8 Mysterious Disappearances (And The Clues That Keep People Guessing)

What makes a mysterious disappearance even more intriguing? When baffling clues are left behind — or even more tantalizingly, when they surface again, months or years after the fact. Here are eight head-scratchingly compelling tales of people who vanished... and the weirdest theories they spawned. » 2/04/15 10:32am 2/04/15 10:32am

What "Mystery Goo" Is Killing Birds Off San Francisco's Coast?

Over 150 seabirds have been injured by a "mystery substance" and 20 have died so far, according to the San Francisco Bay Area's International Bird Rescue center, which is currently working to clean and save as many as possible. » 1/19/15 3:40pm 1/19/15 3:40pm

This Space Detective Short Captures The Feel Of Alien As Few Films Do

Now here is a short film that we're dying to see more of. Atropa wears its 1970s and 1980s scifi influences on its sleeve, capturing the feel of films like Blade Runner and Alien in a tale about a space detective who discovers a research ship that has gone missing — and the bizarre phenomenon linked to its… » 1/08/15 1:20pm 1/08/15 1:20pm

The 9 Greatest Monsters in North America

Frankly, we're a little weary of Bigfoot and Nessie. What about those mysterious critters that don't have dedicated reality shows ... but are still integral, beloved, and/or feared parts of the communities in which they're said to dwell? Here are 9 wonderfully weird, staunchly local cryptozoological creatures. » 1/07/15 11:00am 1/07/15 11:00am

What Happened Aboard History's Most Baffling Ghost Ship?

When the merchant ship Mary Celeste set sail from New York on November 7, 1872, all signs pointed to an uneventful journey. When it was discovered just under a month later completely abandoned, yet still in seaworthy condition, and with personal effects from its missing crew intact — it quickly entered maritime lore. » 12/05/14 6:00pm 12/05/14 6:00pm

A Must-Watch Mystery About A Man Trapped In A Probability Experiment

Anyone who likes twisting, turning narratives, science fiction thought experiments, or films that explore the nature of identity absolutely must take 15 minutes out of their day for this short film. A man wakes to find he's a lab rat in a bizarre experiment—and he's not the only one of him there. » 10/02/14 3:20pm 10/02/14 3:20pm

The International Space Station Is Independently Launching Satellites

The International Space Station's CubeSat cannon has gone rogue, independently firing two more of PlanetLab's DOVES microsatellites. Even better? It's sneaky: no astronauts, ground crew, or cameras saw the inadvertent deployment. » 9/06/14 4:09pm 9/06/14 4:09pm

Who is the greatest fictional detective of all time?

With all the detectives lining the fictional streets of our favorite movies, TV, and books, it's no wonder that the fictional crime clearance rate is so good. But only one detective can be the greatest of them all, and today we want your pick for just who that is. » 12/19/13 2:56pm 12/19/13 2:56pm

J.K. Rowling quietly published a crime novel—all the way back in April

J.K. Rowling has a new book out—a book that has, in fact, been out for months. Rowling has just been unmasked as the author of the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. » 7/14/13 7:00am 7/14/13 7:00am

A Time Capsule from 1930s Paris

This apartment was abandoned just before the start of World War II, and no one gave thought to it until the owner died and her heirs were reconciling her property. » 6/13/13 4:00pm 6/13/13 4:00pm

Does our solar system have a special connection to the structure of the…

For the past five hundred years, we've been looking out at the universe and assuming that we, with our little planet and our little solar system, were nothing special. And then we sent out a probe to measure the cosmic microwave background. It gave us some data that makes it seem like we might be a bigger deal than… » 3/07/13 12:49pm 3/07/13 12:49pm

Why you should be watching Hulu's creepy deal-with-the-devil series The…

A father whose child is dying of leukemia. A Catholic nun who no longer hears God speaking to her. An elderly woman whose husband is suffering from Alzheimer's. A man whose only ambition is to date a centerfold model. Each of these people in the Hulu series The Booth at the End wishes for something desperately enough… » 8/26/12 11:54am 8/26/12 11:54am

Is this the debris field from Amelia Earhart's plane?

Despite the call from Jalopnik's Travis Okulski for everyone to stop looking for traces of Amelia Earhart, the $2.2 million investigation by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recover (TIGHAR) is trudging on — and it now appears that their robotic submarine has potentially stumbled upon something rather… » 8/21/12 6:31pm 8/21/12 6:31pm

Is this anti-freckle cream a clue to Amelia Earhart's disappearance?

While Star Trek: Voyager and conspiracy theories suggest that aviatrix Amelia Earhart was kidnapped by aliens, it's looking more and more like she met her end right here on Earth. A handful of newly discovered artifacts, including a jar of freckle fading cream, suggest that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed… » 6/02/12 12:30pm 6/02/12 12:30pm

Sacred Heart is a webcomic tale of punks and murder, without adult…

High schoolers on primetime TV shows never seem to have parents. Adults are often relegated to the background, occasionally trotted out to dispense discipline, emotional abuse, or words of network television wisdom. The webcomic Sacred Heart takes parental absence to a new level, placing high schoolers in a mysterious… » 5/19/12 8:30am 5/19/12 8:30am

The lost lake that was rediscovered by lasers and genetics

Twenty-two thousand years ago, a lake was formed, burst its dam, and washed away. Recently, two sciences came together to re-discover this short-lived chunk of water. Find out how even a brief rush of water and rock left genetic and geological traces that were picked up millenia later. » 11/15/11 4:20pm 11/15/11 4:20pm

John Cusack's new movie The Raven will be Seven with Edgar Allan Poe

John Cusack steps into the shoes (and moustache) of Edgar Allan Poe, in the ahistorical murder mystery The Raven. Director James McTeigue says the movie will be like Seven, with a series of grisly killings based on Poe's tales. » 7/22/11 3:30pm 7/22/11 3:30pm

Is it possible we've found the first white hole?

White holes are the opposite of black holes, objects into which nothing can enter but are constantly spewing out matter. They were thought to be completely hypothetical, more a mathematical oddity than a real thing...but we may have seen one. » 5/25/11 10:50am 5/25/11 10:50am

Our solar system is wrapped in a mysterious energy ribbon

The Interstellar Boundary Explorer discovered a stange barrier of energy and particles that surrounds the solar system. Recently scientists have isolated the ribbon of energy, but questions remain. » 4/01/11 8:30am 4/01/11 8:30am

The Fibonacci Series: When Math Turns Golden

The Fibonacci Series, a set of numbers that increases rapidly, began as a medieval math joke about how fast rabbits breed. But it's became a source of insight into art, architecture, nature, and efficiency. This mathematical game explains the structures of leaves and lungs, is replicated in paintings and… » 2/24/11 7:00am 2/24/11 7:00am