Strange News Archive
30 October 2013, 01:18 PM ET
Amid the make-believe witches, ghouls and goblins, there are supposedly real-life villains who lay in wait all year, scheming about the evil and mayhem they will wreak on Oct. 31. But are these threats real?
30 October 2013, 11:22 AM ET
The rotting flesh, the shuffling walk, the unintelligible groans — it's not hard to spot a zombie at a glance even among the most gruesome of Halloween monsters. But what's going on inside their brain?
29 October 2013, 03:14 PM ET
Some researchers claim that there is scientific evidence linking Halloween spooks to rare but real medical conditions. Here's an explanation of how medical researchers may have discovered the scientific roots that underlie so-called monsters.
29 October 2013, 12:32 PM ET
The brain may be an even more powerful computer than before thought — microscopic branches of brain cells that were once thought to basically serve as mere wiring may actually behave as minicomputers, researchers say.
27 October 2013, 09:38 AM ET
Time travel is still a mystery, but it's probably safe to say these seven sci-fi stories totally missed the mark.
25 October 2013, 05:58 PM ET
Sex may, in some cases, provide a decent workout. New research finds that sex burns enough calories to count as moderate exercise, a fact which might motivate people to get a little busier.
25 October 2013, 09:25 AM ET
The shape of the face is largely determined by genetics, yet no two faces are entirely alike. How do genes produce faces with subtle differences, while avoiding dramatic disruptions and facial malformation such as cleft lip and palate?
24 October 2013, 04:30 PM ET
Most rational people scoff at the suggestion that zombies are real, but a number of respected medical experts and academic journals have presented evidence that zombies are, in fact, real.
24 October 2013, 02:19 PM ET
On June 4, meteorologists in Huntsville, Ala., noticed a "blob" on their radar screen that looked like a strong thunderstorm, despite sunny skies for miles. After some sleuthing, and several wacky explanations, the scientists have identified the culprit.
24 October 2013, 07:55 AM ET
On June 4, 2013, meteorologists in Huntsville, Ala., noticed a "blob" on their radar screen that looked like a strong thunderstorm, despite the fact the sun was shining and not a drop of rain could be found within a few hundred miles.
23 October 2013, 10:44 AM ET
Fuzzy, green-fleshed kiwifruit shares many genes with shiny, red tomatoes. Plus, the kiwifruit is a genetic freak with duplicated DNA.
22 October 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Tiny particles of gold have been found in the leaves and other parts of eucalyptus trees in Australia. Though they aren't mineable themselves, these finds could point to gold deposits deep underground.
22 October 2013, 10:30 AM ET
Learn the origins of Halloween and other fun facts about Halloween history and traditions, plus spooky myths and superstitions debunked.
21 October 2013, 02:31 PM ET
On-orbit astronaut Karen Nyberg proves Cady Coleman told 'Gravity's Sandra Bullock the truth: a single strand of human hair pushed against a handrail aboard the ISS sprang Nyberg backwards in microgravity.
21 October 2013, 09:53 AM ET
The editors and writers of LiveScience and it's sister science and technology websites brainstormed a list of our favorite funny science T-shirts, some cool, some just downright hilarious.
21 October 2013, 09:47 AM ET
For the second time in a week, an extremely rare oarfish, this one 14 feet long, washed up on the California coastline.
21 October 2013, 08:10 AM ET
Americans cannot get enough vampires, according to a nationally representative survey on beloved movie monsters conducted even before "Twilight" revived the bloodsucking trend.
21 October 2013, 08:03 AM ET
Hollywood has advanced far beyond monsters in floppy rubber suits. Pulling technology from fields as diverse as dentistry and automobile racing, special effects' gurus create creepy monsters, gruesome murder victims and other movie magic.
21 October 2013, 07:47 AM ET
Special effects made by Andrew Clement's Creative Character Engineering include Freddy Krueger's make-up and an array of gruesome corpses.
18 October 2013, 02:27 PM ET
Ashley Kurpiel has a rare genetic condition known as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP. The disease is sometimes called "stone man syndrome" because the muscles, tendons and ligaments of people with the disease are gradually turned to bone.
18 October 2013, 11:03 AM ET
An ancient Etruscan grave thought to hold the skeleton of a warrior and his bride may in fact hold the body of a princess and her consort. The royal mix-up reveals how easily modern and old biases can color the interpretation of ancient graves.
17 October 2013, 04:23 PM ET
A young man from Tennessee is living with haemolacria, an alarming medical condition — without warning, he begins to bleed from his eyes. And some of the best doctors in the country are completely stumped by his ailment.
17 October 2013, 11:41 AM ET
Scientists believe they may have begun to solve the riddle of one of most enduring myths in all of cryptozoology: the yeti, or abominable snowman, of the Himalayas.
14 October 2013, 06:16 PM ET
A new search for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's aircraft is set for September 2014, with an exploration group raising money to fund a submarine search near an uninhabited island.
14 October 2013, 10:26 AM ET
Gene Penaflor got lost while hunting deer in heavy fog in California's Mendocino National Forest.
11 October 2013, 05:45 PM ET
Biologists study jaguars by getting them to approach remote camera traps in the jungle. The product used to attract them may surprise you.
11 October 2013, 03:08 PM ET
Papua New Guinea — a large island nation north of Australia — boasts a fast-growing economy and a rich natural resource base. But deep within the country's rain forests, some dark practices still occur, including ritualized rape, murder and cannibalism.
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.