Weird news stories

Scientists spot flash of light from colliding black holes. But how?
30th June 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

Black holes aren’t supposed to make flashes of light. It’s right there in the name: black holes.

‘Black neutron star’ discovery changes astronomy
24th June 2020 | bbc.co.uk | Space, Weird

Scientists have discovered an astronomical object that has never been observed before. It is more massive than collapsed stars, known as “neutron stars”, but has less mass than black holes.

Why some physicists really think there’s a ‘mirror universe’ hiding in space-time
23rd June 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

A series of viral articles claimed that NASA had discovered particles from another parallel universe in which time runs backwards. These claims were incorrect. The true story is far more exciting and strange, involving a journey into the Big Bang and out the other side.

Physicists entangle 15 trillion hot atoms
9th June 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Physicists set a new record by linking together a hot soup of 15 trillion atoms in a bizarre phenomenon called quantum entanglement.

Mysterious deep-space flashes repeat every 157 days
8th June 2020 | space.com | Space, Weird

Astronomers have discovered an activity cycle in another fast radio burst, potentially unearthing a significant clue about these mysterious deep-space phenomena.

Some Humans May Have a Weird Pregnancy Quirk Inherited From Neanderthals
29th May 2020 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human pregnancy is downright curious. Today, we still don’t know why women go into labour for so long or why they face so much risk when they give birth.

Chiltern’s magic mushrooms a unique midnight experience
28th May 2020 | weeklytimesnow.com.au | Earth, Humans, Weird

LIKE a scene out of a sci-fi movie, a small patch of Chiltern’s Mount Pilot National Park is now lit up by green, glowing mushrooms.

In the 1950s, Hundreds of People Started Hallucinating Visions of Hell
24th May 2020 | vice.com | Humans, Misc., Weird

In August of 1951, a strange illness descended on the small French town of Pont-Saint-Esprit. Victims complained of abdominal pains, delirium and hallucinations of flames and hellish creatures.

Bizarre new species discovered… on Twitter
16th May 2020 phys.org | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

While many of us use social media to be tickled silly by cat videos or wowed by delectable cakes, others use them to discover new species.

Regular rhythms among pulsating stars
14th May 2020 cosmosmagazine.com | Space, Weird

Astronomers have detected regular pulsations in a class of intermediate-sized stars known as delta Scutis that has until now puzzled scientists.

The sky is full of weird X-shaped galaxies. Here’s why.
13th May 2020 | livescience.com | Space, Weird

Spied through a normal telescope, the galaxy PKS 2014−55 is an unremarkable smudge of bright light. But look again in radio wavelengths, and you’ll see that the galaxy is hiding a gargantuan, glowing treasure at its center — and X marks the spot.

Giant, scorching-hot alien planet has yellow skies
8th May 2020 | space.com | Space, Weird

We can now add atmospheric craziness to WASP-79b’s already substantial exotic appeal. The gas-giant exoplanet, which lies about 780 light-years from Earth, circles extremely close to its bright host star…

Pentagon releases three UFO videos taken by US navy pilots
29th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Tech, Weird

The Pentagon on Monday released three declassified videos that show US navy pilots encountering what appear to be unidentified flying objects.

Scientists create glowing plants using mushroom genes
28th April 2020 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Tech, Weird

Emitting an eerie green glow, they look like foliage from a retro computer game, but in fact they are light-emitting plants produced in a laboratory.

New hypothesis argues the universe simulates itself into existence
27th April 2020 bigthink.com | Humans, Misc., Weird

A physics paper proposes neither you nor the world around you are real and that the universe self-simulates itself in a “strange loop”.

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Hungry galaxies grow fat on the flesh of their neighbours
22nd April 2020 phys.org | Space, Weird

Galaxies grow large by eating their smaller neighbours, new research reveals.

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