Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Frank Drake: Half a century listening for ET

Alien invasions, four-armed ETs and the cosmic lottery – New Scientist talks to the founder of Project Ozma and the inspiration for the modern search for extraterrestrial life. What gave … Continue reading

January 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

NASA feels ‘plutonium pinch’ earlier than expected

Plutonium-238’s high heat-production rate and 89-year half-life makes it a good power source for long space missions (Image: US Department of Energy) NASA is feeling the pinch in its plutonium … Continue reading

January 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Crystal mountains speak of moon’s molten past

SUPERMAN’S sparkling Fortress of Solitude they’re not, but giant outcrops of crystals, found on the moon by India’s Chandrayaan-1 probe, prove that a roiling ocean of magma once engulfed the … Continue reading

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Spectrum of light captured from distant world

Astronomers have made the first direct capture of a spectrum of light from a planet outside the Solar System and are deciphering its composition. The light was snared from a … Continue reading

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Impromptu billboard porn film stops traffic (video)

An enormous television screen showing a pornographic film caused a midnight traffic jam in central Moscow Thursday as stunned motorists slammed on the brakes to gawk at the writhing naked … Continue reading

January 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

Scientists turn stem cells into pork

Call it pork in a petri dish — a technique to turn pig stem cells into strips of meat that scientists say could one day offer a green alternative to … Continue reading

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How sunlight causes skin cells to turn cancerous, study points to new hope

Most skin cancers are highly curable, but require surgery that can be painful and scarring. A new study by Loyola University Health System researchers could lead to alternative treatments that … Continue reading

January 15, 2010 · Leave a comment
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