Strange News Archive
30 July 2013, 03:27 PM ET
The world's first lab-grown hamburger will be served Monday (Aug. 5) in London in front of an invitation-only crowd, according to NBC News. No word on a special sauce, lettuce or a sesame bun. The "meat" was grown from cow stem cells in a laboratory vat,
30 July 2013, 02:10 PM ET
A 12-year-old Arkansas girl has been hospitalized with a case of parasitic meningitis caused by a rare brain-eating amoeba. Kali Hardig contracted the Naegleria fowleri infection after visiting a Little Rock water park.
30 July 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Photons may live for at least 1 quintillion years, and when they die, they may give off particles that travel faster than light. A candidate for these speedy particles is the neutrino, a ghostly particle that rarely interacts with matter.
30 July 2013, 09:22 AM ET
A mathematical equation reveals there is just one way to stop a zombie apocalypse, and that is with human intervention. Apparently, humans can't coexist with the walking dead, says a mathematician.
29 July 2013, 04:41 PM ET
The speed of light is considered to be the ultimate cosmic speed limit, thanks to Einstein's special theory of relativity. But physicists aren't content to assume this limit without testing it.
29 July 2013, 04:04 PM ET
A tourist to Greece smashed a six-legged octopus and ate it, with a slice of tomato. Only after did he realize how rare the animal was.
26 July 2013, 11:21 AM ET
Despite a vet's reassurance that "cats are not new zombies of the apocalypse," the unprecedented mauling of a 31-year-old woman and her dog by a gang of feral cats in France has locals concerned.
25 July 2013, 12:00 PM ET
The full moon may not make humans mad, but the glowing orb could cause you to toss and turn at night, according to the first reliable evidence that lunar rhythms can influence sleep in humans.
22 July 2013, 04:26 PM ET
Exotic particles called neutrinos have been caught in the act of shape shifting, switching from one flavor to another, in a discovery that could help solve the mystery of antimatter.
22 July 2013, 12:22 PM ET
Two experiments inspired by a decades-old thought experiment show quantum effects can be scaled up, enough to see with the naked eye. The studies bolster the idea that Schrodinger's cat can be alive and dead at the same time.
19 July 2013, 02:03 PM ET
Physicists have measured an extremely rare particle decay inside the world's largest atom smasher — a discovery that bolsters the leading model of particle physics and leaves little room for undiscovered particles beyond this theory.
18 July 2013, 05:01 PM ET
Newly discovered Pandoraviruses unearth new questions about viruses' origin.
18 July 2013, 02:00 PM ET
A new claim has been been made on the title of largest virus in the world.
18 July 2013, 11:51 AM ET
A lifetime of anticipation finally ended in success on July 11, when scientists at Trinity College in Dublin filmed a drop of pitch falling from a funnel. Pitch is the general name for sticky, viscous substances derived from coal and hydrocarbons.
17 July 2013, 04:48 PM ET
An ultraprecise detector has found no hints of an elusive interaction between neutrinos and their antimatter partner neutrinos. If the behavior doesn't exist, it may require tweaks to the reigning model of physics.
16 July 2013, 05:21 PM ET
Energy from waste has long been a goal for environmental engineers. British researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have now created a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down urine and, in the process, generate electricity.
16 July 2013, 04:30 PM ET
Far out, man: Cavemen made some of their most famous rock art while high on hallucinogenic drugs, new research suggests.
16 July 2013, 01:15 PM ET
Though doctors at first dismissed Rochelle Harris' headaches and hearing problem as nothing more than an ear infection, specialists soon made a startling discovery: Harris' ear was filled with flesh-eating worms.
12 July 2013, 01:15 PM ET
Archaeologists in Poland believe they've made a startling discovery: a group of vampire graves containing skeletons with their heads removed and placed on their legs. This was one common way of ensuring the "undead" stayed dead.
12 July 2013, 01:13 PM ET
Although the movie is meant as satire, we’d like to take the opportunity to debunk some of the more ridiculous aspects.
12 July 2013, 11:03 AM ET
Twice a year, the setting sun perfectly aligns with New York City's street grid (running 29° from east to west), producing a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge. Golden light splashes across the width of New York City's central island.
10 July 2013, 07:28 PM ET
Lots of people are looking for an exciting career in an exotic overseas location, but some can provide a better reason than others when applying for a work visa.
09 July 2013, 08:22 AM ET
From Medjugorje's apocalyptic fantasies to Saint Januarius's liquefying blood, here are some of the most controversial miracles in the Catholic Church.
08 July 2013, 02:17 PM ET
From fragments of text written on bits of parchment to overly abundant wood chips allegedly salvaged from his crucifix, none of the physical evidence of Jesus' life and death hold up to scientific scrutiny.
08 July 2013, 08:09 AM ET
In response to bat sonar, male moths generate ultrasound bursts by rubbing scales on their genitals against the rear ends of their bodies while females generate ultrasound by pulling their genitals inward to rub scales on them together.
03 July 2013, 10:21 PM ET
An undergraduate archaeology student has unearthed a 1,800-year-old statue from the Roman Empire.
02 July 2013, 11:06 AM ET
Scientists taste and drink their research.
02 July 2013, 10:41 AM ET
Curiosity hasn't killed these explorers yet.
01 July 2013, 11:59 AM ET
Is Nessie just evidence of seismic activity?
01 July 2013, 11:05 AM ET
A young duck named Buttercup had to have one of his feet amputated. But now a 3-D printer company is helping him make a new high tech foot.
29 June 2013, 07:45 PM ET
It's so hot today you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Or could you? The science on this is a bit sketchy, so I tested it out.
29 June 2013, 11:19 AM ET
A Utah man claims to have found a fossilized Bigfoot skull, which he took to the local newspaper, in his trunk, to show off. Todd May of Ogden said he has seen live Bigfoot skulls — as in atop a live Bigfoot — so he ought to know what a fossilized one loo