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Tuesday, January 5, 2010



For F.D.R. Sleuths, New Focus on an Odd Spot

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 05:00 PM PST

Look closely at Roosevelt's portraits over his 12-year presidency. In his first two terms, there is a dark spot over his left eyebrow. It seems to grow and then mysteriously vanishes sometime around 1940, leaving a small scar.

The State of the Gift Card Economy (Infographic)

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 05:00 PM PST

Gift cards are big business, which translates into big profits. Here we take a look at some of the facts behind them, as well as some of the industry secrets to maintaining solid numbers long after the holidays have come to an end.

Tracking Down Art Stolen by the Nazis

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:50 PM PST

Hermann Göring, the Nazis' 2nd-in-command and a rapacious art collector, showed up on the doorstep of Amsterdam's Goudstikker art gallery two weeks after the art dealer's death. Göring orchestrated a forced sale of the inventory in what is now recognized as one of the largest art thefts from an individual perpetrated by the Nazis.

Winter of 2009-2010 Could Be Worst in 25 Year - AccuWeather

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:50 PM PST

Nearly the entire eastern half of the United States is enduring bitterly cold temperatures not experienced since 1985. Even Florida, which has been hovering around freezing levels overnight recently, is also feeling the almost-nationwide chill.

I Don’t Know His Title (pic)

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:50 PM PST


Can The U.S. Trust Yemen To Fight Al-Qaida?

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:40 PM PST

As President Obama convenes a meeting Tuesday of his national security staff to discuss the attempt by a terrorist to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, one question will probably loom large: Can America trust Yemen to assist in the fight against al-Qaida?

Man begs to spend new year in jail

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:40 PM PST

A Sicilian man stole sweets and a packet of chewing gum so he could get arrested and spend New Year's Eve in a jail cell rather than be with his wife and relatives.Surely the Italians know how to drink and pass out, no?

HTML Slidy: Slide Shows in XHTML

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:30 PM PST

Accessible slide shows using only XHTML, behaving just like PowerPoint.

Video: Chainlink 4x4 is frighteningly awesome

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:30 PM PST

We aren't sure who built this or why – we're not even sure what it's called (we think it's "Chainlink") – but we're quite sure it's brilliant.

Discovery, Sony and IMAX Launch First 24-Hour 3D TV Network

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:30 PM PST

Three of the world's leading media, technology and entertainment companies - Discovery Communications, Sony Corporation and IMAX Corporation - today announced a joint venture established to develop the first 24/7 dedicated 3D television network in the U.S.

Porsche Considering Three-Cylinder Engine For 2012 Boxster

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 04:20 PM PST

Porsche is in the midst of developing its next-generation Boxster sports car, which has been seen undergoing testing in prototype form on a number of occasions in recent months. The new car is expected to go on sale late next year as a 2012 model and according to a new report Porsche may be...

200 Small Banks Will Go Under in 2010, Up From 140 in 2009

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:50 PM PST

Small banks won't fare as well as their bigger competitors over the course of 2010. "Unlike larger banks, small community banks will be shut down if they can't cover their credit losses," says Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the CATO Institute.

Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:40 PM PST

Military budget documents note that Air Force engineers were successful in "develop[ing] a Micro-Air Vehicle (MAV) with innovative seeker/tracking sensor algorithms that can engage maneuvering high-value targets.

The Most Fuel-Efficient 2010 Cars and SUVs

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:40 PM PST

These hybrids, diesels and gasoline-powered cars, hatchbacks and SUVs get the best fuel economy, saving you money on gas.

The Pictures Of An Actual Polar Bear Attack [IMG]

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:30 PM PST

These pictures were taken while people watched and did nothing to stop the attack. Reports from the local newspaper say that the victim has made a full recovery...

New airport body scanners

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:20 PM PST


$675,000 RIAA File Sharing Verdict is 'Unreasonable'

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:20 PM PST

The nation's second file sharing defendant to challenge the Recording Industry Association of America at trial is asking the court for a retrial, or to reduce the $675,000 verdict the jury levied for infringing 30 songs.

PHOTOS: Dolphin "Drive Hunts" Continue in Japan, Europe

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:20 PM PST

Dolphin ''drive'' hunts, a bloody tradition denounced in the recent documentary ''The Cove,'' continue in Japan and Denmarks Faroe Islands.

Study finds few gender differences in math abilities

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 03:00 PM PST

Girls around the world are not worse at math than boys, even though boys are more confident in their math abilities, and girls from countries where gender equity is more prevalent are more likely to perform better on mathematics assessment tests, according to a new analysis of international research.

Zero Punctuation's Yahtzee Talks About His Debut Novel, Mog

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:50 PM PST

ComicsAlliance sits down with Yahtzee for his first interview about the new project, a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-esque" humor novel about a NPC who believes his world to be "real."

Deputy caught having sex working security at 'Gay Days'

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:30 PM PST

Witnesses told investigators they saw Master Deputy Bryan Villella and another man having sex in an unlocked conference rooms. Villella worked security at the hotel while off duty. Supervisors docked him 150 vacation hours, placed him on one-year probation and assigned him to another...beat.

Does Nicholas Cage Have No Shame? (Pics)

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:20 PM PST

Uhmm NO!

Ex-Chair Of NFL's Brain Panel Denies Link

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:20 PM PST

Former NFL player Kyle Turley told members of Congress on Monday that while he still had a severe headache, the St. Louis Rams cleared him for full-contact drills four days after a concussion seven years ago.

US Cyber Czar: Smartphone Security Biggest Concern

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:20 PM PST

"What they've been attacking on the desktop they'll starting attacking in our mobile devices as they become more like PCs in our pockets. We can't wait five years to do something about it. We have to do something now" US Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt said.

Startled Door (PIC)

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:10 PM PST


Kick Butts: 97 Reasons to Quit Smoking in 2010

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:10 PM PST

#5. Smoking can cramp your style in the bedroom -- Smoking can affect circulation; with less blood flow to your genitals, arousal for both men and women can be more difficult.

Price Wars: Nexus One vs Droid vs iPhone 3GS vs Palm Pre

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 02:00 PM PST

total-cost-of-ownership comparison of the Nexus One, Droid, iPhone, and Palm Pre...

The Medical Milestones That Defined The Noughties

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 01:40 PM PST

In 2000, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair jointly announced that a working draft of the human genome had been completed, paving the way for genetic tests and new treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even obesity.

FOX Commentator: Strip Search All 18-28 Year Old Muslim Men

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 01:30 PM PST

This is real, folks. FOX News military analyst Lt. Gen Thomas McInerney seriously suggested this. In his words: "We have to use profiling ... If you are an 18- to 28-year-old Muslim man, then you should be strip-searched, and if we don't do that, there's a very high probability we're going to lose an airliner."

BeautifulPeople.com axes 5,000 members for gaining weight

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 01:20 PM PST

A social networking site for "beautiful people" has axed 5,000 members for piling on the pounds over Christmas.

Joan Rivers Deemed Threat to National Security

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 01:10 PM PST

Rivers, 76, was booted from a Newark-bound flight in Costa Rica on Sunday by a jittery Continental Airlines gate agent who found the two names on her passport fishy. Rivers' tale of woe put a famous face on travel's new reality - one that leaves many feeling like common criminals.

The Whiskey Diaries: Scotland in Taiwan

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 01:00 PM PST

Six thousand miles from Scotland's chill, one bold company is attempting what some consider the impossible: Producing a top-shelf, 100 percent distilled- and aged-in-Taiwan single-malt whiskey.

EA Sports Rumored To Be Reissuing 'NBA Jam' on Nintendo Wii

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:50 PM PST

"Instead, sources confirmed to ESPN that the new title is actually one of the all-time classics coming back to consoles as EA Sports has acquired the rights from the NBA to deliver an updated version of "NBA Jam" that will ship to retail exclusively for the Wii."

A Land/Air-Capable Motorcycle May Be in the Offing

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:40 PM PST

It is safe to bet that a flying motorcycle will never be a practical transportation option, but that has not stopped Samson Motorworks, a small engineering firm in northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills, from playing the long odds.

Calif. Airport Shut Down After Hazardous Material Found

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

California's Bakersfield Airport Shut Down After Hazardous Material Found, Federal officials have suspended flights going to and from Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, California after a hazardous material was found in luggage there.

Passengers Break into "Hey Jude" During Newark Scare

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

A traveling guitarist is becoming viral sensation after leading a group of passengers in a rousing round of the Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" while stuck at Newark airport over the weekend.

10 Ways Businesses Can Save Money by Going Green

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

Today we explore ten ways you can save money by going green.

EDITORIAL: Hiding health bills behind closed doors - WATimes

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:12 PM PST

By now it's almost trite to complain that President Obama repeatedly has broken his campaign pledge to "broadcast [health care] negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are." That doesn't make the complaint invalid.

TSA confiscates Play Doh from a kid... seriously

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 12:01 PM PST

In light of the recent terror underwear bomb attack attempt, the TSA at every airport is expected to crack down. For proof, look at New Orleans International Airport where they're fighting terror..by confiscating a young boy's Play Doh.

The Gay Marriage Lawsuit That Dares to Make Its Case

Posted: 05 Jan 2010 11:46 AM PST

The legal case that gay-rights activists feared to see is about to get under way in a federal courtroom in California. For the next several weeks, plaintiffs will argue that the US Constitution forbids states from restricting marriage to one man and one woman. If successful, the case could set the issue on a collision course with the Supreme Court.

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