Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Study: Physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep

People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes. A nationally representative sample … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Neanderthal Neuroscience

Paabo and his colleagues … began to use new gene-sequencing technology to assemble a draft of the entire Neanderthal genome. They’ve gotten about 55% of the genome mapped, which is … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Spectacular Photos of Monster Saturn Storm Snapped by NASA Spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft has chronicled the birth, evolution and death of the biggest storm to hit Saturn in two decades. The monster storm on Saturn emerged in the ringed planet’s … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Netflix’s Profits Are Gone

This has been the year of Reed Hastings’ fall, and it gets more dramatic by the month. The Netflix CEO just revealed his movie streaming company won’t post a quarterly … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

Movie Snack Costs Texan 80 Years in Prison

And you thought your multiplex overcharged for snacks. Two hot dogs, two sodas, and a tub of popcorn has cost one Texas man 80 years in prison—because he tried to … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Botanists discover ‘remarkable’ night-flowering orchid

A night-flowering orchid, the first of its kind known to science, has been described by a team of botanists. Experts say the “remarkable” species is the only orchid known to … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

New projection shows global food demand doubling by 2050

Global food demand could double by 2050, according to a new projection by David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology in the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, and colleagues, … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment
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