Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Mysterious orange flash lights up Russian night sky

This is the mysterious moment that a huge orange flash illuminated the night sky in a remote area of Russia – and no-one knows what caused it. An explosion was … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

NASA open sources more than 1,000 computer codes in bid to spark innovation

In an effort to spur innovation inside and outside the space industry, NASA is releasing more than 1,000 of its computer codes to the public Thursday through a new open-access … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

NASA’s Hubble extends stellar tape measure 10 times farther into space

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away — 10 times farther than previously possible. Astronomers have developed yet … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Something on Mars… Moved

A new gully has appeared on a sloped crater wall on Mars. The channel, which was absent from images in November 2010 but showed up in a May 2013 photo, … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

NASA Study: Civilization collapse difficult to avoid on current course

A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

Asteroid mysteriously breaks up

Remember the old Atari Asteroids game and how the space rocks would split into smaller and smaller pieces as your little arrowhead-shaped ship shot tiny balls of light at them? … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a 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
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