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Wednesday, November 25, 2009



The real dish on mommy bloggers, payola and ethics

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 05:30 PM PST

Somehow the term became a pejorative for "sell-out." Now moms who blog stand accused at every turn of taking freebies, shilling products while secretly on the company payroll and of profiting from a huge payola system of their own devise.

Tornado Scientist Risks Life for Ph.D.

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 05:20 PM PST

We thought we were looking at weak tornadoes that day, but as it turned out, a freakishly intense storm almost cost us our lives even as it gave me the data I needed to complete my dissertation.

Swedes start buying music; are anti-P2P laws working?

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 05:10 PM PST

Digital music sales in piracy-loving Sweden have soared this year. The music industry says that it's all about tough new laws and court prosecutions, but some major labels are seeing worldwide increases.

Report: East Coast Sea Levels To Rise 26 Inches by 2050

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

The World Wildlife Fund released a report today warning that sea levels could rise along the U.S. East coast a whopping 26 inches by 2050 as the world warms. That would place assets worth $7.4 trillion at risk along the coast.

First Look: "Shrek Forever After"

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Britain criticizes Barack Obama over Afghanistan

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST

Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.

You've Got To Be Kidding Me, Spiderman (pics)

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST


The Incredible Guide to NEW Ubuntu (Karmic Koala) [PDF]

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

With the release of a new Ubuntu (Linux for human beings) distribution, Karmic Koala, we felt it was time to go back to the roots and beyond. This guide that's both great for Linux initiates, and Linux intermediates. Over 50 pages of cool copy-paste tutorials and hacks, it belongs in the virtual library of every Linux user!

Richter Blasts Leno's "Unclassy" Remark on Getting Show Back

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:20 PM PST

Andy Richter has knocked Jay Leno down a peg, for voicing that he'd kinda like The Tonight Show back.

White skin is all the rage in Asia

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:10 PM PST

Hilda Chu balanced an umbrella in one hand and textbooks in the other. Her skin was ghostly white. "I try hard to make my skin white," said Chu, 18, a student at National Tsing Hua University. "If my skin is lighter, I will be happier because I think I look good. It makes my emotion better, yes." Asians spend $18 billion a year to appear pale.

Black Friday 2009: The Holiday Shopping Survival Guide

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Does the idea of shopping on Black Friday make you want to cringe? If dealing with the crowds, the lines, the pushing and the shoving intimidates you, here are some tips that will help.

2 Sticks + 0 Legs = Sled Hockey [pics]

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Sled hockey was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey, including veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Redirecting DNS Requests Can Harm the Internet

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:50 PM PST

ICANN on Tuesday condemned the practice of redirecting requests for nonexistent domains as a threat to the smooth functioning of the Internet. They also suggested banning it in a draft of the agreement owners of the new gTLDs would have to sign.

Perino: No Terrorists Attacked America On Bush's Watch | TPM

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:50 PM PST

Former Bush press secretary Dana Perino made a rather odd claim on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night. Talking about how we ought to label the deadly shooting at Fort Hood -- -- Perino said no terrorists attacked the U.S. while Bush was President.

The Clearest View Yet Of A 1,000 Year Old Explosion [PIC]

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

In 1054, humans recorded sightings of the mega-star explosion that created the Crab Nebula. It was so bright it was visible to the naked eye. Now three space telescopes have together created a more complete picture of the debris.

Amazing Synchronized Robot Christmas Dance (Video)

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 03:10 PM PST

Christmas comes early with this impressive display of programming and robot dancing. I'd watch this over the Macy's Day Parade.

Microsoft Opens PC Lounge in Saks Fifth Avenue, New York

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Microsoft has decided to open up a cozy "PC lounge" inside Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship New York store, for the holiday season.

5 Awesomely Odd (& Tasty?) Thanksgiving Dishes

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

Anybody can make a basic turkey or ham (well, maybe not anybody). But who has the courage to make a turkey with White Castle hamburger stuffing? Here are 5 unusual holiday dishes -- 1 or more likely to satisfy your offbeat culinary taste buds (or curiosity).

Tiger Woods Booed at Halftime of Stanford-Cal Game Saturday

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:30 PM PST


Mirror Gunfight [Animated GIF]

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:20 PM PST


Top 10 Thanksgiving Dinners in Movies (And TV)

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:20 PM PST

Our own best movie memories from Thanksgiving involve falling asleep on the couch during USA Network's Planet of the Apes marathon, but here are 10 films that get the holiday meal just right.

The World's Largest Cruise Ship (Graphic)

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 02:00 PM PST

Literally a floating city, the Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world, designed to be a figure of opulence as well as a technical marvel

Chrome extensions site now open for uploads

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:30 PM PST

Google has opened up its gallery for developers to share Chrome extensions, a step that soon should make it easier for people to customize the open-source browser.

Roving Gang of Thanksgiving Turkeys Steal Little Boy's Bike

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:22 PM PST

Turkeys are sick of being eaten on Thanksgiving and now they're fighting back!

The Google-TiVo Deal: What It Means For You

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:12 PM PST

Google and TiVo are teaming up for a new deal that'll put your clicking habits into the hands of advertisers. Here's a look at how the program will work.

By 2015, Fuel Cell Cars Cheaper Than a Rolls Royce

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:10 PM PST

By the time FCVs are commercially available in 2015 they will be cheaper than a Rolls-Royce [$550,000], but it will be difficult to price them down to the level of a Corolla [$22,000].

Obama Touts Partnership With India

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 01:03 PM PST

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed Tuesday to team up and tackle a checklist of economic, nuclear, security and environmental challenges.

Wikileaks publishes 500,000 pager messages sent on 9/11

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:40 PM PST

More than half a million pager messages sent on the day of the Sept 11 attacks – some by security officials in New York and the Pentagon – are being leaked onto the web.

Far Cry 3 Announced

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:30 PM PST

It appears Far Cry 3 is indeed currently in development and it also appears to be looking "pretty exciting," so far, according to Ubisoft scriptwriter Kevin Shortt.

Boy With Asperger's Rode Subway for 11 Days Straight

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 12:00 PM PST

After causing a minor disruption in class, Francisco Hernandez, Jr., 13, fled for the MTA, worried that his parents would scold him. The remarkable part is that he stayed underground for eleven days.

14 console and PC mods you'll wish you owned

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:40 AM PST

Machines metamorphosed into marvellous mutations

Top 20 Unfortunate Lessons Girls Learn From 'Twilight'

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:40 AM PST

In the spirit of speaking truth to diamond-skinned power, enjoy this list of unfortunate lessons girls learn from Twilight. (The list operates under the principle that any grownup female who embraces Twilight's junior-high dreck temporarily sacrifices her "woman card.")

Beating Poverty with Baseball in Dominican Republic [PICS]

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:20 AM PST

There are two ways to beat poverty in the Dominican Republic. One is to play baseball, the other is life of crime. About 40% of all Minor League Baseball players in the USA come from the Dominican Republic. As a result baseball is played on every open lot from the slums to richer communities. (Great set of photos in black & white by Billy Weeks)

U.S. Cities With The Most Underwater Mortgages

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:11 AM PST

Home prices may be stabilizing in some areas in the nation, but the damage has already been done in the housing markets that saw the biggest boom and in turn the biggest bust.

Obama to unveil plan to add troops in Afghanistan

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:00 AM PST

War-weary Americans will support more fighting in Afghanistan once they understand the perils of losing, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday, announcing he was ready to spell out war plans virtually sure to include tens of thousands more U.S. troops.

Will Private Equity Be the Next Meltdown?

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST

Private-equity firms, such as Blackstone, KKR and Carlyle, have bought thousands of companies over the past decade using mostly debt. In a new book, author Josh Kosman argues that these leveraged acquisitions will produce the next financial meltdown

Are Your Siblings Really Your Siblings?

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 10:40 AM PST

So if you're American you're probably eating Thanksgiving this Thursday with your close friends and family. And you're probably pretty certain you can recognize your siblings right? But what makes you so certain they are genetically connected to you?

Saturn’s Spectacular Aurora in Action

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 10:30 AM PST

How can you not love Cassini? The latest treat NASA's spacecraft has provided us is the first ever movie of Saturn's incredible aruroras. The high-resolution video was assembled from 472 still images, spaced over 81 hours in October, that show the phenomenon in three dimensions.

Obama: U.S., India 'Natural Allies' In 21st Century

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 10:10 AM PST

President Obama called India and the United States "natural allies" after a meeting Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, as the president hosts his first state visit.

Wikipedia future in doubt as 49,000 volunteers leave site

Posted: 25 Nov 2009 10:00 AM PST

The free internet encyclopedia is one of the world's most popular websites and uses volunteers to create pages and check facts.

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