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Wednesday, July 1, 2009



Karl Malden Passes Away

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 06:10 PM PDT

Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor whose films included "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On The Waterfront," died Wednesday. He is also remembered for his role in television's "The Streets of San Francisco."

15 Spy Gadgets From Movies and Television We All Want

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 06:00 PM PDT

When we were kids, spy movies inspired playground fantasies of chasing bad guys and solving mysteries.Below are the 15 coolest movie gadgets that any fan of action and suspense would love to own.

Showdown Looms in Honduras: Rival Vows to Arrest Ousted Pres

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 05:49 PM PDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, June 30 -- The two presidents of Honduras were headed on a collision course Tuesday, as the president ousted by a coup vowed to return and his replacement threatened to arrest him the minute he lands.

How to Crack a Wi-Fi Network's WEP Password with BackTrack

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

You already know that if you want to lock down your Wi-Fi network, you should opt for WPA encryption because WEP is easy to crack. But did you know how easy? Take a look.

Exploiting the Blog-to-Book Bubble: A Guide

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

Two blogs, Texts From Last Night and Look at this ***** Hipster, scored contracts at Penguin's Gotham Books imprint in the past week, the latest in an endless series of such deals. Shouldn't you get a piece of the action?

BBC - Earth News - Ant mega-colony takes over world

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Argentine ants living on three continents belong to the same colony, the largest of its kind ever known.

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden dead at 97

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

The family of Karl Malden says the actor who won an Oscar for his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire" has died at age 97. Malden's greatest fame came as Detective Mike Stone in the 1970s TV series "The Streets of San Francisco," in which he co-starred with Michael Douglas.

Arizona approves bill allowing guns in bars

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

The Arizona Senate has given final approval to a bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry a gun into a business that serves alcohol. Critics of the measure say guns and alcohol are a dangerous combination.

Why Michael Bay Should Only Make 90 Minute Movies

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:51 PM PDT

Michael Bay is good at action, there's no denying that. His films are pure eye candy, and take minimal brain function to absorb. His usual formula involves a mediocre story, with comedic elements, paired with amazing action. Yet, every once in a while he tries to do something that isn't in the best interest of anyone involved, he tries to "expand."

Home-Built 2700 HP Jet-Truck Is The Coolest Truck Ever!

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:51 PM PDT

In a bid to give his 2005 Ford F-150 more power, Jackson, Michigan native Chris Lentz strapped a Czechoslovakian Motorlet M-701 turbojet to the truck bed, creating a 2700HP jet-powered truck. It's the coolest truck we've ever seen.

ExxonMobil Continuing to Fund Climate Skeptic Groups

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

World's largest oil company is continuing to fund lobby groups that question the reality of global warming despite a public pledge to cut support, new analysis shows.

EXCLUSIVE: Original Brüno Ending Included Brutal Gay Bashing

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Though BrĂ¼no won't hit theaters until July 11, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy has already prompted extensive debate about whether it's well-intended satire or a joke that's poised to blow up in the face of the gay community. As polarizing as the movie has already turned out to be, Movieline has learned that the original cut of the film featured...

GOP Senator on Gays: ‘We’re Allowing Them To Exist’ (& more)

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Pennsylvania Sen. Eichelberger (R) also repeatedly asserted that same-sex marriage is wrong, "dysfunctional," and would lead to "polygamy, marrying younger people."

The State of the Climate -- and of Climate Science

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Four scientists discuss where the climate is and where it's going.

RIAA Triumphs In Usenet Copyright Case

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

In a note posted on its site, music trade group for top music labels says court ruled in its favor. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Digital Media.

Entirety of Michael Jackson's Will Leaked

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The last will and testament of Michael Jackson.

Salamander Discovery Could Lead to Human Limb Regeneration

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

By tracking individual cells in genetically modified salamanders, researchers have found an unexpected explanation for their seemingly magical ability to regrow lost limbs.

Twitter to Trademark the Word "Tweet"

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

There's been quite a bit of controversy over the past several hours over words and images related to Twitter being used by third-party ...

Dream Team honored with spot in U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 04:01 PM PDT

The star-studded team that featured Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley and won the gold medal in Barcelona headlines this year's inductees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The class, which also includes Michael Johnson, Picabo Street and Peter Ueberroth, will be formally announced Wednesday morning and inducted Aug. 12.

Construction Worker Dangled From Crane To Save Women [PICS]

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 03:51 PM PDT

A construction worker dangles from a crane, his arm stretched out to reach a terrified woman being swept away by a river.

Suspicions of Insider Trading Surround Pirate Bay Buyers

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Shares in GGF rose dramatically yesterday on the news that the company is set to acquire The Pirate Bay. However, about a week ago equity marketplace Aktietorget shut down trading of GGF's stock after unusually large trading volumes led to a rapidly increasing stock price, prompting suspicions of illegal trading.

New Observations Suggest Mid-Size Black Holes Exist

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 03:33 PM PDT

These middleweights, at about 500 times the mass of the sun, could represent a missing link between common stellar black holes, created by the death of a single star, and the supermassive variety that can pack the mass of millions or even billions of suns. The discovery is an object on the outskirts of the ESO 243-49 galaxy.

American Beer Consumption Per Capita: By State (Map)

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 03:22 PM PDT

Americans love their beer. Maybe not as much as the Irish or the Czech, but we love the stuff - there's no denying that. But, have you ever wondered which Americans loved beer the most? Or at least, which ones consumed the most beer?

Neuromancer at 25: What It Got Right, What It Got Wrong

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 03:22 PM PDT

The novel, published on July 1, 1984, predicted the World Wide Web, cyberspace, and a lot of other things. Which of William Gibson's predictions have come true, and which still seem far off?

Last.fm on XBL: free to gold subscribers, 3 hours per month

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Silver users will be able access what we're considering a trial period of three hours a month, which comes with video advertising. Gold users will have unlimited ad-supported access, so they can use it 24 hours a day. There will also be a premium offering on a subscription basis from Last.fm, that will be commercial free.

Voice Translator Coming to iPhone and Blackberry [VID]

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:52 PM PDT

This futuristic app captures your phrases through speech recognition, transcribes what's being said, and then translates it in Arabic. The future is now.

iPhone 3G S Overheating Issue Raises Recall Flag

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:52 PM PDT

There's no debating that the Apple iPhone 3G S is hot stuff. But some users are reporting that the smartphone is so hot that the device is literally burning up.

Even the Amish are feeling this recession

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:52 PM PDT

You'd think the Amish would be fairly insulated from the economic recession. But that's not the case in northern Indiana, where about half of the working Amish had jobs "off the farm" in RV factories, according to USA Today.

Best First Page of Any Book Ever? [PIC]

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:41 PM PDT


Mantra. One Scary (& Comical) Looking Sea Creature [PIC]

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:41 PM PDT

Pic enlargeable, wallpaper.

APOD: 2009 July 1 - Three Galaxies in Draco

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

A different astronomy and space sciencerelated image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

Cancer: Another Threat to Wildlife

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Cancer patients come in all shapes and sizes, including whale, sea lion and Tasmanian devil. In these wild animals and others, cancers are significant killers, according to new research, and human pollutants probably play a role. The work suggests that cancer might be an overlooked conservation threat.

Top Ten Fictional Chefs

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

There's any number of ways this list can be ordered, but Gunaxin chooses the route of who actually makes the best food, from worst to best, all involving the most lovable fictional chefs out there.

Taser Releases New Device Fit For Shotguns

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Taser International Inc. has released a new shotgun-ready projectile similar to its other stun-gun products, but with twice the range and the first with wireless capabilities.

Michael Jackson: The Last Photos from Rehearsal

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Shortly before his death, the King of Pop was photographed rehearsing for his sold-out London shows. These 6 photos show him in full dress rehearsal and behind the scenes.

Public Enemies & Movie Crooks: Saving Us from the Recession?

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

If 2008 was the year of the Joker, 2009 is the year of Johnny Depp and the anti-bank backlash. A look at the effect of Public Enemies and the post-bailout movies yet to come.

Denver guard J.R. Smith gets 30 days in jail

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving in an accident that killed a friend and injured two other people, a court official said.

A Perfect Japanese WTF Trailer [NSFW Video]

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT


See Like a Dolphin: How Humans Can Learn Echolocation

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

With just a few weeks of training, you can learn to see objects in the dark using echolocation the same way dolphins and bats do.

Peter Rojas and Ryan Block launch gdgt

Posted: 01 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

When Ryan Block (our former Editor-in-chief) and Peter Rojas (founder of Engadget, Gizmodo, and RCRD LBL) announced last year that they were embarking on a new project together, alarm bells went off across the interblogs. Following nearly 12 months of rampant speculation, the duo's hard work is finally revealed!

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