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Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Hubble has observed some weird things since it was launched in 1990, but this is probably one of the strangest. Read more

No, it’s not aliens.

Shroud of Turin: Could Quake Explain Face of Jesus?

The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been in question for centuries and scientific investigations over the last few decades have only seemed to muddle the debate. Is the revered cloth a miracle or an elaborate hoax?

Now, a study claims neutron emissions from an ancient earthquake that rocked Jerusalem could have created the iconic image, as well as messed up the radiocarbon levels that later suggested the shroud was a medieval forgery. But other scientists say this newly proposed premise leaves some major questions unanswered.

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Universe’s Largest Structure is a Cosmic Conundrum

Astronomers have found a mind-bogglingly large structure — so big it takes light 10 billion years to traverse — in a distant part of the universe.

The discovery poses a conundrum to a fundamental tenet of modern cosmology, which posits that matter should appear to be distributed uniformly if viewed at a large enough scale. Read more

Mystery Alignment of ‘Butterfly’ Nebulae Discovered

Astronomers have discovered something weird in the Milky Way’s galactic bulge — a population of planetary nebula are all mysteriously pointing in the same direction. Read more

Bigfoot Blamed for Strange Shrieks

Do new recordings from Oregon’s Blue Mountains offer good evidence of the mysterious bipedal creature known as Bigfoot?

Really? I mean, really?

Just because an animal call seems unusual or mysterious doesn’t mean that it is. There are many factors than can affect how something sounds from far away, including temperature, wind and geographical features such as canyons.

My money is on the coyotes. Read more…

Fashion Mogul’s Vanishing Fuels Marine Mystery: When a small plane carrying a world-famous fashion designer disappeared in the Caribbean Sea last week, rumors began circulating that he may have fallen victim to a curse, or a smaller version of the Bermuda Triangle.

Was it foul play or a genuine mystery? Our in-house skeptic investigates…

WHAT THE HECK IS THAT ON MARS?! A fossil? A flower? A Mars orchid! Morchid! (See what I did there?)

Nah, it’s most likely a bright mineral concentration in a Mars rock outcrop at Yellowknife Bay as photographed by Curiosity (although that has yet to be confirmed by NASA)… but it certainly gets our collective imaginations going. Thank you you big hulk of Mars rover, you’re constantly showing us some very cool stuff, can’t wait for your next mystery.

A fascinating slide show exploring what happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937:

As the search for Amelia Earhart’s plane probes the waters off Nikumaroro, a tiny uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, a new paper has reconstructed what may have happened to the legendary aviator 75 years ago.

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Jack or ‘Jackie’?

Serial killer ‘Jack the Ripper’ was never identified after murdering five prostitutes in London in 1888. Theories abound, but this is the first time Lizzie Williams has been pegged as the killer. According to the theorist, the evidence points to a feminine personality, however other experts implicate her husband.

Read more about this fascinating piece of London history.