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Monday, December 21, 2009



15 Painfully Annoying News Personalities

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 07:20 PM PST

TV programmers call those personalities who make many of us grab the remote, "instant tune-out factors." Whether it be sports or world news, these newscasters may come across as dumb, have irritating voices, or be completely out of their minds.

Supernova Remnants Reveal How Star Exploded

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 07:10 PM PST

At a very early age, children learn how to classify objects according to their shape. Now, new research suggests studying the shape of the aftermath of supernovas may allow astronomers to do the same.A new study of images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on supernova remnants -- the debris from exploded stars -- shows that the symmetry of...

The Griswold House in "Christmas Vacation"

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:50 PM PST

"All my life I've wanted to have a big family Christmas." Clark Griswold

Switchable Nanostructures Made with DNA

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:30 PM PST

Scientists have found a new way to use a synthetic form of DNA to control the assembly of nanoparticles — this time resulting in switchable, three-dimensional and small-cluster structures that might be useful, for example, as biosensors, in solar cells, and as new materials for data storage.

Real Trees Favored over Pricey Fakes In Downturn

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:30 PM PST

Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's Cos., the largest U.S. home-improvement chains, are stocking fewer fake Christmas trees as shoppers plan to save money by buying the real thing. "As the economy has gotten tougher, artificial trees have become more of a discretionary purchase," Craig Menear, Home Depot's executive VP.

Inside the Secret Service

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:20 PM PST

First it was Virginia the couple that made their way into the state dinner. Now, we learn that a Georgia couple somehow wound up at an invitation-only breakfast with Obama. What is going on with security around the president? LIFE, with the help of Time's White House photographer, puts a face on the secret agency that's always under the microscope.

World's Highest Glacier Is Set to Melt Into History

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:20 PM PST

The Chacaltaya glacier ski run in Bolivia - once famous for being the highest in the world - is set to disappear completely within the next few months. The melt is one element of a crisis in the country's water supply. (21 December 2009)

Cool Stop-Motion Student Project (VIDEO)

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:20 PM PST

Over 300 French students at the ESCP Business School used stop-motion techniques to create a film designed to represent the spirit of their school.

10 Alternatives to Wrapping Paper

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:10 PM PST

If it can't be wrapped in a salt crust, I don't want it!

Storms and Crowds. Is a Delay in Your Future? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:10 PM PST

Check your flight status, pack your patience (and a good book) and research things to do at your airport. The chart below illustrates traffic volumes and delays at some of the country's busiest airports.

Hotshot Hackers Compete in NetWars [Video]

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:00 PM PST

"All Star" hackers competed in the U.S. Cyber Challenge NetWars. Some of the tasks: hacking into as many target computers as they can and then defending those computers from attacks by other skilled hackers.

Mr Bird, Are You As Delicious As You Look? Snap Om Nom Nom

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:00 PM PST


The World's Weirdest Hotels [PICS]

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 06:00 PM PST

We live in a strange world, not content with what's already on offer in the hospitality world, these eccentric hoteliers have come up with quite literally some of the weirdest places to get a bed for the night.

12 Last-Minute Gifts for Tech Addicts

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:40 PM PST

Its crunch time, friends. Christmas Day is Friday and you've been putting off your holiday shopping for the tech addict in your life for weeks. Fear not, this is a blame free zone.

Not So Intelligent Intelligence: Four CIA Flops

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:40 PM PST

Most of us don't know much about what the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) actually does. Here are four of the twentieth century's biggest CIA flops.

Top 5 Christmas Beers

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:20 PM PST

Count down of the Top 5 Christmas beers reviewed this year in our Drink Better Beer series.

3,000 Years Old headless skeletons found in coral reef tomb

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:20 PM PST

A find of 60 headless skeletons may reveal the identity of the people who first inhabited the Pacific Ocean archipelago Vanuatu 3000 years ago.

Digital Advertising: Who Gets the Highest Ad Rates Online?

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

While the recession has put another hit on CPMs across the web, some sites can still pimp fat ad rates. You will never guess who is is #1.

Massachusetts' Health Care Bill Is A Model... and a Warning

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

Three years ago, Massachusetts passed the most sweeping health care bill in the country, adopting a plan that closely resembles the proposals being considered by Congress - and a plan that now offers powerful "lessons learned" for the nation.

Scandal (COMIC)

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

C'mon, you know that's the first thing you think about when you read one of these type of news stories.

Motorola-Droid compared with the rest (Videos)

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

Most of the information in this post are about 'Motorola Droid' comparison with the BlackBerry Storm 2, the Nokia N97/ 900 and my other favorite Droid the HTC-Droid Eris. Another way leads to the 'iPhone 3GS' which has been compared with the Droids and with the 'Palm Pre', the 'Palm Pixi', the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile and the Verizon Wireless

Ring Girls: 10 Playboy Girls UFC Should Consider

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

MMA Madness recently broke the news that two UFC ring girls, Natasha Wicks and Logan Stanton, are being replaced by Chandella Powell, a former playmate. This is not the first time a former Playmate has graced the Octagon. At UFC 100 in July, former Playmate Holly Madison acted as a "guest ring girl" for the evening.

Top 9 Eco-Stories of 2009 Not About Global Warming

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

Here, as the year draws to a close, is a list of the top 9 environmental stories in 2009 that had absolutely nothing to do with climate change.

Apple's Steve Jobs named world's best-perform

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

For increasing his company's market cap a whopping $150 billion in the last 12 years, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was named the best-performing CEO in the world.

Google Android Phones Stealing Consumer Mindshare

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

Google Android smartphones are gaining mindshare among consumers, according to a new report from Comscore that says Google Android phones like the Droid are much more popular now as an alternative to Apple's iPhone than they were this past summer.

Father of three admits murdering teenage girl 26 years ago

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

A married father of three has admitted murdering a teenage girl, Colette Aram, more than 26 years ago.

Is Apple leaching off AT&T?

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

With AT&T and Apple negotiating a new deal, AT&T will almost certainly be forced to give a larger cut of revenues.

How to Hack Your Droid to Run Android 2.1

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

Psst, Droid owners. Here's how to hack Android 2.1 onto your happy little Motorola friend.

How NORAD keeps track of Santa [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

For decades, NORAD has been providing real-time information on Christmas Eve about Santa's whereabouts. These days, technology plays a bigger role than ever in bringing the program to the world.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To Murder

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 99.9 percent of hitchhikers are murderers...

Researcher explains mystery of golden ratio

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

The Egyptians supposedly used it to guide the construction the Pyramids. The architecture of ancient Athens is thought to have been based on it. "It" is the golden ratio, a geometric proportion that has been theorized to be the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye and has been the root of countless mysteries over the centuries.

A Dangerous Dysfunction

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 03:40 PM PST

The difficulty of trying to pass health care reform shows how dysfunctional the Senate has become.

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 03:30 PM PST

Why losing big can be a winning strategy...

Opening Pandora's Sequel: Sending A Message To Avatar 2

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

Avatar is the hit everyone hoped it would be and that means one thing: Sequel. Writer/directorJames Cameron has already started planning. Hey Cameron, if you're listening, here's a few things to jot down on your notepad when you're ready to start making Avatar 2.

5 Gaping Plots Holes Hollywood Knows You Won't Notice

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Hollywood loves to treat us like we're a bunch of five-year-olds. And they get away with it because we fall for their ***** all time.

10 Most Overhyped Games of 2009

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Ten games that didn't quite live up to the noise surrounding them. And Jack Black makes a lot of noise.

James Cameron vis-a-vis Peter Jackson

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

Avatar's James Cameron and Lovely Bones' Peter Jackson are masters of new film technology. But they insist they aren't slaves to it.

New Law Orders That Some Amtrak Commuters be Locked in Boxes

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

"Only, he actually signed for a law forcing Amtrak to lock passengers in a box if they carry guns on the train. That's right - a simple error has now created a law that (at least on paper) may prove to be unenforceable. "

Arkham Asylum 2 teaser's mysteries uncovered (Video)

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

During the most recent Spike VGAs, we were treated to a teaserific Batman Arkham Asylum 2 trailer from the folks at Rocksteady Studios. Lo and behold, the teaser contained far more info than our time-constrained brains could catch during the game's unveiling.

NY Times: U.S. Limits Tarmac Waits for Passengers to 3 Hour

Posted: 21 Dec 2009 02:22 PM PST

Airlines that let a plane sit on the tarmac for more than three hours without letting passengers off will face fines, the secretary of transportation announced.

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