Strange News Archive
25 November 2015, 08:42 AM ET
Physicists have coupled together thousands of atoms at room temperature, wherein actions on one of the atoms can affect its partners across the cosmos. Previously, these atoms could be paired only at temperatures cold enough to liquefy helium.
24 November 2015, 04:55 PM ET
Without altering a single DNA molecule, researchers engineered a flatworm to grow the heads of different species.
20 November 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists have demonstrated that it is possible to embed electronic circuits in living plants, which could one day be used as sensors to monitor plant health.
19 November 2015, 11:05 AM ET
Go ahead and call a pigeon a birdbrain. Just don’t challenge it to the tedious game of "Categorizing Tumors as Cancerous or Benign." The pigeon may well win.
18 November 2015, 03:12 PM ET
In a deep, dank cave in Brazil, a pale, blind creature lurks, never venturing out to feel the sun.
17 November 2015, 12:05 PM ET
Spooky action at a distance, the bizarre implication of quantum mechanics that so-rattled Einstein, is real, a series of new tests confirm.
13 November 2015, 12:53 PM ET
Enjoy this inauspicious Friday, because you won't see another one like it until 2026.
13 November 2015, 12:46 PM ET
Can't get enough of Friday the 13th? Here's a collection of stories and countdowns about the superstitious day.
12 November 2015, 03:22 PM ET
In several small villages in the northwest of Spain, no one knew what made the water in their fountains turn a blood-like red.
11 November 2015, 09:03 AM ET
Sure mosquito bites and insect-carried diseases would be out of the picture, but without these pesky six-legged critters, the world as we know would not exist. In fact, we may not exist.
10 November 2015, 03:09 PM ET
This oddly adorable cat carries a genetic secret.
10 November 2015, 10:27 AM ET
Ben Carson thinks the Egyptian pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain. But he isn't the only person to ignore the overwhelming evidence about why the pyramids were built.
09 November 2015, 09:08 AM ET
Researchers at Donghua University have built the paper out of nanoscale graphene oxide. In a "micro-robot capacity, the origami-inspired paper can be used to grasp and move objects that are up to 5X heavier.
06 November 2015, 11:57 AM ET
What's the difference between matter and antimatter? Sometimes nothing, a new study finds.
06 November 2015, 11:32 AM ET
A man who hasn't showered in 12 years says that a daily scrub wipes away beneficial bacteria that help regulate stink-producing microbes on the skin.
04 November 2015, 07:38 AM ET
From tissue-munching bacteria to brain-eating amoebas, there are a number of things that can literally eat you alive.
30 October 2015, 07:54 AM ET
When the dead rise from their graves to feast upon the living, who will be your best ally? The upcoming film "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" provides a seemingly unlikely answer: the kid on your block with a sash full of badges.
30 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A trip through the scientific research into paranormal experiences leads directly to the human brain.
29 October 2015, 05:26 AM ET
In the spirit of Halloween, we're highlighting some of the lesser-known "haunted" houses in the country. These homes may not really be haunted, but they sure feel that way.
28 October 2015, 10:27 AM ET
Astronomers around the world are keeping a close eye on a mysteriously dimming star, and their observations could soon shed light on whether it is indeed surrounded by some sort of "alien megastructure."
27 October 2015, 12:47 PM ET
There's still time to assemble an appropriately geeky getup in time for this weekend's festivities.
27 October 2015, 12:03 PM ET
Using planetary orbits, physicists have pinned down just how precisely right Einstein was: Any deviations from his theory of general relativity are so small they would change calculations by just one part in 10,000 to one part in 100,000.
27 October 2015, 12:00 PM ET
A sonic tractor beam can push, pull and manipulate objects in thin air using an exquisitely timed sequence of sound waves.
26 October 2015, 05:28 PM ET
People who believe in ghosts are more afraid of the world than are people who shun belief in the supernatural.
26 October 2015, 03:03 PM ET
Earth has a poop problem. The extinction of whales and other megafauna has resulted in a shortage of mega-manure, which is essential for spreading nutrients around the globe at sea and on land.
26 October 2015, 12:12 PM ET
From the real Count Dracula to Joan of Arc's trusted serial-killer companion, here are some of the scariest people in history.
26 October 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Is it really possible to be scared to death?
25 October 2015, 11:21 AM ET
Carnivorous pitcher plants use falling raindrops to force prey to their doom, a new study finds.
23 October 2015, 09:13 AM ET
New data on the plant and human DNA found on the Shroud of Turin only raises more questions than it answers.
22 October 2015, 07:23 AM ET
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider may have found the first traces of glueballs, elusive particles made entirely of gluons, a new model suggests.
22 October 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Bacteria can be beautiful.
21 October 2015, 06:04 PM ET
Bacteria can be beautiful.
21 October 2015, 10:46 AM ET
Around the human ear are tiny, weak muscles that once would have let evolutionary ancestors pivot their ears to and fro. Today, the muscles aren't capable of moving much — but their reflex action still exists.
15 October 2015, 09:40 AM ET
A mysterious swirl of objects spotted around a distant star has captured the interest of astronomers who look for advanced alien civilizations.
14 October 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Since 1954 when the first Tokyo-destroying sea monster hit theaters, Godzilla has reared its terrifying head in 30 films. So why is the sci-fi movie such a smashing success? Turns out, the beast reminds us of our childhood love of dinosaurs.
14 October 2015, 10:09 AM ET
Aliens might have sex, assuming the benefits outweigh the risks on their home planets. What that sex would look like is an open question. But if animal antics on Earth say anything, extraterrestrial sex would be weird.