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?
Can Humans Have Superpowers?
Infrasound and Paranormal Activity: Are They Connected?
Why Do We Keep Turning Our Monsters Cute?
What Are the Mysterious Marfa Lights?
Thought Experiment: What If We Stopped Walking Upright?
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
Thousands of years ago, the Babylonians created the zodiac and dropped a constellation when it didn't quite fit into their schematic. Its name? Opiuchus.
By Kate Kershner Sep 24, 2016
If mental strain caused a bloody nose, academic testing sites would be awash in crimson. So why do we still see psychic nosebleeds from "Stranger Things" to "Scanners"?
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 22, 2016
Top atmospheric scientists say there's no evidence those lines in the sky are part of some sinister government plot. But will that dissuade conspiracy theorists?
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 26, 2016
Not sure what chemtrails are or where you stand on them? A newly published, peer-reviewed examination of the chemtrail hypothesis could be for you. We have the scoop.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 18, 2016
A bunch of Yale physicists decided to give Schrodinger's cat not one but two boxes. And that, strangely enough, could eventually prove handy for quantum computing.
By Julia Layton Jun 7, 2016
The Chinese monk was preserved in a ceramic vessel for almost four years, and turned into a statue to inspire others to devote themselves to the practice.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 11, 2016
Robotic Camera Can Scan Entire Sky in Just Three Nights
Meet Violet Jessop — Survivor of Three Shipwrecks
Was Amelia Earhart Eaten by Giant Land Crabs?