Strange News Archive
19 May 2015, 12:50 PM ET
Given the obstacles of modifying a chicken into a dinosaurlike creature, how close are scientists to creating a dino-chicken?
18 May 2015, 09:37 AM ET
If alien life does exist, scientists aren't sure what it would look like, but one cosmologists says such extraterrestrial creatures will be big — nearly 700 lbs. (314 kilograms), says a cosmologist who bases the estimate on statistics.
18 May 2015, 07:16 AM ET
A citizen-science project will examine the microbiome of cats' digestive systems, in both house pets and wild animals.
15 May 2015, 05:48 PM ET
Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were covered with the creepy critters and mounds of their silky threads.
12 May 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Madam, I'm Adam. A man, a plan, a canal: Panama. Palindromes are everywhere — including on the calendar.
09 May 2015, 09:49 AM ET
Motherhood is an impressive feat under any circumstances. But for some mothers, it's almost miraculous.
01 May 2015, 11:46 AM ET
The Nasca Lines, a series of strange etchings in the barren Peruvian desert, may have been viewed on ritual processionals to an ancient temple.
01 May 2015, 11:31 AM ET
The Nasca Lines, a series of strange etchings in the barren Peruvian desert, may have been viewed on ritual processionals to an ancient temple.
27 April 2015, 05:06 PM ET
The U.K. charity International Cat Care reached out to veterinary specialists after receiving surprising complaints from cat owners: Their feline companions were apparently having seizures in response to high-pitched sounds.
16 April 2015, 06:46 AM ET
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in everyday life, but the technology still has some kinks to work out. In the latest example, a drone crashed and burned while carrying a shipment of asparagus to a restaurant in the Netherlands, according to news
15 April 2015, 03:07 PM ET
A lucky group of ocean lovers got the surprise of a lifetime when a huge sperm whale swam into their live video broadcast.
15 April 2015, 02:03 PM ET
The "Wayne Gretzky of knuckle cracking" subjects himself to an MRI for science and reveals the real reason that cracking joints go pop.
14 April 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Even planets can get a bad case of tinnitus, according to a new study that explains Earth's mysterious, never-ending hum. Turns out, ocean waves are the culprit behind these mysterious tremors that make the Earth ring like a bell.
13 April 2015, 12:06 PM ET
From particles from another dimension to twins of the Higgs Boson, here are the exotic particles scientists are most hopeful of finding at the Large Hadron Collider.
09 April 2015, 03:13 PM ET
They multiply like … fish! Apparently, a handful of goldfish dumped into a lake in Boulder, Colorado, just three years ago have reproduced and now number in the thousands.
09 April 2015, 02:28 PM ET
Thousands of goldfish were spotted in March in Teller Lake #5 off Arapahoe Road in Boulder, Colorado, and biologists are concerned. Here's a look at the fish-filled lake.
09 April 2015, 11:32 AM ET
Scientists are working to unravel the mystery of a methane blob over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. The hot spot, first detected from space, contains a significant amount of the greenhouse gas.
09 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Dotting the arid grasslands of Namibia, fairy circles have long baffled scientists as to how these round grassy patches form and why they disappear for seemingly no reason. The circles, researchers say, share an identical pattern with skin cells.
03 April 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Since ancient times, Jerusalem has been a magnet for religious pilgrims from some of the world's largest faiths — namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But for a small percentage of these visitors, their reverence may become pathological.
03 April 2015, 03:06 PM ET
The 2011 Japan tsunami released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air.
03 April 2015, 08:13 AM ET
Every spring, colorful eggs show up in Easter egg hunts. But besides serving as an oval canvas for egg decorators and a symbol of rebirth and fertility, avian eggs are known for their diversity in shape and size.
02 April 2015, 04:22 PM ET
Joni Mitchell has said she suffers from the strange and controversial condition called Morgellons disease.
31 March 2015, 07:01 PM ET
A mysterious condition that gives the tongue a mottled appearance that can sometimes resemble a map of the continents has long baffled scientists, but new research may offer some clues to its causes.
31 March 2015, 10:57 AM ET
Past calculations made an assumption about Earth's layers that doesn't hold up, meaning if a person dug a tunnel through the planet, they could fall through to the other side quickly, though they could get sucked back in at the other end.
30 March 2015, 08:15 PM ET
Ordinary tampons can detect sewage pollution, a new study shows.
30 March 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist famous for his groundbreaking research in the face of pronounced physical disability, has applied to trademark his name.
27 March 2015, 02:10 PM ET
Investigators confirmed that a 55-gallon metal drum of nuclear waste burst open in New Mexico after it was packed with the wrong kind of cat litter.
27 March 2015, 10:12 AM ET
Physicists have entangled a record number of atoms in a way that their behaviors would stay connected even if they were at opposite ends of the universe. The finding could lead to ever more precise atomic clocks, the researchers say.
26 March 2015, 07:21 AM ET
An experiment shows "spooky action at a distance," in which a particle is in two places at once until it gets measured, causing the particle to take on a definite position, in a phenomenon that Einstein thought was crazy.
24 March 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Instead of flushing millions down the toilet, we could be mining our poop for gold.
20 March 2015, 03:35 PM ET
Experimental food company Lick Me I'm Delicious has created an Edible Mist Machine based on ultrasonic vaporization tech. Using a straw, tasters can sample more than 200 flavors of edible mist.
20 March 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Mudskipper fish use their "hydrodynamic tongues" to exude water from their mouths and then quickly suck it back up once it submerges the food, a finding that could shed light on how animals with backbones first invaded land.
19 March 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Fried tarantulas, baked cockroaches and grasshopper kabobs are on the menu for the Explorers Club annual dinner this weekend.
15 March 2015, 05:41 AM ET
New technology is blurring the boundaries between life and art, allowing artists to conceive of dystopian futures and strange human-algae hybrids.
13 March 2015, 04:40 PM ET
National Science Foundation (NSF) mathematician Tom Russell recites a long string of the irrational number. Several NSF Program Staff members had a go at the number from memory as well.