Strange News Archive
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
09 February 2014, 09:59 AM ET
A veteran custodian of Loch Ness monster sightings is concerned that Nessie has not been seen in well over a year, and may be gone, according to a news report. This is the first time in nearly 90 years that such a lengthy lag in sightings has occurred.
07 February 2014, 11:13 AM ET
A phenomenon first seen decades ago and revisited in a new experiment involving quarks could extend one of the most successful theories in physics.
06 February 2014, 12:34 PM ET
Particles never before detected and possibly teensy extra dimensions may be awaiting discovery, says a physicist, adding that those searching for such newbies should keep an open mind and consider all possibilities.
05 February 2014, 04:14 PM ET
For tourists wanting to experience Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District without necessarily participating in the — ahem — local offerings, a new museum offers a glimpse into the neighborhood's salacious history.
03 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Mosquitoes use scent-detecting molecules known as odorant receptors in their antennae. These sensors help mosquitoes "sniff out" sources of blood. Now, researchers have discovered mosquitoes have these same molecules in their sperm as well.
03 February 2014, 01:33 PM ET
A man claims his fishing vessel was blown off course near Mexico and washed ashore at the Marshall Islands 13 months later, but officials are skeptical.
03 February 2014, 10:02 AM ET
Just a few fundamental physical constants that govern the physics of the universe can be used to predict everything from the size of the tallest mountain on a planet to the size of a neutron star.
30 January 2014, 04:14 PM ET
For the first time, the Super Bowl will be played in a cold-weather city in a stadium without a roof. Why are so many football stadiums in cold climates open to the elements?
30 January 2014, 08:50 AM ET
Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? That's what cosmologist Max Tegmark believes.
29 January 2014, 01:06 PM ET
A behavior predicted by the famous physicist Paul Dirac in 1931 has been shown in a system of ultracooled atoms in the lab. The system mimics a magnetic monopole, which has only one pole, passing through an electron.
28 January 2014, 12:35 PM ET
Fascinating time-lapse video shows bubbly brewing process of a seasonal strong ale.
27 January 2014, 05:23 PM ET
A strange and rare winter weather marvel appeared overnight in Eastern states blasted by blustery winds — snow rollers, or snow sculpted into fanciful shapes such as doughnuts and hollow tubes.
27 January 2014, 04:20 PM ET
Contract killers are often paid a surprisingly small amount of money to kill people for petty personal reasons, contrary to television accounts of hit men, new research finds.
27 January 2014, 03:56 PM ET
To resolve a paradox between quantum mechanics and general relativity, Stephen Hawking has released a new paper arguing that light can, in fact, escape from black holes eventually, doing away with the notion of an event horizon.
27 January 2014, 02:28 PM ET
It's high time someone took advantage of the word jellyfish in this way. Dallas aquarists have turned moon jellies into the first peanut butter jellyfish ever.