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Saturday, July 11, 2009



Hemingway revealed as failed KGB spy

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Up till now, this has been a notably cheerful year for admirers of Ernest Hemingway – a surprisingly diverse set of people who range from Michael Palin to Elmore Leonard. Almost every month has brought good news: a planned Hemingway biopic; a new, improved version of his memoir, A Moveable Feast; the opening of a digital archive of papers...

Google vs. Yahoo: The Changing Face of “Carbon Neutral”

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Carbon offsets — credits that cancel out the purchaser's greenhouse gas emissions by supposedly triggering actions and projects that prevent such pollution elsewhere — have had a bumpy ride in the last few years.

President Obama Rejects The Idea of a Second Stimulus Plan

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

President Barack Obama on Saturday dismissed the idea the nation might need a second stimulus to jolt the economy out of recession and urged Americans to be patient with his economic recovery plan.

German Brewery Powers Itself on Beer Waste

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

A scientist pondering the growing problem of brewery waste in Europe has devised a way to tap into the power of beer. He and his partners designed a system to recycle spent grains and wastewater to produce energy that can fuel the beermaking process.

I think Symantec is trying to tell me something...[PIC]

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT


Black-Hat Journalism Comes Under British Microscope

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

It's long been accepted that almost nothing is beneath some British "journalists" as they hack into cell phones, dig through rubbish heaps, pose as utility workers or wheedle information out of celebrity relatives. But all that could be about to change.

Cocaine King's Hippo Gunned Down in Colombia

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Drug lord Pablo Escobar's hippo died the same way he did, hunted down and shot by the authorities for posing a danger to the public.Cocaine king Escobar, who was gunned down by police on a Medellin rooftop in 1993, flew in hundreds of exotic animals,including kangaroos,flamingos, elephants, rhinos, 9 hippos.

Ryan Reynolds is the "Green Lantern".

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Ryan Reynolds has landed the coveted role of "Green Lantern," getting the starring role in Warner Bros.' live-action film based on the DC Comics hero.

5 Biggest Mistakes of Mothers-in-Law

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

This is how it begins: Your guy pops the question and tells you that his family is just going to love you, especially his mom. You're the daughter she never had. Of course you'll want lots of advice from her because you want to be just like her. She can't wait to start "helping."

The Back to the Future Timeline (Of Questionable Decisions)

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

The story of a mad scientist who almost kills his underage friend on many occasions.

Rosetta Stone Sues Google for Trademark Violation

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Rosetta Stone Inc filed a lawsuit against Google Inc in a U.S. federal court, alleging trademark infringement. The company alleged that Google is allowing third parties, including individuals involved in software piracy, to purchase the right to use its trademarks—or other "confusingly similar" terms—in Google's Adwords advertising program.

Plastic Gorilla Feet Give You Twinkle Toes

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Via Wired.com - a review of Vibram FiveFingers: flexible plastic soles with just enough cloth to hold them snugly on your feet. They have little individual pockets for each toe, making the FiveFingers into a sort of foot glove.

Loss of Wi-Fi connectivity plagues the iPhone 3G as well

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Wi-Fi connectivity problems are not limited to the iPhone 3GS, not by a long shot. The iPhone 3G is widely reported to have connectivity problems that, according to the large number of people discussing it on the Apple Support Discussions, dwarf the reports regarding the 3GS.

Chernobyl offers a holiday in hell

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Chernobyl's tragic secrets are open to anyone. Just watch out for the wild boar and wolves......and the radiation.

Dolphin Inspired Personal Submarines

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Innespace Productions have created a series of unique dolphin-inspired submersible boats that can jump, dive and roll like real dolphins.

Firefox Add-ons in The Real Life [PIC]

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT


2000 year old lotion discovered in Italy

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Italian archaeologists have discovered lotion that is over 2000 years old, left almost intact in the cosmetic case of an aristocratic Etruscan woman.

Can Playing Video Games Slow Mental Decline in the Elderly?

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

If you or your parents are of a certain age, then you may understand the unique terror of suddenly drawing a blank — that unexpected moment when you can't remember the name of a lifelong friend or what you had for lunch that day. You wonder, anxiously, "Have I stepped down the long, slow, inexorable road to losing my mind?"

The Most Badass Female Space Pilots Of All Time

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Some of the hottest hot-shot pilots in space opera are women. It's a longstanding tradition in science fiction to show women taking the controls of starships, space fighters and star-cruisers, and here are our favorite badass female cockpit jockeys.

The Versatility of Dude [Comic]

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 11:30 AM PDT


My cat was bitten by a radioactive cockroach

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 11:10 AM PDT

My cat was bitten by a radioactive cockroach. That really is the only logical explanation for her transformation the last few years. Just like Spider Man gained his supernatural powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider, she has become the Amazing Cockroach Cat.

Bamboo Taxis That Run on Coconut Biodiesel

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 11:10 AM PDT

The Philippines rice farming town of Tabontabon has taken the bamboo transportation craze to new heights with bamboo taxis. The taxis, commissioned by Tabontabon mayor Rustico Balderian, are made out of 90% bamboo and run on coconut biodiesel.

A Birthday Cake Fit For a Programmer

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 11:00 AM PDT

"Sudo make me a cake", "Done."

Yoink! Burglar Snatches Laptop From Window As Man Types

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 10:30 AM PDT

A man working on the ground floor of his home had his laptop stolen from right under his nose...and his hands. A thief walked right up to his open window and grabbed it. The man and his neighbor ended up chasing the would-be-criminal down and holding him for police. I know if someone stole my laptop, I'd grow an extra leg to chase em' down!

Does Google Know Too Much About You?

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 10:20 AM PDT

With its apps, e-mail, voice service and mapping, Google's gathering a lot of personal data; more, perhaps, than most users are aware.

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain?

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 10:10 AM PDT

Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they'll try to take over your brain. In the past year,

Safety Tests MIA for Taser's Shocking New Shotgun

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 10:10 AM PDT

Taser has announced two versions of XREP. There's a finned round for standard shotguns, and a rifled version for the Taser X12 Less Lethal Shotgun, made by Mossberg. The X12 is customised for low-velocity rounds (like bean bags and XREP) and rifled for greater accuracy. The bright yellow color warns users that it is less-lethal only

Fog Catchers Bring Water to Parched Villages

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 10:00 AM PDT

A rain-starved community in Peru collects hundreds of gallons of water a day using special fog-catching nets. With a few thousand dollars and some volunteer labor, a village can set up fog-collecting nets that gather hundreds of gallons of water a day - without a single drop of rain falling.

Space Internet to Link Worlds by 2011?

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 10:00 AM PDT

Tweets from the moon are only the beginning: Scientists have created a revolutionary communications program that will reach the edges of outer space.

Fast Food: The Ads vs. The Reality

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 09:40 AM PDT

Comparison of fast food items in ads and in real life, using photographs.

Air Force Eyes Purple Bacteria to Power Drones

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 09:30 AM PDT

The Air Force doesn't exactly want its drones powered by purple bacteria. The U.S. armed services are on a slow crawl towards environmental friendliness, investing in everything from massive solar arrays to algae-based jet fuels to trash-powered generators.

Dude Tries to Open Topless Coffee Bar in Denver

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 09:20 AM PDT

A Denver man has placed ads offering $80 to $100 a shift for topless baristas at a cafe he hopes to open one morning a week.

Back From Iraq ... With A Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 08:50 AM PDT

One in five soldiers reports coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury, often from roadside bombs and Humvee wrecks. Although symptoms are hard to identify, Army doctors are finding more cases because of baseline testing that began two years ago.

How NOT to win your Girlfriend back! [Pic]

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 08:40 AM PDT


US Congressional group asks White House for Fed probe

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 08:30 AM PDT

WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) - In the latest political swing at the Federal Reserve, 14 Republican and 3 Democratic members of the House of Representatives on Friday asked the White House to investigate the U.S. central bank before granting it...

Looking for love, 650-pound virgin loses 410

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 06:20 AM PDT

David Smith once contemplated suicide ...

Paradise to Toxic Wasteland: The Salton Sea [Video]

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 06:00 AM PDT

The region surrounding Southern California's Salton Sea is home to some of America's most poisoned land. Despite all this, though, plenty of people still live there. Many of them live in Slab City, an entire squatter's municipality where one can live completely off the grid and hold onto what's left of the American wild west.

Attempt to beat train in Mich. ends 5 young lives

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 06:00 AM PDT

Fourteen-year-old Jessica Sadler wanted to go to the beach with her boyfriend on a warm summer day, but her mother said no, absolutely not. She had better come home or she would be in big trouble.

First No-No Of The Year

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 05:10 AM PDT

On a night when Jonathan Sanchez was nearly perfect, his father chose the perfect time to show up in San Francisco and cheer him.

History Of The Wienermobile [PICS]

Posted: 11 Jul 2009 04:40 AM PDT

In an odd, yet amusing display of marketing genius, the nephew of Oscar Mayer Sr. devised an idea to create a rolling advertisement that would get people talking about their new hot dog company. Officially dubbed the Wienermobile, here's a bit of history of this storied yellow and orange ride.

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