Strange News Archive
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.
04 September 2013, 10:41 AM ET
One of the tiniest species of frog is able to hear despite not having eardrums or middle ears, thanks to a resonating cavity in its mouth.
03 September 2013, 07:56 PM ET
Using algae, artists create opera performance you can eat.
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.