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Homemade Mecha Is Lonely Without Other Mechas to Beat Up On

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Carlos Owens wanted a giant metal robot that would mimic his movements while he sat inside it. And since no one was about to build him one, he built it himself.

Best Of: Christopher Walken Impressions (via Youtube)

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Pacino. Nicholson. Cosby. De Niro. Eastwood......they got nothing on this guy!

NASA Builds World's Largest Space Parachute for Martian Land

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

To survive the Martian atmosphere's massive drag, the 2000-plus-lb. Mars Science Laboratory rover will depend on the largest space parachute ever built. Here's how NASA's next chute will work.

Never Ending Wrestling Spin - Unbelievable!

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Never-ending Wrestling Spin Video features the longest spinning session ever in a wrestling match. Aptly captioned "The dizziness is still real to me, damn it."

The Webby Awards: Stars of the Internet are honoured [PICS]

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Stars of the Internet receive awards honouring excellence on the web.

Fact or Fiction: Dogs Can Talk

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Are human speech-like vocalizations made by some mammals equivalent to conversation--or just a rough estimation of it?

Apple's WWDC: 10 Things We Wanted But Didn't Get

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

A lot of Apple elements -- both iPhone-related and otherwise -- failed to come to fruition on Monday.

Prince Refuses Surgery Due To Religious Beliefs

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Now in need of not one but two hip replacements, Price is suffering major pain due to Jehovah's Witness beliefs on blood transfusions.

Evolution in the world of cellphones

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 03:50 PM PDT

While not exactly to scale, I love this expression of the evolution of cellphones via Russian Matryoshka dolls. It's a concept toy by designer Kyle Bean.

The Largest Bankruptcies in History (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Last week, General Motors began the fourth largest bankruptcy proceedings in history, joining the many other large and venerable companies that have sunk to the bottom during this economic crisis. In fact, eight of the 20 largest bankruptcies have happened during the last two years of crisis.

Island Nation to Produce 4X its Energy Needs with Geothermal

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 03:40 PM PDT

The tiny two island Caribbean nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis recently discovered several large geothermal reservoirs that will allow it to produce an estimated 50 megawatts (MW) of clean energy. With a need of only 10MW, Saint Kitts and Nevis is poised to become one of the most carbon-neutral nations in the world.


Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

"The first panicky retreat in the war on free speech in the UK has begun."

Google's Schmidt: Bing Can’t Buy Search Love With Ads

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has weighed in on the Bing launch — and he's not sounding panicked, not that I would expect him to be. But he certainly puts out a conflicted message that Bing isn't a serious competitor and yet argues that it's serious enough that talk of a Google monopoly seems "unwarranted."

English getting its millionth word Wednesday?

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

English terms like "Obamamania," "defriend," "wardrobe malfunction," "zombie banks," "shovel ready" and "recessionista" all have grown out of recent news ...

35 Tip Jars Designed to Make You Give More (Pics)

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:30 PM PDT

I'll admit, I rarely tip unless I don't feel like carrying around the 14 cents that the barista gives me. It's not because I don't want to, I just haven't been given the proper incentive. Here are 35 tip jars with uummph that deserve your spare change.

Last.fm Founders Quit Music Streaming Site

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

The founders of Last.fm have finally handed the reins over to new parent company CBS after seven years in charge.

41 Characters You Always See In Infomercials

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

You see many of them in every infomercial on TV, but here are over 40 of the biggest infomercial cliches.

The Sims 3 Sells 1.4 Million In First Week

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

EA's latest edition of The Sims celebrates its biggest PC launch in history with over 1.4 million copies sold in its first week.

Nearby Star May Be Getting Ready to Explode

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

A nearby, well-known and very bright star may soon explode in a supernova, according to data released by U.C. Berkeley researchers Tuesday.

San Francisco threatens non-recyclers with property liens

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

While other cities have mandatory recycling laws, none go to such great lengths in penalizing violators. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted today to require all businesses and residences to recycle and compost their garbage or face fines, which could lead to a lien on their property.

Legal Authority Kills French Three-Strikes Law

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The French Hadopi legislation passed last month introduced draconian measures to combat piracy, including a "three strikes" regime for persistent copyright infringers. However, France's highest constitutional authority today ruled that Internet access is a fundamental human right and killed the three-strikes provision.

The great McNugget caper: McDonald's is ripping you off

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The Golden Arches is pulling off a little sleight of hand in the way it prices its McNuggets. Like the best optical illusions, the truth has been right before your eyes, but most of us have never noticed it.

15 Year Old Invents Complete Algae Energy System

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

15 year old Javier Fernández-Han invented a truly innovative solution to meeting the basic needs of many of the world's poor, and won Ashoka's Invent Your World Challenge with his algae energy system, called VERSATILE. His holistic approach uses an efficient, modular system to meet multiple needs.

Please No Smoking ( PIC)

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT


Cost of Syrup for 50,000 Cans of Coke? About Tree Fitty.

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

British satirist and TV host Mark Thomas's new book takes aim at Coca-Cola, alleging that the company's worldwide thirst-quenching isn't bringing smiles to everyone. The concentrate for 70 percent of Coca-Cola's 1.5 billion drinks served each day originates in the tax haven of Ireland, where enough concentrate for 50,000 Cokes costs $2.60.

Ultracool stars take 'wild rides' around, outside Milky Way

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Astronomers announced today that stars of a recently discovered type, dubbed ultracool subdwarfs, take some pretty wild rides as they orbit around the Milky Way, following paths that are very different from those of typical stars.

Terror Names Linked To Air France Flight

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.

CO-OP E3 Wrapup - Mass Effect 2, Left 4 Dead 2, And More

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

CO-OP 0114 -- E3 Wrapup -- Mass Effect 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Tony Hawk: Ride, Shadow Complex, 'Splosion Man"This really was the best E3 in recent memory. The spectacle of the big show returned while being workable enough to allow us time to see nearly all our favorites on the show floor."

BART takes down DVD Jon's doubleTwist ad, rejects revisions

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

BART's excuse for ripping down the ad was that it was "too dark" and not letting through enough light into the BART exit. Oh, and Apple just so happens to be a big BART advertiser.

Ubuntu aims for ten-second boot time with 10.04

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

The developers behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution aim to significantly improve boot performance. Their ambitious goal for 2010 is to reduce total boot time to 10 seconds.

When Movie Robots Fight TV Robots

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Some of the baddest and saddest robots in movie and television history have been collected for a big metal scrap. These bad-ass bags of bolts can't wait to brawl - so step out of the way as this article tosses the terrible twosomes into the ring, and see which metallic maniac makes it out in one, ahem, piece.

The 11 Worst Cars Ever Made

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

The car industry is suffering through bankruptcies, controversial bail-outs, and other financial miseries. But turmoil is nothing new for auto companies: since its inception 120 years ago, the automobile has experienced all kinds of ups and down.

20 Pictures That Give Steroids A Bad Name

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Everyone wants to looks good. Some just want to look better than others. Then there are those who want to look better, faster. Then there are those who really just cross the line and look like a bag of bowling balls being smuggled in a leather satchel.

Picasso's Grandson Says Stolen Drawings Will Be Tracked Down

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Pablo Picasso's grandson on Wednesday voiced confidence that a sketchbook of 33 drawings stolen from a Paris museum would be recovered thanks to the Internet and expert police work.

6 Reasons More Horror Films Should Be Like 'Drag Me To Hell'

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT

'Drag Me To Hell' is the wet dream of horror movie lovers everywhere. From blood chilling terror to hysterical comedy to 93% on the Tomatometer, Sam's new film is the horror movie to beat. Apparently no one believes me because after being around for two weeks the film has yet to break $25 million.

Woman throws away million-dollar mattress

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:30 PM PDT

An Israeli woman who bought her elderly mother a new mattress threw out the old one unaware that it had $1 million hidden inside it.

NAFTA - Comparing Economies of USA, Canada, and Mexico

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:20 PM PDT

So close, and yet so far. Tied together as much by geographic proximity as by NAFTA, Canada, Mexico, and the US are dependent on each other for much of their economic well being.

George and Barbara Bush Like You've Never Seen Them (w/pics)

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:20 PM PDT

The Bush family contemplating some afternoon delight!

Tom Brady Rescued After Flipping Kayak

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Just picture a future Hall of Fame quarterback needing to be rescued from a kayaking mishap....while watching his supermodel wife safely scooting down the stream.

Fed Would Be Shut Down If It Were Audited, Expert Says

Posted: 10 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

The Federal Reserve's balance sheet is so out of whack that the central bank would be shut down if subjected to a conventional audit, Jim Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, told CNBC.

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