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Monday, August 17, 2009



130 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen in Identity Theft

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:40 PM PDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities announced what they believed to be the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted on Monday in a scheme in which more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen.

Nancy Grace's Terrifying Attempt To Replicate Human Emotions

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:40 PM PDT

Nancy Grace's Terrifying Attempt To Replicate Human Emotions. Visit Gladstone's site. Or follow him on Twitter and stalk him on Facebook.

Actor From Swine Flu Prevention Ad Catches Swine Flu (vid)

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:30 PM PDT

The actor from a graphic UK public service announcement about how to avoid swine flu --has been diagnosed with swine flu.

Top 100 most interesting [Slideshow]

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Lord V's Top 100 most interesting set.

Water Toxicity Drops 28% With Lawn Fertilizer Ban

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:20 PM PDT

(PhysOrg.com) -- Do fertilizer restrictions really help reduce water pollution That's been an open question until now, says John Lehman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan.

Tom DeLay to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:20 PM PDT

The "Dancing With the Stars" cast for season nine was announced today live on "Good Morning America."

What Is This?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Is it an alien desert crop circle made from cars and campers? Some kind of ancient civilization uncovered by freak dust storm? Truth be told it's neither, actually:

7 Ways That MySpace Has Ripped Off Facebook

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 05:00 PM PDT

We counted 7 Ways That MySpace Has Ripped Off Facebook. Get out a sheet of paper and see if you can guess the features MySpace has stolen. The answers will probably not surprise you!

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Provides Excellent Value

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is the company's first BlackBerry to support a trackpad. Also Research in Motion apparently has decided the best way to conquer the smartphone market is to put their well-known OS into a dizzying array of different bodies. That's fine, because many of them turn out excellent, Flip and Storm aside.

TV Execs Build Fall Buzz Through Social Media

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 04:40 PM PDT

"The way word of mouth spreads is evolving... We're trying to utilize all sorts of digital platforms [to] find the audiences that will watch specific programs. And there's no cookie-cutter formula; every show is different."

Pitalua vs. Reyes Round 6 KO,, "BedTime"

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Antonio Pitalua vs. Jose Reyes - Round 6 (August 14, 2009)

Feds Pump $2.3 Billion into Clean Energy Manufacturing

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 04:30 PM PDT

New 30% tax credit for advanced energy manufacturing industries is for investment in new renewable energy manufacturing facilities and re-equipped or expanded facilities. "These tax credits will help create thousands of high quality manufacturing jobs in some of the highest growth segments of the economy."

Modern Warfare 2 - biggest videogame launch of all time?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The latest Americas pre-order data shows that Modern Warfare 2 is the clear winner - already trending ahead of Halo 3: ODST depite launching 6 weeks later. VGChartz expects the title to sell over 3 million copies in America alone in the first few days, which would surpass Grand Theft Auto 4 as the biggest videogame launch of all time.

Astrobiology and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:50 PM PDT

How close are we to discovering life elsewhere in the Solar System? Any discovery of life elsewhere would 'profoundly change our understanding of where we came from and our place in the cosmos'.

Finally, The Best Use For Lego Is Revealed: Lego Voltron

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Lego Voltron. I'm not even sure I need to say anything else other than that.

YouTube Kid Uses Apple Store To Get Famous

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:30 PM PDT

A YouTube user is using the Apple Store as his own, personal A/V studio and audition space. The reactions of the passers by in this video are great - not sure if the kid should be applauded or punched.

AOL Blossoms as Print Retreats

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Its 300 producers in New York are backed by hundreds of freelancers and programmers across the globe who churn out copy and edit photos.

'Smell of Death' Study Could Help Recover Bodies

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Researchers say that a chemical profile of decomposition could eventually lead to a portable electronic device for detecting human bodies at crime scenes and disaster areas.

Burger King Drive-Thru Workers Try To Cheat Timer System

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

If an employee of Burger King or other fast-food drive-throughs ever asks you to back up before pulling forward, they're most likely attempting to re-set the timer sensors so it appears you're being served faster.

Bachmann: I'll Run For President -- If God Calls Me To Do It

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Rep. Michelle Bachman says she will run for president if God calls her to do so, and reminisces about the afternoon when God instructed her to run for the House of Representatives.

Asteroids flock together to build planets

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Swarms of boulders may have collapsed spontaneously under their own gravity in the early solar system, forming the building blocks of the planets

New DNA test uses nanotechnology-finds early signs of Cancer

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Using tiny crystals called quantum dots, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a highly sensitive test to look for DNA attachments that are early warning signs of cancer.................................

15 Ludicrous Straight-to-DVD Sequels That Actually Exist

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Unless you regularly scour the New Releases section of your local Blockbuster, you may not realize how severe The Sequel Pandemic has gotten. Oftentimes it happens to decent movies that did nothing to deserve the embarrassing stigma of a horrendous, star-less straight-to-DVD sequel.

First discovery of life's building block in comet made

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 02:10 PM PDT

NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. "Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet," said Dr. Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

When Bad Things Happen to Funny People

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Doug Stanhope, Elayne Boosler, Merrill Markoe and other standups on the pitfalls of the comedy industry.

Obama aide says president still favors public health plan

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 01:50 PM PDT

The White House sought to reassure jittery supporters that President Obama is not abandoning the fight for a public health insurance option.

New Law of Physics Could Explain Quantum Mysteries

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Now, a new proposed law of physics that describes the geometry of physical reality on the cosmological scale might help answer some of these questions. Plus, the new law could give some clues about the role of gravity in quantum physics, possibly pointing the way to a unified theory of physics.

Hey, what are you up to?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 01:01 PM PDT


Twitter vs. Facebook: Who Will Win in Real-time Search?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Just over a year ago, Twitter acquired a small startup, Summize, a search engine for tweets. Once the deal was done, Twitter launched Twitter Search, and the real-time search revolution began.

7 Awesome Acts of Nature (That Science Can't Explain)

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 12:32 PM PDT

Is 'magic' a scientific explanation?

So, What Are They Going To Do With All Those Clunkers?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 12:21 PM PDT


Theo Fleury Wants To Comeback to NHL After 6 Years

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 12:21 PM PDT

Theo Fleury wants another shot to play the game he loves. After a six year absence Fleury says he's ready to return. Theo last played in the NHL in 2002-03, he was suspended indefinitely for violating the NHL's substance abuse policy.

What's Wrong with the Big Bang Theory?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Radio astronomer, award-winning writer and consultant for 'New Scientist' magazine, Marcus Chown explains his reasons why he believes the Big Bang Theory does not make sense logically.

Spider-Man 5 and 6 Alreading Being Written?

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 11:51 AM PDT

As Sony Pictures Entertainment preps a fourth installment of Spider-Man to begin production early next year, the studio has quietly engaged screenwriter James Vanderbilt to pen Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6.

Muscular Hadrosaur Was One of Last Dinosaurs

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 11:40 AM PDT

One of the last non-avian dinosaurs on Earth was a muscular, swimming duck-billed species that paleontologists recently discovered in Spain, according to a new study.

China to buy U.S. mortgages

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 11:40 AM PDT

By George Chen, Asia Private Equity Correspondent HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, which made big paper losses on stakes in Morgan Stanley and Blackstone, is set to invest up to $2 billion in U.S. mortgages as it...

Inside Mexico's Overcrowded Prisons

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 11:30 AM PDT

As Mexico fights an ongoing battle with drug cartels, its prisons are overcrowded, and criminals continue to commit crimes behind bars.

Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 11:02 AM PDT

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a stunning field of solar sunflowers that soak up the sun's rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of renewable energy. The solar flowers collect energy during the day to power the installation's blue LED lights at night. Leftover power is sent to the grid to offset..

Report Indicates Pandas Could be Extinct in 2-3 Generations

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 10:20 AM PDT

"China's giant panda could be extinct in just two to three generations as rapid economic development is infringing on its way of life, state media said on Monday, citing an expert at conservation group WWF."

It's Time to Legalize Drugs

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 10:20 AM PDT

The war on drugs leads to unregulated, and often violent, public drug dealing.

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