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Beware of the Killer Bikini Wax!

June 30, 2009

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All Jennifer (not her real name) wanted was a smooth bikini line. But within 24 hours of getting a wax at a reputable New York City salon, an infection crept in. She developed a fever of 102, chills, and pain in her left thigh. “I thought I’d caught a cold,” she says, “but after five […]

Air freshener disrupts RAF parade

June 30, 2009

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A suspicious package which led to an RAF parade being cancelled in Lincolnshire, has turned out to be a phone box air freshener. A bomb disposal team exploded the black BT device, which was spotted in the red telephone box in Market Place, Boston, by a worried member of the public. A BT spokesman said […]

Did grapefruit juice kill Michael Jackson?

June 30, 2009

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Michael Jackson’s death could have been caused by grapefruit juice – at least that’s one of the more bizarre theories circulating on the web. The singer was, on the advice of a nutritionist, drinking up to 2litres a day of a grapefruit-rich smoothie for three weeks while he rehearsed for his London concerts. He is […]

Tunnel vision

June 30, 2009

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Criminals of all kinds are digging tunnels along the U.S. border at a fast and furious pace. Of every tunnel ever discovered by U.S. border patrol agents, 60 percent have been found in the last three years. Agents spot a new one every month. “All of them have been found by accident or human intelligence,” […]

Everything Works Out Fine, YouTube Video

June 30, 2009

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Thanks to JES for putting images to my song Everything Works Out Fine.

Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?

June 30, 2009

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Recent appearances of Michael Jackson have prompted rumours by many fans that Michael Jackson has employed a “look-alike” body double to carry the burden of the up-coming world tour. The shock news that pop legend Michael Jackson has suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the age of 50 has sent his fans reeling. The big […]

Uranium Found on the Moon

June 30, 2009

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Uranium exists on the moon, according to new data from a Japanese spacecraft. The findings are the first conclusive evidence for the presence of the radioactive element in lunar dirt, the researchers said. They announced the discovery recently at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Conference and at the Proceedings of the International Workshop Advances in […]

Nurse: Surgeon Threw Human Tissue on Her

June 30, 2009

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A Colorado nurse says a heart surgeon tossed bloody human tissue at her during an operation, then the hospital demoted her after she complained. Sonja Morris is suing Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. In papers filed Friday, Morris claims that Dr. Bryan Mahan tossed a piece of human heart tissue at her during a 2008 […]

Nearly one in five Italians trusts sorcerers

June 30, 2009

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Nearly 18 percent of the Italian population — 11 million people — trusts self-styled sorcerers and healers, a consumer watchdog said in a report Monday. The group Telefono Antiplagio found more than 16,000 cases of people being scammed by sorcerers and healers since 1994. There are 155,000 sorcerers and healers active in Italy. Every day, […]

The panopticon economy

June 30, 2009

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Surrounded by barbwire fencing, the anonymous yet massive building on West Military Drive near San Antonio’s Loop 410 freeway looms mysteriously with no identifying signs of any kind. Surveillance is tight, with security cameras surrounding the under-construction building. Readers are advised not to take any photos unless you care to be detained for at least […]

NASA Wants Your Ideas for Digitizing Wernher von Braun Notes

June 30, 2009

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NASA is taking the rare step of reaching out to the public for help. The space agency is looking for the best way to analyze and electronically catalog a precious collection of notes that chronicle the early history of the human space flight program. “We’re looking for creative ways to get it out to the […]

Lunch with Buffett: 1.68 million dollars

June 30, 2009

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The winner of this year’s charity auction to dine with billionaire Warren Buffett gets a slight discount over last year, but will still plunk down more than $1.68 million for lunch. Glide Foundation spokeswoman Denise Lamott says the group is thrilled by the auction’s success, even if it is slightly off last year’s record $2.1 […]

Ugliest Dog Contest

June 30, 2009

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Miss Ellie competes in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 26, 2009, in Petaluma, Calif. The blind 15-year-old Chinese Crested Hairless won the pedigree category. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) As the crowd chanted “Pabst, Pabst,” the celebrity judges deliberated between the so-named boxer-mix shelter dog and Rascal, a former world […]

Jury: No free energy.

June 30, 2009

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In August 2006 the Irish company Steorn published an advertisement in the Economist announcing the development of “a technology that produces free, clean and constant energy”. Qualified experts were sought to form a “jury” to validate these claims. Twenty-two independent scientists and engineers were selected by Steorn to form this jury. It has for the […]

Risk of mad cow disease from farmed fish?

June 30, 2009

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Three U.S. scientists are concern about the potential of people contracting Creutzfeldt Jakob disease — the human form of “mad cow disease” — from eating farmed fish who are fed byproducts rendered from cows. Mad cow disease, also called bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a fatal brain disease in cattle, which scientists believe can cause Creutzfeldt […]

Discoveryon: Rarest rock discovered from India

June 30, 2009

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German geologists Thursday said they have discovered in India one of the world’s rarest rocks, dating back to the birth of the planet when the Earth was covered with a hot ocean of melted stone. The fragment from the primeval crust is only the second ever discovered, said scientists at the University of Muenster. The […]

New Free Xeno Song: “Home to You”

June 29, 2009

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To celebrate surpassing 1 million hits on this blog, here is the third free song, two weeks in the making. “Home to You” is a three minute space rock opera. Influences: Klaatu, CAKE, the Beatles, ELO, David Bowie, Jason Mraz. It was going to be a science fiction story, but Lulu wanted a love song, […]

Xeno Song update: Empty Bucket

June 29, 2009

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The first song of my new blog album, Everything Works Out Fine titled “Empty Bucket” (free download) is now redone with some heavy rock drums, a few guitars thrown in, improved lyrics, etc. Still a work in progress. Some of the vocals are nice, but some are sketchy and need to be redone. Enjoy version/mix […]

Domestic robots with a taste for flesh

June 28, 2009

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Futuristic-looking robots like Honda’s sleek humanoid Asimo don’t cut it for designer James Auger, at the Royal College of Art, London. Believing that they need to fit unobtrusively into the home, he has built robotic furniture. And, believing they need to be useful and entertaining, he has given the furniture an appetite for vermin, like […]

Scientists create first electronic quantum processor

June 28, 2009

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The two-qubit processor is the first solid-state quantum processor that resembles a conventional computer chip and is able to run simple algorithms. – Blake Johnson/Yale University A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward the ultimate dream of building a quantum computer. They also […]

Physicists watch as sand forms droplets

June 28, 2009

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Fire a squirt-gun skywards and the liquid stream will start to break up into smaller droplets due to surface tension. Intriguingly, this same behaviour is also observed in flows of sand even though granular matter is thought to be collection of grains that exert no forces on each other. Now — with the help of […]

Invisibility cloak could hide buildings from quakes

June 27, 2009

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Borrowing from the physics of invisibility cloaks could make it possible to hide buildings from the devastating effects of earthquakes, say physicists in France and the UK. The “earthquake cloak” idea comes from the team led by Stefan Enoch at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille, France. They were the first to show that the physics […]

New fossil tells how piranhas got their teeth

June 27, 2009

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How did piranhas — the legendary freshwater fish with the razor bite — get their telltale teeth? Researchers from Argentina, the United States and Venezuela have uncovered the jawbone of a striking transitional fossil that sheds light on this question. Named Megapiranha paranensis, this previously unknown fossil fish bridges the evolutionary gap between flesh-eating piranhas […]

Reverse-Engineering the Quantum Compass of Birds

June 27, 2009

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Scientists are coming ever closer to understanding the cellular navigation tools that guide birds in their unerring, globe-spanning migrations. The latest piece of the puzzle is superoxide, an oxygen molecule that may combine with light-sensitive proteins to form an in-eye compass, allowing birds to see Earth’s magnetic field. “It connects from the subatomic world to […]

Round-the-world solar plane debut

June 27, 2009

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Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard has unveiled a prototype of the solar-powered plane he hopes eventually to fly around the world. The vehicle, spanning 61m but weighing just 1,500kg, will undergo trials to prove it can fly through the night. Dr Piccard, who made history in 1999 by circling the globe non-stop in a balloon, says […]

Rising CO2 Levels Lead To Bigger Fish Ears

June 27, 2009

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For years scientists have observed the deleterious effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the oceans on shellfish and corals. Now, a new study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has provided evidence that the physiological development of fish ears is also impacted by the gas. In the June 26 edition of the journal […]