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Study: Cloud Changes May Exacerbate Global Warming

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

The role of clouds in climate change has been a major question for decades. As the earth warms under increasing greenhouse gases, it is not known whether clouds will dissipate, letting in more of the sun's heat energy and making the earth warm even faster, or whether cloud cover will increase, blocking ...


States United

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

Homeland is where the Heartland is -- The heartland portrayed here is a very literal one, composed by cleverly arranging all 50 US states to have their oblique sides help form the outline of a giant heart.


Does the Gates 911 Call Prove Racial Profiling? (911 Audio)

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT

This is the 911 call that Lucia Whalen makes when she sees Henry Louis Gates, Jr. trying to break into his own house. The 911 call seems to differ from the report Officer Crowley makes after arresting Henry Gates.


*Spoiler* TRUE BLOOD Comic-con Trailer "The War Has Begun"

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Hollywood Reporter - Alan Ball released a fantastic trailer which reveals what's in store for the latter half of the season. It looks like we're going to have a war. For the True Blood die-hards, this is pure gold.


Apple Again Allows Promo Codes for Mature-Rated Apps

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

In a move that is sure to please many developers, Apple has decided to again grant promotional codes to mature App Store software rated for ages 17 and up -- a distinction that still includes all browser-embedded apps.


When can you speak ill of the dead?

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:59 PM PDT

The British satirical magazine Private Eye summarised the media's U-turn on Jackson thus: "What you didn't read in all the newspapers: 'Mad Paedophile Dead: Yesterday a 50 year-old mentally ill paedophile died in America.'"It's a month since the death of Michael Jackson - an event which triggered much worshipful coverage of the singer's life.


Family questions police shooting of dog for no reason

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

A Kirkwood family wants to know why a police officer investigating a home alarm felt compelled to shoot and kill one of their 6-year-old black labs, Ciarra, Saturday morning.


Nice try to stop us!

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

just.. it a FAIL!


First Look: Astro Boy, Kristen Bell Plug Into Comic-Con

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Samuel L. Jackson and Charlize Theron will add their voiceover talents to the movie's already packed roster of movie stars, it was announced Thursday during the Summit Entertainment panel at Comic-Con. Other voice actors include Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Donald Sutherland.


London marks three years until Olympics

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Three years from Monday, the eyes of the world will be on London for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.


Open government or 'Transparency Theater?

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

The new president's record on government secrecy and transparency has turned out to be decidedly mixed, with the Obama administration seeming to take as many steps toward shielding government information as it has toward exposing it to the sunshine.


Shrinking Jug Keeps Milk Fresh an Extra Week

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

One of the main reasons milk goes bad is its exposure to air. A clever solution to this problem just might be Fresh, the Shrinking Milk Jug. The refillable jug sits on the table while the user presses down on the top. With each press, the air void in the container is eliminated, keeping the milk fresher longer; up to a week longer.


Woman Kills Her Baby, Then Eats Part of Its Brain

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

San Antonio police say a woman used a knife and two swords to behead her 3-week-old son. She then ate some of the child's body parts -- including the child's brain -- before stabbing herself.


Is Rickey Henderson the Greatest Baseball Player Ever?

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Rickey once declared it so, and even if Rickey was more humble at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, the numbers don't lie about Rickey. A stats geek breaks down the case.


Scotland to become "melting pot"

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Immigrants who choose to live and work in Scotland could earn UK citizenship more readily, says the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy. Mr Murphy said "The new Scotland should be a melting pot" - but he stressed new arrivals must be controlled under a tight immigration policy.


Peter Pan Got Married: Internet Legend's Online Photo Album

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 03:01 PM PDT

The internet's Peter Pan has grown up. Randy Constan, propietor of the site Pixyland, found his own Tinkerbell and got hitched at a Renaissance Fair. The photos are magical.


Forget Booth Babes: A Tribute To The Real Peeps Of Comic-Con

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 03:01 PM PDT

Because their stories are much more interesting than anyone paid to be there.


The Five Biggest Hurdles to Health-Care Reform

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Americans are worried about their health-care, so why is a popular President with super majorities in both members of Congress having such a tough time getting reform passed?


AT&T's 4chan Block Raises Issue of Net Neutrality

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Should ISPs get to decide how quickly you can reach a given site? Here's a recent example of how that's implemented.


From the NASA Archive: The Lunar Walking Problem

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Wired Science is combing NASA's enormous image archive to bring you some of its most inspiring, awesome and weird photos. This 1965 shot of the Reduced Gravity Walking Simulator is one of our favorites.


Treehouses Around The World [PHOTOS]

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Treehouse author Pete Nelson is back with his fifth book. New designs include spheres that sway in the wind and a treetop plexiglass structure meant for communicating with outerspace.


Cruise Ship 1, Whale 0

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:42 PM PDT

A fin whale has been impaled and killed on a Princess cruise ship that docked in Vancouver Saturday morning.The whale, about 20 metres long, was wrapped around the bow of the Sapphire Princess Saturday in full view of tourists at the Canada Place tourist hub, many snapping pictures of the disturbing sight.


Can Video Games Overcome Comic-Book-like Stigma?

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:42 PM PDT

Even as the industry goes mainstream, the perception that it serves an audience of only 'grunged-out young men' persists


Magnetic Field On Bright Star Vega

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:41 PM PDT

The first detection of a magnetic field on the bright star Vega has been made. Astronomers clearly observe the magnetically-induced effect in the spectrum of Vega, thereby showing that the star possesses a magnetic field, something unknown so far.


2 Year-old Girl Shot in the Head at Wedding Reception

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

The child was critically injured after being struck in the head


DIY Bloopers: iPhone Screen Replacement Gone Wrong--Twice

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Despite fierce determination and the best of intentions, repairs to today's disposable electronic gadgets are sometimes better left to the pros.


Why don’t Americans understand science better?

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 01:51 PM PDT

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science unveiled the latest embarrassing evidence of our nation's scientific illiteracy. Only 52 percent of Americans in their survey knew why stem cells differ from other kinds of cells; just 46 percent knew that atoms are larger than electrons.


Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 01:42 PM PDT

Police say 21-year-old Antonio Fernandez Martinez of Oakland was arrested Wednesday in the Fruitvale district after trying to pull over an unmarked police vehicle. Martinez was driving a Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with flashing lights, a microphone and speakers.


Michael Vick reinstated, can participate immediately

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Michael Vick has been conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who will then decide on the quarterback's full reinstatement for Week 6 of the regular season. Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities other than games, but could play as soon as October.


CIA's 'ghost flights' to be made public in UK trial

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Large parts of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program — which sent terrorist suspects to countries and prisons where they would be tortured — could soon become public, thanks to a lawsuit in Britain on behalf of a person who claims he was a victim of the agency's program.


Multiple Sclerosis Patient Faces 20 Years For Med Marijuana

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

A Somerset County man won't be able to use multiple sclerosis as a defense for the 17 marijuana plants police found growing behind his house, a Superior Court judge ruled today. Wilson, 36, is accused of fmaintaining or operating a drug production facility, manufacturing and drug possession. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.


Student-Built Electric Car Charges In 10 Minutes

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Using a 2010 Mercury Milan hybrid and 7,905 lithium iron-phosphate batteries, the car fully charges in about 10 minutes. The car will go from 0 to 60 in just 9 seconds and has a top speed of 100 mph at 12,000 RPMs. And each "ten minute" charge will get you about 200 miles before you'll need another.


The most embarrassing data losses of all time

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

It seems totally bizarre to us that some of the most sensitive data on earth quite often is carried around on standard laptops that could be easily lost or stolen. Make no mistake ― this happens more than most of us realize. Don't be under the naive illusion that sensitive data about each and every one of us is safely under lock and key at all time


Foxconn official says employee had suspicious history

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

After a Foxconn employee allegedly committed suicide when an iPhone prototype vanished, an official with the Chinese manufacturing company said the former employee had demonstrated a pattern of suspiciously losing products.


13 Surfing Wipeouts That Hurt (Gallery) @LIFE

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

*****


At Camp Twitch and Shout, Tourette kids can be themselves

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Fifty campers, between the ages of 7 and 18, came from all over the country to spend a week in Winder, Georgia, about 45 miles east of Atlanta.


In search of the perfect mouse trap

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Everyone has a harrowing tale of infestation with rats or mice. My favourite is from a friend who had to use a toilet brush to fight off and drown a rat he found – at a particularly inopportune moment – splashing around in the loo. Not very pleasant, but it turns out that we have yet to invent a humane way of dispatching vermin.


Most adorable picture!!!!

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

*****


The Curious Case of Erin Andrews

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Erin Andrews has become one of the most searched people on google since the incident last week. What does the controversy say about us. Is this the best thing that ever happened to her career, and what is her next move?


Alice in Chains - A Looking In View - New Song Live

Posted: 27 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Alice in Chains playing a brand new song which will be on their upcoming album. I think it sounds damn good, it is not Layne but still AIC.


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