Strange News Archive
03 September 2013, 03:53 PM ET
A strange phobia makes people feel panicked or ill at the sight of holes, and new research hints at the cause. The fear may stem from a visual resemblance to poisonous animals, according to a new study.
28 August 2013, 05:50 PM ET
Scientists have created an incredibly fast-spinning object that whirls half a million times faster than the average washing machine. The new technique could shed light on whether quantum friction exists.
27 August 2013, 02:38 PM ET
Is there any more esoteric, almost mystical-sounding scientific field than particle physics?
26 August 2013, 12:07 PM ET
The world's most expensive coffee is a delicacy derived from coffee berries pooped out by the Asian palm civet. Fake "Kopi Luwak," as the coffee is called, is common, but now researchers say they have a test that can determine which grinds are real.
25 August 2013, 05:28 PM ET
Once scientists are able to create traversable wormholes in space, time travel will be easy, says astrophysicist Eric Davis. Others disagree, saying even if a wormhole is found it would be too tiny for even a person to fit inside, let alone a spaceship.
23 August 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Though birds haven't yet learned how to read road signs, recent research suggests that birds can figure out the speed limit on a particular stretch of road.
23 August 2013, 12:05 PM ET
A pony found in Dartmoor, England, in July apparently died under mysterious and horrific circumstances: It had been mutilated, and several of its organs were missing, fueling speculation that it was killed in a satanic or pagan ritual sacrifice.
23 August 2013, 09:34 AM ET
Strange particles called neutrinos have a habit of switching identities, changing from one flavor into another — a transformation that may help probe some of the fundamental mysteries of the universe.
22 August 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have built an atomic clock with incredibly stable ticks. The ultrastable clock could be used to test some of the fundamental theories in physics.
20 August 2013, 01:16 PM ET
Researchers describe a woman who started having musical hallucinations. She did not recognize the songs in her head, but when she sang or hummed them for her husband, he identified them as popular tunes.
19 August 2013, 10:29 AM ET
In a rare photo opportunity, a shark — in this case, a dogfish — was swallowed whole by a much larger sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus), one of the nastiest-looking predators in the ocean.
18 August 2013, 10:50 PM ET
From lab tech to alligator wrestler, here are some of the most extreme jobs in science.
16 August 2013, 10:12 AM ET
Rather than studying UFOs or aliens, the secret military base in the Nevada desert was used to test different spy planes over the years, new government documents reveal.
15 August 2013, 12:11 PM ET
On Oct. 16, 2012, residents of Pike County, Ky., looked high in the sky to find a strange sight. Amateur astronomer Allen Epling described it to a local reporter as looking "like two fluorescent bulbs, side by side, parallel, shining very brightly."
15 August 2013, 10:04 AM ET
A badger living in the countryside near the town of Stolpe, Germany, recently uncovered a remarkable site: the 12th-century burial ground of eight people, two of whom were apparently Slavic warlords, with jewelry, swords and other artifacts.
14 August 2013, 01:30 PM ET
A small but growing number of parishioners have flocked to a particular crape myrtle tree outside of a Catholic church in Fresno, Calif., because the tree supposedly drops "God's tears."
13 August 2013, 12:23 PM ET
Ivory poachers go to sometimes-absurd lengths to smuggle prized pieces of elephant tusks across borders. Officials in Macau recently discovered 583 bars of ivory disguised as bars of chocolate.
12 August 2013, 03:52 PM ET
Amateur video captures the early-morning collapse of a three-story building in central Florida. Vacationers evacuated the resort building before it was swallowed up by a large sinkhole.
07 August 2013, 04:19 PM ET
Sending and receiving messages from beyond the grave used to require a caftan-wearing medium hosting a candlelit séance. Today's medium can ditch the caftan in favor of Spirit Story Box, an iPhone app that claims to give voice to those beyond the grave.
06 August 2013, 12:17 PM ET
A 15-ton blob of congealed fat so huge it's been dubbed a "fatberg" has been removed from a sewer tunnel beneath London. And in case you're not completely grossed out yet, the fatberg was mixed with thousands of used baby wipes.
05 August 2013, 02:36 PM ET
People are a superstitious lot, but some of these historical curses seem too real to be mere coincidence or simple superstition. From King Tutankhamun to the Chicago Cubs, check out these six famous historical curses.
05 August 2013, 10:59 AM ET
When is a liquid not a liquid? When it's a colloid and very cold. That's what a pair of physicists has found after creating a computer simulation of a liquidlike state is more stable than the solid crystal.
03 August 2013, 10:47 AM ET
When the body of 11-year-old Terry Smith Jr. was finally found near his family's home in California, police and others stated that a woman named Pam Ragland, who claimed to have psychic visions of the missing boy, helped solve the case.
02 August 2013, 01:33 PM ET
A bear was caught on a surveillance camera behind the Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs sifting through a dumpster and dragging it away from the scene.
01 August 2013, 05:39 PM ET
On the wind-blown steppes of central Asia, in an isolated corner of Kazakhstan, there's a large pentagram etched into the Earth's surface. The five-pointed star surrounded by a circle shows up vividly on Google Maps.
01 August 2013, 08:21 AM ET
The young Russian model Valeria Lukyanova is very real, not a computer-generated hoax, and may be driven more by her New Age beliefs than the desire to emulate the popular doll.
31 July 2013, 12:23 PM ET
A team of engineers and chocolate makers have teamed up to create the first functional structure constructed completely of chocolate: a chocolate pavilion, big enough for a group of people to gather within and inhale the faint scent of chocolate.
30 July 2013, 03:27 PM ET
The world's first lab-grown hamburger will be served Monday (Aug. 5) in London in front of an invitation-only crowd, according to NBC News. No word on a special sauce, lettuce or a sesame bun. The "meat" was grown from cow stem cells in a laboratory vat,
30 July 2013, 02:10 PM ET
A 12-year-old Arkansas girl has been hospitalized with a case of parasitic meningitis caused by a rare brain-eating amoeba. Kali Hardig contracted the Naegleria fowleri infection after visiting a Little Rock water park.
30 July 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Photons may live for at least 1 quintillion years, and when they die, they may give off particles that travel faster than light. A candidate for these speedy particles is the neutrino, a ghostly particle that rarely interacts with matter.
30 July 2013, 09:22 AM ET
A mathematical equation reveals there is just one way to stop a zombie apocalypse, and that is with human intervention. Apparently, humans can't coexist with the walking dead, says a mathematician.
29 July 2013, 04:41 PM ET
The speed of light is considered to be the ultimate cosmic speed limit, thanks to Einstein's special theory of relativity. But physicists aren't content to assume this limit without testing it.