Strange News Archive
24 May 2014, 10:15 AM ET
If lazing on the beach isn't your idea of summer fun, never fear. We've rounded up a list of science-based summer vacation destinations all over the United States.
23 May 2014, 02:37 PM ET
Metal whiskers wreak havoc on electronics, but their origin has remained unknown.
22 May 2014, 03:15 PM ET
Imagine a day when hamburgers grown from stem cells in a factory provide enough meat for an entire village. Such a future is within reach, some experts say.
22 May 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The United States particle physics community should focus on dark matter and energy experiments, as well as pursuing new physics related to neutrinos and the Higgs Boson, a new report suggests.
22 May 2014, 08:28 AM ET
The idea of traversable wormholes has been science fiction fodder since Einstein first theorized their existence with the formulation of his general theory of relativity, but do wormholes even exist in nature?
21 May 2014, 01:36 PM ET
The FBI Director initially said the agency may loosen restrictions against pot smoking in order to get more hackers to apply, but backtracked on that statement the next day.
21 May 2014, 10:00 AM ET
At 111 years old, Dr. Alexander Imich of New York City has been crowned the new world's oldest living man, according to Guinness World Records.
20 May 2014, 12:28 PM ET
A new all-beef bacon alternative, called Schmacon, was recently unveiled at the National Restaurant Association Show. The product pairs smoky and sweet flavor with a meaty and crispy texture.
20 May 2014, 11:50 AM ET
While pet owners may have loads of anecdotal data to show that cats are smarter than dogs or vice versa, there's little scientific evidence to back up those claims.
20 May 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Thousands of anchovies turned up dead in Southern California's Marina del Rey over the weekend, leaving a foul-smelling mess.
19 May 2014, 06:11 PM ET
The proposed experiment, which would re-create events that were critical in the first 100 seconds of the universe, could matter entirely from light, completing a quest 80 years in the making.
19 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Married people are more likely to have matching DNA segments than random strangers, suggesting that people pick their mates based partially on genetic-influenced traits.
19 May 2014, 12:16 PM ET
Visitors to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, were shocked last week when an evil-looking fanged fish washed up alive on the shore. The monstrous fish has been identified as a long-snouted lancetfish, a species rarely seen on coasts.
16 May 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Pathogen zombies, evil magic zombies and space zombies are just a few of the threats in a newly uncovered Pentagon plan for dealing with the zombie apocalypse. U.S. citizens can relax, though: The plan was a training exercise.
16 May 2014, 11:36 AM ET
The 13th-century fortress in Transylvania called Bran Castle, and often referred to as Dracula's Castle, is up for sale by its owners — the Habsburg royal line — and the Romanian government has apparently placed an $80 million bid on the storied mansion.
14 May 2014, 09:43 PM ET
Scientists at La Trobe University published a study this week about a protein found in the flowers of ornamental tobacco plant that targets human cancer cells and destroys them.
14 May 2014, 01:36 PM ET
So-called "green" kitty litter may be a good idea for eco-conscious cat lovers, but it's a bad idea for storing nuclear waste, according to an investigation into a radiation leak that occurred at WIPP, America's only nuclear waste storage site.
13 May 2014, 06:38 PM ET
A small, toothy fish, which researchers say resembles the terrifying creature from the movie 'Alien,' is turning out to be a big mystery for the scientists who study it.
12 May 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A woman suspected of being a witch was beaten by mob and died in Brazil after a Facebook post by a local news outlet spurred suspicions the woman was involved in child abductions.
12 May 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Exploding head syndrome is a real condition, and researchers are finally beginning to address this rare and little-understood sleep disorder as an illness worthy of medical investigation.
10 May 2014, 08:18 AM ET
The animal world contains an amazing diversity of genitalia that has been largely unappreciated, even among scientists. Live Science goes to the zoo with author Menno Schilthuizen to talk about the sex lives of ducks, cave insects and humans.
08 May 2014, 11:19 AM ET
The positronium-powered laser would produce light with wavelengths a thousandth the size of modern-day X-ray lasers, enabling it to probe incredibly tiny spaces and making it useful in medical imaging technology.
05 May 2014, 04:10 PM ET
In the annals of war, animals have answered the call of duty more than once. Now, the macaque monkey is serving the People's Liberation Army of China by protecting an air base from bird strikes.
05 May 2014, 11:39 AM ET
In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But the incident also turned Padgett into a mathematical genius who sees the world through the lens of geometr
05 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
Jason Padgett, a man with acquired savant syndrome, created these drawings of how he sees reality.
05 May 2014, 08:40 AM ET
With every discovery in this field of particle physics in the past 50 years, however, more questions arise about how quarks influence the universe's growth and ultimate fate. Here are seven strange facts about quarks.
04 May 2014, 10:48 AM ET
Ancient giant crocodilians killed dinosaur prey by spinning their bodies in "death rolls," holding their prey tight with their mighty jaws and spinning their entire bodies to rip off flesh or tear off limbs, scientists now say.
01 May 2014, 10:45 AM ET
The story of a circus train accident has become the stuff of legend in the Pennsylvania town of Tyrone, but some researchers are hunting for more tangible traces of that pileup in the form of a mass grave.
30 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
On May 30, 1893, around 5:30 a.m., the Walter L. Main circus train carrying dozens of animals and performers ran off the tracks in an epic crash in central Pennsylvania. Researchers are hunting for the makeshift graveyard.
30 April 2014, 02:21 PM ET
An Oklahoma execution by lethal injection that went awry has renewed interest in the protection against "cruel and unusual punishment," as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
30 April 2014, 09:52 AM ET
The most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider, has not yet created any black holes as some have feared, researchers say. Even it did, there is no danger of those black holes destroying Earth, scientists find.
28 April 2014, 12:55 PM ET
After a hole in Mount Baldy, Indiana, swallowed a young boy, officials have closed a section of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. But why are these dangerous holes suddenly appearing in the sand dune?