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Saturday, October 31, 2009



Republican Scozzafava Suspends N Y Congressional Campaign

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT

The move comes on the heels of a new poll that showed Republican Dede Scozzafava had fallen behind her two competitors in a race too close.

A Closer Look at New Zones in Cataclysm

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 04:20 PM PDT

I want to take a look at a few more detailed aspects of the new expansion, focusing most intently on the new zones being added to the game. We still don't know all that much about the starting areas, except that they are being modeled in the same way after the progression instance style that Blizzard used in Wrath to such great effect.

APOD: 2009 October 31 - VdB 152: Reflection Nebula in Cepheu

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Described as a "dusty curtain" or "ghostly apparition", mysterious reflection nebula VdB 152 really is very faint. Far from your neighborhood on this Halloween Night, the cosmic phantom is nearly 1,400 light-years away. Also cataloged as Ced 201, it lies along the northern Milky Way in the royal constellation Cepheus. Near the edge of a large mole

Why Motorola's Droid Is a Sure-Fire Hit

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

It is a good device. And, yes, it will sell well. The real question: Does the Droid represent a seismic shift for Motorola, or is it merely a stay of execution? This is a review from Popular Mechanics, a must read.

We're Not Pirates, We're 'Protectors of the Environment'

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Somali pirates demanding $7 million in ransom for a British sailing couple say boats from other countries are plundering Somalia's fish-rich waters. A pirate spokesman said "Western forces continue to loot our natural resources. They continue to harass local fishermen and destroy their fishing nets, so we want them to taste the consequence."

15 Best 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Moments (vids)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 03:10 PM PDT


Photobombs, Halloween Style (pics)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 03:00 PM PDT


Conan (2009) vs. Jay (2008): A Sharp Decline

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

In "Tonight Show" ratings, Conan O'Brien is down from Jay Leno across the board.

How Different Age Groups Celebrate Halloween (COMIC)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

More c-c-c-candy.....

Ukraine Closes All Schools, Cinemas Over Swine Flu

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday ordered a three-week closure of Ukraine's schools and cinemas in the toughest measures adopted yet to combat the swine flu virus in Europe.

Huge House on a Small Rock at Rhode Island

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Clingstone, an unusual and such a vintage, 103-year-old mansion in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, survives through the love and hard work of family and friends.

World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail from Finland

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:10 PM PDT

The world's largest cruise liner on Friday began its maiden voyage to Florida, gliding out from a shipyard in Finland with an amphitheater, basketball courts and an ice rink on board.

Inhibitors of Important Tuberculosis Survival Mechanism ID

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Scientists identify compounds that can disable an important survival mechanism in tuberculosis bacteria. This research could lead to the design of new anti-TB drugs. Attempts to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) are stymied by the fact that the disease-causing bacteria have a sophisticated mechanism for surviving dormant in infected cells

Jon Stewart calls Fox out: "Not even close to news"

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Stewart points out the obvious.

Meme Overkill? Five Randomly Bacon-Infused Local Foodstuffs

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

First, to answer the question in the headline: NO. Second, NOM. Third, I would just like to say that the image in the thumbnail is perhaps the most overused in all of Internet-dom, mainly because it combines two of the 'net's favorite "B" words: Bacon and Boobies.

Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 Officially Available for Download

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Mozilla just released the first official beta of Firefox 3.6, featuring built-in support for themes (Personas), improved performance, and more. Early adopters, your download is ready.

Injunction Sought to Keep A.I.G. Assets in California

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Lawyers in California asked a judge to bar A.I.G. from transferring money out of the state, out of concern the company may not have enough assets to back its policies.

Profile of a 'Spam King'

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Facebook has been awarded $711 million in damages after successfully suing Sanford Wallace for sending mail and making posts without the permission of the site or its users. But just who is the so-called 'Spam King'?

Fighter Knocked Out by Brutal High Kick (VIDEO)

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

The fighter doing the kicking is apparently a student of the Sambo school, which is a kickboxing form that translates to 'creates large medical bills.'

Teens Sue School Over Punishment For Racy MySpace Pics

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 01:00 PM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS: Two sophomore girls have sued their school district after they were punished for posting sexually suggestive photos on MySpace during their summer vacation. The American Civil Liberties Union, in a federal lawsuit filed last week on behalf of the girls, argues that Churubusco High School violated the girls's free speech.

Bizarre Bubbles Invade the Ocean Floor

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:50 PM PDT

Bunches of grapes grown in a radioactive environment? The genetically modified eggs of some strange unidentified marine species? Or a fungal growth that would call for a hasty trip to the doctor? Nothing of the sort. It's stunningly beautiful bubble coral, and once we saw it we simply had to blog about it. Don you're dark glasses...

38 Awesome Artworks Created By Marco Escobedo [PICS]- Pisic

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Marco Escobedo is an ILLUSTRATOR / GRAPHIC DESIGNER / PERU. He studies: Art workshop Draw and Painting of Federico Esquerre, Web design National University of Engineering, Center of Professional Studies:High...........................................

Scientists: Short Heels and Long Toes Make for Fast Runners

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Track coaches have long claimed that the best sprinters are born, not made. Now, new research on the biomechanics of sprinting suggests they may be right.

Harvard To Offer A Class On 'The Wire'

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 12:00 PM PDT

"'The Wire' has done more to enhance our understanding of the systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the poor than any published study" Sociology Professor William J. Wilson said.

The Origins of the US Dollar

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:51 AM PDT

Philosopher Ayn Rand once pointed out that it was Americans who coined the phrase to make money. Rather than seeing wealth as something looted or distributed,

Pop Culture's Least Scary Monsters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:40 AM PDT

Grover vs. Count Chocula vs. Slimer vs. Teen Wolf vs. Edward Cullen

Mozilla Releases First Beta of Firefox 3.6

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:40 AM PDT

The 'Namoroka' beta brings performance improvements, Personas, and several abilities Web developers should notice. With it, Mozilla is trying to move faster. Read this blog post by Stephen Shankland on Deep Tech.

The New A-Team

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:30 AM PDT

Man, I could've swore Bradley Cooper and Rampage Jackson were a little taller.

Avoiding Malware on Facebook & Twitter: 8 Best Practices

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:30 AM PDT

Without sufficient anti-virus and malware protection programs installed, social networking users can easily become victims to these ever-evolving attacks. However, the best way to avoid becoming a victim yourself is to be aware of what's out there and what sorts of things you should avoid.

Android Army Pumped for All-Out Attack on iPhone

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:30 AM PDT

Soon, you'll need more than two hands to count the number of Android phones on the market. At this rate, it seems inevitable that the number of phones running Google's open source operating system will eventually outnumber the number of iPhones, which run Apple's proprietary (and closed) operating system

10 Life Lessons from Movie Monsters

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:20 AM PDT

Monster movies, from the Depression-era Universal classics to more modern fare, have always been synonymous with escapism. We've certainly never associated good life lessons with these nefarious creatures. But nevertheless, there may be a few to glean. What can Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and others movie monsters teach us about morality?

Deepak Chopra: Spirituality at 17..with LSD

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:20 AM PDT

"You can't change the body without changing the self, and you can't change the self without bringing in the soul," says Deepak Chopra, a renowned pioneer in holistic medicine. Chopra believes the highest choice is to reinvent your body and resurrect your soul.He discusses aging, the many lifestyle diseases he says are the result of...

Zoo Replaces Zebras with Painted Donkeys

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Are they zebras, or are they donkeys? Well, if you ask the staff and visitors at Gaza's Marah Land zoo, the (bizarre) answer is: They're both.

International Domain Names Are Coming in 2010

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 10:50 AM PDT

The face of the Internet is about to change, and its potential impact on international Internet use cannot be understated. Earlier today, the Internet

7 Ghoulish Archaeological Discoveries

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 09:40 AM PDT

From brains to preserved bodies, scientists have dug up some scary stuff.

Celebrities .Then and now. One more time [Pics]

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 09:40 AM PDT


Top Halloween Tunes to Freak Out Your Eardrums

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 09:30 AM PDT

Which musicians have spawned the most killer Halloween songs? From the bleak power rock of Black Sabbath to vamp tramps The Cramps, from the goth-punks of Bauhaus to the horror hip-hop of Gravediggaz, there's a huge pile of sonic corpses. 10 of the most memorably creepy & freaky songs, tunes that will be perfect to haunt your Halloween playlist.

NASA Launches Mission To Track Polar Ice By Plane

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 09:30 AM PDT

Climate scientists are about to lose a satellite that helped show how global warming affects the Earth's polar ice caps. A replacement won't be in orbit until at least 2015, so NASA will use a DC-8 aircraft instead to track whether the process of melting and subsequent sea-level rise is accelerating.

Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center On the Cheap

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 09:20 AM PDT

You won't find a better media center than the open-source XBMC, but most people don't have the space or desire to plug a noisy PC into their TV. Instead, I converted a cheap nettop into a standalone XBMC set-top box. Here's how.

Fun projects for your NES!

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 09:20 AM PDT

Clean your console, replace the 72 connector pins, and mod your controllers!

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