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Thursday, November 5, 2009



50 Years Ago: A Project Mercury Photo Essay

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 05:10 PM PST

1959 was a dark moment in the Cold War: Not only had the Soviets launched the very first satellite into orbit in 1957, but they were well on the way to getting the first man into orbit (which they did in 1961). But America was hard at work playing catchup and in 1959 announced the Mercury program - here are the photos that tell the story.

How the Holidays Affect Eating Disorders and Body Issues

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 05:10 PM PST

This article takes a look at women with eating disorders and how the holiday affects their eating habits.

Tuesday's Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

The GOP victories reveal fissures in the coalition that elected Barack Obama.

BioShock 2: Hands All Over It Preview

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

Preview: BioShock 2: Hands All Over It. Read the game preview and find out if the game is worth waiting for.

Your Favorite Sci-Fi Flicks, From Metropolis Th

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

When we beamed our lists of favorite science fiction movies onto the pages of Wired.com, we knew some of our readers would think we were goofier than Jar Jar Binks.

Oprah To Give Up Daytime Show: Move to Cable Network

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Oprah is expected to end her syndicated Chicago-based daytime talk show when her current deal runs out and will move it to the Oprah Winfrey Network, which is expected to start in 2011.

14 Movie Love Quotes

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Compilation of love quotes from movies.

How to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

This how-to video is very helpful, but in proper society, one never opens a bottle of red wine with any shoe less formal than a wingtip.

Making Mint.com: Aaron Patzer on the one-click future of per

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST

In a valley of hyper-focused achievers, Patzer's one of the more focused people I have ever met. During a span of roughly two years, he had completely upended the staid and massive personal-finance software movement.

Kevlar and 24-karat Gold...On Headphones

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

Computing and Tech Hardware Reviews and News For The Enthusiast and IT Professional

20 Athletes Who Got Dressed In The Dark

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

Hideous uniforms.

Record labels keep blaming P2P, but it's a hard sell

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

The IFPI is blasting a recent study showing that P2P users buy more music, but an EU Commissioner and a UK Parliamentary body both blame music labels for "much of the problem" with current P2P usage levels. The major labels couldn't disagree more.

Verizon Droid Eris: Officially launching on Friday for $99

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:25 PM PST

Verizon has announced that the Verizon Droid Eris by HTC will be launching tomorrow, Friday, October 6th. The Droid Eris will launch alongside the Motorola Droid.

The Yankees Payroll Is Ridiculous

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:20 PM PST

They don't just spend more money than every other team. They spend A LOT more money than every other team. The Boston Red Sox spend $50 million more than the Kansas City Royals? Who cares? The Yankees spend $80 million more than the Boston Red Sox.

Top 5 biggest rip-offs on the Wii

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:20 PM PST

Why are motion controls making real life so damned expensive?

Hamster Eating Pencil Fail

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:20 PM PST

Hamster tries to swallow pencil, but it is too big for him.

Tropical Storm Ida threatens Nicaragua - CNN.com

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:15 PM PST

Tropical Storm Ida inched closer to hurricane strength as it neared Nicaragua's coast early Thursday, with forecasters warning that it could make landfall in a few hours.

Flu Shots for Fat Cats (Wall Street Gets H1N1 Vaccine)

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:10 PM PST

Employees & traders at the NY Stock Exchange, bankers at the financial firms, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, along with employees at the New York Federal Reserve all have access to the hard to find H1N1 vaccine. This while some NY hospitals, along with 100s of pediatricians and obstetricians scramble to secure vaccines for their high-risk patients.

A look at Haight-Ashbury, free love, drugs and dreams [PICS]

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Cheap rent helped draw San Francisco beatniks and students to the area in the late 1960s, culminating in the 1967 "Summer of Love," when tens of thousands of people converged on the neighborhood, many practicing free love, using drugs and advocating for the creation of a money-free, utopian society.

CBO: Republican Health Insurance Reform Bill Insures Nobody

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, under the GOP plan the number of nonelderly people without health insurance would be reduced by about 3 million relative to current law, leaving about 52 million uninsured. The share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage in 2019 would be about 83 percent, the same as now.

Old People on the Internet Live Forever [VIDEOS]

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

There are puh-lenty denizens from way "over the hill" who have wheeled and walk[er]ed their way into this crazy town we call the Internet. Here are some of our favorite senior citizens on the web:

Dutch 'among lowest cannabis users'

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

THE Dutch are among the lowest users of marijuana or cannabis in Europe despite the Netherlands' well-known tolerance of the drug, according to a regional study. Among adults in the Netherlands, 5.4 per cent used cannabis, compared with the European average of 6.8 per cent, according to an annual report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs

Annual five-day camel and livestock fair in Rajasthan [PICS]

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

Pushkar Mela (or Pushkar Fair) is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India, where over 25,000 camels are traded each year. The fair draws thousands of tourists, camels, camel traders, racers, locals and Hindu faithful who come to bathe in the sanctified Lake Pushkar...

Say No to Xenu! Top 10 Anti-Scientology Celebs

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

10 anti-scientology celebrities with enough common sense to keep their bank accounts (and heads) intact.

The 11 Best Dethklok Band Meetings

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

Check out videos of 11 of the best Dethklok band meetings from the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse.

GameStop Survival Guide [PIC]

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:20 PM PST

Get in. Get Game. Get out.

Review: Droid not an iPhone killer, but still pretty cool

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:10 PM PST

The Droid smartphone is clearly not an iPhone killer, but with multitasking abilities and quick access to Google Maps and turn-by-turn navigation with GPS, it's still pretty cool.

15 Awesome Movie Mashup Posters (Pics)

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 03:00 PM PST

What better a way to be imaginative than to take two completely different ideas and mash them together to form a better, weirder, cooler idea?

Grayson reveals how many w/o insurance die in GOP districts

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Alan Grayson has some serious cajones. After Republicans attempted to shut down Grayson and fail, Congressman Alan Grayson discusses deaths and health care on the floor of the House.

Totally Terrifying Taxidermy (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

They make great pets!

Five Things You Shouldn't Be Able To Buy Online, But Can

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Coffins? Uranium? Really?

16 pearls of cheeseburger wisdom

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

In six months of chronicling hamburgers in Chicago, I've stuffed nearly 60 different ones down my gullet. My cholesterol stayed low, but psychic damage was done. Here are my takeaways.

Personal Injury in the Wild (infographic)

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

Personal injuries don't just happen on icy patches of sidewalk. Check out these stats on personal injury in the wild and see which animal attacks are the most dangerous.

Shootings, multiple deaths reported at Fort Hood

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST

Multiple deaths and multiple injuries have resulted from shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, according to a Fort Hood spokesman.

Microsoft Sacks Staff Ahead Of Schedule

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:20 PM PST

Microsoft has cut another 800 people from its workforce, taking the total tally to nearly 6,000 made redundant.

10 Things You Played With as a Kid That Weren't Toys

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:10 PM PST

Spend thousands of dollars on toys and they spend their afternoon banging on a pot with wooden spoon. What does this mean? We are as dumb and finicky as cats but with less ball licking (SOME of us).

The days are numbered for the Asses of New Delhi

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:10 PM PST

There are as many as 150 donkeys here and Delhi's builders still find them useful for ferrying bricks and concrete from demolished building sites. But if New Delhi's plans come to fruition this month, another piece of the city's medieval heritage will disappear, and another group of poor people will be booted out of their homes and jobs.

McDonald's Across the World (Graphic)

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:10 PM PST

A look into McDonald's dominance around the world, finding that you'd find a franchise in most countries, with the most being in the US. You'd find yourself paying a huge US$7.18 for a burger in Norway, compared to only US$3.57 in the US.

Digital Graffiti Wall - Awesome Street Art for Nerds

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 02:00 PM PST

Some really inspired stuff...touch screen wall graffiti.

AARP To Endorse House Health Care Bill

Posted: 05 Nov 2009 01:54 PM PST

Officials are telling The Associated Press that AARP, the seniors lobby, will endorse the health care overhaul bill that House Democrats are preparing to take to the floor.

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