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Tuesday, December 29, 2009



Japan to Make Sake Bottles Out of Squid

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:40 PM PST

Stuffing squid skin - or if you want to get specific, cuttlefish skin - with rice or grains then leaving them in the sun to dry is all the manufacturing needed to create these vessels. Considering squid is still plentiful in the oceans, the source for the material is somewhat sustainable as well. Plus, the bottles are recyclable. Or rather...they'r

Shuttle Flights Down to Final Five

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:30 PM PST

The space shuttle program is due to end in 2010, but the fleet has a lot left to do. After 29 years of space shuttle flights, NASA plans to wrap up the program with five missions to complete construction of the International Space Station and retire the fleet before the end of 2010.

Top 10 Most Popular Youtube Music Videos of 2009

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:30 PM PST

What did we discover massive amounts of people like? In no particular order: guitar virtuosity, jizz, underdogs, dead superstars, nubile strumpets, children, partying, Andy Samberg, and cocaine... See if you can guess who made the most watched Youtube music video of 2009,* after the jump.

Taxing America’s Oil Addiction (Infographic)

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:20 PM PST

Gas taxes add up quickly and some areas of the country are taxed more heavily than others. However, one surprising thing holds true: The government profits even more from our oil addiction than the super-rich oil companies do.

The Wackiest Green Innovations Ever

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:20 PM PST

In green industries, ideas and concepts tread a very thin line between being genius and dubious, but they are all extremely valuable in driving us forward in our attempts to reverse the effects of climate change and preserve the longevity of our planet.

25 Greatest MMA Knockouts of 2009 (Video)

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

MMA is evolving and growing each year as a sport. The fighters become more technical and knockouts are even more spectacular. Here are some of the best knockouts from 2009.

10 Biggest Movie Disappointments of the Decade

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

Star Wars Prequels = Plastic Surgery and other riffs on movies that should have been better than they were.

Best Of The 2010 Snowboarding Videos

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

If you think you can snowboard, check out this collection of mind-boggling jumps from 2010's snowboarding vids.

Liberals Wake Up: Obama's Health Care Plan Stinks

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

As the Left and Right discover what's in that legislation, there may in fact be a broad consensus building over the need to just start over. There has got to be something that makes more sense than this

Google Faces Lawsuit in China Over Book Scanning

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

A Chinese novelist is suing Google Inc. for scanning her work into its online library. After a two-hour hearing Tuesday, a Beijing judge told the two sides to hold talks on a settlement and report back, said her lawyer, Sun Jingwei. He said Mian Mian, who was not at the hearing, wants damages of 61,000 yuan ($8,950) and a public apology.

Controversy Surrounds 'Digital Strip Search' Airport Imagers

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

As the federal government begins an inside-out review of airport security after a passenger sneaked explosives onto a plane last week, attention is turning to a growing debate over a key approach to airline safety: whole-body imaging at airports.

High School Students Find New Species of Cockroach

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

Some New York high school students testing DNA samples say they may have discovered a previously unknown subspecies of cockroach...

GOOD: The Business of Death

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

Originating in the mid-19th Century, the modern funeral has evolved into an economic and cultural monster, with a vast network of supporting industries and myriad options for your earthly remains. This original GOOD animation takes you inside the business of death.

Secondhand smoke in childhood associated w/ Adult Emphysema

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

Children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke at home were more likely to develop early emphysema in adulthood. The finding suggests that the lungs may not recover completely from the effects of early-life exposures to tobacco smoke.

Pictures of the Year 2009: Unexplained Phenomena [PICS]

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

Crop circles, UFO sightings, ghosts and unexplained phenomena.

What Your New Year’s Eve Booze Says About You

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

No matter where you celebrate, your drink of choice will end up saying a lot about how you want the evening to turn out.

It's War! Bristol Palin Seeking Full Custody Of Baby

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:13 PM PST

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is involved in a nasty legal battle with her ex-fiance Levi Johnston over custody of their one-year-old son Tripp

TV's Top 10 Biggest Business Blunders Of The Decade

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Canceling 'Family Guy' and 'Firefly' to name a few...

President Obama's Audio Update On Northwest Terror Incident

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:01 PM PST

President Obama's 'Audio' Update On Northwest Terror Incident - 12/29/09

What was the Worst Gaffe of 2009?

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

Asylum collected some of the worst mistakes in words from this past year- what was the worst?

Top Ten Cover Songs of the Decade

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

When a cover works, though, the payoff can be massive. Fans can be turned on to a band they've never heard before or gained some newfound appreciation for something they previously couldn't stomach.

Desert Dunes Seen From Space

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

The images in this gallery, taken by orbiting astronauts and satellites, show some of the most beautiful, most haunting, biggest, rarest and most stunning desert vistas on Earth.

Man Calls 911 To Get A Cab

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 03:50 PM PST

A man calls 911 to try to get a cab when he can\'t figure out how to get a hold of an operator.

Little Solider

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 03:40 PM PST


The True Odds of Airborne Terror [CHART]

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 03:30 PM PST

After the crotchbomb there has been a lot of noise about airplane security again. But what is the actual risk of an airplane attack? Here is the definitive chart...

British man escapes prison, updates Facebook on the run

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

Only in England, I tell you! An escaped prisoner -- jailed for seven years for aggravated burglary -- escaped the confines of his jail back in September. He's been updating his Facebook page on a regular basis since then.

Police In IRAN run over protester...very Graphic!!!!

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

The Iranian government is covering a lot of news in and outside Iran, that they don't kill, they don't torture...   Khamenehei I wish you a long life full of suffering I wish you the worst possi

Lego pirate FTW! (pic)

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST


Sports News: Top 10 stories of 2009

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

A former and current NFL star endured tragedies -- Steve McNair was shot to death by a girlfriend and Chris Henry died after falling from a pickup truck during a dispute with his fiancee. Others found themselves on the other side of the law, including Plaxico Burress,

Even in a Tough Market, Apple's in the Black

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

When makers of smart phones increased their efforts to catch the iPhone, the Cupertino company maintained its innovation edge. And when CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs stepped aside for almost six months for what turned out to be a liver transplant, Apple barely skipped a beat. It was that kind of year for Apple.

The return of the Russian bear

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

After a devastating economic crisis Russia seemed to be changing its ways. But an unexpected rebound in export prices has eased the pressure. As the boom gains strength, memories of tough times are fading fast.

What can you read about in al-Qaida's Web magazine?

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 02:20 PM PST

All things jihadi. Over nearly two years and 11 issues, Sada al-Malahim has published interviews with terrorist leaders, fighter biographies, tips on how to become a better al-Qaida foot soldier, lists of terrorists held by the Yemeni government, and thought pieces on the role of women in jihad. It also publishes fan mail.

10 Governments That Went Bankrupt

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 02:10 PM PST

In light of the global financial meltdown and runaway deficit spending of the US in particular, observers are predicting that national bankruptcy is possible. Here are 10 world governments who have already went bankrupt, some several times.

Linux Gaming: Are We There Yet?

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 02:00 PM PST

Can you actually play Windows games on Linux? That's what AnandTech seeks to find out. Talk about opening a can of worms!

Still evaluating... (PIC)

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

1736 days! Surely there must be a free alternative by now, dude.

25 Beautiful Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

In this article, you'll learn that how you can transform snaps of real full size subject matter into what looks like small scenes, all with the help of Tilt-Shift Photography.

Over two dozen states weighing marijuana reforms

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

Washington is one of four states where measures to legalize and regulate marijuana have been introduced, and about two dozen other states are considering bills ranging from medical marijuana to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the herb.

Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 01:22 PM PST

Accusing Western countries of supporting protesters, the Iranian government summoned the British ambassador.

Kava 'anti-energy' drink takes root in Southern California

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST

In Los Angeles, where medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined, a mood-altering beverage with a cannabis-oriented marketing campaign is gaining traction. "I drink it after a long day. It takes five or 10 minutes to sink in and then I feel relaxed and slightly euphoric."

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling - The Oatmeal

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

I created a handy guide for some common spelling errors. A panda bear makes an appearance.

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