Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

How birds of a feather flock together

… a Dutch scientist, Charlotte Hemelrijk, of Groningen University, in an article in the online journal PLoS ONE, has proposed… that this seemingly sophisticated behaviour [starlings swirling and swooping aerial … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Turning people into puppets

One person’s expressions (top row) are mapped to another person’s face (bottom row) by real-time matching to an image database. In this case, the input is a video of Cameron … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Elephant Makes a Stool—First Known Aha Moment for Species

In an apparent flash of insight, a young Asian elephant in a zoo turned a plastic cube into a stool—and a tool—a new study says. That eureka moment is the … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chineese Spacecraft To Save Earth From Asteroid Apophis In 2036?

Shengping Gong, Junfeng Li, and Xiangyuan Zeng of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, have published an article in Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (RAA), proposing to place a small spacecraft … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Archaeology News Network: Homo Erectus travelled the high seas

Early manlike creatures may have been smarter than we think. Recent archaeological finds from the Mediterranean show that human ancestors traveled the high seas. A team of researchers that included … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Police officer killed in ‘grease devil’ riot

Angry Sri Lankans killed a police officer in the latest outbreak of violence sparked by a fear of nocturnal prowlers known popularly as “grease devils” that has gripped rural areas … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Air Force Pilots Have Anti-Freeze in Their Blood, Air Force Doesn’t Know Why

The Air Force recently noticed that some of their F-22 Raptor fighter pilots were acting erratically, specifically, they were acting drunk. But sozzled they weren’t, instead it’s been revealed that … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment
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