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Thursday, November 26, 2009



The Best Books of the '00s

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Here are The Onion's A/V Club's picks for the 30 most unforgettable books published this decade.

Calvin and Hobbes: The private eye

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST


Scientists Make Fuel from CO2 Emissions and Sunlight

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

Scientists from Sandia National Labs have successfully field-tested a machine that uses solar energy to convert CO2 waste from power plants into fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

5 Must Have Google Chrome Extensions

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

While many of these extensions are next to pointless, there are a few gems that can make your Chrome browsing experience a bit more useful.

Atlantic Drift on Afghanistan

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

It is becoming sadly apparent that Britain has been left drifting by the delays in Washington, and that the Obama Administration is largely unaware of the embarrassment this is causing the Government. More worryingly, this does not seem to be a source of concern within the Administration.

Stellar Fossils from Milky Way's Past Revealed

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

A cluster of ancient stars is likely the relic of a dwarf galaxy that merged with the Milky Way during its early days, scientists now find.

5 Surprising Facts About Turkeys

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

In the years since President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a regular holiday, the turkeys we eat have changed dramatically, and so has scientific knowledge of them.

The Groundhog Tweet - Here's How It's Done

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Here's how to tweet from the future and make a tweet link to itself and cause lots of lols and confusion. Link yours in the comments. :)

15 Super Cool PlayStation 3 Case Mods

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

When you had bought the PlayStation 3 first, you may have liked its looks. But after having seen it in the same design for more than a year it can become boring. So check out these amazing mods.

The Most Amazing Florida Gators Wedding Cake You'll Ever See

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

It's understandable that the last thing you want to see on a sports blog is a wedding cake. But you have to see the craziest sports-related wedding cake ever.

Monster waves on the Sun

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 02:20 PM PST

Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That's what NASA's STEREO spacecraft are telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the 'solar tsunami.'

HP R2-D2 [Comic]

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 02:10 PM PST

New Report Shows HIV Infection Rate is Drecreasing

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 01:50 PM PST

The rate of new infections of HIV is finally on the decline, according to a new report published by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

China's $9 Trillion Global Warming Problem

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 01:20 PM PST

A detailed analysis of the potential economic impacts of rapid global warming, put together by insurance-industry experts and underwritten by the World Wildlife Fund and insurance giant Allianz, found that China stands to suffer a whopping $9 trillion in economic damage by 2050.

British policing has 'lost its way', says top officer

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 12:50 PM PST

British policing has "lost its way" amid Government targets, initiatives and new laws, the chief of inspector of police has said.

61 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 12:50 PM PST

As we prepare to stuff our faces with a bountiful Thanksgiving feast, we turn our Thanksgiving spirit to the gobs of free software we love to say thank you to the developers, and to give our computers a feast of their own.

Dubai debt fears hit world markets hard - Yahoo! News

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 12:31 PM PST

World stock markets fell sharply Thursday as investors fretted over the debt problems at Dubai World, a government investment company, and the continued fall in the dollar.

Jewish orphan finds new life with Indian savior

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 12:11 PM PST

A year after the terror attack in Mumbai has left him an orphan, 3 years old Moshe Holtzberg celebrated his 3rd birthday in a Hasidic Jewish tradition. His Indian nanny has survived the Mumbai attack and rescued Moshe who she found crying, standing between the bodies of his parents. She hasn't left him since.

Twilight Opposing Views | Man Vs Woman

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 12:11 PM PST

The Opposing View takes a look at why men dry heave at the mention of twilight and women get warm, wet, and fuzzy when you mention vampires that don't have fangs and werewolves not old enough to have pubic hair...

iPhone Owners Spend More Money

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 11:40 AM PST

Mac users may be more individualistic than PC owners, but new data suggests users of another Apple gizmo--the iPhone--are, on average, much freer with their online spending than their peers.

Human Rocket Man Ditches Into Sea

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 11:30 AM PST

Yves Rossy, better known as the 'Jetman,' failed in his first attempt to make an intercontinental flight between Europe and Africa. After launching over Morocco, Rossy was heading for Spain over the Strait of Gibraltar when he disappeared from view on the live TV broadcast.

A miracle boy; a miracle surgery; Thanksgiving came early

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 11:30 AM PST

Thanksgiving came early for Stellan McKinney and his family. Stellan, now 1, has fans across the globe following the story of his potentially fatal heart ailment on his mother Jennifer McKinney's blog. The ailment, called supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, caused Stellan's heart to race. He was airlifted to Children's Hospital Boston.....

The Many Faces of Space Invaders (PIC)

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 11:10 AM PST

Happy shooting!

One film guaranteed to ruin your holiday

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 11:00 AM PST

There are several new films opening in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the critics are weighing in with their takes on whether or not Hollywood's efforts are worth your money.

Their breath on your skin helps you hear

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST

DEPENDING on whose it is, breath on your neck may or may not feel good. Either way, now it seems that it can help you understand what someone is saying. The discovery could lead to hearing aids that emit puffs of air.

Muslim teachers and students reject Darwin

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST

In countries such as Egypt and Pakistan academics are, under conservative influence, rejecting evolution, a physicist warns.

MPAA to FCC: critics of video blocking proposals are lying

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST

Hollywood is now resorting to calling critics of its analog stream-blocking proposal liars, while talking out of both sides of its mouth about DVD encryption and piracy. But the brunt of this accusation, Public Knowledge, still insists that shutting down the output to millions of HDTVs won't benefit consumers.


Posted: 26 Nov 2009 10:30 AM PST

With employment in double digits and a full recovery a way off, lawmakers are looking for ways to boost employment. It was easier in the early U.S.

World's Tallest Model Almost 7 Feet Tall (Surreal Pics)

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 10:20 AM PST


Dog Works The Pharmacy Department [PICS]

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 09:41 AM PST

Seriously, this isn't a joke. It all started one day five months ago when Mansour decided to bring his dog to work. He didn't think much of it at the time — he just wanted to have his best friend with him while he worked the sometimes slow, and occasionally, dangerous, early morning shift. The dog was given free rein of the store and a shirt.

Black Friday Anti-Deals: What Not To Buy

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 09:20 AM PST

Black Friday may when prices are low, but if you've carefully read the list of deals, you can tell it's also a BS marketing gimmick. Here's how not to get fooled (plus, what gadgets to avoid at any price):

Dark power: Grand Designs for Interstellar Travel

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 09:00 AM PST

We could reach the stars if we built a black hole starship or a dark matter rocket; we've got the physics to do it!

Yuck! Tastes Like Ass!

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 08:30 AM PST

You won't believe what this dog is licking -- and he's happy about it.

Year After Fatal Wal-Mart Stampede, Black Fri. Gets Makeover

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 08:10 AM PST

In November 2008, Nassau County police examine the front of the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., where a temporary store worker died after a throng of shoppers broke down the doors on Black Friday.

1 In 4 U.S. Borrowers Have Negative Equity On Their Homes

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:50 AM PST

First the good news: The number of Americans who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are actually worth is not as high as many thought. In August, First American CoreLogic reported that about one third of U.S. borrowers had mortgages that could be called "underwater."

This Computer Gave Birth to the Internet [Video]

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:40 AM PST

It's hard to appreciate that this mess of pipes that's turned all of us into nerds that ogle over videos about the birth of the internet and allowed us to look at the menu before we get to the restaurant all began with a modest hook-up between two computers, one in UCLA, the other at Stanford University.

Mininova Deletes All Infringing Torrents and Goes "Legal"

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:30 AM PST

Mininova, the largest torrent site on the Internet, has removed all torrents except those that were uploaded through its content distribution service. Mininova's founders took the drastic decision after they lost a civil dispute against Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, and were ordered to remove all infringing torrents from the site.

Google to put ancient Iraq museum collection online

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:40 AM PST

By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Google is putting thousands of images of ancient artifacts at Iraq's National Museum online, the Web search leader said on Tuesday, part of a U.S. bid to entice foreign firms to invest in Iraq. What is now...

Chevy Chase proves he's a comeback kid all these years later

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:30 AM PST

Instead of the fall of Chevy Chase, we're now witnessing the rebirth: He's once again the breakout star of a breakout ensemble show. And Chase is also set to revive the Griswold character alongside his "Vacation" wife, Beverly D'Angelo, in a HomeAway Super Bowl commercial.

Bissell Subcontracts Lousy Labor Practices

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:20 AM PST

Should companies like Bissell be allowed to deny any wrong doing because they've subcontracted the labor force that works in a factory they own? Is it really worth someone else's safety and rights to make cheaper steam cleaners and vacuums?

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