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Monday, July 13, 2009



Ten Things You Didn't Know About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

This month marks the 40th anniversary of humankind's first steps on the moon. Auspiciously timed is Craig Nelson's new book, Rocket Men--one of the most detailed accounts of the period leading up to the first manned moon mission. Here, we have ten little-known Apollo 11 facts unearthed by Nelson during his research.

The Olympics and sex have always been active bedfellows

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Purists who think an athlete opening a brothel to fund an Olympic campaign will damage the Games' image are being naïve. The Olympics and sex have more in common than purists would like to believe.

Your 2009 All-Star starters: Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Major League Baseball just announced the starting pitchers for Tuesday night's All-Star Game and it's a great matchup for anyone who loves watching dominant pitchers. Tim Lincecum vs. Roy Halladay.

Photo Essay: Windows of the Muslim Soul [PICS]

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Photographer Alexandra Avakian compiles a personal narrative of her 20 years shooting Islam around the world.

Robotic Spy Bat: A real life Batman-style gadget

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

A palm-sized "robo-bat" with shape memory alloy jointed limbs and smart material alloy muscles is being built by North Carolina State University researchers. It's the perfect micro air vehicle (MAV) for surveillance or other kinds of data gathering — Batman could fit this gadget easily onto his utility belt.

25 Garage Rock Heroes From the 60's

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

25 perfectly swell garage rock bands from the 1960s. Some made a couple of great records. Some made one. There are literally hundreds more where these folks came from who could just as easily qualify.

Survey: 60 Percent of Firms Will Skip Windows 7

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Six in 10 companies in a survey plan to skip the purchase of Microsoft's Windows 7 computer operating system! Many of them to pinch pennies and others over concern about compatibility with their existing applications.

Raaaaaaaandy - Part 1 (Funny People)

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Part one of a documentary series profiling Randy (Aziz Ansari), a rising standup comic featured in the new film Funny People.

A Hard Day's Work [COMIC]

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

AmazingSuperPowers is a webcomic and creative forum by two vikings, Wes and Tony. Updated Mondays and Thursdays.

Top Dem Says Bush Broke the Law By Authorizing Spy Program

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

John Conyers who famously opposed impeachment of George W. Bush now says Bush committed an "impeachable offense" by personally approving surveillance.

Cats Use Special Purr to Manipulate Humans

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Cat owners who think their cats control them now have some scientific confirmation since animal vocalization experts have just identified a special manipulative purr that felines have evolved, in part, to get what they want from people.

Many Original Facebook Employees Just Got Rich

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

DST will buy $100 million worth of stock from current and former Facebook employees at a $6.5 billion valuation. Cha-ching!

Twitter use is a job qualification? … Welcome to Best Buy

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Yes, the job is in Best Buy's marketing department and involves "emerging media," but it's still jarring to see an employment ad list under preferred qualifications: "250-plus followers on Twitter." The ad also shows a lack of Twitter savvy in that almost any twit can attain 250 followers with little or no effort.

'Entourage' Season 6: From Boys to Men

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

After five seasons, it seems as though the boys from Entourage are finally ready to grow up. 

Fighting malaria through pop music

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Senegalese singing sensation Youssou N'Dour encourages families to sleep under mosquito nets. The song tells the story of a man whose girlfriend left him because he got malaria. As he seeks sympathy, members of the community tell him it's all his fault. He should have been sleeping under a treated mosquito net.

What Charlie Brown would look like in real life (PIC)

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

What if I were to paint a realistic version of something usually thought of as cute and benign? For no particular reason and maybe several, I chose Charlie Brown.

MechWarrior Trailer: Details You Might Have Missed (vid)

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

IGN 'rewinds' the awesome new MechWarrior footage and fills us in on some great details we might have missed.

CBS Poll Finds Record Support for Legalizing Marijuana

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

With a New CBS News Poll Finding 41% Now Support Legalization, CBSNews.com Examines Changing Views of Marijuana in the U.S.

Does This Lawsuit Make My Butt Look Litigious?

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

An actual dispute over who is legally entitled to market athletic apparel with the pitch "Does this [article of clothing] make my butt look fast?" has erupted into a federal case, filed last week in San Francisco.

Battlefield 1943: War Gets Cheap, Quick, Easy

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Battlefield 1943 gets you into the action quickly and easily, although the thrills to be found inside may not be as long-lasting as we've come to the expect from the franchise. Plus, a console launch? Ars explores the new face of battle.

Top 9 Superheroes Too Lame For Their Own Movie

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Hollywood execs take note: even comic book fans won't pay to see these 9 superheroes in action.


Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

OMG U FAIL SO HARD - FAIL Blog strikes back at Guinness World Records' legal notice

Anti-Smoking Drugs May Have Psychological Effects

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

The FDA will now require warning labels on Chantix and Zyban, two popular anti-smoking prescription drugs that it says could spark changes in a patient, including depression, hostility and suicidal thoughts.

"Rules" for Windows 7 Upgrades Verified

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Technophiles like ourselves who are also frugal have, in the past, purchased upgrade editions of Windows, and been able to do a clean, fresh install either by entering a prior valid license key or inserting a CD for the older software at install time. That went away with Vista, which required a hacky workaround. Here are the new rules:

Virtusphere Really Puts You Inside Virtual Reality [Video]

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Virtusphere Inc hopes their giant, virtual-reality Zorb ball will finally wrest gaming from the pale, clammy hands of the morbidly obese.

12 Essential Security Tips and Hacks for WordPress

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

This article highlights several tips and hacks that you can use to secure and lock down your WordPress site and to fortify it from attacks.

Budget Deficit Tops $1 Trillion for First Time Ever

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Nine months into the fiscal year, the federal deficit has topped $1 trillion for the first time ever.

Fifteen Geek Movies To See Before You Die

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Geeks and movies go together quite nicely. I've been thinking about films that reflect tech and geek culture, and have pulled together a list of 15 movies that should probably be on any geek's must-see list. These are in no particular order, except that the first one is my No. 1 Must-Watch-for-Geek-Cred film. What is your favorite geek movie?

How a Rich Suburban Girl Became a Drug Kingpin

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Ever since the murder of Rian Thal two weeks ago in Philadelphia, everyone wants to know how this girl from a wealthy suburb ended up a high-stakes drug trafficker in the city's hip-hop scene—but it's not as unusual as you might think.

Why Are Human Brains So Big?

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Compared to almost all other animals, human brains are larger as a percentage of body weight. And since the emergence of the first species in our ***** genus (***** habilis) about 2 million years ago, the human brain has doubled in size. And when compared to earlier ancestors, such as australopithecines that lived 4 million to 2 million years ago.

Dana White: “I’m a big believer in having free fights on TV"

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

"What happened with the boxing model is, when the pay model came along, everyone got greedy and you never saw good fights on free TV" - Dana White

Uncharted 2 graphical improvements since E3 ... wow! [pics]

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Comparison screenshots from E3 and the build of the game shown in July - this game just keeps getting better and better!

The Next Tech Frontier: Hacking Your Head

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

There is no doubt that brain-computer interfaces will arrive - because they're already here, in simple forms, and we'll have movie-style mind links within a decade at most. Which makes the movie idea of mind-hacking (as in Ghost In The Shell) an extremely serious problem.....

The Most Lethal Pandemics in Horror Movie History

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Crazy how life imitates art sometimes. In the first days of the swine flu outbreak, when the first victims passed away and governments and doctors alike asked us not to panic, didn't you also get a strange sense of déjà vu? Didn't newspaper headlines and TV bulletins seem to repeat scenes from dozens of horror films?

Why American Media Sucks .... A tale of 4 Newsweek Covers

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT


7 Reasons Nokia Phones Get No Love in U.S.

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 11:41 AM PDT

Nokia is the worldwide king of cellphones. But don't tell that to U.S. customers. Nokia's market share in the United States is on the decline, down to 8

Top 12 Oprah Mistakes, Lies and Embarrassments

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 11:41 AM PDT

Oprah Winfrey has legions of faithful followers across the country, but they'd do well to keep a careful eye out as they tread the trail that Oprah blazes.

Kids In My Neighborhood 1) rock 2) rule 3) need a life

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 11:21 AM PDT


Nike’s T90 Ascente football: Hi-tech Goodness for Soccer

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 11:21 AM PDT

Nike's T90 Ascente football: So damn advanced they might as well throw Google Chrome OS on it. What's so damn special about the ball? The Nike bullet points are: "360 Sweet Spot," "Longer Range," "Increased Visibility," "Higher Accuracy," and "Greater Speed." Goalkeepers will hate it; flashy forwards will love it.

The Baddest Bad Guys in Movie History

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 11:21 AM PDT

Which actors have played the villain most often in the history of movies?

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