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Thursday, August 20, 2009



Anti-cancer drug Gardasil causes illness - study

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 06:40 AM PDT

Anti-cancer drug Gardasil, which has been given to millions of Australians, has caused fainting, nausea, dizziness and blood clots among thousands of US women, a major study has found.

A Foie Gras Even the Ducks Can Love

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 06:40 AM PDT

Foie gras, the fatty, unctuous liver of over-fed ducks has always been perceived as a delicacy, or reviled as the epitome of animal cruelty. While this doesn't sound very tasty to most, there is one free-range farmer dubbed the 'Goose Whisperer' that may change your mind about this long contested delicacy.

Giant Robotic Cages to Roam Seas as Future Fish Farms

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 06:10 AM PDT

Giant, propeller-driven fish farms may someday mimic the movements of wild schools or even allow fish to forage "free range" before recapturing them. Already, remote-control models are paving the way.

Where Do People Spend Money on Movies? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 06:10 AM PDT

Going out to a movie is expensive, so, as discretionary income shrinks, low-cost options for home delivery such as NetFlix and others are emerging as alternatives to the local Cineplex. Combining convenience with the lowest possible cost, Redbox is the biggest emerging threat to the big movie chains.

Coal Strip Mine Would Destroy Salmon Streams in Cook Inlet

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 05:50 AM PDT

PacRim Coal's plan to strip mine coal right through 11 miles of salmon-bearing streams in Alaska would destroy critical wetlands and headwater streams beyond the point of restoration, according to three new studies. The fisheries along the Chuit River would be severely damaged, & the researchers say that restoration would be "virtually impossible".

Hands-on: DJ Hero

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 05:50 AM PDT

It may look like Guitar Hero at first glance, but DJ Hero is anything but. The introduction of a new plastic controller (this time, in the shape of a turntable) certainly changes the feel of the game, but what really makes DJ Hero so novel is its sound.

Silicon Valley Elite Flock To Y Combinator Demo Day

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 05:40 AM PDT

I'm here at Y Combinator's Demo Day, where the latest batch of the incubator program's startups are showing off the fruits of their ...

What Really Happens When You Divide By Zero [PIC]

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 05:30 AM PDT

oh shi-

IMF says world economy is recovering

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 05:30 AM PDT

In a report released Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund forecast the global economic recovery has started. It also noted, however, that sustained improvement will require continued structural changes to correct global imbalances.

iTunes 9 to Have Facebook Support

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 05:00 AM PDT

A report filed by a tipster claiming access to iTunes 9 says that it is "possible" the next version of iTunes will sport both DVD import and playback as well as Facebook integration.

Disney Studio's First Star, Virginia Davis, Dies at Age 90

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 04:30 AM PDT

Walt Disney was a struggling young cartoon filmmaker in Kansas City, Mo., in 1923 when he came up with the idea of having a young girl interact with animated characters in a series of silent comedy shorts. Virginia Davis played Alice in numerous Disney shorts.

Burgers Made Me Dumb

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 04:10 AM PDT

"That sounds an awful lot like menopause," he said. "Has your vagina been particularly dry lately?" Then he hung up. Next I consulted a gastroenterologist I play basketball with. Would it be smart and/or ethical for him to prescribe me Anipryl? I asked."Or," he said, "you could just stop eating burgers." Three weeks and another 23 burgers later,

BAMM! Farmers Insurance pulls Beck ads

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 03:40 AM PDT

BAMM! Beck loses another advertiser.

iPhone owners love Apple's smartphone, hate AT&T, survey say

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 03:10 AM PDT

Owners of Apple's new iPhone 3GS love the device, but more than half of them hate AT&T, the smartphone's exclusive mobile carrier in the U.S., according to a just-released survey.

15 Spectacular Shots of Comet McNaught

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 03:00 AM PDT

Comet McNaught is like the paparazzi friendly celebrity among celestial phenomena. The brightest comet of the 21st century likes to please its audience and rewards loyal viewers by being visible with the naked eye.

Frustrated tweets are a new headache for Airlines

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 02:30 AM PDT

Indignant letters, e-mails and phone calls can still get results for unhappy airline travelers, but more are finding that if you really want to vent your frustrations, you can now be loud and fast and public.

60 Minutes Creator Don Hewitt Has Died

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 02:20 AM PDT

"60 Minutes"spokesman Kevin Tedesco confirmed 86-year-old Don Hewitt has died. Earlier this year, Hewitt was diagnosed with a small, contained tumor.

A Call for Change, Real Change

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 02:10 AM PDT

The condition of contemporary political dialogue is disgraceful. Rather than debating the issues, American media figures, politicians, and commentators repeat old arguments and report valueless stories. For example, no less than 8,826 news stories were written on our nation's (so-called) "beer summit." To be frank, who cares? Is it uplifting? No.

i've got a baaaaaaad feeling about this

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 02:00 AM PDT


Colleges Pushing Green Agenda at a Rapid Pace

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 01:50 AM PDT

It's the time of year when college students return to campuses across the United States. As the 2009-2010 year dawns upon them, many students will find their schools taking action to reduce their environmental impact. In fact, the trend of colleges and universities going green is growing at an incredible pace.

Cincinnati Man Arrested 146 Times Since 1998

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 01:30 AM PDT

Authorities said Bennie Crabtree is the most-arrested man in the county. Records show he has been arrested 146 times since 1998, when Hamilton County's record-keeping system was updated. Veteran police officers said he was arrested many more times in the decades before that.

Five Tricks to Help Your Brain Get Stronger

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 01:10 AM PDT

Most of us don't worry about our memory fading. But memory problems can arise early as your 20s, according to a new University of Virginia study.

7 National Parks With Punch -- PICS

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 01:00 AM PDT

Here we focus on the largest, smallest, oldest, newest and least- and most-visited of the system's 58 national parks.

Whats the hellen keller dance? [Pic]

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 01:00 AM PDT

"maybe shes a model and its the way she walks or something?" Oh dear God.

David Lynch's "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" Trailer

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:50 AM PDT

Directed by Werner Herzog and produced by David Lynch, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done [I liked it better when it had a shorter title] just released its first trailer (above)."The project is based on the case of former University of San Diego student and Old Globe actor Mark Yavorsky, who in the late '70s killed his mother with an antique sword..

Nick Schuyler Recounts His Survival Tale: 'I Still Ask, Why

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:50 AM PDT

Six months after a boating accident took the lives of NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and former South Florida player Will Bleakley, the

Fake Holidays (PICS)

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:40 AM PDT

Most vacations involve self-deception. We all do it to varying degrees, but to engage in the fantasy of a few days in paradise is to partake in a willful suspension of disbelief.

The World's Most Unusual Animal Friends

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:40 AM PDT

The world's most unusual and sometimes illadvised animal friendships.

S'more Bacon, Please? 17 Extreme S'more Creations

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:30 AM PDT

From the Napoleon Complex and Sad Muppet S'mores to the high-powered Wasabi S'more and the red-pepper-based S'Mas Caliente, these creations have something for just about anyone jonesing for a little chocolate/marshmallow/graham cracker treat.

The 50 Funniest Internet Infographics

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:20 AM PDT

Infographics – those clever, funny images that sum things up, lickity-split. So get ready Internetians, here are the 50 funniest infographics to ever hit the Web.

Baseball Errs With Lax Penalty on Pitchers

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 12:10 AM PDT

As the 89th anniversary of the death of Ray Chapman at the hands of a pitcher has just passed, it is important to remember how soft Major League Baseball has been on this life-threatening practice.

5 Things You Didn't Know About District 9

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 11:40 PM PDT

There's a lot more to District 9 than just exploding Tesla guns. Did you know one actor played all the aliens, plus some major scenes were improvised? We list the top things you should know about the new alien epic. After the District 9 roundtable and a one-on-one with director Neill Blomkamp, we found out a lot about what went on behind the scenes

Explaining the Ins and Outs of the NFL's Hall of Fame Voting

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 11:30 PM PDT

Anybody who hasn't been an NFL Hall of Fame voter can't understand how the voting works or why certain people get in and others don't. I'm in my 17th year as a voter, and I'm often not sure I understand it either. But I also feel that 98 percent of the people in the Hall deserve to be there.

The People Making $15 Per Hour As StandIns For Big Lobbyists

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 11:00 PM PDT

Rose and Zine Hosein have stand-up jobs - and get paid $15 an hour for it. The 60-something couple have the ultimate niche occupation in Washington's influence economy, holding places in line for lobbyists outside crowded congressional hearing rooms.

Guy Dumps Hit-Run BMW In Clunkers, Blames Dings on Wild Hog

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 10:50 PM PDT

A man accused of using the Cash for Clunkers program to ditch his BMW after a fatal hit-and-run crash is due in a Phoenix court on Thursday.

The 5 Most Embarrassing Failures in the History of Terrorism

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 10:30 PM PDT

Terrorism isn't exactly rocket science. It's something pretty much anyone can do. But, incredibly, people still manage to ***** it up.

Mints Believed To Be Crack Land Man In Jail

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 10:20 PM PDT

A man is suing the Kissimmee Police Department for an arrest over mints. When officers pulled Donald May over for an expired tag, they thought the mints he was chewing were crack and arrested him.

If Schools Told The Truth

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 10:20 PM PDT

School's right around the corner, god dammit, which means another year of lies, overpriced textbooks and underpaid teachers.

Ogg Theora: what's working, what's needed, and where next.

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 10:10 PM PDT

This "state of the Ogg" post from the Free Software Foundation is a great intro to the free video format that's finally ready for primetime: what's working great, what parts are still tricky (plus how to deal), and where to go from here.

My Village 100 Years Ago and Now

Posted: 19 Aug 2009 09:50 PM PDT

It's one of the few places that become more beautiful with time.

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