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Monday, August 10, 2009



Randy Penguin Adulterers Shock/Please S.F. Museum Crowd

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Apparently penguin sexual behavior is really quite similar to humans.

Top 25 Explosive Games [W/ Pics]

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 04:20 PM PDT

These explosive games literally blew our minds.

America's Unjust Sex Laws

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 04:10 PM PDT

An ever harsher approach is doing more harm than good, but it is being copied around the world.

U.S. regulators open probe into music royalties

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 04:00 PM PDT

U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio.

Real facts about health care reform from WhiteHouse.gov

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Kavita Patel, who works with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and who worked for years before as a physician, debunks the myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.

U.S. recession seen ending in Q3, debate over recovery

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 04:00 PM PDT

The worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression will probably end in the third quarter, but uncertainty exists over the speed and duration of the economic recovery, according to the most recent survey of private economists.

Apple works on MacBook Pro fix as complaints mount

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Users are complaining in droves on Internet forums that machines configured with faster, 7,200-rpm Seagate hard disk drives (HDD) make clicking and beeping noises that are often a precursor to slowdowns and freeze-ups.

Slacker Offering Free BlackBerry Curves

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Well, Slacker certainly got our attention with this one: the popular streaming Internet radio service has announced that it is covering the up-front cost of BlackBerry Curves

The True Story of the REAL Inglourious Basterds

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent Nazi revenge movie has plenty of drama but the real story is even better. Kim Masters tells her personal connection to the heroic band of Jewish commandos known as X Troop: "My father was an Inglourious Basterd. Actually, he was the opposite of that. But he was a Jewish commando in the British Army during WWII"

Spitzer detects aftermath of "colliding planets"

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Astronomy | The Spitzer Space Telescope has detected signs of an interplanetary smashup, and oh, what a colossal event it was... apparently, 100 light years away around the

Top 10 Most Important Supernovae (w/PICS)

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 03:12 PM PDT

Explore our choice of the top 10 supernovae of all time!

Spielberg bringing Halo to the Big-Screen?

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:51 PM PDT

The legendary director may help bring the famed Halo franchise to the big-screen, designed for blockbuster summer success.

Tesla Motors Becomes Profitable

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:51 PM PDT

In July Tesla sold a record number of Tesla Roadsters, and perhaps more importantly, it netted $1 million on $20 million of gross income.

Woman Duped by Dirty Diaper Faker

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:32 PM PDT

A Melbourne, Florida woman thought she was helping out a severely disabled man by feeding him and changing his diapers for three months, but it turns out she may have just been catering to a weird guy's baby...

Chain Sudoku: A new twist on the world's most popular puzzle

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:32 PM PDT

Can't wait to try Chain Sudoku? You can start now with the 5x5 sample on this page. Then, you can continue to the Chain Sudoku page in the Puzzles section to learn more about how to use the Interactive features as well as to enjoy solving more samples in progressive sizes and difficulty levels.

Despite Intel hype, Atom-based MIDs are a retail no-show

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

We recently went on a quest to actually find an Atom-based Mobile Internet Device (MID) or UMPC for sale in the retail channel, and we failed. So we turned to Intel and to professional channel watchers for help, and they failed, too (with the sole exception

5 easy ways to make money fast (incl. sperm donation?)

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

As college students get ready for a new year of classes, there's a lotto worry about than Shakespeare and molecular biology. With therecession, colleges are raising prices at just the timewhen students and their families are least able to afford it. Worse, atight job market has made it difficult for some students to raise cash

Four Perfectly Round Circles (PIC)

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Looks can be deceiving.

What is the Fate of America's Wild Horses?

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Many of America's 10,000 wild horses have already been rounded up and are to be auctioned. Often the highest bid will be from a slaughterhouse, not a home.

47 trapped in 'nightmare' overnight small Continental plane

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Security and rules kept 47 passengers confined all night in a small plane at Rochester due to thunderstorms. They spent the night trapped inside a small airplane, parked at the Rochester airport, complete with crying babies and the aroma of over-used toilets.

Surgeons carry out Britain's First Eyelash Transplant

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 01:52 PM PDT

Surgeons claim to have carried out Britain's first eyelash transplant on a 19 year-old from Stockport, Cheshire. The teenager had the treatment because she suffers from trichotillomania - obsessive plucking or pulling out hair. It costs around £3,500 and the lashes thicken up gradually between four and six months after treatment.

How-To: Make your own desert dust goggles

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 01:52 PM PDT

It's almost time for Burning Man, and you know what that means -- no, not rampant nudity -- dust. Lots and lots of dust. Tim Elverston decided to make his own pair of black leather dust goggles -- tres Mad Max

Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Facebook has acquired FriendFeed, we've learned. We're gathering details now. At this point details on the acquisition are still very sparse, but it's ...

Bring Back NASA’s Crazy Idea Factory

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 01:30 PM PDT

For just less than a decade, NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts was the staid space agency's big-vision mashup of Willy Wonka's factory, DARPA and your crazy uncle's garage workshop. And now experts want to bring it back.

Ricky Rubio Wants to Play in NBA but He Can't Afford It

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Because of outdated paternalistic NBA rules largely aimed at protecting NBA teams/owners from each other -- & their own uncontrolled greed -- the richest basketball league in world (NBA) that wants to become truly global can't buy out Rubio's current Spanish team contract.

Would District 9 Exist if the Halo Movie Had Been Greenlit?

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Would District 9, already labeled the must-see film of the summer, exist if the Halo film produced by Peter Jackson hadn't fallen apart? Director Neil Blomkamp discusses this, talks about seeing the movie at Comic-Con, answers the question "why film in Johannesburg?", and compares his hometown to Blade Runner on the eve of District 9's release.

Top Cereal Mascots

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Cereal mascots have captured the imagination of kids for decades. Not surprisingly so, now that fascination has turned to nostalgia for bloggers and artists alike.

New York Woman Gets First Internet Connect Pacemaker

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT

After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allows her doctor to monitor her health from afar—over the Internet.

Mastering CSS: Advanced Techniques and Tools

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Some more advanced techniques and effects you can achieve with CSS. Everything from creating your own online apps (like calendars) to styling web pages for use with the iPhone to some basics of working with CSS3 is covered here.

Individual Accountability Left Out of Health Care Reform

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT

A growing chorus of medical professionals, researchers and ordinary citizens contend that the touchy topic of individual responsibility has been ignored in the health reform debate.

FBI raids NOLA police over Katrina killings

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Nearly four years after the police shootout that took the lives of Ronald Madison and James Brissette on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge, the FBI raided the offices of the police investigators who had been looking into the deadly incident.

Hollywood hates Redbox's $1 DVD rentals

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Hollywood has a problem. It's red, boxy, lets you rent DVDs for $1 a night, and is severely threatening movie studios from making money. The threat is Redbox self-serve DVD rental kiosks outside McDonalds and in grocery stores.

Scientists create miniature machine parts from DNA

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:10 PM PDT

In the latest phase of the nanotechnology revolution, scientists have built a collection of minuscule objects from DNA, including toothed gears, curved tubes, and a wireframe beach ball five millionths of a centimetre in diameter.

Flying Frog Among 353 New Himalayan Species: WWF

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:00 PM PDT

The WWF said that a flying frog, the world's smallest deer and the first new monkey to be found in over a century are among 350 new species discovered in the eastern Himalayas in the past decade.

Great Fake Punt: 1st TD of NFL Preseason [Vid]

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 11:42 AM PDT

Titans (Oilers) Rookie Punter AJ Trapasso does a great behind-the-back fake and run. The first tuchdown of the 2009 NFL season.

Unscientific America by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 11:40 AM PDT

How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future is the new book by Chris and Sheril of The Intersection (formerly on ScienceBlogs, now at Discover), and they were kind enough to include me on the list of people getting review copies. It turned up on Friday (after I'd already started Newton and the Counterfeiter).

Photo Crasher

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 11:31 AM PDT

Always trying to be in the spotlight..

Apple, Google Reportedly Agreed to Not Poach Employees

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 11:30 AM PDT

Apple and Google had an informal agreement not to recruit each others' workers while Eric Schmidt, the search engine's CEO, served on both boards, according to a new report.

Halo LED spraycan makes grafitti the cheap and legal way

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 11:20 AM PDT

If you're down with the latest freshness, like we know you are, you'll already be aware of light writing and the radical imagery that can be created through the use of long camera exposures and stop motion animation. Well, get ready to do your thing with even more style, thanks to the Halo LED spraycan.

Fable To Fact: Rooks Use Stones And Water To Catch A Worm

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 11:10 AM PDT

In Aesop's fable 'The crow and the pitcher' a thirsty crow uses stones to raise the level of water in a pitcher to quench its thirst. A new study published online in the journal Current Biology demonstrates that rooks, birds belonging to the corvid (or crow) family, are able to solve complex problems using tools and can easily master the same....

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