Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Acupuncture is equally effective with simulated needles

Katarina Sternudd – Simulated acupuncture – sometimes referred to as placebo – is just as beneficial as real acupuncture for treating nausea in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, according to a … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

High-temperature Superconductor Spills Secret: A New Phase of Matter

The few high-temperature superconducting wires on the right conduct as much current as all the copper cables on the left. (Photo courtesy of American Superconductor.) Scientists have found the strongest … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Integral spots matter a millisecond from doom

ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted extremely hot matter just a millisecond before it plunges into the oblivion of a black hole. But is it really doomed? These unique observations … Continue reading

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Cutting carbon dioxide helps prevent drying

Recent climate modeling has shown that reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would give the Earth a wetter climate in the short term. New research from Carnegie … Continue reading

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Micro-RNA’s contribute to risk for panic disorder

Studies in twin pairs suggest that 40% of the risk for panic disorder is heritable, yet the manner in which genes contribute to the risk for panic disorder is far … Continue reading

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BrainGate neural interface system reaches 1,000-day performance milestone

An investigational implanted system being developed to translate brain signals toward control of assistive devices has allowed a woman with paralysis to accurately control a computer cursor at 2.7 years … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

RIP Elizabeth Taylor

YouTube – ELIZABETH TAYLOR DEAD AT 79.

March 24, 2011 · Leave a comment
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