Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Growing cartilage — no easy task

New nanoscopic material enables cartilage to do what it doesn’t do naturally Northwestern University researchers are the first to design a bioactive nanomaterial that promotes the growth of new cartilage … Continue reading

February 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

Computer model demonstrates that white roofs may successfully cool cities

Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming, a new study indicates. The new NCAR-led research suggests there … Continue reading

February 1, 2010 · 2 Comments

Stem cells rescue nerve cells by direct contact

Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have shown how transplanted stem cells can connect with and rescue threatened neurons and brain tissue. The results point the way to … Continue reading

February 1, 2010 · 1 Comment

Small satellite will study mysterious terrestrial gamma-ray flashes

NASA scientists are about to launch the first dedicated survy of gamma-ray flashes, events in the Earth’s atomsphere which have been a mystery for more than 15 years. Known as … Continue reading

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Unexplained: all cows, everywhere, simultaneously face north (or south) while eating

… Have you ever noticed anything peculiar about cows when they eat? No? Well, neither did anyone else until some German scientists started looking at satellite photos of cows using … Continue reading

February 1, 2010 · 6 Comments

Jason Mraz wins first two GRAMMY awards

Lamb of God and Trey Songz didn’t get to bring home the gold, but Mechanicsville’s Jason Mraz was a mini Grammy darling, claiming two of music’s most prestigious prizes. Mraz, … Continue reading

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U.S. deploys land and sea-based missile shield in the Gulf to deter attack from Iran

The U.S. has retaliated to what it sees as Iran’s growing missile threat by deploying a land and sea-based missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf, officials said. … Continue reading

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