How Bizarre

  1. Chemistry

    Astronauts may be able to make cement using their own pee

    Lunar dust and a compound found in urine could be used to build future dwellings on the moon, a new study finds.

  2. Life

    Some shrimp make plasma with their claws. Now a 3-D printed claw can too

    Scientists used a replica of a shrimp claw to re-create the extreme pressures and temperatures that the animals produce underwater.

  3. Paleontology

    Tiny eyes make a bizarre, ancient platypus-like reptile even weirder

    An ancient oddball marine reptile had teeny-tiny eyes, suggesting it probably used senses other than sight to catch food.

  4. Animals

    Malaysia’s pig-tail macaques eat rats, head first

    Pig-tail macaques are seen as a menace on Malaysian palm oil plantations, but may be helping to reduce rodent populations.

  5. Astronomy

    Loner gas clouds could be a new kind of stellar system

    Weird loner clumps of gas that have wandered for 1 billion years may have been stripped from a trio of larger galaxies.

  6. Health & Medicine

    14 cattle eyeworms removed from Oregon woman’s eye

    Oregon woman has the first ever eye infection with the cattle eyeworm Thelazia gulosa.

  7. Astronomy

    Here’s what space toilets can teach us about finding signs of alien life

    Lessons learned from flushing space toilets can help researchers plan life-hunting missions to icy moons.

  8. Physics

    Scientists create the most cubic form of ice crystals yet

    Ice has taken on a strange structure, with its water molecules arranged in nearly perfect cubes.

  9. Paleontology

    Sea scorpions slashed victims with swordlike tails

    Ancient sea scorpion used a flexible, swordlike tail to hack at prey and defend against predators.

  10. Astronomy

    Asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit goes its own way

    Asteroid shares Jupiter’s orbit around the sun but travels in the opposite direction as the planet.

  11. Planetary Science

    Weird wave found in Venus’ wind-whipped atmosphere

    A 10,000-kilometer-long gravity wave arched across the upper atmosphere of Venus. The feature may have been the largest of its kind in the solar system.

  12. Animals

    These acorn worms have a head for swimming

    The larvae of one type of acorn worm are basically “swimming heads,” according to new genetic analyses.