Weird news stories

Scientists find two huge red rocks with ‘complex organic matter’ in the asteroid belt that shouldn’t be there
2nd August 2021 | independent.co.uk | Space, Weird

Scientists have found two huge, red objects in the asteroid belt that they believe are not supposed to be there – both of which have “complex organic matter” on their surfaces.

Light from behind a black hole spotted for 1st time, proving Einstein right
30th July 2021 | livescience.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have detected light coming from behind a black hole for the first time, proving Albert Einstein right, yet again.

‘Alien abduction’ stories may come from lucid dreaming, study hints
21st July 2021 | livescience.com | Humans, Weird

Lucid dreaming, in which people are partially aware and can control their dreams during sleep, could explain so-called alien abduction stories, a study suggests.

This Weirdly Smart, Creeping Slime Is Redefining Our Understanding of Intelligence
14th June 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

This bizarre little organism doesn’t have a brain, or a nervous system – its blobby, bright-yellow body is just one cell. This slime mold species has thrived, more or less unchanged, for a billion years in its damp, decaying habitats. And, in the last decade, it’s been changing how we think about cognition and problem-solving.

This Startling Image of Our Galaxy’s Center Hints at a New Cosmic Phenomenon
31st May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

The center of the Milky Way is a strange and wild place. There dwells our galactic nucleus – a supermassive black hole 4 million times the mass of the Sun, a beast named Sgr A*. It’s probably the most extreme environment in our galaxy, dominated by Sgr A*’s gravitational and magnetic fields.

Mysterious Wobbles in Saturn’s Rings Reveal Clues About Its ‘Fuzzy’ Interior
13th May 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Weird

The interiors of Jupiter and Saturn are actually quite difficult to probe. But Saturn’s uniquely glorious and extensive ring system is proving to be an excellent tool for figuring out the densities deep below its thick cloud layers, right down to the core.

Strange crater suggests ancient Mars may have been frigid with occasional snowmelt
24th April 2021 | space.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

Mars’ ancient history interests scientists because if the arid planet was once warm and wet, it may have been habitable to life. One new study about an unnamed Martian crater suggests a new possibility about Mars’ past.

The solar system is weirdly dusty. How the hell did it get there?
24th April 2021 | wired.co.uk | Space, Weird

That glow you see at sunrise or sunset is caused by cosmic dust. For decades astronomers thought it came from asteroids but now they’re not so sure.

Pentagon Confirms ‘Pyramid-Shaped’ UFO Video Footage Is Authentic
15th April 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Weird

A series of newly surfaced images and videos of unidentified flying objects filmed by the US Navy have now been confirmed as authentic by the Pentagon.

Scientists Translated Spiderwebs Into Music, And It’s Beyond Stunning
13th April 2021 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

Spiders rely quite significantly on touch to sense the world around them. Their bodies and legs are covered in tiny hairs and slits that can distinguish between different kinds of vibrations.

An Unexpected Hubble Discovery Just Changed Our Understanding of Star Formation
19th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech, Weird

New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show the powerful astrophysical jets and stellar winds that flow from baby stars do not have the expected effect of quenching the stellar growth process. This poses quite a significant conundrum for our models of star formation.

Space oddity Oumuamua probably shard of Pluto-like world, scientists say
19th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

Our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar. A new study says the mystery object is likely a remnant of a Pluto-like world and shaped like a cookie.

For crying out loud: Dutch scientists grow human tear glands
18th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc., Weird

Stop your sobbing – because scientists can do it for you. Using stem cells, Dutch researchers have grown miniature human tear glands capable of “crying”.

What Did I Come in Here For? New Study Explains The Weird ‘Doorway Effect’
12th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Weird

If you’ve ever walked into a room, then completely forgotten what you went in there for, you’ve experienced what’s known as the doorway effect: it’s almost as if the mind blanks itself as you change location, ready for some fresh experience or input.

A Wild Experiment Just Got Us Closer to Exploring Extra Dimensions
12th March 2021 | vice.com | Humans, Weird
Scientists have measured the smallest gravitational field yet, which has big implications for future research into dark matter, quantum gravity, and the possibility of extra dimensions.
Weird rodent glows under UV light with disco swirls of pink and orange
24th February 2021 | livescience.com | Animal Life, Weird

Researchers are building a growing (and glowing) list of fluorescent mammals, and a new addition, an endearing jumping rodent called the springhare, just leapt into the spotlight, its brown fur lighting up in swirling disco patterns of pink and orange under ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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