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Friday, September 4, 2009



Big chunk of space junk misses space station

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 06:00 PM PDT

A big piece of space junk safely sped by the international space station and shuttle Discovery, missing by less than a mile.

The Hudson River: Happy 400th! [PICS]

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 06:00 PM PDT

In September of 1609--11 years before the Mayflower landed--an English explorer named Henry Hudson sailed into New York Bay and up a river that would later be named after him. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Hudson's voyage, LIFE searched its archives for the best shots of the river.

The Onion Keeps On Embarrassing Newspapers

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 05:40 PM PDT

The Onion, America's Finest News Source and easily one of the best destinations for quality satire if we ever visited one, strikes yet again. Not only is it wiping the floor with real journalism on Google News Spotlight, but it is also lovingly feeding the dinosaurs satirical stories that wind up getting reported as actual news.

What grandma told me about my period

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Red button for miracle of extra comic panel.

Human Brain Could Be Replicated In 10 Years

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

A model that replicates the functions of the human brain is feasible in 10 years according to neuroscientists in Switzerland. "The only uncertainty is financial. It is an extremely expensive project and not all is yet secured."

Nokia Launches Beta Of Ovi Development Kit

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Nokia has released a test version of the software development kit for its Ovi application platform.

HTML5 Drag-and-Drop API Is no Panacea for Developers

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Developers have been pining for drag-and-drop support in webapps pretty much since the first servers came online. But now, with HTML5 nearly here, true drag and drop support is about to become a reality.

Cops Save $3K / Yr with Anti-Idling Technology for Cop Cars

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Police cars are often left idling because if you stop the engine, you run the risk of having all the electronics and lights drain the battery. But all this idling comes at a cost in wasted gasoline, unnecessary air pollution, and even increased theft risk.

Scientists propose new hypothesis on the origin of life

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

The Miller-Urey experiment, conducted by chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey in 1953, is the classic experiment on the origin of life. It established that the early Earth atmosphere, as they pictured it, was capable of producing amino acids, the building blocks of life, from inorganic substances.

Tetris Changes The Brain, New Study Shows

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Researchers at the Mind Research Network today announced the findings of a scientific study that used brain imaging and Tetris to investigate whether practice makes the brain efficient because it increases gray matter.

New Rule Prevents Teachers from Getting Drunk on Weekends

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

More than 10,000 have signed a petition calling for the scrapping of rules which require them to uphold 'public trust' in their profession outside school.

Inside Steve's Brain: Apple Can Remain Great Without Mr. Job

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Leander at Cult of Mac just released the expanded edition of his great book, Inside Steve's Brain. Here's an excerpt from the new chapters, dealing with Apple's work ethic in the event of Steve's departure or death.

9/11 Shock Awe & Advertising a History of FAIL @AlleyInsider

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The World Wildlife Foundation and agency DDB comparing 9/11 to the 2005 Tsunami. The May History channel ads comparing Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor deaths leaked online. In 2006, ads supposedly created for MTV comparing 9/11 to world hunger. The fake 2008 ads about teen sex supposedly from JC Penney. Photos videos and stories included.

Fan Films Himself Catching Home Run

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

While filming a batting practice a home run shot is hit towards this guy and he manages to keep the camera focused on the ball while catching it.

Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount Suspended For Season After Punch

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Oregon suspends RB LeGarrette Blount for remainder of season for punching Boise State player.

Halo 3: ODST Live Action Trailer

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

What's it take to be an ODST?

Milky Way Over the Mysterious Statues of Easter Island (PIC)

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

On Easter Island, also called Rapa Nui, mysterious statues stand sentinel as the Milky Way spins cold and bright above. The giant moai may represent ancestors who ruled here after Polynesians discovered the island some thousand years ago during a wave of exploration that has been compared in its boldness to modern space voyages. Click to enlarge...

"Ring My Bell:" Catholic Church Sues for Right to Ring Bells

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

You would think that city residents would welcome church bells as a means of drowning out the police sirens and gunshots often heard in Phoenix neighborhoods. Apparently not. In June, a Catholic bishop was sentenced to three years of probation and 10 days in jail (suspended) for violating a noise ordinance by ringing church bells in Phoenix.

A-Rod Groped Female Officer Trying To Catch Foul Ball [Vid]

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Watchout she has a GUN!

Hard Labor: How 10 Animals Struggle to Survive

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Many Americans think of Labor Day as merely the end of summer and part of a welcome three-day weekend. Its origin, however, is in celebrating the labor movement and workers' rights. So enjoy the break (if you get one in this modern 24/7 world), but if you think you have it tough, consider the hard labor put in by these 10 creatures, all just to...

Gus Porter, American Legend with Thomas Haden Church

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Gus Porter gets mauled by a bear, but he won't let the socialist Canadian health care fix him up, so he'll hike back to America.

New England Prep School Throws Away all Their Library Books

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

In its place, they're buying 3 large flat-screen TVs, 18 Kindles, special laptop-friendly study carrels and a $50,000 coffee shop that will include a $12,000 cappuccino machine. These are what our libraries are going to become.

Porsche Designs a 135-Foot Catamaran Megayacht (w/pictures)

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Sure, cars like the Cayenne and even the Panamera are enormous in comparison to the 911. But there's still only so big Porsche can go. That is, on land at least. Not one to be told to stick to its core business, Porsche's design arm has teamed up with a Singapore shipyard to design a state-of-the-art catamaran megayacht.

The Beatles - Get Back (Live on a Rooftop in 1969)

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona for some California grass.

A Month in Space - Picture Stories

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:31 PM PDT

An "impossible" view of the sun, cosmic starbirth and other highlights from August

Gates: AP decision 'appalling'

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:31 PM PDT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is objecting to an Associated Press decision to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life. The AP reported that the Marine's father had asked, in an interview and in a follow-up phone call, that the image, taken by an embedded photographer, not be published.

Two Mongolias (Pics)

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:21 PM PDT

Collected here are photographs from Mongolia (the independent nation), and Inner Mongolia (a neighboring autonomous region of the People's Republic of China) who share a common history and geography, and have both evolved in recent years, centering much of their growth on their famous culture.

Why the Rich Clip More Coupons Than the Poor

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:11 PM PDT

Some 1.6 billion coupons were redeemed in the U.S. in the first half of 2009. That's up 23 percent compared to last year. Who is turning all those coupons in to save on purchases? Odds are it's a suburbanite who is fairly well off.

Transsexual prisoner wins right to be in female prison

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

A transsexual killer who tried to rape a woman must be moved to a female prison because holding her with men breaches her rights, a judge has ruled.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Doesn't Hate MP3s

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

We live in an age when the fidelity of our music is seemingly less important than our ability to easily access, transport, and share it. As vinyl records were eventually replaced almost entirely by CDs as the predominant music format, MP3s and other files have now become the standard.

Texas to write Gingrich-based high school History--for all?

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

The GOP-controlled State Board of Education is working on a new set of statewide textbook standards for, among other subjects, U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction. And it turns out what the board decides may end up having implications far beyond the Lone Star State.

The 6 People Who Ruin A UFC PPV Party

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Put two men in a steel cage and let them destroy each other. In doing so, you'll get one of the fastest growing sports in the world today. What was once considered barbaric and savage is now setting trends..Unfortunately when it comes to watching this sport via pay-per-view, you'll need to prepare yourself for the douchebaggery of spectators..

Evolution of Nintendo's Controllers: Simple to WTF and Back

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 12:31 PM PDT

The Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's 3rd home console and featured one of the most baffling controllers of all time.

The Most Exalted Star Wars Religious Art In The Universe

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Star Wars is a religious experience for many of us, whether or not we actually feel the Force. But some artists take it even further, depicting Star Wars characters as saints, martyrs and religious icons.

Cash For Clunkers Created Shortage for Demolition Derbies

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

There's at least one group of people who are happy Cash for Clunkers is over: demolition-derby drivers. Participants in these events don't enjoy the sight of old cars going out of commission without making a pit stop at the county fairground.

Study Says Real-Time GPS Can Cut Emissions By 21%

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

According to a new study, cars equipped with GPS navigation systems with real-time traffic info can save American drivers a hefty four days -- and 21 percent of their cars' carbon emissions -- a year.

California's Slab City as No One's Seen Before [Video]

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

This short documentary goes to the last truly isolated place in America, California's Slab City. Meet the residents: loners, hippies, tweakers, and people that just want to live off the grid. It's free reign in the place they like to call "The Last Free Place in America."

50 things that are being killed by the internet

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:31 AM PDT

The internet has wrought huge changes on our lives – both positive and negative – in the fifteen years since its use became widespread.

Harmonix: How 'horrendous failure' led to GH & Rock Band

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Harmonix' founders revolutionized the gaming industry with Guitar Hero and Rock Band -- but first, they nearly went broke. Repeatedly.

Stephen Colbert is a 'Go' for Space Shuttle Launch

Posted: 04 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Colbert got his name and face on a new treadmill for the space station's gym.

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