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Mysterious 'Sonic Boom' Shakes New Jersey

A U.S. military fighter jet caused sonic booms felt throughout New Jersey and Long Island Thursday afternoon, initially leaving authorities …

New Jersey

Supervolcano – super mystery

Every hour or so the “Old Faithful” geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, shoots a column of boiling water up to 50m into the air. This incredible natural spectacle, along with multiple other geothermal features and the one to two thousand earthquakes that occur every year, are just some of …

Yellowstone National Park

Mysterious writing in rare 16th-century Homer identified

The mysterious notes scrawled in a 1504 edition of <i>Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana</i> donated to the University of Chicago Library have been identified. As suspected by the book's donor, the curling, 150-year-old script is a form of French shorthand in use in the 19th century.<p>In order to identify the …

University of Chicago

Source of Potomac oil spill still a mystery as sheen begins to dissipate

The source of the oil spill into Roaches Run Wildfowl Sanctuary and the Potomac River remains a mystery four days after the spill was first reported.<p>While the Coast Guard and the District’s Department of Energy and Environment reported Saturday that the oil sheen which had coated the Virginia side …

Officials: Norovirus sickened more than 200 students

Officials say a norovirus has been confirmed as the cause of a stomach illness that sickened more than 200 students at a Pennsylvania college last week.<p>Ursinus College said the Montgomery County health department on Monday confirmed cases of norovirus, a contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis …

Colombian Clinic Probes A Mystery: Is Zika Triggering A Rare Disorder?

Johann Castro Hernandez is an 18-year-old college kid who loves playing soccer. Only these days, he can barely lift his legs, let alone kick a ball. His body looks weirdly thin, with no muscle tone. His movements are slow and tentative.<p>This story is part of NPR's ongoing coverage of Zika virus.<p>For …

Mystery 'bloodsucking vampire' predator kills over 200 chickens and ducks in China village

A mystery bloodsucking predator has killed over 200 chickens and ducks in a village in China, with the only clue to its identity a four-toed webbed …

More Bald Eagles Have Died Mysteriously

The deaths of five birds in Delaware follow the recent loss of 13 in Maryland.<p>While we watched the live cam in awe as a bald eagle hatched two babies at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, a mysterious bald eagle tragedy was unfolding a hundred miles away in …

A lost 120-year-old newspaper collection is mysteriously returned to a D.C. library

District library officials are perplexed by the mysterious return of a huge bound volume of the 1896 Washington Evening Star to the Mount Pleasant branch this week.<p>The book, 23.5 by 18.4 inches, was probably too large to fit down the return. Such archival material isn’t available for checkout, and …

Solving the Mystery of an Ancient Epidemic

No one knows what caused the Plague of Athens in the 5th century B.C. One popular theory is Ebola—but to discover the source of an outbreak millennia after the fact, scientists need victims’ remains and a bit of luck.<p>In the summer of 430 B.C., a mass outbreak of disease hit the city of Athens, …

100 Paralyzed Children, Each a Mystery

Scientists thought a rare respiratory virus was what caused dozens of kids to lose feeling in their limbs last fall, but now the connection is less certain.<p>Since August, more than 100 children across the country have developed a condition best described in three words no parent ever wants to hear: …

See New Discoveries at the Mysterious City of the Jaguar

More than 200 elaborate sculptures hint at the rituals and the tragic end of a lost city in Honduras.<p>Over the past month, the excavation of an ancient city in Honduras has yielded a trove of remarkable stone artifacts from a mysterious, unnamed Pre-Columbian civilization. A joint American-Honduran …

Archaeology

Mysterious 'Alien Spire' Explained As Moon Crater By NASA Scientist

Alien fans have finally been given a scientific explanation for the mysterious "spire" they spotted on the moon.<p>NASA scientist, Dr. Noah Edward …

Paranormal

Meteor sighted from San Diego early Thursday

A meteroid burned up in the atmosphere early Thursday, producing a fireball that was seen by people across San Diego County.<p>“More than 110 witnesses …

Mysterious Graves Discovered at Ancient European Cemetery

Archaeologists in Germany have uncovered the bodies of children and of one adult man who was buried, strangely, standing upright.<p>One of the oldest cemeteries in Europe has recently been discovered, with graves dating back almost 8,500 years. Two of the most intriguing finds are the skeleton of a …

Read This: A haunting little comic about a mysterious radio station

It’s a prospect that would intrigue any die-hard, adventurous music lover: There’s this mysterious, staticky, barely audible radio station playing …

Why Zika is ‘much more insidious, cunning and evil’ than Ebola

Global health authorities and government officials are mobilizing to battle the fast-spreading Zika virus, sending rapid-response teams to affected regions, issuing travel warnings for pregnant women, accelerating vaccine trials and even deploying mosquito-fighting troops to hard-hit areas in …

Public Health

Peru’s mysterious ‘boiling river’ that burns animals to death

In a rainforest in the heart of Amazonian Peru, scientists believe they have discovered the world’s largest thermal river, running hot for nearly four miles and reaching up to 80 feet at its widest point and 16 feet at its deepest.<p>While the river’s extreme temperatures are not unusual for a …

The Art of “Negative Capability”: Keats on Embracing Uncertainty and Celebrating the Mysterious

Despite his short life, the great Romantic poet <b>John Keats</b> (October 31, 1795–February 23, 1821) endures as one of the most influential creative geniuses humanity has produced. Writing to his brothers, George and Thomas, in a December 1817 letter found in <b>Selected Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>), Keats coins …

Cop Who Heard Mysterious Voice Say ‘Help Me’ at Deadly Crash Scene Says This Is the ‘Only Explanation’ For What Unfolded

Tyler Beddoes is one of the four cops with the Spanish Fork Police Department in Spanish Fork, Utah, who reported hearing a mysterious voice seemingly coming from a vehicle that they found submerged in a frigid river last year — a voice that urgently implored them to “help.”<p>When Beddoes and his …

Decoding this script could crack the mystery of the Indus valley civilization

A mysterious script could help solve the mysteries of one of humanity's oldest civilizations.<p>The Indus River Valley civilization site is as important to archaeologists as ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Covering an 500,000 square mile region along the Indus River and its tributaries in …

Missing penguins mystery: 150,000 birds feared dead may have relocated

Adélie penguins feared to have died after a giant iceberg cut their colony off from the sea could have waddled off to find a new home - scientist says<p>The 150,000 penguins feared to have died after a giant iceberg left their colony in Antarctica effectively landlocked could be alive and well and …

Antarctica

Writ in Water: The Enduring Mystery of Keats's Last Words

By Michelle Stacey February 23, 2016<p>On History<p><i>The enduring mystery of Keats’s last words.</i><p>Keats’s grave at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.<p>Yet do I sometimes feel a languishment<br>For skies Italian …—John Keats, “Happy is England! I Could Be Content,” 1817<p>Among the dozens of fountains in Rome, the …

Literature

Andrew Scott talks SPECTRE, Moriarty and the mystery of Denbigh

Andrew Scott made a name for himself in Britain with his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes’s shadowy arch-nemesis. Now the actor is set to appear in the new Bond film SPECTRE as Max Denbigh: an intelligence officer even more mysterious than Moriarty.<p>Speaking to our film critic Robbie Collin, Scott said …

Three months after British woman's mysterious death, Israeli authorities have still not finished an autopsy

Family of Julie Pearson "waits in agony" to know whether she was murdered or died of drug overdose<p>More than three months after a British woman's mysterious death in the Israeli beach town of Eilat, her family are still "waiting in agony" for Israeli authorities to complete an autopsy.<p>Almost 100 …

Relic hunter: A missing Christian relic, the fall of Nazi Germany and a mystery that flummoxed historians for centuries

<b>Harrison Ford in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Lucasfilm)</b><p>There are 3 different “holy” lances said to have pierced Christ’s side—but are any of them for real?<p>Noah Charney<p>March 4, 2016 11:59pm (UTC)<p>As locked-room mysteries go, this one was a doozy. A famous Christian relic disappeared from a locked …

Mysterious outbreak in Wisconsin infects 44

(NEWSER) – A mysterious blood infection is spreading in Wisconsin, and officials don't know how or why. Members of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now on the ground alongside state investigators hoping to find exactly what is causing the spread of the bacteria …

Mysterious artifact discovered at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

A mysterious religious artifact has surfaced during renovations at Bethlehem’s famous Church of the Nativity, officials say.<p>According to the Times of Israel, the artifact is made of brass, silver, shells and stones. It was covered in plaster and found near a window in the church that reportedly was …

The quest to solve YouTube’s strangest mystery

Thousands of unsettling videos have been uploaded to YouTube over the past year. Nobody knows what they mean or who’s behind them – but a band of intrigued Redditors, obsessed with the mystery, are trying to find out.<p><i>Update: A few hours after this article was published, the YouTube channel was</i> …