Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69

NEW YORK — David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like “Fame,” ”Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died Sunday after a battle with … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Scientific Discovery: Neanderthal Genes To Thank For Allergies, Strong Immune System

Itchy eyes once the flowers start blooming each Spring time? For that, you can thank your Neanderthal ancestors, two newly released studies suggest. Although scientists once thought of Neanderthals as … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

NASA’s new office to fight an asteroid apocalypse

If and when the interplanetary asteroid apocalypse comes, NASA plans to be prepared. In a little noticed move this week, the space agency announced that it had created a directorate … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

New: The vaginal sound system, Babypod

Spanish gynecology clinic Institut Marquès wants to tap into the fetal-music market with Babypod, a speaker that expecting mothers insert into their vaginas a la tampons to play songs for … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Urine powered fuel cell socks generate electricity when you walk

From charging your phone to powering your car, urine is tipped to be a fuel for the future. Now researchers have created a pair of ‘socks’ which generate energy when … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Google, NASA: Our quantum computer is 100 million times faster than normal PC

Two years ago Google and NASA went halfsies on a D-Wave quantum computer, mostly to find out whether there are actually any performance gains to be had when using quantum … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

California Robot Is Teaching Itself to Walk Like a Human Toddler

Will robots soon be able to teach themselves … everything? There’s a robot in California teaching itself to walk. Its name is Darwin, and like a toddler, it teeters back … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment
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