Strange News Archive
15 March 2015, 05:41 AM ET
New technology is blurring the boundaries between life and art, allowing artists to conceive of dystopian futures and strange human-algae hybrids.
13 March 2015, 04:40 PM ET
National Science Foundation (NSF) mathematician Tom Russell recites a long string of the irrational number. Several NSF Program Staff members had a go at the number from memory as well.
13 March 2015, 03:54 PM ET
Every year, math enthusiasts celebrate Pi Day on March 14, because the date spells the first three digits (3.14) of pi, or π, the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
12 March 2015, 07:20 AM ET
It might be possible to show that "gravity particles" do exist by using superconducting materials, new research shows.
11 March 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Freezing temperatures and snow have turned much of the United States into an icebox. But, beyond keeping people inside and prompting them to bundle up when they venture out, does the cold weather change people's behavior?
05 March 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Scientists opened two bottles of beer from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland to get a profile of the 19th century brews. The discovered some unpleasant smells.
03 March 2015, 02:38 PM ET
For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of light behaving both as a wave and a particle at the same time.
03 March 2015, 11:46 AM ET
In the event of a zombie outbreak, the best place to hide is away from populated areas, scientists have confirmed. A team of researchers decided to model what would happen if an epidemic of the undead hit the United States.
03 March 2015, 10:20 AM ET
In this simulated zombie outbreak, susceptible humans (blue - upper right) hide from zombies (red -bottom left) or disregard ‘dead zombies’ (green -bottom right). Combined effect of is shown on the upper left.
27 February 2015, 11:21 AM ET
The Internet went bonkers last night over a simple question: What color is this dress? Some people see it as white and gold, while others swear it's blue and black. What's going on?
27 February 2015, 06:53 AM ET
New experimental results from a giant atom-smashing experiment suggest that dark photons are not the culprit for mysterious experimental results that challenge the reigning physics model.
26 February 2015, 04:48 PM ET
Last summer, the discovery of several new giant craters in Siberia drew worldwide interest, launching wild speculation that meteorites, or even aliens, caused the gaping crevasses. And now, scientists have found even more of them.
26 February 2015, 04:47 PM ET
Seven giant craters have mysteriously appeared in northern Siberia, possibly due to methane gas released from melting permafrost. And scientists think may be dozens more.
20 February 2015, 04:52 PM ET
In a bizarre new trend in certain circles, people are snorting chocolate powder through their noses with the aid of a machine. But some experts say the practice may be dangerous.
20 February 2015, 04:50 PM ET
A Belgian chocolatier created a device that allows people to snort cocoa powder. But is this practice wise?
19 February 2015, 09:39 AM ET
Sure, it's the most prestigious award that Hollywood has to offer, but that coveted Oscar statue might also be a bad omen for some of the actors who receive it, a new study suggests.
19 February 2015, 05:26 AM ET
A bizarre sheet of clouds embraced the highest peak in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last week, enchanting even the park's most seasoned visitors.
13 February 2015, 12:24 PM ET
In addition to good looks, charm and intelligence, there's a more surprising reason two people may choose to spend Valentine's Day together: having similar microbes.
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.