Strange News Archive
24 January 2015, 08:23 AM ET
The laws of physics say a photon should travel at the speed of light through empty space — but new research shows this isn't always the case. The experimenters managed to slow down light without a medium.
23 January 2015, 10:35 AM ET
After an inspection revealed that some of the footballs used during Sunday's NFL playoff game were slightly deflated, many people are asking whether the balls gave the New England Patriots an unfair advantage over the Indianapolis Colts.
22 January 2015, 01:30 PM ET
SpongeBob was recently spotted sinking down to the deep oceans of a toddler's belly.
22 January 2015, 01:10 PM ET
The beard on the burial mask of King Tutankhamun, one of Egypt's most well-known pharaohs, was glued back on with epoxy after being knocked off during cleaning, according to conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
22 January 2015, 12:34 PM ET
A bizarre, freaky-looking shark with rows of needle-sharp teeth and a body like an eel's was caught by a fisherman in Australia. The odd creature is a rare type of shark known as a frilled shark, and is sometimes called a fish "fossil" because it dates ba
13 January 2015, 08:23 AM ET
Bill Gates wants to turn your poop into clean drinking water, and he's got just the machine to do it.
09 January 2015, 01:38 PM ET
A new photography exhibit suggests that, while Nobel laureates may be geniuses in their field, most aren't very good at coloring.
09 January 2015, 01:32 PM ET
These Nobel laureates are the best in their fields — even if they're not very good at coloring.
09 January 2015, 07:38 AM ET
A leap second will be added to 2015 to keep atomic clock time in sync with Earth's actual rotational time.
08 January 2015, 08:14 AM ET
An unusual butterfly that is half male and half female recently caught the eyes of a volunteer at a butterfly exhibit at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Chris Johnson, a retired chemical engineer from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, was volunteering at the
02 January 2015, 12:15 PM ET
From visual microphones to hackable medical implants, the futuristic technologies found in James Bond movies are becoming much less far-fetched.
01 January 2015, 02:57 PM ET
The bacteria that cause cholera grab genes from other organisms in a particularly predatory way: They spear neighboring cells with a poison-tipped spike.
27 December 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The world's most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, will restart in 2015. Here's what researchers will be looking for.
23 December 2014, 07:15 AM ET
Football, NASCAR and their rowdy, roaring crowds were pitted in a head-to-head battle this year to see which sport hits highest on the seismic charts.
20 December 2014, 06:22 AM ET
Every winter, people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments, trees and tinsel. But none of these holiday pastimes is risk-free, as people — and cats, dogs and owls — have learned over the years.
19 December 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A man's persistent déjà vu 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.