Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Brazil priest carried aloft by balloons missing

A Roman Catholic priest who floated off under hundreds of helium party balloons was missing Monday off the southern coast of Brazil. Rescuers in helicopters and small fishing boats were … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Bionic eye ‘blindness cure hope’

A ‘bionic eye’ may hold the key to returning sight to people left blind by a hereditary disease, experts believe. A team at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital have carried out … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Ten weirdest computers

Today’s computers use pulses of electricity and flipping magnets to manipulate and store data. But information can be processed in many other, weirder, ways… 1. Optical computing There’s nothing weird … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Man hypnotises himself before op

A hypnotist from West Sussex has undergone surgery on his right hand without a general anaesthetic. Alex Lenkei, 61, from Worthing, chose to sedate himself by hypnosis before undergoing the … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Man Arrested After Pumping Gas Into Imaginary Car

A Frankfort man was arrested on drug trafficking charges early Sunday morning after he was reportedly pumping gas into an imaginary vehicle. According to the arrest report, Metro Police arrived … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Computer System Can Carry On Conversations With Humans By Reacting To Voice, Facial Signals

A computer system that can carry on a discussion with a human being by reacting to signals such as tone of voice and facial expression is being developed by an … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment

Ancient Buddhist Paintings From Bamiyan Were Made Of Oil, Hundreds Of Years Before Technique Was ‘Invented’ In Europe

The world was in shock when in 2001 the Talibans destroyed two ancient colossal Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan. Behind those statues, there are caves decorated with … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · Leave a comment
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