Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

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

Scientists ‘freeze’ light for an entire minute

In what could prove to be a major breakthrough in quantum memory storage and information processing, German researchers have frozen the fastest thing in the universe: light. And they did … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Oldest star in Universe discovered

Astronomers in Australia have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may re-write our understanding of the universe directly following the Big Bang. The team from … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment
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