Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Senescent Cells Are Linked to Diseases of Aging, Study Finds

In a potentially fundamental advance, researchers have opened up a novel approach to combating the effects of aging with the discovery that a special category of cells, known as senescent … Continue reading

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Great lines from “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, Dead at 92

Andrew Aitken “Andy“ Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with … Continue reading

November 5, 2011 · 2 Comments

Skin ‘sees’ the light to protect against sunshine

 Step into the sun and it’s not just your eyes that sense the light. Your skin contains photoreceptors like those in the retina, allowing it to mount an immediate defence … Continue reading

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When Black Holes Collide: Solving Einstein’s theory

A team of University researchers will get their hands on some of Europe’s fastest supercomputers in a bid to crack Einstein’s theory of relativity and help describe what happens when … Continue reading

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Aircraft Carrier Sized Asteroid 2005 YU55 zips by Earth, closer than moon, Tue, Nov 8, 2011

A close encounter of the harmless kind comes next Tuesday when an aircraft-carrier-size asteroid races past Earth. The asteroid, dubbed 2005 YU55, will come within 202,000 miles of Earth, closer … Continue reading

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Collision course: the space rocks that threaten our lives

A 20 million ton asteroid is currently hurtling through space at 23,000 miles per hour, on a collision course with Earth. But fear not – Nasa has 25 years to … Continue reading

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‘Hot springs’ under the surface of Mars most likely place for life to have flourished

It might seem a tall order to work out what’s beneath the surface of Mars – but impact craters and erosion have revealed the ‘insides’ of the Red Planet. Now … Continue reading

November 5, 2011 · 1 Comment
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