Strange News Archive
30 July 2014, 06:26 PM ET
A trio of mysterious gaping holes in northern Siberia has spawned many theories about their origin, but scientists have suggested some concrete explanations.
30 July 2014, 02:38 PM ET
In this test of spatial cognition, red-footed tortoises presented with shapes in varying positions were rewarded with bits of strawberry when they touched the targets.
29 July 2014, 11:47 AM ET
Researchers developed an algorithm that can map the musical progression of bands like the Beatles.
29 July 2014, 11:13 AM ET
The Cheshire Cat of the classic children's book "Alice in Wonderland" had a smile that could disconnect from its body. In the spirit of Lewis Carroll, scientists have created quantum Cheshire Cats in the form of neutrons separated from their magnetism.
28 July 2014, 09:58 AM ET
The Higgs Boson was spotted in an ultra-rare interaction between force-carrying particles called W-Bosons, which could explain how the Higgs boson imparts mass to other particles.
28 July 2014, 08:11 AM ET
A municipal worker who got stung by an estimated 1,000 bees while mowing a park lawn on Thursday (July 24) was in stable condition. So how did he survive the buzzing attack?
24 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A forensic archaeologist unexpectedly found the oldest medical description of a near-death experience in a book from 18th century.
23 July 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Scientists are looking into cat poop to explore whether a microscopic organism that lives in there could be modified and used as a cancer treatment.
22 July 2014, 07:30 PM ET
A Turkish family affected by a rare genetic disorder does not represent "backward evolution," as one researcher claims. The family's gait is not reminiscent of primate ancestors, and is in fact, all human.
21 July 2014, 02:03 PM ET
Cork quality has been declining for years, and scientists think it may be from cork oak trees adapting to climate change.
18 July 2014, 05:28 PM ET
A lumpy fossil — billed as the longest piece of ancient poop — will hit the auction block next week.
18 July 2014, 05:11 PM ET
A 10-year-old boy suffered from ear pain and hearing problems for years before doctors were finally able to crack the case.
16 July 2014, 06:35 PM ET
In an attempt to fix his broken headphones, a radiologist turned to an unusual resource at his disposal.
16 July 2014, 10:35 AM ET
From shipwrecks to an upright dining table to a dead giraffe, a cornucopia of strange objects have been discovered in the shadowy depths of New York City's waterways.
11 July 2014, 05:18 PM ET
How physics keeps people from falling off water slides, like world's tallest water slide in Kansas City named Verruckt.
11 July 2014, 01:58 PM ET
Losing yourself in an acting role might be difficult, but imagine how hard it is if the human you're playing isn't human at all. Karin Konoval, who plays the orangutan Maurice in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" talks about the transformation.
09 July 2014, 01:19 PM ET
Seahorses don't neigh, but they do click when feeding or courting and growl when under threat, new research finds.
07 July 2014, 04:55 PM ET
Today is the 86th anniversary of the invention of sliced bread and the 134th birthday of its inventor, Otto Rohwedder.
01 July 2014, 12:10 PM ET
A new experiment could reveal traces of a ghostly particle called a sterile neutrino, which only interacts with ordinary matter through gravity.
25 June 2014, 05:32 PM ET
High-speed video revealed that disco clams are not bioluminescent, but their lips are covered with tiny silica spheres that reflect natural light.
23 June 2014, 06:22 PM ET
When Bacillus subtilis bacteria, a species normally found in the human gut, are placed in a drop of water, the organisms create a vortex, with bacteria on the outside swimming in one direction and the ones on the inside swimming the opposite way.
23 June 2014, 06:01 PM ET
The universe should have collapsed just microseconds after it formed in the Big Bang, according to one new theory.
23 June 2014, 12:33 PM ET
The Higgs boson decays into matter-carrying particles known as tau leptons, yet another confirmation of the standard model of physics.
20 June 2014, 07:48 PM ET
Pablo Picasso's famous painting of a bathing woman in a blue room carries a secret: High-tech scans have revealed that the well-known scene was painted on top of a portrait of an unidentified man.
20 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Kronos' leader recounts the emotion of tracking where music recording began in this full-length conversation with @DavidSkyBrody of Livescience.com. The performance was captured with 5 different historic audio formats.
20 June 2014, 08:24 AM ET
The mother of a man who drowned while using a shamanic hallucinogenic drug called ayahuasca has filed a lawsuit against the New Age spiritual retreat where the incident occurred. This isn't the first time such a New Age experience has ended in death.
19 June 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Free will may emerge from random background noise in the brain, new research suggests.
18 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The fundamental gravitational constant that Newton described more than 300 years ago has been measured using fountains of ultracold atoms.
18 June 2014, 09:53 AM ET
A bachelor party hiking in New Mexico stumbled across a 3-million-year-old stegomastodon skull, the prehistoric ancestor of mammoths and elephants. The skull is one of the most complete mastodon fossils ever discovered.
17 June 2014, 02:58 PM ET
A new startup uses vein recognition technology as a way for customers to make purchases using only the palms of their hands.
17 June 2014, 08:52 AM ET
A miniature skull model bought in an antique shop by a German couple three decades ago could be a 500-year-old lost artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, a new study claims. But some art historians are wary of the attribution.
16 June 2014, 07:09 PM ET
Four new foals have been born from frozen horse embryos, which could enable selective breeding programs in the future.
16 June 2014, 05:17 PM ET
Tomorrow morning (June 17), the first-ever transatlantic "scent message" will be transmitted from New York City to Paris.
13 June 2014, 11:48 AM ET
They're baaack — in zoos around the world, animals are taking to the field — or at least, the tank or the food bin — to predict the results of World Cup games.
12 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A new experiment has demonstrated quantum tunneling over long distances — a spooky effect where subatomic particles can pass through barriers.
12 June 2014, 10:39 AM ET
For East Coasters, Friday the 13th brings a full moon, the lowest in the sky of the year. But put away your lucky charms: Neither Friday the 13th nor full moons are any cause for fear.