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Friday, July 10, 2009



Baseball Intangibles Finally Get Measuring Stick

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

A new camera and software system, currently in its final testing phase, would record the exact location of the ball and every player on the field, giving precise measurements of such factors as arm strength, speed and fielding range.

9 Companies Fined As Little As 1 Cent Per Toxic Lead Toy

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Fines are as big as $100,000 ... but as little as 1 cent per toy that might have caused a child permanent brain damage.

Interview with the guy who dunked on LeBron James

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney said players joked before their pickup games with LeBron James that anyone who dunked on the King would collect $500. Not that the guys thought it would really happen...

South Park: Top 10 Insults & Rants By Cartman

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

We think it is safe to say that there has never been a character quite like Eric Cartman. The undisputed star of television's most outrageous show, Cartman's growth into a full-blown sociopath/monster has been one of the most wickedly hilarious spectacles in television history. Here is a short list of some of his most outrageous lines.

Battlefield 1943 - Launch Trailer

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

"Brings the intensity of combat home"

Eastern Aral Sea has shrunk by 80% since 2006: ESA

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

he eastern lobe of the disaster-struck Aral Sea seems to have shrunk by four-fifths in just three years, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Friday.

Video Clears Up Obama Photo

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT


Nanoscientists Trying to Turn Molecules Into Motors

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

While using a scanning tunneling microscope to look at sulfur-containing molecules, chemist Charles Sykes noticed they resembled an axle with a blade -- much like a helicopter rotor. He began to wonder if they not only looked like rotors, but moved like rotors as well.

How Women Decode Men's Online Dating Profiles

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

The likelihood of finding your soul mate on the Internet, according to recent studies, is greater than at a party or at work—as if you needed one more reason to toil away online. Here, we've asked several dating experts, and one scientist, to help us decode guys' online profiles.

8 Ways the Food Industry Hijacks Your Brain

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

In the 21st century, the food industry is creating and marketing unhealthy food in much the same way that tobacco companies manufactured and sold cigarettes in the 20th century.

Editorial: Taking the iPhone 3GS off the job market

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

We don't work like this on our computers -- why does Apple think we want to work like this on our phones?

Best Buy Responds with 'The One Type of Gizmodo Blogger'

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Yesterday, I did a fun post describing the Seven Types of Employees You Meet at Best Buy, complete with illustrations by Dan Meth. And now, Best Buy has responded. And they've been spying on me.

Was North Korea Behind the U.S./South Korean DDOS Attacks?

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

The cyberattacks that took down prominent U.S. and South Korean Web sites in the last week have apparently ended but the search for those responsible is only just beginning. North Korea has emerged as a likely culprit, especially among politicians, but was it really behind the attacks?

Iran's Newest Protests [PICS]

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

The 10th anniversary of a failed student uprising at Tehran University brings hundreds to the streets of Tehran on July 9, 2009, despite a ban after the recent post-election unrest.

A Computer You Can Bring on a Plane! (PIC)

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

I never thought I'd see the day...

Will the Feds Manhandle Your Data Center?

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

The agreement just reached by the G8 to reduce greenhouse emissions may not be a particularly strong one, but it will inevitably lead to increased U.S. attempts to halt global warming. And that means that your data center may be in the cross-hairs.

Power.com Sues Facebook: Data Ownership War Breaks Out

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

There's been an interesting and ongoing saga occurring between two companies: Power.com, a popular social media aggregator, and FacebookFacebook, the world's

Twitter Effect On Box Office: Hyper-Charges or Kills Movies

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

The rise of social networking, studio executives say, is driving a near-instantaneous word of mouth effect that is doing much to hyper-charge Hollywood's multi-million-dollar marketing efforts...or to defeat them a lot faster than usual.

New York Times Considers $5 Monthly Web Fee

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Apparently all print subscribers haven't been asked (this by way of a full disclosure), but the New York Times is asking its dead tree readers whether they'd be willing to pay to access the paper's content online. The numbers being floated are $2.50 a month for subscribers, and $5 a month for everyone else

Humorous & Unclear Toilet Signs and Directions [pics]

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Funny toilet signs from around the world that direct you how to use their restroom facilities.

Five ways Google spits on Microsoft

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Almost lost in the hoopla over the announcement of Google's Chrome OS were the shots the company took at Microsoft, five taunts that jabbed at Windows' most notable, and cliched, shortcomings. Google blasts, we translate.

Making Of: Boeing Super Hornet

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

A timelapse video of a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet being constructed.

Films That Took Place Before 0 A.D. (Timeline)

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

There have been many films that took place when the only "spinning wheel of death" was a wheel with spikes on it. Taking into account roughly when each movie took place, we've mapped out the most notable films set prior to 0 A.D.

White vs. Fedor: Ultimate Fighting's Cold War Gets Hotter

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Imagine a pro quarterback with Peyton Manning's talent, playing up north in the CFL instead of the NFL. It may sound ridiculous, but the wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is grappling with such an unthinkable, uncomfortable scenario.

Chrome OS for the clueless: What it means for real people

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Google's new operating system is certainly something to get excited about, but don't put a new laptop purchase on hold because you want a Chrome Netbook.

Much Ado About IE6

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Here at Digg, like most sites, the designers, developers, and QA engineers spend a lot of time making sure the site works in Internet Explorer 6. This work consumes time that could be spent building the future of Digg. Here's what we're gonna do — and not do — about it.

Discovery Space: Moon Landing Factoids

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

What has duct tape and lightning got to do with the Apollo Program? Actually, quite a lot. Have a browse through these lesser known facts of the Apollo missions and take a quick journey back to the moon, pausing to examine some of the lesser-known facts along the way.

Amazing multi-galaxy collision caught in action

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Four galaxies are involved in this pile-up 280 million light years from Earth.

Is China Banning Submissions to Digg?

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

China has a pretty documented history of banning various popular websites to keep its people from 'viewing harmful information'. YouTube, Google, and CNN have been banned for some time, but with the recent riots, Facebook and Twitter were also banned in an effort to keep reports of the riots from getting out.

TIME: America's Alcohol Laws - Quirky Rules Across 50 States

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 01:00 PM PDT

A history of blue laws, government-owned stores, and near-beer is finally giving way.

China earthquake causes mass mayhem

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

More than 75,000 houses have faced severe damage in six districts of Yunnan with nearly 30 people afflicted with grave injuries. In the Yao'an district of Yunnan, close to 328 are injured with one dead. The epicentre of the quake was on a region that has a rather sparse populace in the east-northeast area of Dali city than spans 98kms.

Man Gored to Death at Running of the Bulls

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Some grotesque amateur footage of the man taking the horn in the neck after the jump

The Real Dark Knight

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT


San Francisco's Multicoloured Salt Ponds

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Should you ever fly over San Francisco Bay, be sure to peer out of the window in order to catch a glimpse of one of the world's most incredibly coloured landscapes. It's hard to believe that the cause of such a vibrant display is plain old salt.

'The Matrix' Fulfilled: Robots to Use Biomatter as Fuel

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a research and development organization for the Department of Defense, aims to "maintain the technological superiority of the U.S military." They seek to accomplish this goal by developing robots, lasers, spacecraft, and other awesome futuristic weapons of annihilation.

Toxic Substance Allows Birds to "See" Magnetic Field

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

A toxic substance plays a key role in helping birds migrate, a new study says.Previous research had shown that birds seem to have an internal compass that allows them to "see" Earth's magnetic field. This magnetic vision guides them on long journeys.

A Dead Rat On Your Bowtie? Freaky Taxidermy Jewelry (WTF?)

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

A Dead Rat On Your Bowtie? Freaky Taxidermy Jewelry Leaves Us Seriously Disturbed

Allen Iverson cries while talking about scholarship program

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Whether you're a fan of his or not, it's shocking to see one of the toughest players in the game just bawling.

Sara Lee, Chef Boyardee & More: Food Icons--Real or Fake?

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Gather the family 'round the grill this weekend and lift your wienies high to the sky in tribute to Oscar Mayer. He died Monday, age 95. Mayer's death in a Wisconsin nursing home got us thinking about other the other famous food "names" out there. Were they, like Mayer, real people and are they still living? Here's the score.

APOD: 2009 July 10 - The Pillars of Eagle Castle

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 11:50 AM PDT

What lights up this castle of star formation? The familiar Eagle Nebula glows bright in many colors at once. The above image is a composite of three of these glowing gas colors. Pillars of dark dust nicely outline some of the denser towers of star formation. Energetic light from young massive stars causes the gas to glow

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