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Saturday, December 5, 2009



Beware Social Media Snake Oil - BusinessWeek

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

Hordes of marketing "experts" are promoting the value of wikis, social networks, and blogs. All the hype may obscure the real potential of these online tools.

An iPhone Can Make Music, but Is It Art?

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

In the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra, the instruments are Apple iPhones. But can the electronic tones of an iPhone really make musical art?

The Force Is Strong With This One [PIC]

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

I sense something, a presence I've not felt since.......

49 Cool Business Card Designs [Pics]

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Here is just another cool business card designs list.

A single atom transistor has been discovered

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

Researchers from Helsinki University of Technology (Finland), University of New South Wales (Australia), and University of Melbourne (Australia) have succeeded in building a working transistor,

Climate-Friendly Cremation? You First...

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 03:40 PM PST

The beauty of this process -- if "beauty" is how you'd want to describe such a thing -- is that the resulting fluids can be sent into the sewer system like Saturday night's bath water, or even spread on fields or gardens. No sooty emissions, either, and the process uses 80 percent less energy than standard cremation.

Devil's Chimney? [Pic]

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 03:30 PM PST

The image astronaut Jeffrey N. Williams aboard the International Space Station saw looking down on the Alaskan Aleutian Islands.

Dork the Halls: Ornaments For Your Nerd Tree [PICS]

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

Because you should never let your family forget that you'd rather be online.

First Cool Exoplanet Around Sun-like Star Imaged

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

First observations with the world's newest planet-hunter instrument, HiCIAO, have revealed a faint companion to the star GJ 758, resulting in what could be the first image of a cool extrasolar planet orbiting a Sun-like star.

DVDs To Give To The Sci-Fan Who Has Everything

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Nothing makes a better gift for the science-fiction fanatic in your life than some cool-looking DVD box sets that can keep him/her up all night for weeks. Here are some boxsets your loved ones will want to crawl inside.

Study Confirms That Cannabis is Beneficial for MS

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

Cannabis can reduce spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. A systematic review, published in the open access journal BMC Neurology, found that five out six randomized controlled trials reported a reduction in spasticity and an improvement in mobility.


Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

Ever since Simon, world's first Smartphone, by IBM made its entry in 1992, the Smartphone industry has been seeing some quick and rapid advancement in the technology. Today there are quite a number of companies that are running business in Smartphones. Some of the big players are Apple, Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, RIM and Palm. Of late, ...

Worst Crooks Ever! Top 10 Thief Screw-Ups In Movies

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

These crooks get the IGN Movies' Darwin Award for doing a good job at being bad at what they were hired to do, or for making the mistake of operating under their own agenda and getting dead for it.

Why humans are never satisfied! (Comic)

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:10 PM PST


Dept of Energy: Wind Farms Have No Impact on Property Values

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:10 PM PST

Economists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found no conclusive evidence of any widespread property value impacts in communities surrounding wind energy facilities.

Man Asks 911 For $2

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

A man calls 911 trying to get 2 bucks.

Chicago Bears And Illini Crop Logos Form In Field (Pic)

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

- Found via Google maps - These are true die hard Chicago Sports fans.


Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST


Google, Schwarzenegger Unveil Tool to Battle Climate Change

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:20 PM PST

Internet search giant Google--along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger--has unveiled a version of Google Earth that predicts both sea level changes and wild fire danger caused by global warming

Buttered Up: Disturbing New Facts About Movie Popcorn

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

This week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) updated the findings of its historic study about the caloric and fat overload found in many moviegoers' favorite treat: popcorn.

Psychiatry at the street level in New Delhi

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST


How a Supervillain is Born (PIC)

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST

"One day, I shall exact my revenge...one day! Muahh-ah-ah-ah!!"

Policing the Slums of Rio; 5000 murders last year alone PICS

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 12:10 PM PST

As Brazil prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics international scrutiny is falling on Rio de Janeiro's favelas, or slums, where more than 5,000 people were murdered last year alone. In the last week, violence in tourist areas has increased as drug gangs are reacting to an increased police presence. Photographer: Spencer Platt, from Getty Images

Kobe Bryant Hits Game Winning Buzzer Beater

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:50 AM PST

Kobe Bryant hit a buzzer beating three pointer over Dwyane Wade, while fading away off balance to win the game for the Lakers by one point. What a shot!

In Iraq’s African Enclave, Color Is Plainly Seen

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:40 AM PST

African-Iraqis talk of discrimination so steeped in Iraqi culture that they are prohibited from interracial marriage and denied even menial jobs.

TN Mayor Calls Obama A Muslim In Racist Facebook Rant

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:40 AM PST

According to a rather unsettling report in The Commercial Appeal, Arlington Mayor Russell Wiseman posted a racist rant on his Facebook page about President Obama -- apparently triggered by President Obama's Afghanistan speech interfering with the annual broadcast of the "Peanut's" Christmas Special.

David Bowie's Response To First American Fan Letter In 1967

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:30 AM PST

Well over forty years since David Bowie became a well known artist (now legend), a letter has surfaced online of what appears to be a response to his first fan letter from the great United States of America.

How Ron Paul Can Save the Republican Party

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:21 AM PST

Ron Paul, the GOP's unlikely savior.

Researchers demonstrate a better way for computers to ‘see’

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:10 AM PST

Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from MIT and Harvard have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the help of low-cost, high-performance gaming hardware.

17-year-old girl cooks cat in oven

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:10 AM PST

Also ransacks apartment to get back at former roommate.

The Terminator easily shrugs off a Jedi mind trick [PIC]

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 11:00 AM PST

Here's a Twitpic image posted by the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger via Twitter of himself with George Lucas at the recent induction into the California Hall of Fame.

Top Ten Space Finds of 2009: Nat Geo News's Most Viewed

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 10:50 AM PST

There's water, water everywhere in National Geographic News's most popular space coverage of 2009: A probe proved there's water on the moon, a Mars lander's leg got all wet, fishlike life may swim a Jupiter moon's seas, and more..

7-Foot NBA Center Wins eBay Auction to Name Shrimp Species |

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 10:40 AM PST

It all started when Anna McCallum, now a doctoral student at the University of Melbourne, discovered a previously unknown shrimp while working as an assistant on a research boat. Instead of naming it herself, she decided to auction the right to name the shrimp on eBay and donate the proceeds to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

APOD: 2009 December 5 - Himalayan Skyscape

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 10:20 AM PST

A different astronomy and space sciencerelated image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

Excellent! - Mr. Burns Tops Write-Ins for NYC Mayor

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 10:10 AM PST

New Yorkers were creative in this year's election with the selection of Disney characters, cartoon villains and deceased presidents for mayor. But, no candidate was more deserving than Mr. Burns.

LA Auto Show: The New Look of Luxury and Excitement (PICS)

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 09:40 AM PST

While some of the leaders in the luxury and sports car markets like Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini were no shows in Los Angeles, their absence allowed smaller makers to garner a large share of the exhibition's spotlight. Among these brands are legendary names like Morgan, Allard and lesser known Spyker as well a newcomer, Fisker, which plans...

Pokerface Mashup: Lady Gaga vs. Walken vs. Cartman

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 09:10 AM PST

BRILLIANT!!! All rights to Half Mast/Hat.

Large moon of Uranus may explain odd tilt

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 09:00 AM PST

A massive ancient moon that has since disappeared may be the reason Uranus now lies on its side. Insert your Uranus joke now.

What do you look for in a game?

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 08:20 AM PST

So what is important in a video game? Do you want photo realism? Or how about a strong, structured story?

From Tweetdeck to Operating Table - Tweeting for Kidneys

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 08:10 AM PST

Those who have followed the saga know that Harold is the name Strouth gave the kidney disease that for three years ruled his life and damned near killed him. He put out a call via Twitter for an organ donor in February and Scott Pakudaitis offered to help.

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