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Wednesday, September 9, 2009



APOD: 2009 september 9

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 06:09 PM PDT

A different astronomy and space sciencerelated image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

French Ban Kissing to Keep Swine Flue at Bay

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 06:00 PM PDT

A KISS on the cheek is as French as garlic, red wine or rude waiters – but the traditional greeting has been banned over swine flu fears.

Bizarre Tongue-Eating Parasite Discovered

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:50 PM PDT

It's a bizarre creature that survives by eating its hosts' tongue and then attaching itself inside the mouth.

10 years later: Why the Dreamcast was so important

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:40 PM PDT

We break down why Sega's doomed system is the industry's most beloved cult console

Apple Event Roundup

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Paul and Ringo did not make an appearance, and the Apple tablet wasn't at Wednesday's Apple press conference, as expected. But chief executive Steve Jobs returned to debut an iPod nano with a built-in video camera and FM tuner.

Hi, This Is God! Do Not Piss On This Wall (PIC)

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Here is a how a community in Bangalore the solved the grave issue of people urinating on their building wall. They turned to "God" for help.

Consumers Finally Realize That Bluetooth is Ugly, Goofy

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Finally, some confirmation that we actually aren't crazy. Well, too crazy. We always wondered where exactly the crowds were that were responsible for buying up all of these Bluetooth headsets, and while we'd see one or two self-talkers walking around the mall every so often, we never saw these things as being incredibly popular.

The Best Movie Schools

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ridgemont High School: A clique-retardant wonderland in which stoners hang with the little brothers of touted football prospects and nerds get to date girls who look like Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Congress to end long flight delays

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The business travel community is siding with Congress on a new law that would address flight delays on the tarmac. The Business Travel Coalition, which represents the travel departments of 300 companies, is announcing today that it supports a new law that would give passengers some elbow room when a plane's stuck on the ground.

12 Awesome Pics from 2009 DragonCon

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The 2009 edition of DragonCon occurred over Labor Day weekend, and photographer Scott Thigpen was there to capture the experience. Here are a dozen of our favorites.

Sega Announces Brand New 2D Sonic for 2010

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Sega teases "Project Needlemouse" which seems to be a High Definition 2D Sonic game for 2010

New look at Alzheimer's could revolutionise treatment

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

GENES that increase the risk of Alzheimer's and a blood protein that speeds up cognitive decline are radically changing our view of the devastating illness.

Europe Moves Closer to Banning Bluefin Tuna Trade

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

With Bluefin tuna stocks plummeting, the European Commission agrees to a move that is likely to list the fish as endangered. Environmentalists applaud, but fishermen are unhappy

Pissed off man dumped hot oil on his neighbor while he slept

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

The 44-year-old victim supposedly kept the door ajar because the night was so hot; after being splashed with perhaps several quarts of boiling oil he suffered third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body and remains in San Francisco General Hospital.

Who's Killing the Electric Plane

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

U.S. Aviation designers are hampered by federal rules restricting the use of battery-powered aircraft. Here is a look at a few electric planes that, under current FAA rules, are unavailable to sport pilots.

Even AT&T says AT&T can't handle the iPhone

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

It's unanimous then. Everybody agrees iPhone shouldn't be exclusive to AT&T

iPhone OS 3.1 is offical, available today

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Apple just announced iPhone OS 3.1, which includes Genius recommendations for the App Store. It's available today for free to iPhone users and iPod touch users with 3.0. Developing...

Medical Robots to Revolutionise Surgery

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Robots could help to transform surgery in the next decade...

Manure, HD TVs Among Greenhouse Gas Sources to Watch

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Carbon dioxide isn't the only global warming villain: Animal waste and consumer electronics production are releasing other potent heat-trapping gases. "It is happening more rapidly than [it was] projected to happen," said Jay Gulledge, a senior scientist at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Arlington, Virginia.

R Grim: Priceless: How The Fed Bought The Economics Professi

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

The Federal Reserve, through its extensive network of consultants, visiting scholars, alumni and staff economists, so thoroughly dominates the field of economics that real criticism of the central bank has become a career liability for members of the profession, an investigation by the Huffington Post has found.

The Life and Times of a Notorious Kansas City Prostitute

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

"She should be back at Ninth and Benton in 15 or 30 minutes, but that's never guaranteed. Darlene knows that she could end up in an abandoned house or floating in the Missouri River.Even with a shot of pepper spray in her pocket, she knows that the odds are against her..."

The Best Of Derren Brown (Videos)

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

If you're from the UK then Derren Brown will most probably need no introduction, if however you are not - you maybe wondering what all the big fuss is about. Derren Brown has beaten 9 chess grand masters at one time, read minds and conducted seances with the dead, taught Doctor Who how to see into the future, and made an animal lover kill a kitten.

Not Photoshopped [PICS]

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

From Gulliver's Travels to Alice in Wonderland, the idea of people shrinking and growing has proven endlessly fascinating. What if, we wonder, we were that big or that small?

U.S. buys weather supercomputer with twin backup

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

The U.S. has upgraded the supercomputer used to develop weather forecast models, a system so critical to meteorologists that the government has bought a second, identical system as a backup.

Finally, Facebook Gets Some Music Love - Peace Out MySpace

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Nimbit MyStore for Facebook gives musicians, managers, and labels an easy way to sell and market music, merchandise and eTickets directly from the artist's Facebook profile and pages.

Mother furious high school coach had her son baptized

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

The mother of a Kentucky high school football player is furious over the Christian baptism of her son during what he said was supposed to be a school outing for a steak dinner and "motivational speaker."

15 of the Most Memorable Lines in Video Game History (+Vids)

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Some lines are classics. Some are internet memes based on hilarious mistranslation. Some are throwaway, but they stick in your head because of how frequently you heard them.

Feds to Let Citizens Log In With Yahoo, Google, Paypal

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

US citizens will be able to log in to government websites using their Google, Yahoo, or Paypal account. The Fed's pilot program will allow people to interact with various government websites using an OpenID or an Information Card, two of the most popular emerging technologies for web users to manage their identities across multiple websites.

Magnetic Monopoles Detected In Real Magnet For First Time

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre Berlin, in cooperation with colleagues from Dresden, St. Andrews, La Plata and Oxford, have for the first time observed magnetic monopoles and how they emerge in a real material.

Playtex [PIC]

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Who needs a pacifier when you've got toys like these?

Digg as a Pie Chart

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Gunaxin as a pie chart: 90% awesome, 10% breasts

Blood Donation Process In America (Graphic)

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Currently, only 3 percent of the Amiercan population regularly donates blood and due to these shocking figures, the American Red Cross blood supply is 48 hours from being empty.

The Beatle Movies That Never Happened

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

So, you've got Beatles: Rock Band and the remastered albums, but what about their movies? And not just the ones that were released, but ones that never happened. Wouldn't a Lord of the Rings movie starring the Beatles have been cool? (Almost happened.) That's just one of the band's many aborted film projects that make you wonder what could've been.

Twitter to Generate Revenue as Site Grows Like "Gangbusters"

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The products might include an "analytics dashboard" to help companies monitor Tweets about their business, or verified corporate Twitter accounts, Stone told reporters yesterday at an event in Mexico City.

New Airplane Design Proposes Seating Passengers Face-To-Face

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

If British design company Design Q gets its way, airplanes of the future will seat passengers in an innovative—dare we say interactive—high-density configuration. More specifically, they intend to essentially seat passengers face to face for the entire trip...

Philly man who claimed WR Harrison shot him dies

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

A Philadelphia man who accused former Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison(notes) of shooting him has died from wounds sustained in another shooting.Philadelphia police say Dwight Dixon died Friday. Dixon, 33, had been hospitalized since being wounded multiple times by an unknown shooter in July.

Another Possessed Demon Dog (VIDEO)

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Unless Satan is looking for a new pet I have a feeling this little fella is stuck at the animal shelter for good.

First Woman to Row Solo Across Pacific Gets Her Message Out

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Roz Savage is an incredible eco-warrior, putting the planet front and center on her mission. Stage 1, a 2,700 mile row from California to Hawaii, focused on the pollution found in the ocean. Stage 2, bringing her from Hawaii to Tarawa, focused on climate change. And stage 3 will take her all the way to Australia.

10 Surprisingly Graphic Street Advertisements

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

With fewer people reading and more people Tivo'ing, advertisers are turning back to the outdoor ad, injecting sex, violence and butt jokes to get them noticed.

A Wired Cover Is Born: It’s All About the Details (Video)

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Scott Dadich talks about designing Wired Magazine, developing a creative culture in magazine design, with three guiding ideas; that details matter, to design by evolution rather than revolution, and that constraint is freedom.

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