Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

White House Sharply Increases Projections of Future Deficits

The federal deficit will soar to nearly $1.6 trillion this year, miring the nation in the deepest pool of red ink since the end of World War II, the nonpartisan … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Arm dentists with a new kind of laser

I’ve had good results going to laser dentists over the years, but this laser is for detecting cavities, not for cutting teeth or gums. Your dentist’s verdict on the health … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Home remedy test for raw itchy feet: What really works?

UPDATE 4/19/2011: My dreaded foot itch is back.  I’ve used Lamisil, terbinafine hydrochloride 1% for a week and while it provides some relief, the fitch over all seems to slowly … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · 57 Comments

Autonomous underwater robot reduces ship fuel consumption

The US Office of Naval Research recently conducted tests with a developmental ship hull grooming robot, called the Robotic Hull Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming (HULL BUG) tool. The HULL BUG is … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Research pinpoints conditions favorable for freak waves

Stories of ships mysteriously sent to watery graves by sudden, giant waves have long puzzled scientists and sailors. New research by Assistant Professor of Geosciences Tim Janssen suggests that changes … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Rewriting general relativity?

Does an exciting but controversial new model of quantum gravity reproduce Einstein’s theory of general relativity? Scientists at Texas A&M University in the US explore this question in a paper … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Lower-cost solar cells to be printed like newspaper, painted on rooftops

Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle “inks” that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb … Continue reading

August 25, 2009 · Leave a comment
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