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Monday, November 2, 2009



Will USC Get Off the Carpet?

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:40 PM PST

Every other team in the country has suffered many, many, many double-digit defeats since 2001. Seems like it's about time the Trojans suffered their second.

WTF, Germany? '30 Rock' Scores zero rating in German debut

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:40 PM PST

Donaghy would not approve

First map to name America on display at Library of Congress

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:30 PM PST

Visitors to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., have a rare opportunity to see the first map that used the name "America" for the New World. The Library recently bought the only surviving copy of the famous Waldseemüller map, created in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller, a German cartographer living in France.

Nazca Civilization Collapsed After Cutting Key Trees

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:30 PM PST

The ancient Nazca people, who once flourished in the valleys of south coastal Peru, literally fell with the trees they chopped down, new research has concluded. The Nazca caused their own collapse when they cleared their forests in order to make way for agriculture, thus exposing the landscape to wind and flood erosion.

15+ Invaluable Google Chrome Extensions

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:30 PM PST

If you love Google Chrome, and a lot of people do, you can add a boatload of functionality to the app with extensions. Here is a list of fifteen of the most useful and practical extensions for you to delve into.

Bush on bin Laden: ‘I guess he is not dead.’

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:10 PM PST

Eight years ago, President Bush asserted with great bravado that al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden would be taken "dead or alive." "I don't care, dead or alive — either way," Bush said at the time. This weekend, while attending a conference of business leaders in New Delhi, India, Bush struck a different tone:

Thailand's fugitive former prime minister tweets on the run

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

Since fleeing Thailand last year, the self-exiled, billionaire ex-premier has zig-zagged the globe while stirring anti-establishment supporters from afar. He has incessantly needled the ruling party through in-country proxies, sarcastic Tweet messages and Skype video calls, broadcast at political pep rallies that sometimes turn violent.

Gary Vaynerchuk: 5 Ways to Build a Successful Business

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

The key to success is passion, not just for what you do, but also for promoting yourself.

NEW! Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Movie Trailer

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this exclusive first look trailer.

Single Strike of Lightning Exploding across Sky [PIC]

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Lightning off the coast of Virginia Beach, striking in the Chesapeake Bay.

NASA Explores Lightning's Impact on Pollution, Climate

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 03:52 PM PST

Every year, scientists learn something new about the inner workings of lightning. With satellites, they have discovered that more than 1.2 billion lightning flashes occur around the world every year. And then there is this: each of those billion lightning flashes produces a puff of nitrogen oxide gas (NOx)

The future of Google?

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

If you enter the words "what will the web look like in 5 years" into Google, the top two links returned by the search engine take you to a speech about the future of the Internet given by Google CEO Eric Schmidt last week at an technology analysts conference in Orlando, Florida.

60 Minutes Spreads Incorrect MPAA Propaganda On Movie Piracy

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 03:11 PM PST

Instead of calling your tech-savvy customers criminals, how about giving them what they want?

What if you crossed Time-Traveling with Quantum Computing?

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 03:00 PM PST

Everyone likes quantum computers, and everyone likes the idea of time travel; theorists look at what might happen if you put the two together. Sort of like science's answer to the Reese's peanut butter cup.

Video gamers face malware deluge

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:51 PM PST

Players of online games are increasingly becoming the target of virus writers, reveals research.

I Vant to Zuck Your Mealworm! (PIC)

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

"The blood is the life!"

UCI Study Finds Gene Linked To Bad Driving

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

A new study at UC Irvine reveals that people with a gene variation that gives them less of a brain protein linked to memory retention performed more than 20 percent worse in a driving simulation than people who had higher levels of the protein.

Dying Coral Reefs to be Frozen, Preserved for the Future

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

Researchers just concluded that the prospects for the world's coral reefs' survival are so slim that a plan must be launched to freeze samples in liquid nitrogen and preserve them for future generations.

Possible origins of pancreatic cancer revealed

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST

Tumors can arise from different cell types in the pancreas. MIT cancer biologists have identified a subpopulation of cells that can give rise to pancreatic cancer. They also found that tumors can form in other, more mature pancreatic cell types, but only when they are injured or inflamed, suggesting that pancreatic cancer can arise from ...

Farmville Cheats Cash from Users

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST

Facebook and MySpace are accused of encouraging game developers to cheat users out of money. Games like Farmville stand accused of employing "unethical" monetization strategies. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers reveal the scams.

Joss Whedon writes An Open Letter to the Terminator owners

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST

The Terminator franchise is for sale. Joss Whedon makes a bid for it.

Custom Corneas - Super Eye Sight Beyond 20/20

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST

NASA technology that allows the Hubble telescope to focus on distant stars now offers LASIK eye surgery patients customized options for fine-tuned night vision, superior image contrast and sight even beyond 20/20.

Sen David Vitter Confronted By Rape Victim Over Franken Vote

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST

At a town hall meeting this past weekend, meanwhile, the Senator was confronted by a constituent who, after recounting her tale of being raped, demanded to know why he opposed Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn) amendment.

Cartoonist Robert Crumb Illustrates the Bible

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:10 PM PST

Underground comic star's attempt to improve upon the 'primitive' Book of Genesis. The famed illustrator discusses his work with the art editor of The New Yorker, including his new book, an illustration of the "Book of Genesis", from the Creation to the death of Joseph.

Me Tarzan, You Jane (PIC)

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 02:00 PM PST

My real mom and dad.

Adobe calls out Apple on Restricting Tech like Flash

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:50 PM PST

What to do? Get the masses fired up with some old-fashioned propaganda and let 'em riot down at One Infinite Loop, of course!

Man Sues Over Leaky Baby Monitor

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:50 PM PST

An Illinois man is suing the maker of a video baby monitor after discovering that he and his neighbor could spy on each other through the devices. He filed a proposed class action lawsuit after a neighbor, who used the same brand, informed him that video and audio from Denkov's son's nursery was showing up on the neighbor's monitor whenever...

Guantánamo suspects want to stay, say officials

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:41 PM PST

The 221 remaining inmates receive between four and 20 hours outdoor recreation in the Caribbean sun and anything from weekly to almost unlimited access to DVDs and receive three newspapers (USA Today, plus one Egyptian and one Saudi Arabian title) twice a week. Every bed has an arrow pointing towards Mecca and every cell a prayer rug.

Mars gullies flow with mud

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:30 PM PST

Martian water most likely flowed as slurries of mud rather than trickling streams, according to a recent NASA report.

Shaun White's Private Halfpipe

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:20 PM PST

Last year, Shaun White disappeared from the snowboard scene, holding up in the wilds of Colorado, training for what would be the biggest winter of his life. This is the story of his year, the private halfpipe and one of the most progressive sessions in history.

Manu Ginobili Smacks Down Bat at Halloween NBA Game [Vid]

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:10 PM PST

As the Spurs and Kings played on Halloween night, someone had the bright idea to release a live bat at the AT&T Center. The bat tried to dive into Kevin Martin on a breakaway layup, and later delayed the game by flying low around the court before fluttering by Ginobili. Bad move, bat.

Guide To LED Technology

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 01:00 PM PST

Everything you need to know about LED technology from the basics all the way to what the FUTURE holds for it.

Head Shot Leaves Hockey Player in Critical Condition (Video)

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 12:50 PM PST

Our prayers go out to Ben Fanelli of the Kitchener Rangers who was airlifted to hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. He was diagnosed by doctors as having sustained a fractured skull and orbital bone, as well as facial lacerations, but has been making progress.

Plane passenger accidentally activates ejector seat & lives

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 12:41 PM PST

A civilian passenger in an air force display plane accidentally activated the ejector seat while reaching for something to steady himself during a mid-air manoeuvre.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii to be "Hardest in the Series"

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 12:40 PM PST

The all famous Nintendo Power magazine had a huge spread on the New Super Mario Bros. Wii this month, and in that spread is word about the difficulty of the game itself. "Super Mario Bros. Wii isn't easy-in fact, the game is hard. We're willing to bet that this is one of the hardest games in the series."

Fishing Boat Sunk by Giant Jellyfish

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 12:11 PM PST

A Japanese trawler capsized when its 3-man crew apparently tried to haul up a net that was too heavy.

Chronically Ill May Be Happier If They Give Up Hope

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 12:00 PM PST

Holding on to hope may not make patients happier as they deal with chronic illness or diseases, according to a new study by University of Michigan Health System researchers.

The 8 Most Bizarre and Ridiculous Public Access TV Shows

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 11:50 AM PST

Without public access television the world might never have discovered Elvira, Bobby Flay or Tom Green. Robin Byrd would remain frozen in time as a minor character from Debbie Does Dallas, instead of a reliable, if unsatisfying, source of free, unscrambled T&A on NYC TV.

Chad Ochocinco vs. Andre Agassi in Tale of the Tape

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 11:50 AM PST

Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco takes on Tennis legend Andre Agassi as two athletes who love them some book-writing duke it out

Brandon Spikes Gouges Georgia Player's Eye [Vid]

Posted: 02 Nov 2009 11:30 AM PST

The Florida linebacker helped further the Gators' dirty stereotype when he got busted gouging an eye by CBS cameras.

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