Strange News Archive
01 October 2014, 12:21 PM ET
Long-distance lovebirds may soon be able to "teleport" kisses to one another, thanks to a high-tech but somewhat unusual device.
30 September 2014, 02:33 PM ET
The discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle thought to give all others their mass, was music to scientists' ears, but now the data has been turned into literal music.
27 September 2014, 10:22 AM ET
A plasma bubble likely contributed to the helicopter radio communication failure during the battle of Takur Ghar, part of Operation Anaconda during the war in Afghanistan.
24 September 2014, 07:05 AM ET
The common octopus can be a cannibal, sometimes dining on members of its own species, showing a taste for the victim's arm tips. Now, divers have caught this octopus-on-octopus action in the wild for the first time on video.
23 September 2014, 01:33 PM ET
A mysterious butterfly-shaped cloud spotted over St. Louis last week was built from actual butterflies.
22 September 2014, 05:18 PM ET
Miles of slick mud poured down the parched throat of California's Mount Shasta on Sunday (Sept. 21) in one of volcano's largest mudslides in two decades, the Forest Service said.
22 September 2014, 01:10 PM ET
The plant-eating dinosaur, which sported some of the largest nasal passages of any dinosaur, may have been killed by a giant crocodile 75 million years ago. The croc attack would have led to the quick death and burial of the beast.
18 September 2014, 09:06 PM ET
The brilliant minds behind research studies about how Earth's magnetic field affects pooping dogs and why people see Jesus in toast were honored tonight during one of the most purposefully ridiculous ceremonies in all of science: the Ig Nobel Prizes.
18 September 2014, 08:27 PM ET
Here's a look at the winners of this year's Ig Nobel awards, which first make you laugh and then make you think.
18 September 2014, 10:20 AM ET
Science lovers with a sense of humor take note: it's almost time for the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, hosted by Harvard University.
17 September 2014, 09:20 AM ET
Don't think science is funny? Think again. The 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, an event that honors the hilarious side of scientific research and discovery, is being held this week.
12 September 2014, 01:46 PM ET
A Satanic mass planned in Oklahoma City this month has prompted protests, a lawsuit from the Catholic Church, and talk of laws against bloodletting. Such public images of fear are not uncommon regarding Satanist groups, though they may not be justified.
11 September 2014, 04:14 PM ET
A man's undiagnosed sleepwalking nearly turned life-threatening when he sleepwalked off a 60-foot cliff while camping.
10 September 2014, 04:43 PM ET
Claims that a woman in England found deadly spider eggs on her bananas might be bogus.
09 September 2014, 07:23 AM ET
A parasitic fungus known to manipulate the brains of ants doesn't make slavelike "zombies" out of any old host. Turns out, it produces the correct mind-controlling chemical cocktail only when invading their preferred host species.
08 September 2014, 02:21 PM ET
Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson, or "god particle," could end the universe one day.
07 September 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Bacteria aren't just tenants inside Sweden's Tjuv-Ante's Cave. The microbes are building calcite dripstones on the ceiling.
05 September 2014, 06:32 PM ET
Florida fisherman catches more than he bargained for with giant "alien" shrimp.
05 September 2014, 06:23 PM ET
A fisherman in Fort Pierce snapped photos of a huge shrimp-like creature caught by a nearby couple. The animal seems to be a mantis shrimp, says one expert.
04 September 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Disposable diapers are made of some of the most indestructible materials on Earth, but a group of researchers has found a way to degrade the soiled garments: by growing mushrooms on them.
04 September 2014, 12:23 PM ET
Water is a tool for Asian archerfish, a striped species that shoots its prey with adjustable jets to knock it into the water below. A new study reveals how the fish target prey more than 6 feet away.
02 September 2014, 02:25 PM ET
The geckos Russia sent to space to have sex have sadly perished, the Russian space agency said yesterday (Sept. 1). The mission's goal was to study the animals' mating, fertilization and embryonic development in a zero-gravity environment.
31 August 2014, 09:06 PM ET
Archaeologists excavating a cave in Gibraltar discovered rock engravings that may have been created by Neanderthals more than 30,000 years ago.
30 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Think a dead snake never hurt anybody? Think again.
28 August 2014, 10:36 AM ET
Ardent believers in the existence of a mythical creature known as the Yeti may be excited to learn that rare photographic "evidence" of this mysterious beast is now up for auction.
28 August 2014, 10:22 AM ET
Don't believe in the Abominable Snowman? These photos might make you change your mind.
28 August 2014, 09:21 AM ET
The Holometer project, which is based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, is now operating at full power, probing the very nature of space-time itself.
27 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists obsessed with Death Valley's sailing stones have solved the Racetrack Playa mystery.
27 August 2014, 01:13 PM ET
Shrödinger's cat is a thought experiment that has fascinated physicists for decades. An experiment explores its ramifications with surprising results.
26 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Yes, spiders can have personalities. And new research finds that these personalities assert themselves when spiders find their niches in social groups. The study suggests an evolutionary reason for the development of personality.
26 August 2014, 07:50 AM ET
In the film "Guardians of the Galaxy," the character "Groot" is a walking, talking tree that seems to defy nature. How outlandish is the idea of a plant-animal hybrid?
24 August 2014, 09:33 AM ET
Physicists have discovered tiny quantum tornadoes spinning inside droplets of superfluid liquid helium.
22 August 2014, 05:53 PM ET
Doctors have removed the skeletal remains of an unborn child from its mother 36 years after the baby's conception, according to news reports.
22 August 2014, 02:20 PM ET
An experiment meant to recreate conditions soon after the Big Bang are revealing hints of a long-predicted, but never spotted, particle known as an extra-heavy strange baryon.
19 August 2014, 11:28 AM ET
Chemists can now use a test to identify counterfeit coffee made with filler ingredients like soybean, corn and twigs.
18 August 2014, 02:21 PM ET
A bizarre ancient worm finally finds its place in the tree of life. Hallucigenia sparsa is such a strange specimen that its head was originally thought to be its tail, but researchers now know that it was the ancestor of modern velvet worms.