Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

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

Coldest spot in known universe: NASA to study almost absolute zero matter at ISS

NASA has revealed its plans to create the coldest spot in the known universe on board the International Space Station in 2016. The researchers are preparing to study matter at … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Carbon’s new champion: Theorists calculate atom-thick carbyne chains may be strongest material ever

Rice University researchers have determined from first-principle calculations that carbyne would be the strongest material yet discovered. The carbon-atom chains would be difficult to make but would be twice as … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Researchers demonstrate “accelerator on a chip”

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter

Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Vitamin E and Other Antioxidants Dispel Static Electricity

It might be called a shock finding. Coating plastic or rubber materials with antioxidants such as vitamin E stops static charge from building up on the polymer’s surface, chemists report … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Maybe Space-Time is Just an Illusion

Via Alex Tabarrok,Quanta magazine reports on a decades-long effort that has recently produced a radically simplified way of calculating quantum interactions. Instead of adding up millions or billions of terms, … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 1 Comment
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