Strange News Archive
11 March 2014, 10:42 AM ET
The mystery surrounding a missing Malaysia Airlines jet raises a fundamental question: How can a big plane full of people just vanish into thin air in this day and age?
10 March 2014, 06:38 PM ET
The secret to successful trick-roping involves a steady hand, large lasso and lots and lots of practice ... or perhaps a robot cowboy and a whole lot of math, physicists revealed in March.
10 March 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Two animated clips from a trick-roping model show what happens to a lasso when changing either the size of the loop or the rotation speed is changed. A trick roper demonstrates these skills in real life.
07 March 2014, 11:35 AM ET
On Sunday, most Americans will lose a precious hour of their weekend to daylight saving time. Except for those who live in Arizona and Hawaii, adjusting clocks twice a year is a time-honored ritual, but why do we bother to "fall back" and "spring forward?
06 March 2014, 12:52 PM ET
A toy ball that bounces on water but not on land gets the ability from its elasticity, a physicist has found. The Navy is funding the research for potential military applications.
05 March 2014, 10:55 PM ET
As the human population continues to inch closer to 8 billion people, feeding all those hungry mouths will become increasingly difficult. A growing number of experts believe that we'll soon have no choice but to start eating insects.
05 March 2014, 06:37 PM ET
A toy ball bounces on water because of its soft, elastic properties. The findings might have military implications.
05 March 2014, 04:52 PM ET
Though U.S. research on LSD was banned in 1966, researchers in Europe are now reassessing its potential benefits. Doctors in Switzerland recently completed an LSD experiment examining the drug's effect on patients with anxiety.
04 March 2014, 10:30 AM ET
A human would be able to take flight off the surface of Saturn's moon Titan by running in a wingsuit — but only if they were as fast as sprinter Usain Bolt, a group of physics students say.
03 March 2014, 03:00 PM ET
The genome of the pepper reveals several regions that are key for its spiciness, shelf life and resistance to disease. The new findings could plant the seeds for even spicier peppers.
03 March 2014, 02:37 PM ET
An increasing number of men are seeking beard transplants to fill in patchy bears or compensate for non-existent facial hair.
03 March 2014, 06:57 AM ET
Using a weird principle of quantum physics in which two entangled particles of light are connected even when separated, the microscope reveals completely transparent objects, visualizing them in a much better quality than can be done with ordinary light.
01 March 2014, 09:05 AM ET
Five odd and unusual facts about the Oscars, just in time for the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. Read on for weird winners, strange swag and bizarre scientific studies of Academy Award winners.
28 February 2014, 01:31 PM ET
The first detailed model of a 3D strand of curly hair has been created, a development that could be a boon for the film and computer animation industries, researchers say.
27 February 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Never before seen in biology, a state of matter called "disordered hyperuniformity" has been discovered in the eye of a chicken.
26 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Made out of a cluster of electrons and positive charges called 'holes,' the newly created quasiparticle could help physicists locate the boundaries between the quantum world of the very small and the classical world of the human scale.
25 February 2014, 10:03 AM ET
A leopard made its way into a hospital in a bustling North India metropolis, terrorizing patients for 12 hours before escaping into the city.
25 February 2014, 07:15 AM ET
To some viewers, it looks like a landing strip for extraterrestrial spacecraft, but the giant desert spiral is actually an art installation.
24 February 2014, 06:16 PM ET
An incredibly rare process for forming the ultra-heavy top quark has been found. The new result confirms predictions made by the reigning Standard Model of physics.
24 February 2014, 01:49 PM ET
To some viewers, it looks like a landing strip for extraterrestrial spacecraft — or perhaps the portal to a parallel universe, if not an ancient monument to a benevolent deity who had a keen eye for design and symmetry.
24 February 2014, 08:41 AM ET
From the Loch Ness monster and Chupacabra to UFOs and conspiracy theories, Benjamin Radford debunks where needed and brings a dose of grounded science to the world's weird happenings.
21 February 2014, 11:55 AM ET
Nazis clearly planned to develop insect bioweapons at the Dachau concentration camp, even though they never came close, says a researcher who analyzed historical records, including descriptions of creepy-crawly experiments.
20 February 2014, 04:25 PM ET
As winter's snow slowly melts, people may rejoice in sidewalks that are finally free of icy slush. But those ice-free sidewalks and roadways may hold an even more lethal threat: death by electrocution.
19 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
A new measure of the electron's atomic mass is the most precise yet, and could eventually pave the way for experiments to test the reigning model of physics.
18 February 2014, 07:19 PM ET
Two men are apparently convinced the cartouche identifying pharaoh Khufu as the creator of the Great Pyramid at Giza is a fake, and they hoped to do an analysis on the pigments to prove they were not as old as the pyramids themselves.
18 February 2014, 06:53 PM ET
Two German men who visited the Egyptian pyramids in April 2013 now face criminal charges for their attempt to prove their "alternative history" conspiracy theories through vandalism.
18 February 2014, 05:47 PM ET
Bacteria from baby poop can make delicious sausage, new research finds. More to the point, the poop bacteria have probiotic benefits, making them a healthier alternative to other bacterial fermenters.
18 February 2014, 05:01 PM ET
In the first-ever example of a bacterium transferring from humans to plants, researchers have discovered a bacterium growing on grapevines that is related to the pathogen that gives humans acne.
18 February 2014, 11:00 AM ET
In work inspired partly by the movie "Avatar," one monkey could control the body of another monkey using thought alone by connecting the brain of the puppet-master monkey to the spine of the other through a prosthesis, researchers say.
13 February 2014, 05:09 PM ET
Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and if you're looking to spoil your science-minded sweetheart with a special gift, the American Chemical Society has some ideas for how to inject a little chemistry into the festivities.
11 February 2014, 03:59 PM ET
Sales of bacon are at an all-time high, much to the chagrin of health experts, and the cured meat is now found in everything from martinis to candy. Has America become a bacon nation?
10 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A light-colored object on a dark background appears larger than a dark object on a light background, but until recently, no one knew why. Now, a study suggests that a difference in how the brain's cells respond to light and dark could explain the illusion