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Xeno

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Xeno has written 602 posts for True Strange Library

‘Ravenous, Hairy Ogre’ Microbe an Entirely New Branch on Tree of Life

Have you ever seen a hemimastigote? It’s just a kind of bacteria, right? Not so. There may or may not be aliens, but there are strange creatures to explore right under our noses and plenty of discoveries still to be made in evolutionary biology. Recently in Canada, genetic analysis of an odd microbe known as … Continue reading

Solar Art Installation to Play “Africa” Song Forever

When writing or producing a hit song, there are many gold standards to consider. Is it good enough, for example, that someone will play it forever, on an infinite loop in a solar-powered art exhibit? Toto’s “Africa” recently passed this test. Max Siedentopf, 27, a German-Namibian artist currently based in London, set up a sound … Continue reading

Fog Turns Stadium into UFO (Photo)

Here is a great not-a-ufo photo from Reddit. It looks like something from the movie District 9 to me. True strange mothership stadiums of the planet earth. Here is the likely source. Credit to the photographer, Alexander Lubyanchenko. Per here: The [Krestovsky] stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup. Initially, was planned to be … Continue reading

Political Doppelgängers

Have you ever been told by a friend that they saw someone who wasn’t you, but looked “just like” you? They say most people have a doppleganger or two and politicians are no exception. Here are a few worth seeing: Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned … Continue reading

Frosty, the Instant Karma Snowman

Someone who tried to ram someone else’s snowman in Kentucky with their vehicle got a rude surprise when the giant snowman’s lower half turned out to have been built around a tree trunk. Doh! Petersburg resident Cody Lutz said he built the 9-foot snowman in his yard with his fiancee, Lucy, and his future sister-in-law … Continue reading

AI to decode Dolphin Language

A human language focused artificial intelligence has been working on decoding dolphin communication, attempting to build a dictonary of dophin language. After mastering 40 human languages, a Swedish startup has turned to dolphins, hoping to use its language-analysis software to unlock the secrets of communication employed by the aquatic mammals. Using technology from artificial intelligence language-analysis … Continue reading

Unlimited Pollution Free Energy with Graphene Wires?

It is strange that we still pay others for the energy we need to cook, to stay warm and to power our vehicles. Is a clean solution to our energy problems right under our feet? An amazing property of graphene wire is that it transmits heat quickly, even for miles, ten times better than copper. … Continue reading

(Video) Spinning Ice Disk in Maine

I’m just sitting here watching the ice go round and round. A Presumpscot River, cold. No longer spinning but t’was big and quite round. To the side bank it is now froze. I just have to let it go. A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that … Continue reading

A “Rain” of Spiders in Brazil

Spiders built a giant sky net in Brazil and a boy there got some video of this freaky event. No one enjoys a rain of, much less a rein of, spiders. This is a time we humans need to stick together. Lets all chip in and send Brazil our hungry birds. A young boy has … Continue reading