Strange News Archive
14 January 2014, 10:17 AM ET
Belief in elves and fairies is rooted in Icelandic culture, and that combined with a hardy environmentalism is driving many to protest the building of a road through what is believed to be a magical elfin habitat.
13 January 2014, 12:55 PM ET
Though it may never achieve mainstream appeal, a Hindu group in India is promoting the use of urine as a treatment for numerous diseases, including cancer, diabetes and tuberculosis.
10 January 2014, 07:17 PM ET
NASA Associate ISS Program Scientist Tara Ruttley talks about the experiment and other science on the latest Orbital Sciences cargo run.
08 January 2014, 07:25 PM ET
Plenty of wacky phenomena, from frost quakes and frozen soap bubbles to square tires and soda slushies, are possible, or practical, only when temperatures dip below freezing.
07 January 2014, 12:51 PM ET
Stuck indoors while the Polar Vortex sends temperatures plummeting? Try these science experiments that are perfect for the frigid weather.
07 January 2014, 10:23 AM ET
The human brain may be hardwired to believe such obvious hoaxes as the one pulled off by Nvidia to promote its new Tegra K1 processing chip. Conspiracy thinking can also make crop-circle hoaxes believable.
06 January 2014, 03:03 PM ET
Before your next karaoke-singing contest, you might want to visit a pharmacist: Researchers have found that a drug known as valproate, or valproic acid, can help people learn how to produce perfect pitch.
02 January 2014, 10:03 PM ET
Possibly the first-known mummified erect penis, and other burial anomalies, were not accidents during embalming, but rather deliberate attempts to make the king appear as Osiris, the god of the underworld, in as literal a way as possible.
02 January 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Unusual blue petunias reveal a molecular trick that plants use to create vibrantly colored petals. The finding might open the door for all sorts of new flower hues.
02 January 2014, 07:51 AM ET
For the first time scientists are seeing how charm quarks transform into their antiparticles. The observation could help answer questions about why the universe is made of matter, and might even be evidence of new, previously unseen particles.
30 December 2013, 03:01 PM ET
While the new finding may not push Alice's hookah-smoking insect from its psychedelic pedestal, this caterpillar is pretty snazzy, as it puffs out nicotine to ward off hungry wolf spiders.
30 December 2013, 08:35 AM ET
Bat sex involves unique behaviors not seen in other mammals, including swarming, honking and oral sex.
30 December 2013, 07:12 AM ET
Scientists share their wishes for research in 2014, from dreams of far-flung planets to hopes for new stem-cell treatments for disease and injury.
27 December 2013, 01:19 PM ET
From penis-snatching fears to foot orgasms, here are some of the strangest science findings of 2013.
26 December 2013, 09:42 AM ET
Not all science findings blow our socks off, even if they have to do with important topics. Here's a list of the research that definitely did not surprise us in 2013.
23 December 2013, 02:30 PM ET
Christmas, in the religious sense at least, centers on one basic tenet of Christian belief: that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin mother. But stories of miraculous conception aren't unique to Christianity.
20 December 2013, 12:10 PM ET
From turtles that pee from their mouths to bone-dissolving zombie worms, the animal kingdom can be downright disturbing
19 December 2013, 02:59 PM ET
From pandemic fungus to robot insurrection, here are 9 apocalyptic visions that scientists foresee.
18 December 2013, 03:59 PM ET
Remember the environment even in your most intimate moments with free endangered species condoms, handed out by the Center for Biological Diversity to raise awareness of population growth.
17 December 2013, 07:23 PM ET
At this time of year, Christians celebrate the birth of a human baby to a virgin mother, an impossible event without artificial reproduction. However, in the modern day, too, a number of women report having given birth as virgins, researchers have found.
16 December 2013, 11:27 AM ET
While the Coca-Cola Company officially denies the presence of cocaine in any of its products — past or present — historical evidence suggests that the original Coca-Cola did, in fact, contain cocaine.
13 December 2013, 12:52 PM ET
Bahrain is hardly alone in its embrace of, or perhaps belief in, witches and black magic, as places such as Saudi Arabia, Africa and Papua New Guinea have long tossed accusations of dark arts' practices at purported sorcerers.
10 December 2013, 11:15 AM ET
After authorizing officials to shoot snowy owls, New York's Port Authority said that it would instead trap and move birds found in area airports.
06 December 2013, 04:20 PM ET
A mysterious glowing sea-beast — the video of which is now making its way across the Internet — brought considerable delight and wonder to the people who witnessed it moving through the harbor in Bristol, England.
05 December 2013, 02:32 PM ET
Severe hypothermia can cause people to lose consciousness, and may result in death. But before losing consciousness, people suffering from hypothermia have been known to exhibit some bizarre behaviors that may be a last-ditch effort to survive.
04 December 2013, 04:43 PM ET
This holiday season, get the science nerd in your life something to match their passion, from a gorgeous mineral calendar to space-inspired jewelry to a spice rack straight out of Biology 101.
04 December 2013, 02:46 PM ET
In one of the most shocking tales of survival-at-sea ever told, a man lived for almost three days inside a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean.
03 December 2013, 02:20 PM ET
The Merriam-Webster dictionary noted an increased interest in the word "science" this year and crowned the word as its 2013 Word of the Year.
03 December 2013, 08:25 AM ET
Now two independent groups of researchers suggest quantum entanglement may indeed be linked to wormholes. If this connection is true, it could help bridge quantum mechanics with general relativity, potentially helping better understand both.
02 December 2013, 10:55 AM ET
A wispy remnant of the comet survived its whip around the Sun, but is quickly starting to fade from sight. Imagery from NASA/ESA SOHO probe (Nov 30th - Dec 1st) and NASA's STEREO spacecraft (Nov 28th and 29th) are time-lapsed.
27 November 2013, 12:41 PM ET
Though nobody was harmed in the fire that burned down a New Orleans 'haunted' mansion, the occurrence shines a light on the dark side of ghost hunting, which seems to be only gaining in popularity.
26 November 2013, 11:19 PM ET
Catapults, centrifugals and trebuchets all used for one purpose - tossing pumpkins. Mythbusters' Kari, Grant and Tory talk to Livescience's @Douglas_Main about the event. Airs on the Science Channel on Thanksgiving at 8pm EST.