Tanzania and its dead in a book titled "Across the Ravaged Land' (Abrams Books, 2013).
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.