Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Large Hadron Collider discovers new sub-atomic particle, the pentaquark.

Psst. Wanna buy a pentaquark? Just ten years ago, they were called an experimental phantom. From 2005: “Physicists have come home empty-handed from a thorough hunting expedition for pentaquarks. The … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Underwater Bullets in Super Slow Motion

The expansion and collapse several times of the shock wave is similar to what would be predicted if an atomic bomb was detonated far enough under the ocean.

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A map of human problems

I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Physics lecture: Universe could wink out of existence

During a 7 mile hike around Mt. Diablo today, I was asked why, if atoms are 99.9% empty space, things seem solid. The best answer I could give is that … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Research: We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen

Can your brain detect events before they even occur? That was the stunning conclusion of a 2012 meta-analysis of experiments from seven independent laboratories over the last 35 years, which … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Plans to Destroy the Earth’s Protective Radiation Belts

Since we’re coming up on the Fourth of July, and towns everywhere are preparing their better-than-ever fireworks spectaculars, we would like to offer this humbling bit of history. Back in … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Albert Einstein’s Lost Theory Resurfaces, Shows His Resistance To Big Bang Theory

A manuscript that lay unnoticed by scientists for decades has revealed that Albert Einstein once dabbled with an alternative to what we now know as the Big Bang theory, proposing … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment
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