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Tuesday, July 28, 2009



RIP: 20 Beers We Can No Longer Drink

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Beer is great. As is liquor. But most unfortunately, not every great beer/liquor that we enjoy has the wherewithal to survive in today's competitive marketplace. So, raise your glass and toast to these great fallen heroes, these sacred few, these 20 epic alcohol companies to fall off the wagon.

Blame The Suit! A Valid Reason Why Phelps Was Beaten

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

When asked by NBC's Andrea Kremer about his "inferior suit", Phelps declined to take a direct shot at Biedermann but said, "I will say that next year swimming will be swimming again. You're going to have to do all the work and there's not going to be a suit that does it for you."

How Science Will Enhance Your Brain

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Medicine may allow us to challenge our genetic inheritance and repair insults to the brain, whether as Alzheimer's sufferers or moody, forgetful people and hazy thinkers.

Secret of Monkey Island for iPhone-Look, no floppies! [VID]

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

I have always loved this game, and the port to iPhone is pretty damn good. But I still kinda miss the long, multi-floppy install.

Paper Transformer

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Unbelievably easy but beautiful paper transformer!

Source: Solar Transit of ISS and ATLANTIS

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Thierry Legault/Eurelios - Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Atlantis (50 minutes after undocking from the ISS, before return to Earth), taken from the area of Mamers (Normandie, France) on september 17th 2006 at 13h 38min 50s UT

Create an iPhone Document Scanner from Cardboard

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

You might need a scanner every so often, but they're far too big for their occasional usefulness. If you've got an iPhone and some time to cut cardboard, you can ditch some paper and capture documents without the glass bed.

Air Force Plans to Dodge Chinese Missile Barrage

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

"Washington and Beijing are working closely on a range of economic, environmental and security issues. So it might seem strange that U.S. Pacific Air Force's new annual wargame, "Pacific Vision," imagines a no-holds-barred assault by Chinese forces on the U.S. military's Pacific outposts..."

The World's Most Impressive Subway Maps (PICS)

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

It was Harry Beck's innovative 1933 design for the London Underground that freed subway map designers to take poetic license, simplifying routes, stretching and compressing distances. The most elegant maps, like Beck's design, turn the sprawling steel behemoths beneath us into visual aids, as helpful as they are fun to admire.

I draw on cups (PICS)

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Cheeming Boey is a foam cup artist. His apartment is filled with disposable white cups covered with intricate patterns of waves, fish and birds; scenes of noodle shops and Japanese gods; glimpses of life in Malaysia, San Francisco and now Orange County.

What the Hell Did Jackie Chan Just Make Me Watch?

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Dear god. Jackie Chan. On a Segway. Punching computer viruses. While wearing a helmet that says Kaspersky.

Weird Vodka Infusions to Drink

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Vodka is one of the most varied spirit as far as its possible flavors are concerned. The choice of vodka infusions is almost infinite and stretches as far as your imagination. You can choose between either fresh fruit, or more alternative ingredients. Let's try to list both traditional and extra-ordinary ingredients that can be infused with vodka

Minnesota Vikings: Brett Favre Will Stay Retired

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 03:51 PM PDT

Brett Favre is staying retired, and the word comes directly from Vikings coach Brad Childress.

Top 10 Flight of the Conchords Songs

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

#3 Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros... Is just pure genius

40 Free & Useful GUI Icons for Web Designers

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Other than words themselves, icons are little graphics within a website that tells you how you can move to the next page, cancel a transaction, checkout the cart and the likes basically the entire navigation.

The aeroplane built to launch a tourist ship into space PICS

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

The grin on Richard Branson's face says it all. Hundreds of air show spectators watched in awe as he revealed his latest toy - the WhiteKnightTwo, the aeroplane built to launch a ship in to space. It was the first glimpse the public had of the plane, which was made by Virgin Galactic as part of its effort to jump-start commercial space travel.

Do You Know Why We Stopped You?

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Stolen Groceries?

AT&T Charges You A Fee For Getting A Discount

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Reader "ValentineHumphrey" has a part-time job with a company that gets a 25% discount from AT&T. It sounded like a good deal until she found out there was actually a fee for signing up for the discount. What?

Studios Demand Court Shutter Pirate Bay

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Hollywood studios are urging a Swedish court to shutter The Pirate Bay, the world's most notorious BitTorrent tracker. The site's four co-founders were convicted of facilitating copyright infringement.

Gulf of Mexico's ''Dead Zone'' Now 5,000 Sq Miles Smaller

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 02:29 PM PDT

The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is actually smaller this summer than scientists had expected — about 3,000 square miles, compared with predictions of up to 8,500 and a recent average of 6,000

If Lewis Black Can't Get Proper Health Insurance, Can You?

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

"To make health a profit-making institution is psychotic," rants Lewis Black while discussing his belief in God (or not). He's speaking about his faith with Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Ideas Festival and gets sidetracked when he lists health care that actually pays the doctor's bill.

Are More Women OK with Watching Porn?

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Theresa Flynt, vice president of marketing for Hustler video, says that women account for 56 percent of business at her company's video stores. "And the female audience is increasing," she adds. "Women are buying more porn."

The tweet the launched a $50K lawsuit.

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

A woman from Chicago is being sued for $50,000 over a complaint she posted on Twitter. Check out the tweet and decide for yourself if the suit is grounded.

Brüno's So-Called 'Terrorist' Speaks Out

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

In this TIME exclusive interview, Ayman Abu Aita says he was exploited in the Bruno movie and tells his side of the story

Glenn Beck calls President Barack Obama a racist

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT


Simon's Cat 'Fly Guy' [Video]

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT


BMW's Stunning Energy-Efficient Production Plant

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

The BMW production plant looks llike more like a work of art than an architectural masterpiece. Not only is the new BMW Welt aesthetically pleasing with its sinuous curves and gleaming facade, but it was also consciously designed to save energy in its production of cars through efficient solar heating and natural ventilation systems.

Pixies Announce Doolittle U.S. Tour Dates

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Don't expect new material from the Pixies anytime soon, but the band has just announced a string of U.S. dates on their Doolittle tour.

A Modular Robot That Puts Itself Back Together [Interactive]

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Modular robots are made of small, independent components that can be replicated and combined in different ways.

How Not to Pitch a Film

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

In his latest video, National Lampoon celeb interviewer Matt Zaller tries his best to ruin whatever chance he had of ever working with Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow again. Unsurprisingly, his idea for a film ("Beer and Chicks") is incomplete and sounds horrible.

Man wants iguana on Florida menus

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

The author of a new cookbook says residents of Florida should begin eating iguanas to avoid a possible population explosion of the animals. "Listen,'' the author of "The Iguana Cookbook: Save Florida… Eat an Iguana" said. "In Central America, in South America, in Mexico, iguanas are considered a delicacy. We ought to be eating them.''

Artist Creates Amazing Designs in Sand [pics]

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

The sea is no discerning art critic, for once the San Francisco artist finishes his staggering artwork, the waves come in to wipe the slate clean.

YouTube Lets Partners Insert Their Own Ads in Videos

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

It's well-documented that YouTubeYouTube has had a profit problem (although the company says they're just fine). In order to generate more revenue, YouTube has

10 ways to earn some extra cash

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

The recession is hitting the pockets of Britons and it is thought that millions of people have been forced to take on a second job simply to make ends meet.

French Women Say No to Nude Sunbathing

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 12:00 PM PDT

France is experiencing its own blush of youthful prudishness as an entire generation of younger French women says no, merci to the summer tradition of topless sunbathing.

Jon Stewart Nails Bill Kristol: Extended and Uncensored

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 11:50 AM PDT

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart got arch-conservative Bill Kristol to admit that the government can provide better healthcare than the private sector.

Videogames That Went M.I.A.

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 11:40 AM PDT

The gaming equivalent of the JFK assassination (too soon?).

An Economic Analysis of the Somali Pirate Business Model

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 11:40 AM PDT

Get in-depth politics and legal news coverage including online privacy, Internet security, government regulations, censorship and free speech from Wired.com.

Martian Mesa in 3D! (PIC)

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 11:30 AM PDT

I love Mars pictures taken using the phenomenal HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and I love 3D images, so I — and therefore you — get a twofer today: a totally cool 3D view of a mesa on Mars, looking straight down on it from orbit!

New electric vehicle prototype uses micro-jet engine

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 11:20 AM PDT

Using a Toyota Prius, ETV Motors installed a turbine engine that can run on most liquid fuels, including gasoline, diesel and biofuels. Supposedly it is quiet on the road and fairly quiet starting up. I'll take one.

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