Are vampires real? What is an out-of-body experience? Are crop circles proof that aliens exist? HowStuffWorks explores what is real and what is urban legend with this collection of Science Versus Myth articles.
Is Scattering Someone's Ashes Technically Considered Littering?
Why Conspiracy Theorists Are Obsessed With CERN
Infrasound and Paranormal Activity: Are They Connected?
Are the Yeti Just a Bunch of Bears? Genetics Says "Yes."
No One Knows What Caused a Massive 1908 Explosion in Siberia
Thought Experiment: What If We Stopped Walking Upright?
Theories surrounding the source of the Tunguska blast that rocked the Siberian region in 1908 abound. But the exact cause is still a mystery.
By Diana Brown Feb 20, 2018
CERN's work has been groundbreaking to say the least, but conspiracy theories run rampant about the potential disasters it could cause, too.
By Diana Brown Feb 13, 2018
There's no doubt people are seeing lights. But are they really spirits of ghosts — or even aliens — or can these unusual lights be clarified with a simple explanation?
By Diana Brown Jan 30, 2018
Are strange skeletons unearthed across the globe evidence that we're not alone, or are they simply more myths and legends that are bound to be debunked?
By Diana Brown Jan 23, 2018
The recent booming sounds heard in Alabama are part of a mysterious phenomenon that's occurred for years around the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 2, 2018
Some of us really hope the yeti is a giant snow ape, but new research finds it's just bears out there in the Himalayas.
By Jesslyn Shields Dec 7, 2017
Theories about the ghostly lights abound. Conclusions are harder to come by.
By Jamie Allen Nov 20, 2017
The original King of Monsters has become cute. How does that happen?
By Robert Lamb Oct 31, 2017
Humans are awesome and we have superpowers of our own. But could a greedy world of "supervillains" twist them against us?
By Diana Brown Oct 10, 2017
More than 1,000 people have gone missing from U.S. national parks. Are there reasonable explanations or is there something more sinister at work?
By Diana Brown Sep 26, 2017
According to new research, many people believe wildly inaccurate myths about the brain and learning — even those who know a lot about neuroscience.
By Shelley Danzy Sep 18, 2017
No crew, sails set, fire still blazing in the galley — some ships wash up on shores under mysterious circumstances. The Resolven was one of them.
By Kate Kershner Aug 30, 2017
Many people have sworn to have spotted Bigfoot. But does the elusive hominid exist?
By Diana Brown Jul 18, 2017
When a super-realistic android or video character gives us a creepy feeling, it enters the uncanny valley. Why do we get spooked, and what can we do to avoid it?
By Ed Grabianowski
By Ian O'Neill Jun 8, 2017
Covfefe isn't as mysterious as everyone makes it out to be. We're here to explain.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 31, 2017
Can infrasound explain away ghosts, hauntings and other paranormal activity?
By Diana Brown May 30, 2017
It turns out you can't just scatter your loved one's ashes anywhere. So what can you do with them?
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 4, 2017
Dragon fire is an awe-inspiring thing, but exactly how would it happen? Real-world clues from nature point the way.
By Laurie L. Dove Mar 28, 2017
A mysterious warrior with a silver arm? A giant subterranean king who could kill with a single glance? A dog-headed, overprotective mother? Yes! And more...
By Robert Lamb Mar 17, 2017
Depending on which state you live in, you may be able to bury your loved ones in your garden. But there are some things to think about.
By Dave Roos Mar 17, 2017
New studies found no link between back pain, arthritis and the temperature, air pressure or humidity.
By Alia Hoyt Jan 18, 2017
Some physics students did the calculations, and the results are not pretty.
By Alia Hoyt Jan 11, 2017
So many people are getting cremated these days that we're starting to get pretty creative about what we do with all those ashes.
By Kate Kershner Nov 11, 2016
It's that creepy time of year again, and Dr. Anton Jessup is back for another series of Monster Science. In this episode, he meets up with some unexpected vampire vixens.
By Robert Lamb Oct 19, 2016
Why Americans Celebrate Black History Month in February
Why Teen 'Death Discs' Dominated the Airwaves in the '60s