30 October 2014, 02:57 PM ET
Some researchers seize on Oct. 31 as an opportunity for serious study. From an analysis of racist costumes to an assessment of the hazards of egg throwing, here are a few strange chapters from the annals of Halloween science.
30 October 2014, 09:57 AM ET
A few facts help explain how the real Dracula earned such a nasty reputation.
29 October 2014, 10:24 AM ET
One idea for a Halloween dinner party could involve asking your guests to dress up in gothic gowns, and decking out your house to look like Dracula's castle. If you are into such a plan, here are five spooky dishes to consider for the menu.
29 October 2014, 07:48 AM ET
From the haunted Tower of London to the story that inspired "The Exorcist" and the rattling tale of Lady Dorothy's apparition spooking the 300-year-old Raynham Hall, ghost stories have been told since ancient times and are a staple of Halloween.
29 October 2014, 07:38 AM ET
The active ingredient in magic mushrooms seems to create many more connections in the brain, which could explain why users experience synesthesia and other trippy effects.
28 October 2014, 06:53 AM ET
When a dead body decomposes in the ocean, scientists know little about what happens to it. To find out, some researchers performed an unusual experiment that involved dropping pig carcasses into the sea and watching them on video.
24 October 2014, 01:45 PM ET
Science-minded artists can use "living paint" to create art inside petri dishes.
22 October 2014, 12:59 PM ET
Sex is older than anyone had ever known. New research reveals that 385 million-year-old fish did the deed — and they may have invented copulation as much as 430 million years ago.
22 October 2014, 12:40 PM ET
The first animals to have sex were tiny armored fish called microbrachius that copulated some 385 million years ago in a square-dancing type maneuver.
16 October 2014, 07:18 AM ET
What causes the weird sounds produced by skipping rocks across a frozen lake?
14 October 2014, 03:39 PM ET
The discovery of several mysterious craters in Siberia earlier this year launched a wave of speculation about their origins. Now, a new report suggests an explanation for the holes, claiming it could also be linked to the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
14 October 2014, 07:51 AM ET
Physicists have discovered a new particle from data from the Large Hadron Collider that could reveal how protons in atomic nuclei are held together.
10 October 2014, 04:02 PM ET
Marijuana use is becoming ever-more mainstream, with two states now allowing recreational use of the drug. From pot's mythical origins to false positives in baby urine, read on for some of the odder facts about this drug.
07 October 2014, 09:01 AM ET
A new particle called the Majorana fermion is made of both matter and antimatter and physicists think it could advance quantum computer development and aid the search for dark matter.
06 October 2014, 07:30 PM ET
From the alien-looking and toothy lamprey to the ghoulish aye-aye with its spindly middle finger to the beady-eyed whip spider, here are some of the creepiest-looking and fear-inducing creatures on the planet that you should pet or adore more than leap fr
03 October 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Physicist Subir Sachdev gave a live lecture at the Perimeter Institute on Oct. 1, explaining the basics of quantum entanglement and levitating superconductors.
02 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
A 19th-century mummified fetus that underwent an ancient surgical procedure while in its mother's womb has been discovered by scientists in Italy. The remains were uncovered due to the devastated 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.
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.