Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

The Pirate Bay filesharing site offers 3D objects

“This shows a 3d print of a mathematical sculpture I produced using shapeways.com. This model is available at http://shpws.me/3gur” The MakerBot Replicator is the kind of personal 3D printer that … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Can this largest solar storm since 2005 make people more emotional?

We’ve been getting hit by the sun according to the Tuesday, January¬†24, 2012 Washington Post: The largest solar storm since 2005, which hit Earth over the weekend and caused northern … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Russian Scientist: Life Spotted on Venus

An article published in the Solar System Research magazine reported Several objects resembling living beings were detected on photos made by a Russian landing probe in 1982 during a Venus … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

New mathematical study: our Galaxy should have been colonized by now

A recent article in the Economist alerted me to a recent paper by Thomas Hair and Andrew Hedman that profoundly reaffirms the conundrum that is the Fermi Paradox, an observational … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

A $30 Nickel and a Short History of Hollow Spy Coins

During the Cold War, Spies from both the East and West used Hollow Coins to ferry secret messages, suicide poisons, and microfilms undetected. On May 1st, 1960 U2 Pilot Francis … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

What causes the Black Drop Effect?

The black drop effect is the apparent smearing of the edge of Venus against the edge of the sun during a transit of Venus. The ligament joining the two objects … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

The False Memory Archive: Remembering things that never happened

Despite knowing better, many of us cling to the notion that memory is a reliable record and trawling through it can be similar to flipping through an old photo album. … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment
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