Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Cancer cells accelerate aging and inflammation in the body to drive tumor growth

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have shed new light on the longstanding conundrum about what makes a tumor grow—and how to make it stop. Interestingly, cancer cells … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fossil of giant ancient sea predator discovered

Paleontologists have discovered that a group of remarkable ancient sea creatures existed for much longer and grew to much larger sizes than previously thought, thanks to extraordinarily well-preserved fossils discovered … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Brilliant but solitary superstar discovered in nearby galaxy

An international team of astronomers [1] has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to carefully study the star VFTS 682 [2] in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbouring galaxy to … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pope Benedict shuts down monastary over Dancing Nun

The Pope has shut down a 500-year-old monastery in Rome that became famous for a lap dancer turned nun and had been visited by Madonna. Vatican officials launched an inquiry … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rendezvous with an asteroid

A newly announced NASA mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth will include an instrument built at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Discovery: An Electron is Stunningly Spherical

The electron was hailed by British scientists Thursday as the roundest natural object in the universe. Researchers from Imperial College London conducted a decade-long laser experiment on the subatomic particle … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · 3 Comments

Astronomers Create Most Complete 3-D Map of Universe Ever

Astronomers have created the most complete 3-D map of our local universe, revealing new details about our place in the cosmos. The map shows all visible structures out to about … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment
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