Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Dark matter gets even more mysterious

Like all galaxies, our Milky Way is home to a strange substance called dark matter. Dark matter is invisible, betraying its presence only through its gravitational pull. Without dark matter … Continue reading

October 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

When will the 7 billionth human be born?

<img class="alignleft" title="Room for a small one, but for how much longer?(Image: Keystone/ZUMA/Rex Features)” src=”http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/mg21228344.500/mg21228344.500-1_300.jpg&#8221; alt=”Room for a small one, but for how much longer?(Image: Keystone/ZUMA/Rex Features)” />ON 31 October, … Continue reading

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Was ‘first photographed UFO’ a comet that nearly hit the earth in 1883?

Mexican astronomer José Banilla took the image, which appears to show something passing in front of the sun, on August 12 1883. When it was released publicly in 1886 in … Continue reading

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Sleights of hand, sleights of mind

… “In principle, neuroscience and magic have little in common,” says Susana Martinez-Conde, director of the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. “In fact, they … Continue reading

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Oldest artist’s workshop in the world discovered

<img class="alignleft" title="Prehistoric paint pot (Image: Science/AAAS)” src=”http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn21046/dn21046-2_300.jpg&#8221; alt=”Prehistoric paint pot (Image: Science/AAAS)” />Prehistoric paint pot (Image: Science/AAAS) Grind up some ochre, melt some bone-marrow fat, mix the lot with … Continue reading

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America’s child death shame: Child dies every 5 hrs

Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the US. The latest government figures show an estimated 1,770 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in … Continue reading

October 17, 2011 · 4 Comments

‘Criminal’ penguin caught on film

A “criminal” stone-stealing Adelie penguin has been captured on camera by a BBC film crew. The team, filming for the documentary Frozen Planet, spent four months with the penguin colony … Continue reading

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