Author Archives: Xeno

Spongy Handshake with Doctor Saves Man’s Life

It was nothing more than a warm handshake between two people meeting for the first time – but it was a gesture that saved Mark Gurrieri’s life. The hand that clasped his belonged to a GP, Dr Chris Britt, who noticed a ‘fleshy and spongy’ feeling which instantly triggered his professional concern. A glance at… Read More »

Bacteria can Shrink Tumors

If there is a microbial cause for cancers, and especially if certain microbes disable the human immune system in some way, then using other microbes to trigger the body’s immune system makes sense. In the 1890s, a New York surgeon named William Coley tested a radical cancer treatment. He took a hypodermic needle teeming with… Read More »

Number “1” vanity license plate sold for $14 million

A license plate with nothing but the number “1” on it went for a record $14 million at a charity auction Saturday. Saeed Khouri, a member of a wealthy Abu Dhabi family, wouldn’t say how many automobiles he owned or which of them might carry the record-breaking single-digit plate. “I bought it because it’s the… Read More »

Behavior Modification of Spouses

Are humans “as easily manipulated as dogs” using behavior modification techniques? Attention, frustrated wives: if you want your husband to start listening to you and stop leaving his socks on the floor, all you need is a little patience and a lot of mackerel. Such is the putative relationship advice of Amy Sutherland, a journalist… Read More »

Surreal Chinese Giant in a Harbor

Although it looks like it might be a real oddly proportioned statue, this is an image created by artist Liu Di using photoshop. He has others you may like as well. Using Photoshop, he reproportioned animals and men and inserted them at gigantic scale into shabby urban settings. By shoehorning these bottom-heavy beasts and naked men… Read More »

$17 device can steal keyless entry cars

Cars with keyless entry systems are capable of searching for a wireless key fob that is within a couple feet of the vehicle, but car thieves can use a $17 “power amplifier” to boost the key searching capabilities, sometimes up to around 100 meters, and pull off a high-tech car break-in. After almost becoming a… Read More »

Video: Bighorn sheep breaks window. Know why?

Watch this video of a bighorn sheep breaking a glass window. It looks like a case of mischievous vandalism. What’s going on? Christian Addie said he was on his lunch break Tuesday afternoon when he decided to film a small group of bighorn sheep wandering the streets of Glenwood Springs. Addie, who posted his video… Read More »

CIA: Russia hacked US election to make Trump win

A secret assessment by the CIA has just concluded, and it has reportedly determined that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help propel Donald Trump to a White House victory. Officials briefed on the matter claim that while it was previously suspected that Russia had intervened in the election simply to “undermine” voter confidence,… Read More »

What would be under water if the ice caps melted?

What would the Earth look like if sea level were 216 feet higher than today? Here are some maps of that scenario. As you can see, there is still plenty of land. Using the ice volume figures from above it is straightforward to estimate the effect on sea level were all this ice melted. Melting… Read More »

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be surprised… Read More »

Woman sued by her two frozen embryos

“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is being sued by her two frozen embryos in an unusual lawsuit as part of a three-year battle by her ex-fiance to see the embryos brought to life. The female embryos, which were created when Vergara was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb, are given the names Emma and Isabella and… Read More »

The Earth does not really revolve around the Sun

Can you handle the truth? Ok, here it is: Our planet is not revolving around the Sun. The Earth and our sun both revolve around a point known as the barycenter. (Red dot in image) What’s at the barycenter? Absolutely nothing and this does not violate any laws of gravity. How can this be? Sun… Read More »

Secret CIA maps declassified

Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush and several advisors gathered at Camp David to weigh the country’s options. On the table in front of them, as you can see in the photo below, was a map of Afghanistan created by cartographers at the Central Intelligence Agency. It was… Read More »

Mysterious ocean creature sighted over 100 years ago is real

Scientists have been searching since 1899 for an elusive creature named Bathochordaeus charon, the second part of its name coming from the mythical ‘ferryman of the dead’. The sea beast is an unusually large transparent filter feeder enveloped in a cloud of mucus. Charon is a figure in Greek mythology who ferried souls of the… Read More »

Research shows how to boot your IQ

There are two broad categories of intelligence: crystallized and fluid. Crystallized intelligence is the  ability to utilize information, skills, and experience already learned. Fluid intelligence is the ability to identify patterns, solve novel problems, and use logic in new situations. It makes us  creative, aware, innovative, and visionary. To improve crystallized knowledge, learn: read, listen… Read More »

Eerie otherworldly blue clouds descend over Antarctica 

Each year, an eerie mass of bright blue clouds descends over Antarctica, as sunlight is reflected though dense layers of ice crystals to create a brilliant, glowing haze that can be seen from space. But according to new images recorded by NASA, those otherworldly clouds made their annual appearance way earlier than expected this year,… Read More »

Aquatic life on Pluto?

Pluto is hiding a very big secret some 3 billion miles (5 billion km) away from Earth: a vast ocean of liquid water. … it might amount to … about 75 percent of all of Earth’s liquid water reservoir … And Pluto is one of the Solar System’s smaller ocean worlds. Researchers announced their discovery… Read More »

Irony: Altitude sickness stops second man on moon 

Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a… Read More »

The true size of Alaska revealed!

To draw shapes from a globe on a flat surface, you have to distort things. One of the trade offs with the Mercator projection maps we are most familiar with is that land masses at the top and bottom of the map appear larger than they are. In this map, the actual size of the… Read More »

Scientists discover bees of the sea

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land. Just like their terrestrial cousins, grasses under the sea shed pollen to sexually reproduce. Until now, biologists assumed the marine plants relied on water alone to spread their genes far and wide. But… Read More »

Mystery: Outbreaks of tornadoes in the USA getting worse

If you’re lucky, you and your family won’t ever be seriously threatened by a tornado – but if the worst happens, chances are that tornado probably didn’t come alone. Tornado outbreaks – mega-storms in which a cluster of six or more tornadoes occur in close succession – are responsible for nearly 80 percent of tornado-related… Read More »

Obama: Draft women into the military

The Obama administration has declared its support for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Obama has been considering whether to adopt the position since last December, when… Read More »

Category: War

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health. Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic made from coal tar was replaced by penicillin after the war. It fights both viral and bacterial infections in an entirely different way – one… Read More »

Good news: type 2 diabetes is generally  reversible

A new study from Newcastle University has shown that people who reverse their diabetes and then keep their weight down remain free of diabetes. … A growing body of evidence is showing that people with Type 2 diabetes who successfully lose weight can reverse their condition because fat is removed from their pancreas, returning insulin… Read More »

Claim: Forensic evidence a US First Lady was male

Well, this is the strangest thing I heard/saw today: Some are certain that Obama is secretly gay and that the First Lady is secretly a transsexual man. The above video claims that based on finger lengths, shoulder width, arm muscles, height, Adam’s apple, head to body ratio, and a photos of what appears to be… Read More »

Massive waterspout off the coast of Valencia, Spain

A Spain resident captured video of a massive waterspout that formed off the coast of Valencia amid widespread storms in the country. The video, posted to Twitter by user @pometa1007, shows the gargantuan waterspout, or sea tornado, swirling water high up into the air Sunday off the coast of Valencia. The country’s State Meteorological Agency… Read More »

Monster Earthworm Breaks UK Record

A giant earthworm called Dave has made his way into the record books after growing to the size of a small snake. The 40cm (15.7in) annelid, weighing 26g, is the largest earthworm ever found in the UK. He was spotted by Paul Rees from Widnes, Cheshire in his vegetable patch and named by his stepson… Read More »

Healthy Bacon Flavored Mushrooms?

A Tucson mushroom company claims their oyster mushroom variety tastes like bacon when cooked, but is much healthier. It’s fitting that Craft Bacon Flavor Mushrooms were conceived in Tucson, AZ, the first World City of Gastronomy (UNESCO) in the United States. Tucson’s Foodie scene is rivaled only by it’s amazing local selection of craft beer… Read More »

That time Fluoride killed 47 people in a hospital

I wasn’t around, but the Internet remembers. Tomorrow is the 74th anniversary of the publication of the following Time magazine article: Assistant Cook A. M. McKillop was short-handed and in a tearing hurry. His supper menu at the Oregon State Hospital for the Insane, in Salem, called for scrambled eggs. He needed powdered milk to… Read More »

What are Ultraterrestrials?

Coined by ufologist John Keel in the 1970s (in his Operation Trojan Horse) to explain the mystery airships, and the Mothman, among other things, ultraterrestrials are like extraterrestrials: a much more technologically and scientifically advanced civilization than ours. Unlike extraterrestrials, however, the ultraterrestrials come not from space but from our own Earth. They have been… Read More »

Enormous sink holes discovered in China

Natural sinkholes are rare, but researchers in China have just uncovered the largest cluster in the world, 49 of them covering an area of more than 231 square miles. Government officials in the Shaanxi province in northwest China report the collection of sinkholes was found during a recent survey of land around Hanzhong City. These… Read More »

Oldest living person at 117 is last born in 1800s 

Emma Morano, thought to be the world’s current oldest living person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday. Morano lives alone and has outlived all her eight brothers and sisters, including one who died at 102. She has thrived despite an unorthodox, unbalanced diet. “When I first… Read More »

Survival using artificial glaciers

… Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate. Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during the… Read More »

The Noah’s Ark of US creative history is a nuclear bunker

The Library of Congress has over 160 million items in its collection, including 23 million books, and more than 1.1 million films, and television programs ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs. … The library also holds nearly 3.5 million audio recordings of public radio broadcasts and music, representing over… Read More »

Ice rink with embedded dead fish sparks uproar

There was a backlash on social media about this. The owner said he just wanted to educate people about fish. He apologized and said he did not anticipate the negative reactions. The rink, which opened inside Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu, southern Japan on November 12, created the unusual fish display in an apparent… Read More »

Secret weather modification devastation

Claim: Blood and urine test reveal alarming levels of aluminum, strontium, barium, cadmium and other chemicals known to cause colon cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s, headaches, skin disorders, immune system decline, blurred vision, ringing in ears, muscle weakness and much more.

Back when the earth had two moons

The theory that the Earth was born moonless and was hit by a Mars-sized plant, ejecting into space material that became our moon does not explain why the far side of the moon is so different from the side we see. Some researchers say our planet once had two moons. The missing satellite might still… Read More »

Fighting superbug bacteria with other bacteria

Want to save 10 million people? Find a solution to superbugs. … If things keep going as they are, antibiotic-resistant superbugs are expected to kill 10 million people by 2050, and so far, we have no solution. But researchers have found that we could actually fight fire with fire – a predatory bacterium has been… Read More »

Invention eats air pollution

Is there a room sized version ? U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne nasties.… Read More »