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25% of US grain crops fed to cars, not people

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 04:15 PM PST

One-quarter of all the maize and other grain crops grown in the US now ends up as biofuel in cars rather than being used to feed people, according to new analysis which suggests that the biofuel revolution launched by former President George Bush in 2007 is impacting on world food supplies.


Olbermann: Freedom of speech has been destroyed

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 04:10 PM PST

Titled 'Pandora's Box,' Olbermann explains before the segment, "Pandora's box meets the bottomless pit and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton. What the Supreme Court did today. My special comment, could be the last of them, next."


How the iPhone Came to Dominate the Planet [Graphic]

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 03:50 PM PST

This graphic takes a look at the iPhone's evolution -- from its humble origins as a PDA to its current status as an app-fueled communications powerhouse.


The Big Bills Slideshow

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 03:30 PM PST

We're all very familiar with images on the currency that we exchange every day, featuring the faces of our forefathers and other notable public figures. However, there is other legal tender that is far less common. Here's a collection of unique and large-denomination bills from various currencies around the world.


Avoid Auto Installation Updates While Shutting Down The PC

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST

On a notebook it is better to decide yourself when windows should install the available updates. The best time would be when it is back to the power supply from the electric socket.


21Year-Old Man Rescued 10 Days After Haiti Earthquake(VIDEO)

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 03:00 PM PST

An Israeli search team pulled a severely dehydrated 21-year-old man from the rubble of his bedroom a staggering 10 days after an earthquake leveled much of the Haitian capital. Emmannuel Buso was so ghostly pale that rescuers said his mother thought he was a corpse.


The Evolution of Executives (Infographic)

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 02:50 PM PST

The role and profile of the business executive has changed a lot between Henry Ford and Mark Zuckerberg. Here we take a closer look at how the executive role has evolved over the last century, but also at what has stayed the same in order for them to earn their fortunes.


Tom Tom IQ Routes Shows Americans Aren't Lead Foots

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 02:30 PM PST

It's amazing what technology can discover these days. Like how Americans really aren't the speed demons they are made out to be. TomTom has just published a report that utilized lots of Speed Profiles data in order to provide the first fully detailed view of which interstate highways are the fastest and slowest in the United States.


On the PlayStation 3: Hello hypervisor, I'm geohot

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 01:30 PM PST

Hacker GeoHot, famous for the blackra1n jailbreaking software for the iPhone has finally hacked the PS3 after 5 months of hard work.


2010 NBA All-Star Starters Announced

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 12:50 PM PST

Sanity prevailed, and those in the NBA office exhaled. Phoenix's Steve Nash overtook Houston's Tracy McGrady in the fan voting Thursday to earn his spot as a starter.


TV and computer games blamed for return of rickets

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 12:40 PM PST

The many hours children spend indoors playing computer games or watching television may be to blame for a resurgence of rickets.


Dolphins Smarter, More Self-Aware than Previously Realized

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 12:30 PM PST

When human measures for intelligence are applied to other species, dolphins are second only to humans in brainpower, according to new research.


Experts Find Another Set Of Vulnerabilities In IE

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 12:00 PM PST

A security research firm said it discovered another set of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, a day after Microsoft Corp patched the Web browser following a high-profile cyber attack.


Can Hopes Get Too High for Apple's 'Jesus Slate?'

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 11:50 AM PST

Based on past experience, it would be wildly out of character for Apple to unveil a device that did not live up to Steve Jobs' own lofty expectations. Plus, the company is notoriously secretive, so it's also a safe bet that the rumored tablet device has a few features that will surprise even the savviest of Silicon Valley insiders.


A Nuclear Reactor IN (virtual) ACTION

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 11:30 AM PST

Ever wanted to see a nuclear reactor core in action? A new computer algorithm developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory allows scientists to view nuclear fission in much finer detail than ever before.


Jack Bauer Eats! (Japanese Nutrition Bars)

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 11:20 AM PST

What's Jack Bauer's snack of choice during high intensity situations? According to this commercial, it's CalorieMate, a Japanese nutrition bar.


AZ Tea Party Talk Show Host WILL Run Against McCain

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 11:18 AM PST

After months of speculation that popular talk show host and former Rep. JD Hayworth might challenge Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his senate seat, Hayworth took the first concrete step by resigning from his talk radio show Friday night.


Conan O'Brien Exits 'Tonight Show' with Jokes and Grace

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 11:10 AM PST

The outgoing "Tonight Show" host -- who has become the heroic, idealized "Coco" to dejected fans -- could not have seemed more optimistic and noble as he bid farewell on his final show. And he was just bitter enough. "We have one hour to steal every single item in this studio," O'Brien told his audience, who gave him several standing ovations.


Google founders to sell stock, cede majority control by 2014

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 10:49 AM PST

Larry Page and Sergey Brin will still be in firm control of Google by the end of a five-year stock trading plan, but together, they will own less than half of the company voting rights.


Celebrities Go Low-Key, and Sometimes Nameless, in the Haiti

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 10:39 AM PST

The star-studded fund-raiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake on Friday was a study in carefully muted star power.


Mother's gum disease linked to infant's death

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 10:30 AM PST

Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows.


Ostriches gave up flying when dinosaurs died out

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 10:10 AM PST

Emus and ostriches became fat, flightless birds after dinosaurs died out and were no longer around to chase them, scientists believe. An abundance of food and lack of predators following the mass extinction 65 million years saw previously flighted birds put on so much weight that they had to walk instead.


Are You Listening with Kirk Franklin + Friends Haiti Relief

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 09:50 AM PST

Song for earthquake victims in Haiti


Judge reduces RIAA's $2 Million penalty against woman

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 09:30 AM PST

A federal judge cut the $2 million penalty against a Minnesota woman charged with file-sharing. A federal judge on Friday drastically reduced a nearly $2 million verdict against a Minnesota woman found guilty last year of sharing 24 songs over the Internet, calling the jury's penalty "monstrous and shocking."


Why are we compulsively obsessed with the compulsive?

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 09:20 AM PST

Whether it's having lots of kids or just lots of stuff, Americans are compulsive about watching those who are compulsive.


Facebook Snatches User's Vanity URL And Sells It To Company

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 09:10 AM PST

This looks really, really bad. An avid Facebook user named Harman Bajwa says that his Facebook vanity Url - Facebook.com/Harman - was unceremoniously revoked and sold to a business. Thing is...Harman is the guy's name...so using your own name violates TOS?


15 Curious Computer Accessories (Pics)

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 09:10 AM PST

From the Computer Rearview Mirror to the George Foreman USB iGrill, each of these products put the fun in functional.


RIAA-Defying Creator of @diditleak, Alan Carton, Dead at 23

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 09:00 AM PST

For two years, the Twitter account @diditleak was the secret weapon of online listeners and music critics alike. In real time, the account, which ultimately garnered over 11,500 followers, announced whenever a digital copy of a particularly desirable record first hit the Internet. For that it became a beloved resource of torrent-hungry music fans…


British Actress Jean Simmons Dies Aged 80

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:57 AM PST

Jean Simmons, the British film star who played Ophelia to Laurence Olivier Hamlet, sang with Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls and co-starred with Gregory Peck, Paul Newman and Kirk Douglas, has died at the age of 80.


The Ultimate Porn Surfing Firefox Add-ons

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:50 AM PST

I think we all know the perils of loud, auto-playing sex music or aggressive pop-ups of hairy, German MILFs that just won't close. Note: all of the links in this feature are safe. Don't worry: you should be fine to read this at work.


Music biz: piracy our 'climate change,' governments must act

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:40 AM PST

The global music business used a major report on digital music to demand worldwide three-strikes laws backed by the power of the state."We look to governments for action," it says while largely ignoring the shift to digital singles and drop in CD sales.


............ can you do this? [GIF]

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:30 AM PST

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China On Path To Become Second-Largest Economy

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:00 AM PST

BEIJINGThe strong numbers keep China on a course to replace Japan sometime later this year as the world's second-largest economy after the U.S.............................


Bigger, Better Telescopes Needed to Find Near-Earth Asteroid

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 07:40 AM PST

If we're going to protect the Earth from an asteroid, we need to find the dangerous ones whizzing about in the emptiness of space. Unfortunately, the United States will not complete the survey of large near-Earth objects by 2020 as mandated, but not funded, by Congress.


Conan Plays Free Bird w/ Will Ferrell, Ben Harper, Beck etc.

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 07:20 AM PST

Final performance with Will Ferrell, Beck, Conan, Max Weinberg, Ben Harper and others to close Conan O'Brien's 7-month stretch on The Tonight Show. You had a nice run Coco. Screw you, NBC.


Strippers Can't Use Lesbian Defense vs. Prostitution Charge

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 07:10 AM PST

[SLIGHTLY NSFW] Porn star Alexia Moore might offer a "lesbian defense" when confronted with evidence that she offered to have sex with a man for $5,000, a Manhattan district attorney said in court Wednesday.


Holiday Inn to Offer Human Bed Warming Service

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 07:00 AM PST

Holiday Inn, operator of over 4,000 hotels worldwide, will begin to offer a free five-minute "human bed warming service" at it's London Kensington hotel throughout next week.If requested, a willing member of hotel staff will jump in your bed, dressed head to foot in an all-in-one sleeper suit, until your nightly chamber warms up.


Moving Gitmo Prisoners to Illinois Doesn't Solve the Problem

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:40 AM PST

The goal of closing Guantanamo in a year was encouraging but unrealistic Barack Obama never adequately explained his position that this is a matter of managing risk in a manner that comports with both our security and our values.


Rare footage inside Mexico's giant Crystal Cave (VID)

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:30 AM PST

Professor Iain Stewart describes what it was like to get a rare glimpse inside Mexico's Cave of Crystals, which contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found.


Conan's Final 'Tonight Show' Monologue, Farewell Speech

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:20 AM PST

Below: Conan O'Brien's final "Tonight Show" monologue and farewell speech.


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