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Wednesday, September 16, 2009



First Photos: Chris Brown Starts Community Service

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

The singer, dressed in an orange vest and red baseball cap, appears to be pulling weeds on a roadside.

Coldplay Settles Joe Satriani Lawsuit

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Coldplay and Satriani have settled their legal disputes and the guitarist's lawsuit alleging copyright infringement has been dismissed.

Who's Responsiblef for the Slow Progress of Cancer Drugs?

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Some say that the man in charge of the nation's cancer drug office makes it too hard for drugs to come to market.

Boeing 747 Gets Beat in a Race by a Porsche (Video)

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:20 PM PDT

A Jett8 Airlines Boeing B747 jetliner was set to put its runway supremacy up against the challenging Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup Car driven by Yuey Tan at the Changi Airport. With the anticipation building, the fans counted down the final seconds before the green light went and the race began.

Ice space mission returns for second go (w/VID)

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Four years on from losing the Cryosat "ice explorer" on launch, the mission team is back for a second attempt with a replacement spacecraft.

Breakthrough Nano Tech Will Boost Solar Power Efficiency

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Chemical engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have invented a new way to deposit "nanostructure films" on a variety of surfaces. The first use they foresee for this technique is eyeglasses; this could make them better and less expensive. But the holy grail here is making more efficient solar panels to reduce the cost of solar power.

World Bank spends billions on coal-fired power stations

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

The World Bank is spending billions subsidising new coal-fired power stations in developing countries despite claiming that burning fossil fuels exposes the poor to catastrophic climate change. It says the world must reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, but it is funding several giant coal-burning plants that will each emit millions of tonnes...

Facebook 'finally making money'

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Facebook says it is now bringing in more money than it is spending.

The Ten Greatest Films of Steven Soderbergh

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

With Steven Soderbergh's latest slice of cinematic greatness hitting theaters this week in The Informant!, why not take a look back at the amazing career of one of the most important filmmakers of the last two decades. With as impressive a range of films as anyone working today, he has an ability to go from blockbusters to indie films flawlessly.

Do Early-Release Programs Raise the Crime Rate?

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Under the strain of budget cuts, many U.S. states are releasing prisoners early, saving millions of dollars. But what does that mean for the safety of communities?

Sci-Fi Special: The Fiction of Now

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Newscientist editor Kim Stanley Robinson challenged eight leading British SF authors to write flash fiction about the world 100 years from now. See the results.

New Pirate Bay Host Got Hollywood Threats In 20 Minutes

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Last month, the bandwidth supplier to The Pirate Bay was ordered by a court to disconnect it from the Internet. Within hours the site had relocated and was back online with a new host – who immediately received similar entertainment industry threats. Maybe Open Internet, a new fighting fund, can help?

NCAA president Myles Brand, 67, loses fight with cancer

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

After fighting pancreatic cancer for nearly a year, NCAA president Myles Brand passed away Wednesday. He was 67. Brand became a sports figure when, as Indiana University president, he fired basketball coach Bob Knight.

Photo Gallery: Celebrities In High School

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Jeremy Piven, is that you? Find out what Hilary Clinton, Jennifer Hudson, Harrison Ford, Liz Phair and others looked like in high school.

Bulletproof glass demonstration

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

A woman holds a small rectangle of bullet-proof glass in front of her face while a man (her husband?) stands off in the distance and fires a rifle at the glass.

6 Russian Volcanoes Erupt Simultaneously

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT


Happiness: The New Currency in France

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Gross domestic product, inflation, unemployment- these are old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon indicators of national wellbeing, says the president of France. From now on, the country's economic progress will be measured in terms of happiness.

The 15 Weirdest Music Videos Of All Time

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Music videos changed the music industry completely. Artists were finally given a "visual voice" and fans were able to put faces with names. Musicians are often a little quirky however, resulting in many truly bizarre videos.

50 Cent: Piracy Is A Part Of The Marketing

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

50 cent sees piracy as a part of the marketing of a musician, because "the people who didn't purchase the material, they end up at the concert." He says that people can fall in love with the music either way, and then they'll go to concerts. He notes that you can't stop piracy either way, so why try to fight it?

Gladiator Team Goes Vampire

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Patients who are terminally ill gets bitten by a bat in South America only to discover they're magically cured. The government, never one to overlook a patent on a miracle cure, starts experimenting on human subjects with the bat virus. This is the plot of an as-yet-unpublished book being turned into a movie by Ridley Scott.

17 Coolest G.I. Joe and Cobra Animal Sidekicks

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Seriously, think about how many animals were staying the the Joe's and Cobra HQs. Those places must smelled like a goddamn zoo.

Military Robot Can Jump 7-meter Walls

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

A shoebox-sized military robot has been revealed which can jump over walls 25ft (7.5m) high.

Designated driver gets $209K after being tossed out of a bar

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

The man who says he was roughed up and tossed out of a bar because he wouldn't drink alcohol has won a $209,000 judgment against two people and the company that owns Carlie's Lounge.

First look: Zune HD

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:30 PM PDT

The Zune HD goes on sale today. It's small, has a gorgeous OLED screen, WiFi, HD radio, and even apps. Our first impressions of the device inside.

Tickle Me Loris! [GIF]

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT


Producers hide 16 objects in new ‘Fringe’ poster (Pic)

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

It's not just a poster, it's a treasure hunt! This second season "Fringe" ad contains hidden objects from the show's past and future mythology, 16 objects in all.

Universal Releases Details of Harry Potter-Land

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

It's called "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." I don't know how to feel about it. Even leaving aside the odious press-release-ese (TWWoHP "brings the stories of Harry Potter to life in a way never before imagined"? Don't tell me what I have or haven't imagined you bezoar-eating shill) can I get past liking books and not theme parks?

Neuroscientists are figuring out how the brain learns to see

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

By studying rare cases of restored vision in older children and young adults, MIT neuroscientists are figuring out how the brain learns to see.

Dung Farm Boom! Converting Human Waste to Energy

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Human waste is highly underrated -- and highly profitable.

Can Condoms Curb Climate Change Cheaper Than Green Cars?

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

A new report, Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, suggests that family planning should be seen as a primary method for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Titanic-Themed Hotel To Be Constructed At its Birthplace

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Although the Titanic's remote watery grave is almost 2.5 miles under the icy waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, enthusiasts may soon be able to spend the night at the luxury liner's birthplace.

Smashing Pumpkins giving next 44-song album away for free!

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Harking back to the release of Machina II back in 2000, The Smashing Pumpkins announced today that their next album will be giving away completely for free as it is recorded. The album is said to contain 44 tracks and the theme will be based around Tarot Cards.

12 Crazy Celebrity Apologies

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Here's a look at 12 celebrities, the stupid things they did, and their apologies.

NYC Residences Raided by Joint Terrorism Task Force

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

WASHINGTON - FBI agents and police on a terrorism task force raided residences in New York City before dawn Monday after a visit from a person believed to be linked to al-Qaida. The raids came after an individual under surveillance for alleged links to al-Qaida came to New York City over the weekend and...

Five essential things to know about evolution

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

If the public doesn't get evolution, part of the reason may be because many don't fully appreciate some of the ideas behind the theory. Here's a rundown of five things about evolution that many people don't fully understand.

Test your movie trivia [Comic]

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT


10 Funny TV Show Bloopers

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT


NASA Introduce 327 Feet of Ares I-X Rocket!

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Now this is something you've really got to see!For the first time in more than 25 years, a new space vehicle is assembled and rarin' to go in KSC's Vehicle Assembly Building.

NASA Testing Breakthrough In Water Safety

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

NASA and chemists from the University of Utah are testing an advanced water safety method that can check for toxins in two minutes.

Are gray wolves still endangered?

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Gray wolves have clawed back from the brink 35 years after being exterminated in most U.S. forests. But as they kill more and more livestock, some humans are once again howling for their heads.

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