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Tuesday, September 8, 2009



Diamonds are for softies - boron is harder

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:40 PM PDT

The super-tough gemstones are in danger of losing their crown as the hardest kid on the block

Beckham May Be Eyeing Montreal, Looking to M.L.S. Future

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:40 PM PDT

David Beckham & his managers are said to be interested in being partners with the owner of the Montreal Impact of the First Division of United Soccer Leagues. Part of his 5year deal with Major League Soccer & the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham's contract includes a clause that enables him to operate a team, or part of a team, in MLS as early as 2012.

Sudan:Woman Journalist Jailed For Wearing Trousers

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Sudanese woman journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein was sent to jail after she refused to pay a 500 Sudanese pounds ( 200 US dollars) fine imposed by a court on Monday for wearing trousers, deemed indecent by Sudanese Islamic law. She was taken to the prison for women in Omdurman.....

Bill Clinton: Don't Worry About GOP -- They're in La-La Land

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:20 PM PDT

The former president also talks candidly about his own efforts to reform health care fifteen years ago, about the Supreme Court decision that resolved the 2000 election, about the state of the Republican Party and the prospect for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.

Epic Rescue: Off-Duty Fireman Saves Baby from Car Fire (Vid)

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

A car crash strands a family inside a burning car. Fortunately everyone, including two off-duty firemen, spring into action.

Welcome to Area 5. Respect the Game. - Blog - CO-OP 0212 --

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Creators of the popular video game show CO-OP now on Revision3

Driver Wears Monkey Mask to Beat Speed Cameras

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Valley Monkey has 37 unpaid photo enforcement tickets; actually it's just a dude in a mask, but he's not paying the tickets either.

Whoa! There is an Actual Ninja Restaurant in Japan

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Just opposite train station Akasaka is the culinary temple for Tokyo's hungry ninja fans. Specially dressed ninja waiters lead diners through an underground fantasy world with built-in obstacles. A drawbridge to the main dining room opens only after a holler from the head ninja. On the menu are hundreds of differently decorated ninja dishes.

UK's oldest computer to be restored to working order

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Britain's oldest computer, which was designed to perform mathematical calculations - to be, more or less, a gigantic calculator - is headed for the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley, where it will be restored to working order. The gigantic device measures 2.4 by 5 meters.

Video stores, union reps rally against buck-a-night DVD kios

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

The $1 movie rentals available through DVD kiosks like Redbox could spell "disaster" for the film and video industries—or at least, that's the argument of representatives for video stores and Hollywood unions, who want movie lovers to dump Redbox and return to their corner "mom-and-pop" DVD rental outlets.

The Top 5 Reccession-Proof Jobs (Chart)

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT


The Afghan Stakes: Not Time to Quit

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

A U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would have terrible consequences in the war on terror.

Surfers prepare for the big bore

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Surfers travel from across the country to Gloucestershire to ride some of the biggest Severn Bores this year at the weekend.

Can Science Unlock the Secret to Eternal Youth?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

In the past decade, the concept of not growing old has crept from the pages of fiction into the mission statements of some of the best research institutions in the world. Will some people today live to 1,000?

New High Res Images from Mars | HiRISE |

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera takes pictures that are about 6 km wide and some greater amount long, with resolution down to as small as one meter.

Did dinosaurs really walk like that?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT


Looking for Signs Our Frequent Flyer Will Go Nuts

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Could Nonstop Travel Cause This Frequent Flyer to Fly Off the Handle?

John McEnroe Returns to Tennis (YES I AM SERIOUS)

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Johnny Mac is back. After Nojak Djokovic took down Radek Stepanek in straight sets on Monday, he tried to take a shot at McEnroe by challenging him to point. Mac ripped off his tie and sprinted down to the court and beat Djokovic down.

The mainstreaming of evil

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Perhaps you've heard all the uproar about President Obama's speech today. A group of folks is very concerned about a speech of his today, because he's talking to children...

"Anonymized" data really isn't --and here's why not

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:51 PM PDT

Companies continue to store and sometimes release vast databases of "anonymized" information about users. But, as Netflix, AOL, and the State of Massachusetts have learned, "anonymized" data can often be cracked in surprising ways, revealing the hidden secrets each of us are assembling in online "databases of ruin"

Whatever Happened To Porn Like Grandma Used To Make?

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Any Porn is good Porn, and there's a hell of a lot of it around these days. But does it always have to be so nasty? We take a look back to the gentler Porn of yesteryear.

Surprise! Air Jordan Picks Thompson As HoF Presenter

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Michael Jordan has chosen David Thompson, another high flier from North Carolina, to present him Friday at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony at Springfield, Mass. Jordan highlights a class that includes David Robinson, John Stockton, and coach Jerry Sloan.

Egyptian temples followed heavenly plans

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

ANCIENT Egyptian temples were aligned so precisely with astronomical events that people could set their political, economic and religious calendars by them. So finds a study of 650 temples, some dating back to 3000 BC.

You Know You're A '90's Kid If...

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

below is a collection of awesomeness that will take you right back to a time when 'responsibility' wasn't in your vocabulary, Encarta helped you with research, and pay phones weren't lonely.

California Kicks Off $75M Green Jobs Training Program

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

..touted as the nation's largest state-sponsored green jobs training program. Paid for in part with stimulus funds, the Clean Energy Workforce Training Program aims to prepare 20,000 California adults for a range of green collar jobs, such as green building design, solar panel installation, and sustainable landscape, among other professions.

Inglorious Lego Basterds

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Cousin, business is a-boomin'

Top 20 Places To Launch A Career In Recession (Graphic)

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

With American unemployment at a 26 year high, the hunt to find a job is more desperate then ever.Discover which top US companies are the ones worth applying to in terms of your qualifications, skills and salary expectations.

China Cracks Down on Piracy with Mountains of Paperwork

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:10 PM PDT

China has begun a massive effort to crack down on Internet music piracy. The government expects all music providers in China to provide translated lyrics and licensing documents for every single song they offer by the year's end. The rules also apply to search engines, though it's not clear how they will obtain that info for files they don't host.

Teen invents £23 solar panel;could solve world's energy need

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:10 PM PDT

A new type of solar panel using human hair could provide the world with cheap, green electricity, believes its teenage inventor. Milan Karki, 18, believes he has found the solution to the developing world's energy needs.

Why Ayn Rand Would Have Loved Obama's Education Speech

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Now that the text of President Obama's upcoming speech has been released, Republicans find themselves even looking more like a bunch of fools. That is because it looks like something that GOP idols like Ayn Rand, Barry Goldwater, or Glen Beck may have written.

The Impact of the Recession on Different Age Groups

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Today we will summarize some of these findings in order to pinpoint recessionary pressures on particular age groups.

Canadians Caught as Copyright Consultation Nears Conclusion

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

The Canadian government is conducting ongoing public consultations on copyright reform. In a guest post for TorrentFreak Prof. Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa explains why Canadian Internet users should speak out on copyright today.

Chimp Babies Are Better Behaved Than Human Babies

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 12:40 PM PDT

They are thought of as the mischief-makers of the animal kingdom. But baby chimps are less of a handful than their human cousins. They also smile more -- showing 16 different smiles, to human babies' 13.

Firefox 4.0 On The Horizon For Late Next Year

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Before that, however, there will be 3.6, which will include Windows 7 integration, "awesomeformcomplete" and optimizations for session restore and startup. That's due any time now - scheduled for anytime from the end of the month through November.

Bobcat Goldthwait is NOT Dead - He’s Making Damn Good Movies

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Like any filmmaker, Bobcat Goldthwait wants to connect with an audience, but he is more interested in making films that he would see. World's Greatest Dad, starring Robin Williams, is easily his best film to date. Here he discusses the movie, shedding his "Bobcat" persona, the state of movies today, and being mistaken for a corpse in airports.

Gold returns back above $1,000

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Gold hits $1,000 an ounce for the first time since February, amid mixed signals about the direction of the global economy.

Airline terror trial: The bomb plot to kill 10,000 people

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Three British Muslims have been convicted of planning a series of co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks on transatlantic airliners, which could have killed up to 10,000 people.

Global Financial Crisis Hits Mongolia's Grasslands

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

The IMF has declared the worst of the global recession over, but that's not the case in Mongolia, where the financial crisis hit later than in the U.S. And a plunge in commodity prices - especially metals and wool - is having a huge impact.

No Beatles on iTunes

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

Peter Kafka with MediaMemo cited "a source familiar with the band's plans" in a story Tuesday, in which he debunks the ongoing rumors that the world's most famous rock band would see its catalog debut on Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Google Makes Concessions to European Publishers

Posted: 08 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

In a move to assuage European publishers' concerns over book digitization, Google on Monday said European books still listed as commercially available will not be included in its online registry of orphaned and out-of-print works--unless rights holders give their express authorization.

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