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Sunday, September 6, 2009



Source: Danica Patrick to race in NASCAR's Nationwide Series

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Danica Patrick will all but certainly be in NASCAR in 2010, but won't give up IndyCar racing and will limit next year's activity to the Nationwide Series and Trucks, according to a source very close to the situation.

10 of the Most Extreme 'Space' Observatories on Earth [PICS]

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Ten of the most remote, awe-inspiring places from which to observe -- and where scientists are regularly observing and analyzing -- space. From the most remote arctic islands to the inside (literally a mile deep) of the Japanese Alps to a station based 1000s of feet under a frozen Russian lake.

The Subtle Impact of "Stimulus" (Comic)

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Anyone feeling stimulated yet?

Fire no longer threatening LA-area communities

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

With one of the largest wildfires in Southern California history nearly half contained, authorities were pressing forward with their investigation to try and determine who set the deadly blaze.

Crack Found In SF Bay Bridge Could Delay Opening

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Crews working on a seismic retrofit of the Bay Bridge on Saturday found what officials called a "significant crack" in the eastern span that could keep it closed beyond Tuesday morning's scheduled reopening.

10 Computing Conspiracy Theories Examined

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

A conspiracy theory's recipe is disarmingly simple: an occurrence, the suggestion of a dark cabal, a wilful disregard for evidence and a creative mind. Once released the tale takes on a life of its own. Here are 10 of the top PC-related theories and whether they are rooted in reality or fantasy

USA Considers $10 'Tourist Fee' to Pay for Promoting Tourism

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

A proposal currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress may soon charge visitors to the United States a $10 entry fee.

Newfound Moon May Be Source of Outer Saturn Ring

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found within Saturn's G ring an embedded moonlet that appears as a faint, moving pinprick of light. Scientists believe it is a main source of the G ring and its single ring arc.

Is Spell Check Creating a Generation of Dummies?

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Since the first spell checker appeared on personal computers in 1980, the tool has caught uncounted misspellings and common usage errors. But, language experts say we've grown so accustomed to our trusty spell check button, that we are using it less like a helpful reminder of the grammar rules, and more like a crutch.

Industry-Backed Label Calls Sugary Cereal a "Smart Choice"

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

A seal meant to flag healthier food has been granted to the likes of Froot Loops and full-fat mayonnaise, alarming nutritionists.

10 Technologies We Stole From the Animal Kingdom

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

People have been lifting ideas from Mother Nature for decades. Velcro was inspired by the hooked barbs of thistle, and the first highway reflectors were made to mimic cat eyes. But today, the science of copying nature, a field known as biomimetics, is a billion-dollar industry. Here are some of our favorite technologies that came in from the wild.

Chargers' Shawne Merriman arrested for choking Tila Tequila

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of choking and restraining television reality show hostess and model Tila "Tequila" Nguyen, according to deputies.

5 girls strip-searched at school

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

School officials in Atlantic forced five teenage girls to take off their clothing for a search after a classmate reported $100 missing from her purse. Atlantic's superintendent calls the action 'allowable.'

Why not spend $21 billion on solar power from space?

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

The Japanese government is prepared to spend some 2 trillion yen on a one-gigawatt orbiting solar power station—and this week Mitsubishi and other Japanese companies have signed on to boost the effort.

The Future of our Planet

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Hope you don't have any long-term plans...

White House: public health care plan is Negotiable

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

White House officials said Sunday a government health insurance option is negotiable, signaling a potential compromise on an issue that President Barack Obama's liberal supporters consider do-or-die.

"We Should Be Treating Health As A Condition, Not Commodity"

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:10 PM PDT

On Fridays episode of Bill Moyers Journal, Moyers succinctly described the current state of the health care debate: "here we are, wallowing in our dysfunction." After some words about the armed protesters at Town Hall events, Moyers turned to Obama's role in the debate:

Yakuza Gang now Requiring Members to Take Written Exam

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Japan's largest and most notorious organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, is forcing members to take a "gangster exam" in order to reduce costly damages suits, police have discovered.

The Lynch Factor: How To Make Hollywood Movies Weird

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

David Lynch is a film and television director known for his distinctive and unusual movies which are totally ***** weird.

Cats Don't Care WTF (Pic)

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT


Greatest Video Game Quotes This Generation

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

The cake is a lie.

Top 10 Anime movies that surpass Disney by lightyears

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Ten anime movies that surpass virtually anything Disney has made, including the Pixar films.

Will a speed bump power the grid?

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 12:20 PM PDT

The Burger King on U.S. Highway 22 in Hillside, N.J., looks no different from any other franchise in the state. Customers pull in and out all day, and at least 100,000 cars visit the drive-thru each year. And now a newly installed, mechanized speed bump...

Pirates Jump on District 9 Torrents

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 12:00 PM PDT

With over a million downloads in less than 24 hours, Peter Jackson's Sci-Fi thriller District 9 is well on its way to becoming the most pirated movie of 2009. The huge download spike is caused by a DVD quality version of the movie that leaked onto various BitTorrent sites yesterday.

Insane Item Abuse Super Mario World Speedrun

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 11:20 AM PDT

Before complaints start, yes, it's a Tool Assisted speedrun. Yes, it's still pretty freakin' insane, even for a TAS, and I'd like to see you do better.

A Shot Against Cancer: Vaccines vs a Fearsome Disease

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

We get vaccinated against all manner of diseases; except the one we fear most. But that may be changing

The 3 Most Baffling Fight Scenes in Movie History

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 10:40 AM PDT

The fight scene is the single most important and meaningful expression in cinema. Without it, the inspirational montage would not exist. But while nobody can dispute the value of the fight scene, the great tragedy is that the best are not always the brightest: Here are the most epic fight scenes in the history of films that you've never seen:

Technorati hiring bloggers to compete with blogs they track?

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 10:20 AM PDT

Beginning in October, Technorati will feature original content on the site written by bloggers. What is Technorati planning? Another Google Knol or Mahalo? Whatever their plans are its a risky strategy to compete with the same blogs you are tracking.

Mother Saves Son By Fighting Off Cougar With a Water Bottle

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 09:50 AM PDT

Dawn Impey was on a hike with her two children and her husband when a cougar suddenly appeared and attacked her 5-year-old son. Faced between life and death for her son, she reacted quickly and furiously attacked the animal with a metal water bottle. Dawn's repeated blows with the water bottle finally forced the cougar to retreat into the bush.

Bizarre Animal Behavior: Alcoholic Vervets, Shark Eating Bab

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 09:40 AM PDT

Animals have evolved some truly bizarre behaviors. Watch our video slideshow to find out about the spotted skunk that handstands for defense, the pistol shrimp that kills by sonic powered shockwave, mushroom tripping reindeer and much more.

Farmers Urged to Get Ready as Climate Change Threatens Crops

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 09:40 AM PDT

Even if global temperatures rise slowly, climate change could slash the yields of some of the world's most important crops almost in half, according to a new study published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Florida Republican Chair politicizes school, attacks Obama

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 09:40 AM PDT

There once was a political operative who loved to tell crowds he had a simple way of explaining to children the difference between Republicans and Democrats. That man is Jim Greer who, as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, claimed school is no place for politics and Obama's "indoctrination." Ah..jokes about Hillary Clinton to schoolkids.

That better be a DAMN good book.

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 09:20 AM PDT


Palin Resignation Costs Alaska

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 09:00 AM PDT

Early estimates put the cost of Sarah Palin's midterm resignation as Alaska governor at a minimum of $40,000, not including a special legislative session partly linked to her departure. The preliminary figures obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show it cost the state almost $14,100 for the July 26 swearing...

Lobster wars rock remote Maine island

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 08:30 AM PDT

Lobster fishermen have feuded for generations over who can set traps, and where. To protect their fishing grounds, the lobstermen here have been known to cut trap lines, circle their boats menacingly around unwelcome vessels and fire warning blasts from shotguns.

Call of Duty 4: Galactic Warfare Trailer [Mod]

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 08:20 AM PDT

Here's an awesome mod for Modern Warfare called Galactic Warfare, featuring characters from Star Wars.

The evolution of Japanese game commercials

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 06:00 AM PDT

30 years of daft, brilliant and disturbingly odd TV skits

A 250 lb. Vegan in the National Football League?

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 05:20 AM PDT

Another NFL season is upon us but what can the red meat macho world of pro football offer an earth-friendly greenie? How about a lesson in eco-eating from Atlanta Falcons Tight End Tony Gonzalez? In 2008—his first meat-free season—Gonzalez stuck to his diet and broke two major records for his position. "I was like, 'OK, this is working,'" he said.

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life [Video]

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 03:50 AM PDT

BBC's Darwin season featured 'Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life' - an animation which illustrates an idea that Darwin and his contemporaries used to explain the evolutionary links between living things. This amazing animation was narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

New Microprocessor Runs On Thin Air

Posted: 06 Sep 2009 03:30 AM PDT

There's no shortage of ways to perform calculations without a standard electronic computer. But the latest in a long lineMovie Camera of weird computers runs calculations on nothing more than air.

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