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Friday, December 4, 2009



Mars Had Liquid Water in Recent Past, Rover Finds

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:50 PM PST

While trying to shake free of a Martian sand trap, the Mars rover Spirit churned up layers of minerals that hint at relatively recent groundwater activity on the red planet, scientists say.

NASA's Search for New Laws of Physics

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:50 PM PST

This past June, a Delta II rocket lifted the Gamma Ray Large Area Telescope (GLAST) spacecraft off the launch pad toward an astounding mission to explore the most extreme environments in the universe, search for signs of new laws of physics and explain how black holes accelerate immense jets of material to nearly light speed.

Top 10 Low Budget Horror Movies That Made Huge Profits

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:40 PM PST

Paranormal Activity isn't the only low budget horror movie that did great at the box office.

Study shows variability in ocean's CO2 uptake

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:30 PM PST

There are substantial variations in the amount of carbon being absorbed by the North Atlantic Ocean, a study shows.

Did Positive Thinking Kill Your Career?

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:20 PM PST

Author Barbara Ehrenreich on how unbridled economic optimism may have cost you your job.

Have an iPhone? You're the DJ!

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

Intrigued by the idea of becoming a mobile DJ, without having to carry expensive gear, we reviewed possible solutions for you.

Apple ordered to pay $21.5 million in patent suit

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

A patent holder that was granted $19 million from Apple by a jury in April has won another $2.7 million in interest costs in the final judgment against the Mac maker.

The Pentagon's $40,000 Social Scavenger Hunt

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

The DARPA Network Challenge is a competition to find the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States, each visible from public roadways for a single day, for a grand prize of $40,000. The nine-day contest starts tomorrow, Dec. 5.

Cigarette smuggling rises in Canada

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

Smuggling slowed down in the late 1990s after the Quebec and Ontario governments cut taxes, thereby significantly reducing the price of store-bought packs. But in the last six years, the illegal trade has come back with a vengeance. The black market in cigarettes is believed to be a $1.5 billion industry in Canada.

7 Bridges that People Live and Work On (W/ Pics)

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

By definition, a bridge connects one place to another, and thus seems to promise transition and adventure. These 7 amazing bridges buck tradition with people not only crossing them, but also living and working on them.

Ever Had a Clever Argument from the Creationist Side? (VID)

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

Richard Dawkins answers...

Movie Villain Speed Dating (Comic)

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST


Accused Serial Killer of 11 Pleads Not Guilty by Insanity

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

Assistant Prosecutor Rick Bombik said there is nothing in alleged serial killer Anthony Sowell's background to indicate mental illness. "Quite frankly, he's a psychopath," he added.

Huge stash of HTC Android codenames found within 2.1 ROM

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

You know that leaked HTC Sense ROM with Android 2.1 underneath? Well, somebody did some digging and found a wild stack of HTC Android handset codenames buried within. It starts in the realm of the familiar, with mentions of Dragon, Passion, Dream and Hero, but then it starts to get a little wild. Here's the full list:

Global warming emails: followup

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Antiscience | I think a followup on my earlier post on the climatologists' emails is called for.The comments in that post have been interesting. Most of them -- and there are

The Top 4 Risks You Face When You Use Facebook

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

So what are the main Facebook risks you need to worry about while staying connected to your friends or growing your crops?

Amanda Knox Found Guilty of Murder, Gets 26 Years

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:54 PM PST

An Italian jury has found American student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty in the stabbing death of British exchange student Meredith Kercher.

LOL Beck movie sells just 17 tix in NY & Boston

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:50 PM PST

Glenn Beck's tearful Christmas escapade was a huge bust in metropolitan areas. Even in the politically charged DC, it sold only 30. Makes me want to cry..

Beastie Boy Adam Starts DVD of Month Club: Talks Cancer

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

Adam also talks about whether or not they will play at Coachella in 2010.

Vegetarian + Bacon = Change of Heart

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

A vegetarian gets suckered back to the dark side by swine.

MPAA Teaches How to Detect and Report Bogus DVDs | Threat Le

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST

The movie studios and the police want your help in combating DVD piracy in the Los Angeles Fashion District, where the authorities say disc-ripping and and disc-pushing gangs are flourishing at Hollywood's and the public's expense.

Enlarged image of the hottest star in the galaxy

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Astronomers at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank have discovered one of the hottest stars in the galaxy concealed within a cloud of dust and ice in the middle of the Bug nebula.

What's the first thing that comes to your mind? (pic)

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST


10 Worst Teams in Sports History

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

New Jersey may have made history with their 18th straight loss to start the season. But it's worth noting the two other teams that opened with 17 consecutive losses still finished with a better record than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.

Birdfeeders Found to Cause Evolution of New Species

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:20 PM PST

Scientists have recently discovered that birdfeeders in the UK are actually having a serious impact on the way birds that use them evolve. So much so that one researcher says they've already led to the first evolutionary step in a brand new species.

Why A Comcast/NBC Merger Is Bad News

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:10 PM PST

As the Comcast/NBC mergepocalypse draws near, we wanted to remind readers of the ways that this is going to harm consumers. Join us for a sad look into the future.

Microsoft: difference between cheat, exploit? None. Banned!

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:00 PM PST

Microsoft has begun issuing temporary bans to players taking advantage of an exploit in Modern Warfare 2, while Infinity Ward works on a patch to fix the issue. While the servers may be kept slightly cleaner for the efforts, the amount of control Microsoft holds over owners of their consoles, and the arbitrary way they are able to .................

Great Moments in Habs History

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

It's the five-year anniversary of the start of Montreal's 100-year anniversary celebration, which finally culminates in the official Centennial Game against the Boston Bruins on Friday, Dec. 4.

The Search for the Game of the Decade: The Sweet 16

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

Sixteen tremendous games remain. Only eight may advance.

Prostitutes offer free climate summit sex

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

COP15 guests are being offered free sex if they produce one of Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard's 'no sex' postcards.

Hardware for Gmail: The 'Gboard' keyboard

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST

The Gboard consists of 19 colored keys set in a standard size numpad-only keyboard. Clicking on any one of these performs that particular keyboard shortcut. Included are Gmail-specific features such as starring messages, starting a search, and jumping between message threads.

California University to Use Puppy Therapy on Students

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST

Students are being encouraged to hug puppies at Chapman University to reduce stress before heading into final exams. What about kittehs?

Aetna forcing 600,000 to lose coverage, to raise profits

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST

Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations. Aetna actually made a profit in 2009 but not at levels that it anticipated.

Ten Powerful Linux Commands

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

Many Linux commands are powerful, and any user would do well to know them. Below are ten such commands, all simple in nature but powerful in their usefulness. The method in which they are executed will depend on the Linux system used.

'On My Camera After A Weekend Bender' (photobomb)

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST


Forget Santa Claus, Meet Condom Claus [PIC]

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

Conveniently located in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Up in the Air" wins first, key award in Oscar race

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

Director Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" was named best film of 2009 by the National Board of Review on Thursday in the first major award of Hollywood's Oscar season. Clint Eastwood was named best director for "Invictus."

First 'Space Beer' Made With Astro-Barley Sold on Earth

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 12:20 PM PST

Japan's Sapporo Breweries will sell six packs of the world's first "space beer," which was actually brewed on this planet, but uses barley grown in space, to select Earthlings who win a lottery.

The History of Annoying Side-Quests in Videogames

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 12:10 PM PST

The completionist's Achilles heel.

Ronnie Wood arrest - Rolling Stone 'choked' lover

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 11:50 AM PST

Ronnie Wood, the Rolling Stones guitarist, has been arrested amid allegations that he "choked" his young Russian girlfriend, Ekaterina Ivanova, during a row.

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