Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Gambler Phil Laak Breaks Record for the Longest Consecutive Amount of Time Playing Poker

In the end, it may not have been the yoga or the low-fat diet or the frequent visits from his movie-star girlfriend that helped Phil Laak barrel past every known … Continue reading

June 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

Radio ghost mystery at former RAF station

A 70-year-old radio at a Scottish heritage centre has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill and the music of Glen Miller. The Pye valve wireless at Montrose Air … Continue reading

June 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

Climate change forces major vegetation shifts

Vegetation around the world is on the move, and climate change is the culprit, according to a new analysis of global vegetation shifts led by a University of California, Berkeley, … Continue reading

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Dental X-ray link to thyroid cancer

The thyroid gland, in the neck, is sensitive to ionising radiation, especially in children, but the potential risk posed by dental radiography is often ignored, researchers said. In a study … Continue reading

June 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

Supercentenarians

Being a woman clearly appears to be advantageous for living an exceptionally long life. Ninety-percent of those reaching the age of 115 were female. Image: Max Planck Society The quest … Continue reading

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Do aliens live on a Saturn moon?

Scientists have found evidence that there is life on Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan. They have discovered clues that primitive aliens are breathing in Titan’s atmosphere and feeding on fuel at … Continue reading

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58,000-year-old glue and paint factory found in Africa

It seems that entrepreneurialism has ancient roots among humans. At a site in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, archaeologists have discovered a small, 58 thousand-year-old “factory” where people were producing large batches … Continue reading

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