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Thursday, October 1, 2009



Why the brain is hard-wired to make bad calls in tennis

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT

UC Davis scientists have confirmed what tennis great John McEnroe so colorfully alleged on the court: Tennis referees make bad calls when judging balls hit close to the line. It's not a matter of incompetence, as McEnroe frequently asserted. Rather, the human brain is hard-wired to misread the true position of fast-moving objects.

Brazen $80M Art Heist Leads to Death Threat

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 04:40 PM PDT

A ransom note has been found in connection with a collection of art worth as much as $80 million that was stolen from a Pebble Beach home.

88% of Americans Are Open to a Career Change

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 04:20 PM PDT

According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of American employees are considering changing careers as the economy improves, and experts say such employment exodus could lead to higher costs and tougher talent battles.

Shoe thrown at IMF chief

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

A demonstrator in Turkey has thrown a shoe at the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in a protest similar to that against US president, George Bush, in Iraq in 2008.

Nitrogen Cycle Overturned By 'Tiny Ammonia Eater Of The Seas

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Tiny organisms known as archaea play a central role in the planet's nitrogen cycle, according to new research. Experiments show that archaea appear play a key ecological role in both upper and deep ocean ecosystems. This could affect calculations made by global climate models.

14 Year Old Golfer Leading the LPGA Classic

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Most 14-year-olds are focused on one thing and one thing only ... getting ready for the leap into the nasty world of freshman year of high school. Alexis Thompson is currently worried how she's going to follow up a first round 65 in the LPGA Navistar Classic.

Can 7-Eleven Win Over Hong Kong Foodies?

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

As convenience stores around the world cook up fast food to survive, 7-Eleven has opened its first cafe, in street-food-happy Hong Kong. Will it make it?

What Went Wrong With Saturn?

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:50 PM PDT

GM pulled the plug on Saturn, ending nearly 20 tumultuous years with this bold, creative automotive experiment. Now, the many Saturn owners, lovers and admirers are asking, What happened? Here's how Saturn came up short.

Cisco's amazing $3bn buy of videoconf. vendor Tandberg

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Cisco is set to acquire Tandberg, a Norwegian manufacturer of videoconferencing systems. $3 billion is a lot of money in today's economy, and values Tandberg significantly higher than the market. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if this means the recession is well and truly behind us. Not to mention an unusual birthday card (CSCO) (TAA) (HPQ)

Republican National Committee Sponsors Newsmax

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Last month, the Republican National Committee used Newsmax's email list -- probably for a fee -- to solicit donations and support.

Pics of Previously Unseen Parts of Mercury

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:20 PM PDT

NASA's Messenger spacecraft on Sept. 30 beamed back pictures of previously unseen parts of Mercury despite a glitch that briefly caused on-board computers to shut down.

What If Our Computers & Comm. Networks Suddenly Go Down?

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:10 PM PDT

Newt Gingrich on the 'catastrophic threat' of an electromagnetic pulse attack.

My Little Birdie Disappeared And I Need Help Finding Her !!

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:00 PM PDT


Quentin Tarantino Promises Kill Bill Vol. 3

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Now that Inglourious Basterds is out of the way, Quentin Tarantino is planning his next move. What is it? Kill Bill Vol. 3. Tarantino went out of his way to lure the interviewer on Italian television into asking him about the possibility of a third Kill Bill and then announced that yes, it's happening and "The Bride will fight again."

Amarok 2.2 "Sunjammer" released

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

The Amarok team released version 2.2 of their music player with a lot of nifty new features like music recommendations based on Last.fm and Echonest. They also brought back a lot of features users missed like playlist sorting, Audio CD support and support for an external MySQL database. Rediscover music, indeed.

Woody Harrelson: I Don’t Like Twinkies!

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, the stars of "Zombieland," are delivering a "healthy level of destruction and mayhem" in "Zombieland." But the film is more than just your typical zombie shoot-em-up. Here they talk about killing zombies, Bush and Obama, Emma Stone, first-time director Ruben Fleischer, Roman Polanski, and, of course, Twinkies!

WTF ??...cactus [PIC]

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Have you ever been so pissed off that you start swinging a cactus?

Researchers create Amazing X-Ray Wireless Network!

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Don't freak out or anything, but those wireless signals you bask in everyday could be watching you. Or at least they might, someday, if the work from a group of researchers at the University of Utah makes it beyond the lab.

EXCLUSIVE: Halloween 3D Not Ready to Make a Killing

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:20 PM PDT

So here's what happened: the script only came in Friday, and it was the first draft that Dimension Films had seen. And The Weinstein Co was rushing to get the film into production for a November start date because it has to be done by January when director Patrick Lussier starts a film for Avi Lerner.

Mysterious Private Security Firm Gets Control Of Empty Jail

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:10 PM PDT

A shadowy private security company that has no known clients but claims to have helped foreign governments combat terrorism and will protect anything from cruise ships to Pakistani convoys has taken over a jail in a small Montana town, with plans to build a law enforcement training facility on the property.

Celtics Hang Blank Banner in Rafters as Motivation

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Over confidence or motivation?

Diplomacy: Who Wins? (ZeFrank Vid)

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Why is Ze Frank winking? He's practicing the subtle art of diplomacy.

New Super Street Fighter IV Gameplay + Vixen, Juri (video)

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:00 PM PDT

In an exclusive interview with IGN, Yoshinori Ono reveals there should be 8 new characters in Super Street Fighter IV but this interview focuses on Juri, a mean new fighter. Plus tons of new details about the new game...

How To Stop Your Toyota Floor Mats From Killing You

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Toyota's provided this handy guide for what to do if you think your Toyota/Lexus is part of the recall. Click "more" to avoid a fiery death.

How to Park Your Car Like a Man [PICS]

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Screech dishes on Slater: A 'Behind the Bell' Reading

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Dustin Diamond gives a reading from his new tell-all book, 'Behind the Bell.' The passage he reads is about co-star Mario "Slater" Lopez's alleged sexual conquests.

How Terminator Should Have Ended

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

To Save the Future, the Terminator must go BACK to the future!

Excreted Tamiflu Found In Rivers

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

The premier flu-fighting drug is contaminating rivers downstream of sewage-treatment facilities, from urinary excretion by people taking Tamiflu.Concerns are now building that birds, natural influenza carriers, are being exposed to waterborne residues of Tamiflu's active form and might spread drug-resistant strains of seasonal and avian flu.

The Classiest McD's Worldwide...You'd Be Surprised

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Collaborating with well-known designers and architects, the McDonald's dining experience has been taken to a whole new level with some uber-chic locales around the world, here are 10 you should check out.

The Beard from beefandsage

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Beef and Sage attempts their most ambitious project to date...A touching biopic based on the life and times of the late, great Lieutenant Fork Parker Sr. But something goes terribly wrong... ...

Grateful Dead archive going online

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

SANTA CRUZ -- The Grateful Dead Archive has taken another step in its long strange trip, from the UC Santa Cruz library to its own Web site, The Virtual Terrapin Station.

Dinosaur Eggs are Found in India

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Geologists in southern India say they have found hundreds of dinosaur egg clusters which could be about 65 million years old.

500 Carat Diamond Found in South African Mine

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Petra Diamonds Ltd. says a diamond the size of a chicken egg has been found at South Africa's Cullinan mine.

Worldwide Internet Costs and Penetration (Infographic)

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:00 PM PDT

When it comes to Internet access, not all plans are created equal. The data transfer speeds vary greatly around the world, as does the cost for basic access.

Bank robber has bad handwriting - had to re-write threat

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 01:00 PM PDT

The teller told Martin she couldn't read the handwriting, police said. Martin then walked to a counter and re-wrote the note on a bank slip, police said.

The Science Behind California’s Ugliest Governor [PIC]

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 12:50 PM PDT

His broad forehead, bulbous nose and protruding jaw prompted one to observe that "an uglier man than Pio Pico rarely had entered this world." Now a neurologist believes he knows why he was so hard on the eyes.

PETA Killed 95% of Their Pets Last Year

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Seriously, killing animals while advocating for treating them ethically is like hiring a bomb squad to disarm a bomb, then activating it in an orphanage

Getting Lonely In The Office? Canon Has An Answer

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 12:40 PM PDT

In most cases, if you hear a voice coming from your printer, you should be worried that you're having a psychotic episode. But with the Canon Selphy ES40 talking is normal.

Jon Stewart to Dem Senator: You're a F***ing Idiot (Video)

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 12:20 PM PDT

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart annihilated the Democrats in the Senate and House who are simultaneously screwing the pooch on health care reform and bending over for the Republicans on abstinence-only education.

Space Colonization: Our Future or Fanatsy?

Posted: 01 Oct 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Humans have always been fascinated by space travel. Some even believe that colonizing new planets or moons is our best hope for the future. The popular idea is that we'll eventually need some fresh, unexploited new worlds to inhabit. Stephen Hawking believes that traveling into space is the only way humans will be able to survive in the long-term.

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