Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Swedish researchers create “an impossible material” by mistake

… Called upsalite in honor of the university where it was discovered, the material features a surface area of 800 square meters per gram. It’s got the highest surface area … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Scientists Built a Mini Laser Gun That Generates Anti-Matter

Antimatter, created naturally above storm clouds, has now been created by device that uses magnets and tabletop lasers fired at a gold sheet through helium gas. A team of physicists … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quantum-Tunneling Computers: Answers faster than light?

… Nerval’s Lobster writes “The powerful, reliable combination of transistors and semiconductors in computer processors could give way to systems built on the way electrons misbehave, all of it contained … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

How to fit 1,000TB of data onto a 12cm optical disc

Just before the weekend I read about a new technique which can be used to shoehorn around 1,000TB of data onto a “DVD disc”. This is quite a feat and … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chladni Figures: Amazing Resonance Experiment

Warning: Turn your volume way down during this entire video. The sound that produces the patterns is loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage. … This demonstration is by a … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

New method can image single molecules and identify its atoms

The ultimate dream of nanotechnology is to be able to manipulate matter atom by atom. To do that, we first need to know what they look like. In what could … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

First-ever high-resolution images of a molecule as it breaks and reforms chemical bonds

When Felix Fischer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) set out to develop nanostructures made of graphene using a new, controlled approach to chemical … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · Leave a comment