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Sunday, October 18, 2009



African elephants could be extinct in 15 years, experts warn

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 04:40 PM PDT

The sight of elephants trekking trunk-to-tail across the Saharan Plains may soon be lost from African landscapes because of the illegal ivory trade, conservation experts have warned.

Pakistan launches risky offensive against Taliban-Al Qaeda

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The move by Pakistan's military into the Taliban and Al Qaeda stronghold of South Waziristan today launched a risky offensive in a rugged expanse of badlands along the Afghan border widely seen as the key to crushing a militancy that has destabilized the nuclear-armed nation.

Android 2.0 First Look: Fresh Face, Sick Speed

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 04:20 PM PDT

While Android 1.6 is still writhing around in amniotic fluid, BGR had the nerve to publish shots of version 2.0 "Eclair" which doesn';t even have a formal due date yet. They look great.

Bear Wanders Into Store, Heads Straight To Beer Cooler

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Shoppers in a Wisconsin grocery store got an unexpected surprise when a 125-pound black bear wandered inside and headed straight for the beer cooler.

Broadband Now! So Why Don’t Some Use It?

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Congress is clearly irritated that the United States has not done well in the international broadband Olympics. Other countries have national plans to accelerate the diffusion of broadband; America does not. So Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission a mandate to produce a plan with specific recommendations by next February.

Tribe teams with Google to make stand in Amazon

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

The chief of an endangered Amazon tribe is unveiling the product of an unusual partnership with Google Inc. that pairs high tech with indigenous knowledge in an effort to rescue ancient rain forests and a dying culture.

Axelrod: Fox News "really not news".

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

It's pushing a point of view, and other outlets shouldn't treat them as news.

Jenson Button takes the scenic route to the world title

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Button wins the 2010 F1 Championship coming from 14th on grid to finish fifth in the race and take the crown!

Heterosexual Couple Booked on a Gay Cruise Sues Cruise Line

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:00 PM PDT

"Yes, this happened. According to The Daily Mail, a heterosexual couple accidentally ended up on Italy's first gay cruise, and they are suing the cruise line for not informing them."

The Domain of Science (COMIC)

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Red button...PUSH IT!!

Xbox Live Update Isn't Limited to Just Twitter

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 01:50 PM PDT

The next Xbox Live update will deliver Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm, but, Ron Popeil style, wait, there's more! According to an email from Microsoft, anyway. Get ready for news headlines and dedicated music stores in the Xbox Live dashboard.

Norwegian Wood For The Ages: 'Mummified' Pine Trees Found

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Norwegian scientists have found "mummified" pine trees, dead for nearly 500 years yet without decomposition.

From Now On, Whenever You Eat Spaghetti...(PIC)

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

You will picture this guy.

Racist Email Doc Resurfaces as Expert on Glenn Beck

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Dr. David McKalip, the Tea Party movement anti-anti-reform activist who was caught circulating a racist email with a photo of loincloth wearing President Obama in the guise of a witch-doctor, resurfaces as an expert on health care reform for none other than Glenn Beck at Beck's town hall style meeting to discuss the horrors of reform.

'Where The Wild Things Are' Racks Up an October Record

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Warner Bros didn't know what to expect on such a unique project as Spike Jonze's 'Where The Wild Things Are.' Certainly not a huge weekend performing strongly across the country and heading into record territory for the largest opening of a PG live action film in October. Or a Cinemascore of B+ where 55% of the audience was under age 25...

Before Balloon Boy: Lawnchair Larry's Historic Flight

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 12:30 PM PDT

NBC news story from 1982 on lawn chair pilot Larry Walters. Walters, a North Hollywood truck driver with no pilot or balloon training, spent about two hours aloft and soared up to 16,000 feet -- three miles -- startling at least two airline pilots and causing one to radio the Federal Aviation Administration.

Magneto Dead, Deadpool Reboot: X-Movie Update Motherlode!

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Empire recently talked to X-Men movie franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner about plans for Wolverine 2, X-Men First Class, Deadpool and Magneto, and got some some interesting updates on what movies will happen when... if at all. Spoilers ahead.

Jesus sums up the health-care industry

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 12:10 PM PDT


Best mountain photos of 2009 announced

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 10:00 AM PDT

A steam-shrouded bison, a bikini-clad diver, a seven-year-old shepherd, and other wild wonders stalk our selection of winning pictures from the latest Banff Mountain Photography Competition.

EFF: Hollywood Pressuring FCC on Selectable Output Control

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 09:50 AM PDT

In essence, Hollywood is telling the FCC that it won't give Americans early access to blockbuster movies unless the FCC lets it kill your analog outputs.

5 Myths That People Don't Realize Are Admitted Hoaxes

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 09:40 AM PDT

It's no surprise that the world gets taken in by hoaxers and con men. They're really good at what they do and most of us are bored enough to believe anything as long as it takes our mind off the cubicle for a while.

18-Year-Old Only Two-Feet Tall, Weighs10 lbs

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 09:30 AM PDT

Now that he's all grown up, 18-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal wants the world to know just how tiny he is.

APOD: 2009 October 18 - The Star Pillars of Sharpless 171

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 08:30 AM PDT

Towering pillars of cold gas and dark dust adorn the center star forming region of Sharpless 171. An open cluster of stars is forming there from the gas in cold molecular clouds. As energetic light emitted by young massive stars boils away the opaque dust, the region fragments and picturesque pillars of the remnant gas and dust form and slowly evap

Base Jumping - Cave of the Swallows [Video]

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 08:10 AM PDT

The most extreme caving experience could be base jumping into a pit cave in Mexico at the Cave of the Swallows. Base jumpers come from all over the world, but without a parachute, or in case of parachute failure, it would take 12 seconds to fall from the top of the cave to the bottom. Ascending from the cave can take more than an hour.

Is this the World's Most Miserly VW Bus?

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 07:50 AM PDT

...how cool is the VW Bus-shaped sidecar attached to the Lambretta scooter seen above? Apparently, the sidecar is constructed from the shell of a small go kart that was made for a time by a company called Bratz. We don't have much more information on the machine, but we think there might just be enough room for one in our garage.

Severe Rio violence 2 weeks after city wins Olympics

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 07:30 AM PDT

Drug traffickers shot down a police helicopter during a gunbattle between rival gangs Saturday, killing two officers in a burst of violence just two weeks after the city was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

Life returns to an eerie Chernobyl

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 07:10 AM PDT

In the radioactive realm at ground zero of history's worst nuclear disaster, nature reclaims its territory. And a few defiant old folks are calling it home again. The resettlers, they're called, reverse migrants who defied the state to take up residence again in the crumbling cottages of "black villages" located within the 30-km exclusion zone.

Car crashes through roof

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 07:10 AM PDT

A young family in Sydney's west is incredibly lucky to be alive and unhurt after a car became airborne, cleared a 2m fence, and landed upside down inside the roof of their single storey house!

The Countrywide Vote: is Chris Dodd Done?

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 06:30 AM PDT

Senators Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad lawyered up when the Senate ethics committee asked about their VIP loans from Countrywide Financial. But the sweetheart Senators may not be able to stop another look at their dealings with the subprime mortgage factory.

Happy 100Th Anniversary, Morgan

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 06:00 AM PDT

Morgan is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but just how has this family-owned British car maker survived against all the odds?

Did Fox blunder moving 'Fringe' to overstuffed Thursdays?

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 05:10 AM PDT

Hollywood Reporter: Networks have always clustered their hits on Thursdays, an evening with the highest advertising rates as it helps influence consumer spending going into the weekend. The problem this fall is that there are too many trendy shows on Thursdays. In other words, too many shows likely to be watched by the same types of people.

'I'll be like Martha f---ing Stewart!'

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 04:41 AM PDT

Getting caught like Martha Stewart seemed a bad thing to accused inside trader Danielle Chiesi. "I'm dead if this leaks. I really am . . . and my career is over. I'll be like Martha f- - -ing Stewart," she allegedly said on wiretaps...Don't the door to your jail cell hit ya on the way in.

California Develops Earthquake Early-Warning System

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 04:10 AM PDT

Lives may be saved with an earthquake early-warning system - the kind that's already in place in Japan and Mexico. But here in the U.S., such a system is still several years away.

Wait a minute: When the trains leave late they're on time?

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 03:40 AM PDT

Every commuter train that leaves New York City deliberately leaves a minute late, to help the harried, according to transit officials. ... So much for making the trains run on time.

An all-male college cracks down on cross-dressing

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:50 AM PDT

An all-male college in Atlanta, Georgia, has banned the wearing of women's clothes, makeup, high heels and purses as part of a new crackdown on what the institution calls inappropriate attire.

America's Most-Liked Sports Figures

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 02:20 AM PDT

Americans take to sports heroes who seem trustworthy and sincere. Olympic favorite Shawn Johnson leads the pack.

A-Rod Homers as Yankees Take 2-0 ALCS Lead Over Angels

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 01:30 AM PDT

Alex Rodriguez is turning this postseason into his personal showcase. Coming through under pressure once again, Rodriguez hit a tying homer in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees edged the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Saturday night on Maicer Izturis' throwing error in the 13th for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.

Cats Eye Nebula [PIC]

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 01:10 AM PDT

Image from collected data from Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

GREEN LANTERN Shooting Stopped in Oz. Reason Falling Dollar

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 12:40 AM PDT

The studio said that "the current global economic situation, including fluctuations in currency valuation and overall costs," forced the decision, in a statement issued through agency Screen NSW.

The Tragic Murder of 15-Year Old Lawrence King

Posted: 18 Oct 2009 12:20 AM PDT

The parents of an openly-gay teen sue their school not for failing to protect him, but for allowing him to express himself.

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