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Monday, June 29, 2009



Genetically Modified Foods

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Genetically modified foods are becoming more prevalent. Why are some people concerned?

The Troubles of Crowdsourcing: How Do You Keep a Secret?

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Pulitzer Prize winner David Rohde, a journalist for the New York Times, was held captive by the Taliban for 7 months starting last November. He credits the Times' ability to keep the news a secret by preventing news leaks to Wikipedia as instrumental to his survival. But in the modern era of information, how did the New York Times do it?

Police told: stop 'kettling' activists

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Police chiefs must rethink the controversial tactic of "kettling" participants of mass demonstrations, a report said today.

People Are Eating Children in This Area...

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:30 PM PDT

But...please leash your dog and clean up after them. Oh my...needless to say....sign gone horribly wrong!

Leading Professionals-Best Advice they ever got (slideshow)

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

In a world of uncertainty, we could all use a little advice. So we asked 22 influential leaders to share with us the wise words that changed their lives forever.

Chris Evert: Women's Grunting Getting Out of Hand

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

SYDNEY -- Tennis great Chris Evert has joined the chorus of complaints about the noise level in women's tennis, saying the "grunting" was getting out of hand.

Steve Jobs has returned to work at Apple

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Apple confirms to NY Times: "Steve is back to work," said Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman. "He is currently at Apple a few days a week and working from home the remaining days."

Rhythm games: the Five Commandments all titles must follow

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

While the upcoming slate of rhythm games may not offer much that's new, there are Five Commandments every rhythm game must follow.

Alice in Wonderland Through the Years (Pics)

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Tim Burton's film adaptation of Alice In Wonderland isn't out until next year, but if the promo photos are any indication, it's going to be the most visually arresting, luxurious Alice yet. Here's a look at how new Alice stacks up against older Alices from a fashion perspective.

Molecule Sized Delivery System for Drugs and Vaccines

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 03:10 PM PDT

It is now possible to engineer tiny containers the size of a virus to deliver drugs and other materials with almost 100 percent efficiency to targeted cells in the bloodstream.

A new approach to engineering for extreme environments

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Composite materials such as fiberglass, which take on a mix of properties of their constituent compounds, have been around for decades. Now, an MIT materials scientist is taking composites to the nanoscale, where entirely new properties, not found in any of the original compounds, can emerge.

Teacher Admits Watching Child Porn on Laptop in Classroom

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 03:00 PM PDT

A High School teacher faces 16 counts of possession of child pornography after a computer shop technician discovered the files on the teacher's computer.

How Britain planned to rain death on the Nazis with needles

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:51 PM PDT

The concept sounds almost medieval in its crude simplicity.A war strategy to shower enemy troops with tens of thousands of poisoned darts made from sewing machine needles that could bring death in minutes.Incredibly, it was a plan considered by Britain at the height of the Second World War.

Zoo Display Shows Troubling Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:51 PM PDT

The installation is the work of Austrian artists Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf who have set up six different enclosures at the zoo. There are oil pumps in the penguin pen, toxic waste in the aquarium and abandoned cars in the rhino enclosure to name a few.

Swedish city legalizes topless bathing....at public pools

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT


The Trucker That Reverse-Engineered the Atomic Bomb [Video]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:32 PM PDT

John Coster-Mullen drives a truck for a living and reverse-engineers America's early nuclear weapons in his spare time. Last year he published a book on how to build your own atom bomb.

The lost NASA tapes

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:21 PM PDT

A Mac Pro and 40-year-old tape drives are helping restore the original Lunar Orbiter tapes

ISPs Doubt Accuracy of Anti-Piracy Evidence

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Lawyers ACS:Law and their anti-piracy partners Logistep are currently harassing around 6,000 alleged file-sharers, demanding £665 from each to make threats of legal action go away. In yet another blow to their tenuous claims, ISP association ISPA says that its members are "not confident" that the evidence accurately identifies infringers.

Coolest Environmental Advertising (Slideshow)

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

First image is pretty provacative, but...."We have to make people react...it was simply too urgent to not use it." This slideshow shows advertising "provocatively depicting the tragic consequences of our choices on future generations..."

Now Ubuntu doesn't need to reboot even after kernel updates

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Ksplice Uptrack is a new service that lets you effortlessly keep your systems up to date and secure, without rebooting.Once you've completed the easy installation process, your system will be set up to receive rebootless updates.

Why a College Degree Isn't Worth It

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The four-year college degree has come to cost too much and prove too little. It's now a bad deal for the average student, family, employer, professor and taxpayer.

Zicam Warning Reveals Holes in Drug Regulation

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The Zicam warning issued last week by the FDA reveals a little-known third class of chemicals marketed for your health—homeopathic drugs. These drugs do not have to go through the long approval process; they receive automatic approval from the FDA as long as the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States adds them to their list.

Ctrl+Alt+Del Pays Tribute to Billy Mays

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Webcomic Ctrl+Alt+Del pays tribute to the late Billy Mays.

Manly Underwear FAIL

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT


24 Awesomely-Lascivious and Sexually-Suggestive Ads

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Sex sells. No doubt about it. You know it, I know it and the people in charge of pitching their products and services to us definitely know it.

TED: Arthur Benjamin's Formula For Changing Math Education

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

Dark Matter Lab Dedicated 5,000 Feet Underground

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

This week, the Sanford Lab dedicated an underground science fortress to research dark matter. The lab is 5,000 feet underground in the mountains of South Dakota, shielded from cosmic radiation.

6 Items You Touch Everyday That Are Filthier Than a Toilet

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

If you carried around a microscope everywhere you went, you'd be a lot more hesitant to touch these things.

StarCraft 2: No Lan Confirmed, New Gameplay Footage

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Blizzard just recently confirmed that there will be no LAN (local area networking) game mode in StarCraft 2.

APOD: 2009 June 29 - Kaguya Spacecraft Crashes into the Moon

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Moon Crash - NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2009 June 29

Aren't those ships too close to the nuclear blast? [pic]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT


13 Brutal and Inhumane Judicial Punishments Still Used Today

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:41 PM PDT

The 13 Most Brutal and Inhumane Judicial Punishments Still Used Today

Boston Public Schools' Epic Failure/Neglect of its Athletes

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:41 PM PDT

Detailed, disturbing 7-part series into how Boston public school system has left is student-athletes in challenging, sometimes violent, often neglected environments & circumstances.

Ten Things About Transformers 2 That Didn't Make Any Sense

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:41 PM PDT

Warning: This article contains heavy Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen spoilers. If you're still planning on seeing the film then you should transform right on out of here. We don't want to ruin what is certain to be an interesting experience for you.

Apple's $600 Mac Mini Costs Nearly $400 to Make

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:30 PM PDT

An Apple Mac Mini desktop was the latest victim to go under the iSuppli screwdriver for a teardown, and what the company found inside added up to approximately $376.20 — or $387.14 after manufacturing costs. With an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Nvidia graphics, the Mac Mini has some bang for the buck.

8 Surprising Uses for Olive Oil

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Olive oil has many valuable uses beyond cooking, from personal care to home improvement, natural remedies and beyond.

Dreamworks vs. Pixar Story Development [COMIC]

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:20 PM PDT

And they all make this face

How Entourage Comes Up With Show Ideas

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT

A look at the creative process of the least creative show on television. You know they have an OH YEAH button.

Bias Toward Saving Good-Looking Endangered Species

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 11:50 AM PDT

The effort to save endangered species has often worked more like a velvet-rope nightclub: Glamour rules. Shouldn't we save the ugly ones too?

The baby that was born at 23 weeks and survived

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 11:40 AM PDT

She arrived four months early, so small that she could fit in the palm of her father's hand. Six months on, Jessica Hawkins is still on the tiny side - but has beaten the odds by growing into a healthy baby girl.

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