Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

MRI study finds that depression uncouples brain’s hate circuit

Professor Jianfeng Feng – A new study using MRI scans, led by Professor Jianfeng Feng, from the University of Warwick’s Department of Computer Science, has found that depression frequently seems … Continue reading

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Green tea helps mice keep off extra pounds

Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists. Obese mice that were fed a compound … Continue reading

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Spock attends his last ‘Star Trek’ convention

Leonard Nimoy has attended his final “Star Trek” convention. The 80-year-old actor, best-known for playing Mr. Spock in the original TV series that began in September 1966, formed four fingers … Continue reading

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New pursuit of Schrödinger’s cat

Quantum mechanics is more than a hundred years old, but we still don’t understand it. In recent years, however, physicists have found a fresh enthusiasm for exploring the questions about … Continue reading

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How the brain makes memories: Rhythmically!

The brain learns through changes in the strength of its synapses — the connections between neurons — in response to stimuli.Now, in a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom on the … Continue reading

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Comet Meets Sun, October 1, 2011

This amazing video from the SOHO mission (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) shows a sun-diving comet hitting the solar surface on October 1, 2011 and unexpectedly a huge explosion occurs shortly … Continue reading

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World’s largest telescope underway to spot aliens

British scientists have taken on the leading role in building critical scientific instruments for the world’s biggest optical telescope worth 1 billion pounds which will hunt for life in other … Continue reading

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