Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Scientists grow monkey arms in the lab

(CNN) In a U.S. laboratory, a monkey arm is stripped down as far as its individual cells. All that’s left behind is a bare, frail scaffold. But that’s not the … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scientists grow mini-brains in petri dishes

(CNN) A Harvard medical pioneer calls it “astounding” — an “incredible achievement” and a “quantum leap forward” in the battle against cancer, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. What’s going on? Scientists … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Drones dropping drugs into prisons

  Officials at Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio say a fight between inmates last Wednesday was caused by a drone dropping more than 7 ounces worth of heroin, marijuana, and tobacco … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hitch hiking robot destroyed by idiots

  In this July 17, 2015, file photo, a car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot in Marblehead, Mass. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment say someone … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scientists make robots that can walk and jump on water. Your move, Jesus.

   Robots can now jump on water, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers created the lightweight, leaping robot after studying how pond-skimmer insects push off … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hackers remotely turn off moving car’s engine

  A pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car’s engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

What are you feeding the Total Information Awareness Network?

Imagine that every iPhone and Android Phone is secretly owned (as in pwned) by the NSA. (There are currently 6.8 billion mobile phones in the world, 2015 according to wikipedia.) … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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