Strange News Archive
18 April 2014, 12:35 PM ET
A think-tank associated with a cosmetics company has a plan to brighten the surface of the moon in an effort to lighten up the night sky and reducing the need for electricity to run street lights. Scientists are skeptical.
17 April 2014, 04:11 PM ET
Officials in Portland, Ore., are flushing 38 million gallons of public drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught on camera urinating into an open reservoir on Wednesday (April 16).
17 April 2014, 11:42 AM ET
During copulation, lasting 40 to 70 hours, the female cave inserts her penislike gynosome into the male organ to collect sperm. The female's lengthy penis would be the equivalent of a 5 foot 9 man having a penis about 9.8 inches long.
17 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
Females with penislike genitals and males with vaginalike organs are cases of a new extreme reversal of sex roles researchers have discovered in little-known cave insects.
16 April 2014, 05:04 PM ET
In a highly emotional situation like a school shooting, it can be difficult to separate fact from speculation. What does science have to say about school shootings and violence?
16 April 2014, 11:25 AM ET
From levitating a car with water from fire hoses to sprinkling salt on a dead frog's legs to make them twitch, the Science Channel show "Outrageous Acts of Science" explains the science behind YouTube videos that would make your jaw drop.
15 April 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Apparently, once you've eaten human flesh, you develop a real taste for it. Two brothers in Pakistan were arrested in 2011 for digging up about 150 graves and stealing away with the bodies, which they later consumed.
15 April 2014, 10:53 AM ET
The list of food and non-food items that have been combined in an unnatural marriage just got longer: Viagra and Champagne ice cream.
15 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Four prominent physicists say they were misquoted in a documentary trailer promoting a claim debunked more than 450 years ago: that the Earth is in a privileged spot in the universe.
14 April 2014, 05:39 PM ET
The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say.
14 April 2014, 02:56 PM ET
A popular televangelist from San Antonio named John Hagee has stated that the four lunar eclipses scheduled to begin this month — also known as "blood moons" — are a sign that biblical prophecies are about to come true.
14 April 2014, 02:42 PM ET
In 2012, scientists at the world's largest atom smasher came across evidence of what they believe is the Higgs boson, a long-sought particle that gives other matter the property of mass. Here are four bizarre facts about other bosons.
14 April 2014, 12:42 PM ET
Astrophysicist and TV-host Hakeem Oluseyi tells Live Science writer Tanya Lewis about his Science Channel show and how experts, like himself, judge authenticity and quality of the science being performed.
14 April 2014, 10:58 AM ET
The mystery of the giant pile of boulders that a Moroccan village now rests on has been solved; they are the result of a huge, catastrophic rock fall that occurred 4,500 years ago in the Atlas Mountains.
11 April 2014, 04:26 PM ET
Bertrand Piccard, who with André Borschberg, founded the effort to build Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered airplane with which they will try to fly around the world, addresses the doubters, the skeptics and the haters.
11 April 2014, 04:20 PM ET
Why do humans seek out alcohol even though it can lead to destructive behavior? One biologist looked to evolution for an answer, and came up with The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis.
09 April 2014, 11:56 AM ET
In 1913, a young German man tossed a bottle with a message inside into the Baltic Sea. He had no idea that his message would survive two world wars — not to mention more than a century of brutal winters and ocean storms before its discovery last month.
08 April 2014, 12:17 PM ET
A possible break in the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 plane came when ships detected "pings" consistent with the aircraft's black boxes. But how does a black box actually work?
04 April 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A team of law-enforcement officials including FBI agents has swooped down on a rural home in Indiana that houses a bizarre collection of artifacts from around the world.
04 April 2014, 09:46 AM ET
A Texas couple has captured what is being called a baby chupacabra, the legendary animal said to roam the countryside in search of blood. Could this mysterious creature be the legendary beast?
03 April 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, Shakespeare wrote. Archaeologists working at a Danish site might agree, after discovering barrels from a latrine that dates back to the 14th century. And yes, poop still stinks, even after 700 years.
02 April 2014, 05:20 PM ET
Amid palace intrigue, assassinations, warfare, sexual escapades and dragons, there's plenty to interest Game of Thrones fans. But the show's action might distract fans from the real science that underpins some of the series' pivotal events and characters.
02 April 2014, 12:22 PM ET
Theories have long predicted the existence of teensy particles that might make up the Higgs boson, and research suggests such pip-squeakes, dubbed techni-quarks, are likely lurking in the universe.
31 March 2014, 05:21 PM ET
In the latest animal-related offense to hit the Sunshine State, a man plead guilty to snatching 316 sea turtle eggs from Juno Beach on the Atlantic coast.
28 March 2014, 09:18 AM ET
The problems of the Biblical story of Noah's Ark are legion, from the impossibility of collecting all of the animals on the planet to the lack of evidence for a global flood occurring only a few thousand years ago.
26 March 2014, 04:23 PM ET
An outbreak of the Ebola virus has claimed at least 63 lives in the nation of Guinea. To combat the spread of this deadly disease, officials have taken the unusual step of banning the consumption of bat soup, grilled bat and other local delicacies.
26 March 2014, 10:57 AM ET
A mysterious and apparently malevolent clown has been seen at night lurking near the streets of Staten Island, N.Y., over the past week. Could it be a savvy publicity stunt?
24 March 2014, 05:16 PM ET
There are a number of hazards in golf: sand traps, the "rough," lakes and other water hazards, and two-for-one happy hour at the nineteenth hole. You can now add "wildfires" to that list.
24 March 2014, 02:18 PM ET
The world has moved on since the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, but one thing hasn't changed very much: The trees, plants and leaves at the contaminated site don't decay at nearly the same rate as plants elsewhere, researchers have found.
21 March 2014, 01:32 PM ET
A new journal devoted to the study of pornography launched today (March 21) with papers about the culture and content of porn. Researchers hope the journal will help pull the field of porn studies out of its infancy.
20 March 2014, 09:37 AM ET
On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared less than an hour after taking off on a flight to Beijing, China. Here are some photos of the search for the missing airliner.
17 March 2014, 06:58 PM ET
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has experts baffled. Without evidence of a wreck or finding the plane, knowing what happened may be impossible.
17 March 2014, 02:46 PM ET
Though aeronautics has made impressive gains since the early days of flight, people and their flying machines have been disappearing into thin air since the 1800s.
14 March 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Math lovers celebrate today (3/14), as Pi Day, in honor of the irrational number Pi. Here are some nerdy facts about pi to impress your friends.
12 March 2014, 03:15 PM ET
The search continues for the 239 passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared somewhere off the coast of Southeast Asia. Assuming the plane crashed over the ocean, how long could survivors continue to live in the open seas?
12 March 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Speculation about a Bermuda Triangle type incident surrounding the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is based on conspiracy theory, not fact.