Strange News Archive
19 December 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A man's persistent déjà vu episodes puzzles scientists who probed his brain to find an explanation.
19 December 2014, 10:57 AM ET
Chemistry makes Christmas cookies possible, whether crispy, chewy or cake-like in texture. Here's how the combination of fat, flour and sugar can become complicated quickly.
18 December 2014, 01:43 PM ET
A cultural agency in the United Kingdom says it's discovered the oldest living Christmas tree in all of Britain.
15 December 2014, 02:47 PM ET
If they timed their escape just right, three prisoners who slipped out of Alcatraz on a raft made from raincoats in 1962 would have had a chance of survival, new research shows.
12 December 2014, 05:56 PM ET
Hallucinogenic mushrooms are perhaps the last thing you'd expect to find growing in the Queen of England's garden.
11 December 2014, 06:30 PM ET
In a tongue-in-cheek research article, researchers examine the gender make-up of the receivers of a Darwin Award over 20 years.
10 December 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A salamander tadpole with two seemingly functional heads is born in Israel, and researchers are speculating that environmental pollutants or random mutation may have caused the defect.
08 December 2014, 07:10 AM ET
Physicists have teleported a light particle 15 miles (25 kilometers), making it the farthest quantum teleportation yet.
08 December 2014, 07:02 AM ET
A gamma-ray burst, the most powerful kind of explosion known in the universe, may have triggered a mass extinction on Earth within the past billion years, researchers say.
03 December 2014, 01:46 PM ET
How does time stop everything from happening at once? What mechanism drives time forward, but not backward?
03 December 2014, 07:07 AM ET
Just as lingerie turns on human males, tiny jackets do the same for male rats, a new study finds.
01 December 2014, 03:26 PM ET
Dark matter might be made of clouds of energy cracks instead of particles and may be detectable in GPS signals.
26 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Six people who were buried as "vampires" in a Polish village were actually locals who may have been killed by cholera, new research suggests.
26 November 2014, 11:55 AM ET
Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century, but how well does it explain the things we see in our daily lives?
25 November 2014, 06:39 PM ET
Dried whiskey looks like fine art when magnified thanks to its chemical composition and a cool aspect of fluid dynamics known as the Marangoni Effect.
25 November 2014, 07:06 AM ET
The science of a bar prank that causes beer bottles to overflow with foam could help explain lethal eruptions of gases, researchers say.
20 November 2014, 11:07 AM ET
Two new subatomic particles have popped up at the world's largest atom smasher. The never-before-seen particles could help physicists glean key information about the building blocks of matter in the universe.
19 November 2014, 07:23 AM ET
A new theory that interactions between parallel universes could explain all quantum behavior is gaining traction among physicists.
18 November 2014, 12:16 PM ET
Oxford Dictionaries announced today that "vape" is its word of 2014, chosen over other buzzwords, including "normcore," "bae" and "budtender."
18 November 2014, 07:06 AM ET
Even though deadly spider bites are regular fodder for scare stories, spider experts say it's actually quite rare for anyone to suffer serious injuries from the world's deadliest spiders.
13 November 2014, 07:05 AM ET
The mysterious matter called dark matter may not be made of tiny particles, as most scientists believe, but instead may consist of chunks as large as an asteroid, researchers say.
11 November 2014, 07:03 AM ET
Psilocybin, or "magic," mushrooms are a controlled substance with hallucinogenic effects. Recently, however, researchers have been studying this fungus as a potential mental health treatment. Here are 11 strange facts about "'shrooms."
09 November 2014, 09:17 AM ET
Physicist Nami Arkani-Hamed gave a live lecture on the future of physics research and predicted that a revolution in the field is on its way.
06 November 2014, 12:36 PM ET
Physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed will give a live lecture on recent quantum mechanics research and the evolving understanding of space-time at the Perimeter Institute on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.
06 November 2014, 12:32 PM ET
Physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed will give a live lecture on recent quantum mechanics research and the evolving understanding of space-time at the Perimeter Institute on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
31 October 2014, 01:19 PM ET
While exorcisms, in which demonic spirits are driven out of a supposedly possessed person, may seem a dark practice relevant only on TV screens, they have long been recognized by the Catholic Church and several religions.
31 October 2014, 11:51 AM ET
Facts about the zombie phenomenon in pop culture, movies and gaming.
31 October 2014, 07:15 AM ET
The notion of zombies dates back at least 400 years, but today's walking dead are thoroughly modern monsters, created by open-source collaboration. Here's how zombies have evolved.
30 October 2014, 02:58 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.