Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

VW Redefines “Car” With a 170 MPG Diesel Hybrid

Volkswagen had quite a number of tricks up its sleeve at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, and the announcement that has undoubtedly received the most attention is the unveiling of … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

One of the world’s oldest shipwrecks has been discovered off the coast of Devon

One of the world’s oldest shipwrecks has been discovered off the coast of Devon after lying on the sea bed for almost 3000 years. The trading vessel was carrying an … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Humobots in space

Despite the cancellation of NASA’s back-to-the-moon program, the next steps on the moon will likely be taken sometime in the next decade under human control. It’s just that the humans … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · 1 Comment

Mysterious Origin of Cosmic Rays Pinned Down

Superfast protons sometimes slam into the Earth from space flying at close to the speed of light. Where these particles, called cosmic rays, come from has been a scientific mystery. … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Descartes was ‘poisoned by Catholic priest’

French philosopher was killed by arsenic-laced holy communion wafer after airing ‘heretic’ views, says academic For more than three and a half centuries, the death of René Descartes one winter’s … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

A Radical New Autism / Asperger’s Theory

A groundbreaking study suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy—rather they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope. People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · 4 Comments

Atheist billboard vandalized

A billboard near Sacramento promoting atheism was vandalized by someone depicting atheists as lost, one of the billboard’s sponsor said. The billboard — one of several posted in the Sacramento … Continue reading

February 17, 2010 · Leave a comment
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