Strange News Archive
11 February 2016, 02:28 PM ET
A new image shows how an unobtrusive blip in a light signal from a detector showed a cosmic smashup between two black holes.
11 February 2016, 07:07 AM ET
Trilobites were savvy killers who hunted down their prey and used their many legs to wrestle them into submission, newly discovered fossils suggest.
10 February 2016, 12:57 PM ET
Cyanobacteria may use their whole body as a light-gathering apparatus, similar to a camera that helps the primitive organisms "see" and move toward light.
10 February 2016, 11:19 AM ET
NASA scientists and others cast doubt on an assertion from Indian authorities that a meteorite killed a bus driver earlier this week.
09 February 2016, 01:28 PM ET
Mystical experiences may occur when the brain's inhibitory processes are suppressed, opening a "door of perception," new research finds.
09 February 2016, 12:18 PM ET
Strange and sudden earth movement that caused a gaping gash and a deep booming sound in a Michigan forest is being explained as a "pop-up" in the bedrock.
05 February 2016, 05:41 PM ET
There's a new conspiracy theory out there, but instead of invoking big government or aliens, it questions whether there's a laptop carved into an ancient Greek statue.
05 February 2016, 03:38 PM ET
In a recent lecture, famed physicist Stephen Hawking has proposed using radiation emitted from mini black holes to power the Earth.
05 February 2016, 03:32 PM ET
Who would win in a matchup between a real-life bronco and a panther? It turns out, the odds are fairly even for both of those creatures.
05 February 2016, 03:03 PM ET
If no amount of coffee seems to help you feel fresh and alert in the morning, you may be able to blame your genes. A new study by the genetics company 23andMe has identified 15 regions of the human genome that are linked to being a morning person.
05 February 2016, 07:49 AM ET
Antiperspirant wipes out much of the bacteria under your arms. But the survivors are a diverse bunch.
03 February 2016, 12:50 PM ET
In the Netherlands, police officers are inaugurating a new species of animal partner — eagles — to take down illegal aerial drones.
03 February 2016, 08:54 AM ET
An unfortunate death for an aroused male arachnid gives researchers a rare look at ancient harvestman genitalia.
02 February 2016, 07:17 AM ET
Any sharks that want to enhance their reputation as fearsome predators should follow the lead of a sand tiger shark at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, that surprised aquarium goers by devouring a fellow shark, and taking nearly a day to finish the job.
01 February 2016, 04:16 PM ET
Thousands of dead seabirds have washed up on Alaskan shores over the past nine months. And while a dead bird washing ashore is a fairly common occurrence, these large numbers are leaving scientists concerned and confused.
01 February 2016, 12:21 PM ET
A new mock-up of the fetal brain reveals how it transforms from smooth hemispheres to its wrinkly, crinkly shape.
29 January 2016, 09:38 AM ET
The sonic booms that rattled residents of New Jersey up to Long Island, New York, yesterday may have been the result of flight testing of fighter jets at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.
28 January 2016, 05:28 PM ET
The boom was followed by nine others along the Eastern Seaboard from New Jersey to Long Island, New York. The cause of the booms remains elusive, with NASA, a Naval airbase and the Federal Aviation Authority saying they aren't responsible.
28 January 2016, 04:35 PM ET
A marriage contract signed by Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Josephine, will be available for auction — just in time for Valentine's Day.
27 January 2016, 03:08 PM ET
A throwdown between a rapper and an astrophysicist centers on whether the Earth is a sphere, a scientific question that was supposedly settled in the third century B.C. Here's how we know it's a sphere.
27 January 2016, 12:10 PM ET
The CIA recently released some of its older documents on unidentified flying objects.
27 January 2016, 08:07 AM ET
A physicist uses math to take on some of the biggest scientific conspiracy theories, including the myth that the moon landing was faked and that human-caused climate change is not real. If these conspiracies were real they would've been uncovered by now.
26 January 2016, 12:21 PM ET
The beetle mimic cockroach gives live birth, and one researcher from the University of Cincinnati figured out what was happening on the genetic level.
15 January 2016, 12:58 PM ET
Some 130 million years ago, a monster of a reptile, a 30-foot-long crocodile ancestor, once navigated the lagoons of the Tataouine region of southern Tunisia, the area where Star Wars' Tatooine was filmed.
15 January 2016, 07:57 AM ET
Modern-day felines may be the ultimate mutts. Turns out, the ancestors of modern-day cats, from lynxes to the domestic Fluffy, interbred across species at many points in history, a new analysis of the feline family tree suggests.
14 January 2016, 07:33 PM ET
Three venomous sea snakes have washed ashore hundreds of miles from their normal home range. Though El Nino may be to blame for their odd appearances, scientists are puzzled over why they are stranding.
14 January 2016, 08:39 AM ET
Black holes may have hair made up of zero-energy gravitons and photons, meaning they may preserve information, research suggests.
13 January 2016, 11:18 AM ET
Motörhead fans still mourning the death of the band's singer, songwriter and bassist, Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, are seeking commemoration for the rock icon in an unusual location — the periodic table.
11 January 2016, 04:04 PM ET
An (adorable) new technique proves that insects can use stereopsis to see in 3D.
07 January 2016, 08:07 AM ET
Physicists crushed hydrogen with crazy-high pressures, turning the element into a new form that behaves as hydrogen does at the interior of Jupiter. The material may be the precursor to the long-sought metallic hydrogen.
06 January 2016, 10:03 AM ET
Scientists have devised a way to get quantum information from a black hole, but the amount of information they can get is limited.
04 January 2016, 01:21 PM ET
After a long hiatus, the periodic table of the elements has finally gotten a new update, adding four new elements to its roster and completing its seventh row.
01 January 2016, 10:41 AM ET
From dark matter particles to gravitational waves to a completely unforeseen particle, 2016 could be a very exciting year for physics discoveries.
25 December 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Things got pretty weird this year.
23 December 2015, 02:14 PM ET
For the first time, scientists have demonstrated over macroscopic scales the phenomenon exemplified by imaginary feline Schrödinger's cat, which can be alive and dead at the same time.
22 December 2015, 11:40 AM ET
Two venomous sea snakes have washed up on Southern California beaches in 2015.