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Tuesday, July 21, 2009



10 Must See Panels at Comic-Con 2009

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 06:10 PM PDT

San Diego's Comic-Con has easily become the pop culture lodestar of this generation and 2009's panel line up will not disappoint the nerd pilgrims who've made the long journey to Southern California's geek mecca.

5 Gamers We’ve All Had To Dominate

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 06:10 PM PDT

Whether it's Halo night with the guys, a CS match with your clan, or a night of PvP with your WoW guild – there is bound to be one of these stereotypes lurking. We tossed together a list of characteristics that they share, so that when the time comes, you can accurately label them.

6 Ways The Recession Has Made The World Suck Less

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 06:10 PM PDT

Uh, thanks?

Lewis Black Rails on Coverage of Michael Jackson’s Death

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 06:10 PM PDT

Lewis Black sits down with Bob Scheiffer to discuss his new book, but ends up talking about the coverage of Michael Jackson's Death: "The Pope doesn't even get this kind of coverage... If {the media} devoted half of that time to ANY problem we have as a nation, we'd solve the problem"

21st Century High Speed Rail Station For Orange County

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 06:00 PM PDT

Southern California will soon be getting a much needed infrastructure update in the form of Orange County's recently unveiled Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

Woman Who Cried Rape Gets 2 Years in Jail

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 05:50 PM PDT

Jennifer Day, 34, who made the false allegation against former boyfriend Andrew Saxby after a row, was told by the judge that she had undermined efforts to treat genuine rape victims fairly and sympathetically.

15 of the Biggest Bank Heists Ever

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

Nothing screams "crime" like the good old-fashioned bank heist. Whether carried out by petty thieves or sophisticated crime rings, in movies or in our own towns, bank robbery has captivated us for centuries. So today, we will remember the heart-pounding details of 15 of the biggest bank heists ever.

Book Claims Secret Service Cuts Corners on Obama's Safety

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT

The U.S. Secret Service has cut corners in ways that may have jeopardized the safety of President Obama, according to a new book by a veteran Washington journalist and author, Ron Kessler. He shockingly claims "It's a miracle we have not had a successful assassination."

Greenland shark meat may become new source of biofuel

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its meat is toxic to humans, but researchers now hope the flesh can be used to create a biofuel for Inuits.

10 Picture-Perfect Bike Races

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT


Mozilla Releases Initial Design for Firefox 3.7 (Windows)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Initial Mockups for the Windows theme revamp.

Water to Join Oil as Next War-Worthy Resource? (Interactive)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Karl Marx argued that the underlying cause of all wars was competition for resources. Oil may have been the impetus of many Western forays into the Middle East, but could water become our next casus belli? Here are seven regions where growing demand for water could result in problems.

Open-Source Arduino Robot Beer Brewery

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

You may have noticed that I'm something of a skeptic about small-scale urban agriculture interventions. But this one? This is different. 'Cause it's beer!

Gigantic Spider Gobbles Bird in Front of Camera [PICS]

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

This is a series of photos to make even the most ardent of arachnophiles or the most bullish of bird bashers squirm in their seats, wincing at the image of that poor little tweety pie getting eaten by that beastly looking spider.

Seth Rogen Calls Entourage Creator '*****,' 'Moron'

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

In one of its typically late-to-the-game, random cultural broadsides, the writers of Entourage went after Seth Rogen in Sunday's episode, calling his "ugliness…oddly fascinating" in a debate over whether the actor could land a Katherine Heigl-type in real life. One might assume that the affable Rogen would shrug off the insult with a friendly..

Piano-Playing Cat Makes Orchestra Debut

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Or, should we call this a Catcerto? Accompanied by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, conductor Mindaugas Piecaitis composed this amazing work. Makes Nora the Cat sound incredible!

Great Barrier Reef: World's 1st Gobal Ecosystem to Collapse

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:21 PM PDT

The Great Barrier Reef will be so degraded by warming waters that it will be unrecognizable within 20 years, according Charlie Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, at a conference in London: "There is no way out, no loopholes. The Great Barrier Reef will be over within 20 years or so.

Power and fury of US Moon rocket

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

The Saturn V was one of the most powerful and reliable rockets ever conceived, so why did it get scrapped?

Boy, 14, overdoses on nicotine gum

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

The mother of a 14-year-old British boy who overdosed on nicotine gum blames school officials who allowed it to be handed out without parental consent.

Which Website Has The Stupidest Commenters?

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

A comparison of how users from slashdot, digg, reddit, yahoo answers and the guardian responded to the same story.

Amazing Intercept Inside Tornado "Maybe I Shut A Window" VID

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:41 PM PDT

Hollywood Reporter - Storm chasers in Aurora, NE capture amazing footage from two separate cameras inside a tornado. Yes, yes you should shut the window...

"Yellow Submarine" Art Director Dies

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:31 PM PDT

Graphic designer Heinz Edelmann, best known for his work as art director of the 1968 Beatles film "Yellow Submarine," has died, his former employer said. He was 75.

One Trillion Dollars Visualized (Animation)

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

It's official, trillion is the new billion. No longer is government spending talked about in terms of a mere ten digits. With the recent flurry of

Chevron: 'We're not going to pay' $27 BILLION fine

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:12 PM PDT

U.S. oil company Chevron said Monday that it expects to lose a case which charges the company's Texaco branch with polluting Ecuador's rain forest with oil-contaminated water for nearly two decades.

Comet Killed Ice Age Beasts

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:12 PM PDT

Strongest evidence yet supports comet impact led to extinction of megafauna.

10 Burning Questions for Comic-Con [Gallery]

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Comic-Con is a litmus test for the coming year's TV shows, movies, and comics. This is a list of questions we hope to get answered at this year's convention.

A Tool To Make Online Personal Data To Expire... [w/ Video]

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The University of Washington has developed a way to make such information expire. After a set time period, electronic communications such as e-mail, Facebook posts and chat messages would automatically self-destruct, becoming irretrievable from all Web sites, inboxes, outboxes, backup sites and home computers.

The Top Ten Evil Geeks in The Movies

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Around here,  we're always talking up all the positives of being geeks. It's a natural thing because that's who we are. And while we always want to root for

Space Fence: Will it Solve the Coming Space Litter Crisis?

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

We've raised litter above and beyond the surface of the Earth! So much so that we need a new detection grid if we're ever to get off-planet without having our heads bashed in by a ball of old trash.

To AppleCare or not to AppleCare -- that is the question

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

So, what exactly do you get with AppleCare? According to Apple, "AppleCare covers defects for the Apple-branded product(s) listed in your Plan's Certificate or Proof of Coverage document...and provides you with access to telephone support and web-based support resources for the Covered Equipment."

DiggBar and Digg Short URLs

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Jay Adelson clears up some of the recent confusion regarding changes Digg made to the DiggBar.

Europe Thumps U.S., Again: Lower Taxes, Freer Trade

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

On present trends, most of Europe will soon have lower income tax rates than most of America. And now the European Union is stealing another competitive march on Washington, this time on a free trade deal with the world's 13th largest economy, fast-growing South Korea.

Who's Behind Those Nigerian Email Scams?

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Remember that Nigerian prince who contacted you a few months back, saying he'd pay you to help transfer his inheritance to the United States? All he needed was your bank account details, and you'd be well on the way to riches — or at least on the way to seeing your riches siphoned off to an enterprising Nigerian.

British identities are up for sale on the internet

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 01:00 PM PDT

The identities of more than four million Britons are being offered for sale on the internet, The Times has learnt. Highly sensitive financial information, including credit card details, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and even PINs are available to the highest bidder.

Little Known Capitalist Enclave in North Korea Thrives

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Despite N.Korea's increasing isolation, it continues to work with South Korea in a jointly created enclave across the S.Korea border -- in which N.Korea provides cheap labor to help support S.Korean manufacturing efforts.

Foxconn employee committed suicide over iPhone leak

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Rumors are swelling that some parties may have taken Apple's secrecy policy to the extreme, causing one 25-year-old employee at Foxconn, the manufacturing company for the iPhone, to commit suicide thanks to "unbearable interrogation techniques."

This Little Furry Will Be Shaq's Reality Show Sidekick

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

"Ive been alotta place but being at the shaolin temple n china has brouhht a tear to my eye buddha blessed," Shaq recently tweeted. So he cried on the shoulder of a giant panda, and turned that frown upside down.

The Hangover is the Biggest R-Rated Comedy of All-Time

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

As the box office numbers for the past weekend were tallied most folks were paying attention to the success of Harry Potter, but in amongst all those ticket sales there was another record being broken. Todd Phillips's The Hangover passed the $235 million mark domestically, making it the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever.

Torture Chamber: NASA Tests Next-Gen Craft for Space Blast

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Need to test a spaceship? For the past two decades, rocket scientists have been trucking prototypes to NASA's Space Power Facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The site's 122-foot-high aluminum vacuum chamber, the biggest on the planet, simulates the harsh conditions of outer space.

A 950 Calorie Drink, Seriously? Avoid These 7 Beverages

Posted: 21 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Seven High-Calorie Beverages That Pack on Pounds.

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