The Strange-ness

Strange news from NC, across the US, around the planet, and extraterrestrial.

JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones and the artificial intelligence needed for them to navigate an obstacle course by themselves. As a test of these algorithms, they raced the drones against a professional human pilot. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Human Versus Artificial Intelligence in NASA/Google Drone Race (11/21/2017) - By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes — but humans won’t be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, put [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: Fruitcake Longevity (11/15/2017) - Fruitcake: people love it or hate it. The multi-colored cakes were preserved with alcohol in “the old days” which protected them from spoilage, and the dried, candied fruits staved off mold by having , low [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: True Tale #2 (10/23/2017) - It’s that time of year: dark nights, Halloween, strange costumes, and spooky tales. When the tales are true… well, it can make the cool evenings scarier and send a chill down your spine. Here is [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: Michigan Man Challenges Police on Facebook, Turns Self In (10/19/2017) - One Michigan police department received a challenge from a man with active warrants. The man posted on the Redford Township Police Department’s Facebook page, offering to turn himself in if their Facebook post was shared [...]
Photo: Frank and Kay Whatley The Strange-ness: Zombie Warning (10/15/2017) - From Maine to North Carolina and across the country, hackers change road signs across the country. Rather than warning drivers about night construction hours or detours, the sign warned of Zombies! This “hacking” has been going on [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: True Tale #1 (10/6/2017) - It’s that time of year: dark nights, Halloween, strange costumes, and spooky tales. When the tales are true… well, it can make the cool evenings scarier and send a chill down your spine. Here is [...]
Raleigh Car Vending Machine. Source: Carvana The Strange-ness: Car Vending Machine (10/3/2017) - Carvana, an eCommerce platform for buying used cars, in August 2017 unveiled their five-story, all-glass Car Vending Machine in Raleigh, North Carolina. Holding 18 cars, the Raleigh Car Vending Machine serves as a fun and [...]
Illustration of the new giant rat by Velizar Simeonovski, The Field Museum, Chicago IL. The Strange-ness: New, Giant Rat Species Found (9/28/2017) - A new species of rodent has been discovered — a rat more than four times standard size and weighing more than 2 lbs. This new mammal was found running from a felled tree in a [...]
Domino's Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. Source: Ford Domino’s® and Ford Researching Pizza Delivery with Self-Driving Vehicles (8/29/2017) - Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: Missing Garner NC Radioactive Tool Recovered (8/25/2017) -  A measuring tool with a radioactive component was recovered Friday, August 25, 2017, after it was reported missing Thursday evening from a Garner NC construction site. The device’s disappearance spurred a recovery effort by the [...]
Instructor-led Zener Test during PSI Games. Source: Rhine Research Center, Durham NC. Got ESP? Join the “PSI Games” in Durham NC on July 28 (7/24/2017) - ** Updated with new date** Ever wondered about your ESP ability? Come for a unique event at the Rhine Research Institute and you may find out more about extrasensory perception, psychic abilities, and if you [...]
Rhine Research Center, Durham NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Durham Parapsychology Researchers Seek Study Participants (7/19/2017) - Have you ever volunteered for a research study?  If you’d like to be part of a research study, the Durham-based Rhine Research Center is seeking participants for a study which examines how people interact and [...]
Source: Rhine Research Center, Durham NC. Inaugural “Mysterious Short Story Contest” Accepting Submissions (7/17/2017) - The Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina, has issued a call for short stories in their first-ever The Rhine Mysterious Short Story Contest. Since their research is focused on Parapsychology, this intriguing short story [...]
All Endangered Species condom packages for giveaway were designed by Lori Lieber with artwork by Shawn DiCriscio ©2015. The Strange-ness: Endangered Species Condoms Given Away for World Population Day (7/3/2017) - New Museum Program Highlights Effect of Human Population Growth on Wildlife By Sarah Baillie, endangeredearth.org Hundreds of free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away at Chicago’s Lincoln Park  Zoo on Thursday, July 6, 2017, as [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: Making a Meal of Road Kill (6/30/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor My afternoon started with a Tweet that sent me down a road of discovery and thought. The Tweet linked to an article by Jeremy Henderson, “Road to Table? Auburn University biology professor talks [...]
Dog Wool Yarn. Photo Source: www.dogwool.fr The Strange-ness: Dog Wool for Making Clothes (6/14/2017) - You love your dog. You provide care, long walks, maybe car rides, and your dog (hopefully) responds with cuddles and a protective instinct. You know your family can spend time with your dog and enjoy life [...]
Source: Nationwide The Strange-ness: Nationwide Insurance Releases List of Wackiest Pet Names 2017 (5/3/2017) - The votes have been tallied and the results are in – Dunkin Butterbeans nosed out Farrah Pawcett and Fiona Penny Pickles in the dog division, while Little Booty Ham Sandwich purred past Obi Wan Catnobi [...]
Source: Edgar Lobaton and Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University. The Strange-ness: Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches (2/27/2017) - By Edgar Lobaton and Matt Shipman, NCSU New research from North Carolina State University offers insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches – or biobots – move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer [...]
First Commercial Flying Car announced in The Netherlands. Source: PAL-V International B.V. Ready to Fly a Car? (2/13/2017) - The First Flying Car Company to Start Selling its Commercial Models The first commercial flying car in the world is now a fact. Flying car manufacturer PAL-V, based in The Netherlands, has officially started sales [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: 3,000+ Ducks Die in Washington State (2/11/2017) - On January 27, 2017, in Yakima, Washington State and federal wildlife-diagnostic centers confirmed an outbreak of avian cholera near the Tri-Cities. At that time, they reported more than 1,200 dead ducks from the previous week. Numbers for [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- greyareanews.com The Strange-ness: NC Sea Creature Sightings 2011 (12/15/2016) - The sea teems with life, as fisherman know! In 2011, some very large fish and mammals have been showing themselves off the coast. In the fall and winter of 2011, multiple big sea creatures were spotted [...]
Mutual UFO Network. The Strange-ness: California UFO Sightings (12/6/2016) - By Kay Whatley, Editor State of California residents reported dozens of UFO sightings in November. According to the MUFON reporting system, 43 sightings were reported since early November. This is about the same as the [...]
Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimeters each year because of changes to the Earth’s center of mass, according to a new study. Credit: Hans Braxmeier via Wikimedia Commons. The Strange-ness: Study Finds that Australia Shifts with the Seasons (11/11/2016) - By Daniel Garisto, American Geophysical Union Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimeters each year because of changes to the Earth’s center of mass, according to a new study. The findings could [...]
The C-5 Galaxy. Source: US Air Force, photo by Brett Snow. The Strange-ness: Sims NC UFO Sighting (11/4/2016) - September 1, 2011, a witness in Sims, North Carolina (Wilson County) reported sighting an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the sky above Sims. As reported on www.mufon.com (the Mutual UFO Network), the witness spotted an egg-shaped, brightly lit object [...]
The Strange-ness: Morpheus Bridge Spectre (10/31/2016) - For Halloween, let’s look at a local “legend”. We’ll visit the Morpheus Bridge on the aptly named Morpheus Bridge Road in Wendell, North Carolina. The story goes that a mother, father, and child — alledgedly a daughter — were driving along [...]
Dickey's Barbecue Pit hosts not-so-spooky costume contest for Halloween, free meals for kids. Source: PRNewsFoto/Dickey's Barbecue Pit. The Strange-ness: Wear a Big Yellow Cup Costume, Win Free Barbecue (10/25/2016) - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Offers Cash Prizes for Costume Submissions, and Kids in Costume Eat Free All Day on Halloween Released by Michelle George and Callie Head, dickeys.com It’s almost Halloween, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is [...]
Source: SKUNKLOCK LLC. SkunkLock Poised to Deliver World’s First Deterrent Bike Lock (10/24/2016) - When a Thief Tries to Break It, a Potent, Stinking Formula Escapes From the Lock Released by Daniel P. Idzkowski, Skunklock LLC SkunkLock, the creators of the world’s first deterrent bike lock, achieved its funding goal via IndieGoGo [...]
Reindeer bodies litter the slope following the lightning strike. Source: miljodirektoratet.no. The Strange-ness: Lightning Kills Reindeer Herd in Norway (8/29/2016) - According to the Norwegian Environmental Agency, lightning killed several hundred reindeer. The herd on Hardangervidda — a mountain plateau — was hit by lightning Friday, August 23, 2016. The herd included males and females, including seventy calves. [...]