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Monday, July 20, 2009



Las Vegas Residents Get Paid to Kill Their Lawns

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 05:50 PM PDT

In Las Vegas, the biggest desert city in the U.S., and still one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, the local water utility is offering cash incentives to replace water-sucking lawns with drought-resistant landscapes.

Same-name couple to wed after Facebook meeting

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Kelly Hildebrandt, 20, and Kelly Hildebrandt, 24 met on Facebook, when Kelly (the She) was curious and bored one night, so she plugged her name into Facebook just to see if anyone shared it. Months after Kelly Hildebrandt (the She) sent her first e-mail to Kelly Hildebrandt (the He), he proposed.

China Celebrates Its Status As World's #1 Air Polluter

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

China revels in a UN report that found it has the highest smog levels in the world, a sure sign of China's progress and prosperity.

The Bionic Eye: Latest In Med-Tech

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

A tiny glass telescope about the size of a garden pea could hold the answer to patients suffering from an otherwise untreatable type of eye disease. Developed by US health tech firm VisionCare, the Implantable Miniature Telescope could help in the fight against

Any website can determine where you've been on the internet

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Did you know that any website you visit can determine your browsing history? A new site, web app, shows how easy it is for strangers to determine your browser history. By constructing a collage of the sites that you've visited, it mixes art and technology to raise privacy awareness.Many of us consider our browser history private, not true anymore.

Fake bus stop keeps Alzheimer's patients from escaping

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

A nursing home in Germany built an exact replica of a bus stop in front of the facility. The only difference is that buses never stop there.

Creepy Kids From Modern Movies [w/ pics]

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Let's take a look at some of the menacing kiddies who have recently been causing their on-screen mothers to wish they'd considered an "alternative option" to parenthood.

1977 Las Vegas at Night

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

This movie was shot before most of the most famous and iconic Vegas signage was taken down or demolished. There are countless recognizable pieces.

Push a corpse down the river with a stick - Adult Swim Game

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Remember back when you were kid, and you spend whole summers just finding dead bodies in the woods and pushing them down the river, laughing and high-fiving with your friends? It's time to get you that feeling back.

Interview With Iranian Basij: I Raped Girls Before Execution

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."

How the "Right Stuff" Went Wrong: Wolfe & Hawking on Apollo

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 03:32 PM PDT

The race to the moon was simply a Cold War battle; once Armstrong took that "one small step for a man," and we'd vanquished the Russians, there was little national stomach for making the massive investment necessary to fulfill Werner Von Braun's vision of a mission to Mars, says Tom Wolfe on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Left 4 Dead 2 Exclusive Preview

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 03:32 PM PDT

GameSpy gets first hands-on with the new Swamp Fever campaign.

Why would Microsoft patent a 'butt hinge with butt straps'?

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Actually, it's a "butt hinge with integrally formed butt straps." Patent No: 5,819,372. … There is a reasonable explanation.

All 273 U.S. Whole Foods Stores Earn Organic Certification

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Whole Foods became the first national chain to earn "group certification" status in 2003. In 2008, the USDA decided each store must be inspected. Whole Foods Market said last week each of its 273 U.S. stores passed and earned organic certification.

'MythBusters' On Moonlanding

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

"MythBusters," discuss Apollo moon landing conspiracies.

Replacing the Dollar:China's Big Plans for Its Currency

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Beijing's rumblings about replacing the greenback with the yuan (also known as the renminbi) as the world's reserve currency are getting louder

Moon Advertising: Robots to Draw Ads On the Moon's Surface

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:52 PM PDT

A company wants to "license a technology" to draw advertisements on the Moon's surface, which according to them could be watched from Earth. If nobody shuts them down, I'll be there at the launch. With my land-to-air rocket launcher ready.

Facebook Party Raided By Police Helicopter, Dogs, 70 Cops

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:31 PM PDT

A party advertised on Facebook descended into a 'riot.' A police helicopter was scrambled and around 70 officers from two forces were called in to maintain order after the party spiralled into chaos. BEST. PARTY. EVER!

7 Fatal Injuries (That People Somehow Survived)

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:31 PM PDT

The human body is a miracle; though you may disagree if you're sitting there in the throes of an allergy attack or a hangover.

Microsoft sends message: Natal improves, not replaces, 360

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:11 PM PDT

Project Natal is coming, though we still don't know when... or at what price. In the meantime, Microsoft has some spin to do, and the company wants gamers to know that the camera is going to help their 360, not replace it. Also, the controller isn't going anywhere.

Window on the body: CT scans become art (slideshow)

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:11 PM PDT

Radiologist Kai-hung Fung makes beautiful and informative art from the CT (computed tomography) scans of his patients, digitally manipulating them to look more appealing. His image of the inside of our sinuses won the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. See this and some of his more recent works in our gallery

Mover finds $16,500 in rare antiquities in the trash

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:11 PM PDT

Five years after the Queens rubbish remover took home a mysterious barrel from a SoHo apartment, he opened it to find dozens of ancient Mexican artifacts.The mix of bowls, figurines and jugs were made between 300 B.C. and 500 A.D., some by Mayans.

Battle Of The Browsers

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:11 PM PDT

Each Browser has it's pros and cons. So depending on the purpose of use any browser can be the king on a given day. So which browser is right for a given task? Find out...

Faces of Divers at FINA Diving World Championships (Funny)

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Faces frozen in concentration at the FINA Diving World Championships. No matter how concentrated they are, It is extremely funny.

Bio-Friendly Light Bulb Requirement May Not Be So Green

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The federal government plans to require consumers over the next several years to replace incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient and longer-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). But improper disposal of the mercury-powered bulbs poses an environmental hazard, and the federal government has given little guidance to consumers.

Getting Fat? Blame the Recession

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Stress related to jobs and overdue bills is pretty much the American way these days. And now science has confirmed what we suspected — financial stress has a way of turning into body fat. Yes, you can blame your increased poundage on the recession now, at least if you already had a propensity to portliness, according to a new study.

After Watchmen, What's Unfilmable?

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:51 PM PDT

But, with Zack Snyder's three-hour-plus director's cut hitting store shelves Tuesday and Watchmen's international box office slugging its way past $180 million, that claim has surely been laid to rest.So, which revered books and comics are next up for the film treatment? Try these five geek sacred texts on for size, then add your own...

Japanese fishermen brace for giant jellyfish - CNN.com

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Giant jellyfish descend on the Sea of Japan, causing untold devastation to coastal villages and leaving a trail of destruction and human misery behind. The massive sea creatures, called Nomura's jellyfish, can grow 6 feet in diameter and weigh more than 450 pounds.

Did great balls of fire form the planets?

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Asteroid-sized balls of magma hurtled through our infant solar system, and spray from their many collisions provided much of the raw material that formed Earth and its rocky siblings.

How to Pay for Government Healthcare? Let's tax "The Rich!"

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Sebelius said a tax surcharge on wealthy Americans is "a legitimate way to go forward." The taxes would start with people making $350,000.

5 Insects You Should Eat But Probably Wouldn't

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

There are millions of insect species known worldwide. Only 1,500 or so are reported edible. This post reviews only 5 of those you could eat and how they are cooked throughout the world.

Raaaaaaaandy - Part 2 (Funny People)

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

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

Mercedes Confirms 526 HP Electric Supercar

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

It packs 649 lb-ft of torque. Tthe car will get a jaw-dropping 526 horsepower. This will push the zero-emission car from 0 to 62 MPH in just 4 seconds!

US Role in Massive Aerial Herbicide Spraying Revealed

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Despite years of ongoing, critical public health controversies in Colombia and Ecuador over the US-assisted aerial herbicide spraying of coca and poppy crops while trying to reduce illegal cocaine and heroin production, US State Department officials are pursuing that very same spraying strategy.

What Apollo means to me

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

NASA | On July 20, 1969, at 20:17:40 GMT, human beings landed on an alien world. That was the moment that the Eagle lander touched down on the surface of the Moon, 40

Albert Pujols Closes in on Historic Chance at Triple Crown

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

There's a reason no one has won the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967 and, in the National League, since Joe Medwick in 1937: It's really hard to do, perhaps harder than ever. But Albert Pujols has a legitimate chance to do it this season.

The Mysterious Downfall of the Neandertals

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Paleoanthropologists know more about Neandertals than any other extinct human. But their demise remains a mystery, one that gets curiouser and curiouser.

Big Tobacco's New Targets

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Wise to the health risks, the developed world is slowly giving up tobacco. That just means that the industry has shifted its focus. The battleground? Africa

Close Much?!?!

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Photographer: Emil Watson

200 Car Pile-up....yes 200

Posted: 20 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

More than 60 people were injured in a crash involving more than 200 cars in Germany. The accident happened on the A2 autobahn between Hanover and Peine.

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