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Monday, June 22, 2009



Western Corporations Helped Censor Iranian Internet

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world's most sophisticated mechanisms for controlling and censoring the Internet, allowing it to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale.

A Computer Geek’s Smart Productivity Guide [PDF]

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

With all distractions that modern life brings, it's not easy to keep your productivity up. Whether you're an enthusiastic procrastinator, or just happen to have very little time at hand, there are a lot of people who really can't afford to lose sight of business. A Great Guide for Geeks.

Movie Review - Food, Inc. (2008)

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

If you've read either "Fast Food Nation" or "The Omnivore's Dilemma," you won't be surprised by what the movie shows and tells about the killing floors and soybean fields. Chances are that you'll still be appalled, which is to Mr. Kenner's credit. Much as Mr. Schlosser does in "Fast Food Nation," the movie takes a look at the animal abuse....

Train collision in Washington DC

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Two Metro subway trains collided between stations north of downtown Washington, D.C., during afternoon rush hour Monday, killing at least two people, a Metro representative said.

The 11 Worst Mortal Kombat Rip-Offs

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:30 PM PDT

From Cardinal Syn to Tattoo Assassins, with a lot of pixellated blood in-between.

Arizona has longest stretch under 100 deg says since 1913

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

"It's probably the best June since I've been here, and I've been here most of my life," said the National Weather Service's Valerie Meyers, who is in her late 40s. "It's been really nice."

Understanding Iran: The Passionate Youth Vote Behind Mousavi

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:02 PM PDT

Hooman Majd, author of "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ," talks with Nisid Hajari, Foreign Editor of Newsweek, about Iran and the role of its people in influencing its politics.

Best Party Trick Ever: Multi-Device Wireless Broadband

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 04:02 PM PDT

It's the length and width of a credit card. It's the thickness of a couple nickels. It'll let you and a few friends get an Internet connection just about anywhere with no wires whatsoever.

Megan Fox Apologizes To Boy With The Rose [Vid]

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 03:32 PM PDT


City of Toronoto Does Crummy Job Inserting Black Guy

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 03:21 PM PDT

"The City of Toronto apparently didn't think their ethnically-ambiguous stock photography was diverse enough. They did a poor job of adding a happy African-Canadian to the mix."

Seesmic Desktop: More Facebook Comments, Less Twitter Spam

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 03:01 PM PDT

When Seesmic Desktop first launched we thought it had great potential to be a threat to TweetDeck. Then after adding Facebook integration, we were convinced that it was indeed a fierce rival.

World's First Controllable Molecular Nano-Gear

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Scientists from A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), led by Professor Christian Joachim,* have scored a breakthrough in nanotechnology by becoming the first in the world to invent a molecular gear of the size of 1.2nm whose rotation can be deliberately controlled.

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge (PICS)

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Pagans and partygoers drummed, danced or gyrated in hula hoops to stay awake through the night, as more than 35,000 people greeted the summer solstice Sunday at the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge. Despite fears of trouble because of the record-sized crowd, police said the annual party at the mysterious monument was mostly peaceful.

Amazing Shot: 8th Grader Forward Flips, Hits 60 Foot Basket

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

An Ohio eighth-grader pulled of a stunt shot that has to be seen to be believed. He runs forward, does a forward somersault/flip using the basketball to push off the floor, and then hurls the ball towards the basket at the opposite end of the court, 60 feet away.

Brain Sees Tools as Extensions of Body

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:30 PM PDT

After using a mechanical grabber that extended their reach, people behaved as though their arm really was longer, they found.

Living Safely with Robots, Beyond Asimov's Laws

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:30 PM PDT

In 1981, a 37-year-old factory worker named Kenji Urada entered a restricted safety zone at a Kawasaki manufacturing plant to perform some maintenance on a robot. In his haste, he failed to completely turn it off. The robot's powerful hydraulic arm pushed the engineer into some nearby machine, making Urada the first recorded victim killed by Robot

Fox News Anchor Draws Ratings, Ire of Conservative Critics

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Shepard Smith tries to keep the political debate grounded, even when that means contradicting his colleagues.

First Photo of Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter [PIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Here's your first look at Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's twisted 3D adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

US officials try to stop attempts to have Geronimo reburied

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

The relatives want to rebury the warrior, who died in 1909, near his birthplace in New Mexico but the justice department has asked a federal judge to dismiss their lawsuit.

New 'Battlestar Galactica: The Plan' Trailer

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Here's the new trailer for the TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan," which chronicles the same story as the TV show from the viewpoint of the Cylons.

Barney Frank Files Bill To Decriminalize Pot - wbztv.com

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

A controversial law in Massachusetts could go national if Congressman Barney Frank gets his way.

Russian Woman in Hospital After Replacing Hymen Six Times

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Because one, two, three, four, five hymenoplasties weren't enough, a Russian woman named Natalia underwent six different surgeries to "restore" her virginity as a present to her husband. Now, she's in the hospital after surgery-related complications from her latest operation...

New map finds HIV rates are highest in the South

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

A new internet data map offers a first-of-its-kind, county-level look at HIV cases in the U.S. and finds the infection rates tend to be highest in the South.The highest numbers of HIV cases are in population centers like New York and California.

Sarkozy says burqas are 'not welcome' in France

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out Monday at the practice of wearing the Muslim burqa, insisting the full-body religious gown is a sign of the "debasement" of women and that it won't be welcome in France.

New method to detect quantum mechanical effects in ordinary

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:12 PM PDT

At the quantum level, the atoms that make up matter and the photons that make up light behave in a number of seemingly bizarre ways. Particles can exist in "superposition," in more than one state at the same time (as long as we don't look), a situation that permitted Schr�dinger's famed cat to be simultaneously alive and dead;

23 Moments in History on June 22

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:12 PM PDT

Today marks not only the anniversary of George Carlin's death, but 22 other events from the German invasion of the Soviet Union to Wal-Mart's Sex-Discrimination Lawsuit.

Three-year-old girl beheaded over land dispute

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 01:01 PM PDT

A three-year-old girl has been beheaded in Papua New Guinea in an attack thought to be over a land dispute.

Lockheed Martin, XBOX Give New Meaning to War Games

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Lockheed Martin's MULE is an all-terrain robotic-transport vehicle designed as part of the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems. Though it can be programmed to maneuver itself, it can also be operated from miles away via a device familiar to all gamers: an XBOX controller.

Iran 'World's Biggest Prison For Journalists' - RSF

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT

PARIS (AFP) - With 33 Iranian journalists and bloggers in jail, Iran ranks alongside China as the world's biggest prison for journalists, the press rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Sunday.

Great White Serial Killing Sharks

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Researchers observe 340 attacks by great whites on fur seals within 2km of an island.

Coffee Making Robot [Video]

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT


Trailer: HBO's 'Band of Brothers' followup 'The Pacific'!

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Hollywood Reporter: Here's the first-look at the most expensive TV project of all time. "I believe in ammunition!"

New Inglourious Basterds Trailer

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:50 AM PDT

I actually saw this movie already at the Cannes Film Festival. I don't care what any review says, the movie was freaking awesome. Great trailer here.

Show and Tell [comic]

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:50 AM PDT

kids will do anything

Lucas Glover Wins US Open at Bethpage

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:40 AM PDT

He didn't totally dominate, but thanks to poor finishes by Mickelson, Barnes and Duval, Lucas Glover walks away from Bethpage Black as the surprising 2009 US Open champion.

LA Cops Getting Electric MINI Coopers

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:40 AM PDT

Approved on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will lease the MINI Es for only $10 a month. With a market lease rate of $850, automaker BMW offered up the bargain price in exchange for deputy's feedback.

Moonwalk Launch Party: 40 Years Since Apollo 11 (PICS + VID)

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:22 AM PDT

The launch 40 years ago of Apollo 11 brought Americans together during a time of nationwide unrest. Photographer David Burnett focused his camera on the many tourists who flocked to Florida in 1969 to watch the launch.

World’s Largest Solar Project Planned for Saharan Desert

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:13 AM PDT

If just 0.3% of the Saharan Desert was used for a concentrating solar plant, it would produce enough power to provide all of Europe with clean renewable energy. That is why 20 blue chip German companies are gathering together next month to discuss plans and investments to create such a massive project.

Man Builds Transformer out of Old Volkswagon

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:02 AM PDT

A Lemoore man decided he liked the Transformers so much that he built a life size replica of the cartoon version of Bumblebee in his front yard.

538.com Geek Nate Silver: Red States May Be Dying

Posted: 22 Jun 2009 11:01 AM PDT

The stats guru crunches the numbers on geography as politics and discovers that the direction of the great American migration that helped create the Red State-Blue State divide may be changing — and that it may significantly hurt the GOP in the next election.

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