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Thursday, December 10, 2009



TV's Most Un-Fascinating People of 2009

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 05:30 PM PST

Let Barbara Walters spotlight the "fascinating" people of the year. Here, it's time for the other side of the spectrum -- some of the least fascinating people on TV for 2009.

Cities Rethought: Using Technology to Prevent Blackouts

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

It's easy to take electricity for granted. Because it's such a critical part of our lives, we expect it to be there all the time. When the power goes out unexpectedly, how does the power company react and fix the problem? Click here to see how some power companies are using a smart grid to help track down the cause of blackouts as quickly...

The Facts About Bottled Water [Infographic]

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

Just because it's in a plastic bottle doesn't make it safer for you or the environment. Learn why in this graphic.

The Daily Show's Most Immature Montage Ever (Video)

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

The government's Cash for Caulkers program inspires Jon Stewart to assemble the most immature montage ever.

The Tiger Woods Mistress Quiz: How Many Do You Know?

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

The golfer's alleged list of women is so full of porn stars and, well, Mindy Lawton that we're having trouble keeping them straight. Can you?

Study Finds Beer May Prevent Prostate Cancer

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

Looking for an excuse for your rampant alcoholism? How about cancer prevention: A new study released by the German Cancer Research Center says that a chemical in hops, the flavoring ingredient in beer, may block testosterone, making you less susceptible to catching prostate cancer. Hooray beer, indeed.

Santa Brings Strippers To Storefront Windows [Video]

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

There were two beautiful young women that paraded around like the store window was their bedroom, doing playful things like jumping on the bed, brushing each others hair and even zipping each other up.

Best Green Tech Concept Gadgets of 2009 [Slideshow]

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

Fascinating and fun ideas that just might become a real part of our future, from bendable cell phones, to gorgeous solar chargers, to incredible furniture that eats bugs to use as a source of electricity.

Nobel peace prize: Norwegians incensed over Barack Obama's s

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

US president's trip to Oslo to pick up peace prize in danger of being overshadowed by cancellation row

Study: Foster Kids Given Dangerous Drug Cocktails

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

One of Illinois' largest psychiatric hospitals dosed foster children with dangerous combinations of mood-altering drugs, sometimes using the medicines as "chemical restraints" to control youth who needed counseling, according to a sharply worded new report by the University of Illinois at Chicago's department of psychiatry.

Which Historic Warriors Looked Best?

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

Huh. War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing... except for some seriously excellent army uniforms. We've scoured the history books to find most sartorially sophisticated, and occasionally vaguely ridiculous, military uniforms we could lay our eyes on - from the Greco-Turk war of 1897 to the colonial Anglo-Zulu war.

GMC General Manager Quits After Only 9 Days

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 03:31 PM PST

General Motors Co. today confirmed Buick GMC General Manager Michael Richards has quit after nine days on the job. The confirmation comes less than 24 hours after the surprise retirement of Chevrolet Vice President Brent Dewar, who had been appointed to lead the automaker's largest and most important brand five months ago.

Notre Dame hires UC's Brian Kelly as its next football coach

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 03:21 PM PST

Notre Dame has hired University of Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly as its next football coach, according to published reports. He led UC to a 12-0 record and a spot in the Sugar Bowl this season.

Five Things the USA Can Learn from China

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

While the U.S. remains mired in an economic funk, the Asian giant drives ceaselessly forward. On the eve of Obama's first visit there, a look at what the world's rising power can teach the U.S. now

Google Helps Battle Deforestation With The Cloud

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

le global warming would be to curb deforestation around the world. Google is helping today on the monitoring front by combining satellite imagery ...

Michigan License Plate "DYNGR" Recalled For Being Racist

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Officials of the Michigan Secretary of State's office announced Wednesday that they have pulled the license plate as it included an abbreviation for a racial slur that encourages hatred toward blacks.

Four Games Remain in the Search for the Game of the Decade

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

We're one step from the championship round. Which modern classic has your vote?

Bush closes the gap

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush.

Are You Smarter than a Detroit 5th Grader?

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

If you can subtract 75 from 301, chances are 'yes'. Fourth- and eighth-graders in Detroit Public Schools scored the worst in the nation in math, according to national test scores released Tuesday, highlighting the expansive task administrators face in trying to right a district beset by multiple problems.

The Christmas Season: By the Numbers (Infographic)

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

Here's a look at the hard facts and numbers of this most wonderful time of the year.

EPIC Run Faceplant (VIDEO)

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:20 PM PST

This girl tries a little to hard to impress her friend, obviously learning the hard way. What she was trying to accomplish, we have no idea.

Chad Ochocinco Announces New Name Change: Chad Hachi Go

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:20 PM PST

Ochocinco announced on his live USTREAM broadcast Sunday morning that he will be legally changing his last name to "Hachi Go" next season. "Hachi Go" is Japanese for 85.

A flood of biblical proportions filled the Mediterranean Sea

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 02:10 PM PST

Around 5.6 million years ago the Mediterranean Sea almost completely evaporated when it became disconnected from the Atlantic Ocean. This was due to uplift of the Strait of Gibraltar by tectonic activity, combined with a drop in sea level.

Denver To Get First Gourmet Marijuana Restaurant

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver has decided to get creative and make the business into a full-service restaurant that caters to those who need to use medicinal marijuana to ease physical ailments.

Understanding Large Hadron Collider & Unified Field Theory

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

Light and matter have long been seen as separate: spirit vs. flesh, earthy vs. divine. However, according to Wilczek, physics has blurred the line between light and matter, showing that reality is far from permanent, but rather ever-changing.

Carrying a Conversation [Comic]

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST


Gabe Newell gets all the ladies (PIC)

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

Okay, Gabe, very nice. Now get back to HL2: Episode 3 and Portal 2!!

Facebook exposes users after changes to privacy policy

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:20 PM PST

As of Wednesday, social networking supremo Facebook unveiled sweeping changes to its privacy options for users. The new privacy controls, particularly the recommended settings, have deployed the social network on the front line of the debate over data protection.

The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:20 PM PST

It came suddenly from the distant reaches of the Constellation Sagittarius, some 50,000 light years away. For a brief instant, a couple of tenths of a second, on December 27, 2004 an invisible burst of energy the equivalent of half a million years of sunlight shone on Earth.

In Pictures: TV's Biggest Game-Changers

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

From Leno's flop to Oprah's plans to flee daytime TV, the people who have had the biggest impact on the industry this year.

Friendster's Cautionary Tale Ends in $100 Million Sale

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

There aren't a lot of startup stories in which a 9-figure sale is considered a bummer, but this is one of them: Friendster, the site that once defined social networking, has been sold to a Malaysia's MOL Global at a fraction of its old value.

By 2011, 1/4 of All Mobile Phones Will Be Smart Phones

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST

In four or five years, your cell phone will replace your office computer and phone.

Couple Get Married On Ostriches

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST

Dress? Check. Rings? Check. Ostriches? ...ummm check.

Huckabee's Deadly Gamble

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST

Governors have no business gambling with the lives and safety of their constituents. Huckabee "laughed out loud'' when a prosecutor warned him that early release can be fatal. And now he calls his critics disgusting?

The Pagan Origins Of Christmas: Jesus was not born on 12/25

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST

Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th? Most people assume that it has always been a Christian holiday and that it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. But it turns out that Jesus was not born on December 25th. However, a whole bunch of pagan gods were born on that day.

No more fearful memories! Scientists find way to block them

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

U.S. researchers have found a drug-free way to block fearful memories, opening up the possibility of new treatment approaches for problems such as post traumatic stress disorder, they

Sarah Palin's Latest Washington Post Op-Ed Debunked

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

The Washington Post has run another Sarah Palin op-ed. And this time it's worse than ever — it's about the myth of global warming and how she is the true defender of science because she kills polar bears.

"10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger" = Awkward

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

Golf Digest proudly displays a cover of Tiger Woods looking serious while golfing, along with Barack Obama crouching on the green. The January 2010 issue went to print in mid-November. The article claims our president watches Tiger to get tips on preserving his image. "Tiger never does anything that would make him ridiculous," the story says.

UK to have dedicated space agency

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

Britain is to follow other major nations and set up a dedicated government agency to direct its policy on space.

Half-letoads (Battletoads NES Remade In Half-Life 2)

Posted: 10 Dec 2009 12:00 PM PST

From the makers of Half-Contra comes Half-letoads.

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