Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

‘Bacterial nanowires’ could revolutionise bioelectronics

Lead microbiologist Derek Lovley says the bacterial filaments, known as microbial nanowires, can move charges as efficiently as synthetic organic metallic nanostructures – and over remarkable distances, thousands of times … Continue reading

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Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices

The job was gone, the gun was loaded, and a voice was saying, “You’re a waste, give up now, do it now.” It was a command, not a suggestion, and … Continue reading

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Do you see what I see?

Proof that colors are all in our mind: The grey tiles on the left look blue, and the grey tiles on the right look yellow Roses are red, violets are … Continue reading

August 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Dow Skids 600, Worst Day Since Credit Crisis

Stocks took a sharp nosedive in another choppy day Monday to finish at session lows as investors fled from risky assets following S&P’s downgrade of U.S.’s credit rating last week … Continue reading

August 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Fish farm breakthrough that could save the bluefin

The prospect of farming the endangered bluefin tuna from eggs to fully mature adults has come a step closer with the first natural mass spawning of the species in captivity. … Continue reading

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Scots experts decode biological clock and predict menopause – Scotsman.com News

SCOTTISH academics have found a new method that may help women to beat the biological clock by predicting how long they have left to have a baby. A team of … Continue reading

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Guy steals $21 million of lunar rocks to have ‘sex on the moon’

We don’t know how we missed this story, but a few years ago, a NASA intern was convicted of moon rock theft—specifically, he stole moon rocks so he could have … Continue reading

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