Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Weather satellites capture shots of volcanic plume blasting through clouds

Just in case you forgot that the Earth is one of the most geologically active worlds in the solar system*, the Icelandic volcano Grimsv√∂tn has sent a very loud reminder: … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Brazilian Thief Steals Woman’s ‘Virgin’ Hair

Brazilian police say a thief cut off and stole a woman’s long hair while she waited at a bus stop. Police say the hair was virgin, meaning it had not … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

VietNam: Mystery beast causing panic

According to Cao Tan Son, police chief of the Binh Dong Commune, these mysterious incidents have been occurring since May 7 at the foot of Dinh Mountain in Son Tra … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

Inca success in Peruvian Andes ‘thanks to llama dung’

One of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations may have been built on llama droppings, a new study has found. Machu Picchu, the famous Inca city set in the Peruvian Andes, … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Scientists find odd twist in slow ‘earthquakes': Tremor running backwards

Earthquake scientists trying to unravel the mysteries of an unfelt, weeks-long seismic phenomenon called episodic tremor and slip have discovered a strange twist. The tremor can suddenly reverse direction and … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Teaching algae to make fuel

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Studies show no meaningful difference between high fructose corn syrup and sucrose

The Corn Refiners Association would like you to know that… David Knowles – A comprehensive review of research focusing on the debate between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and other … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · 5 Comments
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