Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Apr 19, 2015

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. The 4.3-meter-long (14-foot) cloth ...

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Mar 5, 2015

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Americans living in the Rockies stand a better chance of dodging a zombie apocalypse than their urban counterparts. Cities would fall quickly, suggests the “large-scale exact stochastic dynamical simulation of a zombie outbreak” from Cornell University in New York state. But it would take ...

New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

Sep 9, 2014

New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

As he prepares to move in to Bangkok’s Government House this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is going to great lengths to sweep away any occult challenge. Prayuth, 60, has left nothing to chance since leading a military coup to topple a democratically ...

Bigfoot claims stepped on by DNA analysis

Jul 2, 2014

Bigfoot claims stepped on by DNA analysis

DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, ...

Their land stolen, Myanmar victims turn to black magic

May 26, 2014

Their land stolen, Myanmar victims turn to black magic

Victims of land grabs in Myanmar have eagerly tested newfound freedoms by protesting and sending petitions to the president and parliament, to no avail. Now some are turning to old ways: curses and black magic. Coffins marked with the names of those who seized ...

Jan 10, 2014

Scientists sorry over failure to create dragon

Australia’s national science agency has issued a rare apology to a 7-year-old girl for not being able to make her a fire-breathing dragon, blaming a lack of research into the mythical creatures. The girl, Sophie, wrote to a “Lovely Scientist” at the Commonwealth Scientific ...

Hidden elves delay highway project in Iceland

Dec 23, 2013

Hidden elves delay highway project in Iceland

In Iceland, a land of fire and ice where fog-shrouded lava fields form a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the “hidden folk” — elves — making their homes in Iceland’s wilderness. So perhaps it was only a matter of ...