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Saturday, February 6, 2010



Video Shows American Kidnapped In Iraq

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 05:22 PM PST

BAGHDAD -- A Shiite militant group in Iraq has posted an Internet video showing an American it says it abducted and who appears to be a contractor reported missing by the U.S. military.

You're almost there pal...

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 05:20 PM PST

Awww, That's Cute

What makes the Northern Lights dance

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 05:20 PM PST

UC Berkeley scientists steering a fleet of five satellites have unraveled a mystery about what causes the northern lights to brighten suddenly from shimmering green to flaming curtains of red and yellow.

This Old Dude Is My Hero (video)

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 05:10 PM PST


The last thing the US post office needs

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 05:00 PM PST

Do not fold!!!

From the Awful Pet Product Files: The PooTrap

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:50 PM PST

We thought this had to be something from Saturday Night Live, ora YouTube joke, but when we phoned 888-POO-TRAP, a real man answered,and confirmed that this was a real product. He was very nice.Apparently he has fielded this kind of call before.

Yuppie 911: Service Launches for Rich People in Need

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:50 PM PST

What was that emergency? The water they had found to quench their thirst "tasted salty."

First Look: A Drooling Alice in Wonderland Beas

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:50 PM PST

Direct from Tim Burton's twisted take on Alice in Wonderland come new images of the beauty — Anne Hathaway's White Queen — and the beast, aka Bandersnatch (pictured). A Movie I'm eagerly awaiting.

Report: PETA Gets Punk'd by Avatar's Six-Legged Horses

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:40 PM PST

The activists at PETA have long had it out for Hollywood and its animal trainers, which made the organization's recent endorsement of Avatar for employing only CGI beasts something of a foregone conclusion. However, once again, PETA couldn't be more wrong.

EMI, home of The Beatles, runs up huge loss of £1.8 billion

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:20 PM PST

EMI, the music giant controlled by Guy Handss Terra Firma, lost a staggering £1.8bn last year leaving it in desperate need of a £120m cash injection to stave off lender Citigroup from taking control of the business.

When 70% Support Marijuana Legalization, Starbucks Gets Msg

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:10 PM PST

A pro-cannabis group based in Colorado called for a nationwide boycott of coffee giant Starbucks after activists spotted a Starbucks logo on the website of a virulently extremist anti-drug organization. After intense negative publicity ensued, Starbucks issue a denial.

Can the Episcopal Church Withstand Gay Bishops?

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:00 PM PST

Roughly six years after the consecration of a gay bishop triggered divisions in the Episcopal Church, clergy and lay leaders have recently voted to accept other gay or lesbian bishops and also to develop rites for same-sex marriages. Yet the moves also threaten to further cleave a denomination at the center of global debates....

15 Fantastic Finds on the Google Code Repository

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 03:50 PM PST

Google Code Repository is a section of Google that, just like SourceForge, allows developers to upload their code for others to use under license. The repository was launched in 2006 and after searching through its archives, I found a number of interesting scripts and other goodies that would be an asset in any website owner/builder's Arsenal.

Grade for Common Sense: F-

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 02:50 PM PST

On Monday, a teacher caught a 12-year-old doodling on her desk with a lime green magic marker. Instead of just erasing it, the school called police and the girl was walked out in handcuffs. Give me a break! What's next? Will spitballs bring an assault charge? Could kids get 7-to-10 for shooting rubber bands? Grownups can be idiots.

Arizona closes most of its state parks

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 02:20 PM PST

Wrestling with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, Arizona decided Friday to close nearly all of its state parks, including the famed Tombstone Courthouse and Yuma Territorial Prison.

Please control your emotions! [Video]

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 02:20 PM PST

AccuWeather.com forecast video for the coming Snowpocalypse. This is no joke, people!

Super Bowl: The Art of Pimpin' Sponsors

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 02:00 PM PST

Tiki Barber has a "unique look" at the athletes promoting their sponsors during Super Bowl week.

Tea Partiers Urge Unity as Rifts Show

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 01:30 PM PST

Convention organizers and many participants have tried to zero in on fiscal responsibility as their hallmark issue, one they hope has the power to win elections in November. But others, including theorists who charge that President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, are pulling the movement in a direction that may not be helpful to the cause

'Zen' Bats Hit Target by Not Aiming at It

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 01:20 PM PST

New research shows Egyptian fruit bats find a target by NOT aiming their guiding sonar directly at it. Instead, they alternately point the sound beam to either side of the target. The new findings suggest that this strategy optimizes the bats' ability to pinpoint the location of a target, but also makes it harder for them to detect a target in...

Conservative Columnist Taking on Big Government Republicans

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 01:00 PM PST

Many conservatives believe in limited government. Others within the conservative movement love big government when they control it and merely wish to limit it when Democrats are in power. Keeping them honest, BigGovernment.com columnist Rich Muny calls out big government from the right as well as from the left.

Breakthrough in the Quest for Quantum Computing

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 12:30 PM PST

A major hurdle in the ambitious quest to design and construct a radically new kind of quantum computer has been finding a way to manipulate the single electrons that very likely will constitute the new machines' processing components. Princeton University's Jason Petta has discovered how to do just that

Cops catch Dad, daughter, 15, like totally sloshed in a car

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 12:10 PM PST

Dad of the Year candidate, he of the priceless mug shot, blew a 4.0.

Twitters Development History Beautifully Visualized

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 12:00 PM PST

Twitter just recently launched a new Twitter Engineering blog, and to kick things off, one team member, Ben Sandofsky, decided to share a video he made representing Twitter's development history. The video was made using Code Swarm, a software tool used to visualize data.

Man arrested by FBI for Stolen Valor

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 11:40 AM PST

He looks like a soldier and says he's a soldier, but he's not a soldier. And when we started asking questions, so did the FBI.The man, who the FBI says is nothing but a fraud, even showed up in a military uniform at Houston Mayor Annise Parker's inauguration. The problem is that he didn't earn any of the medals he was wearing.

Did We Start Out As Self-Domesticated Apes?

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 11:31 AM PST

A common and frequently correct view of biological evolutionary change is that once an adaptive trait has arisen, it is honed to ever greater states of refinement, like the ideal match between the shape of a hummingbird's beak and its flower.

The FBI Wants Our Web Browsing Activity: Fair or Foul?

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 11:10 AM PST

FBI Director Robert Mueller wants ISPs to track "origin and destination information" about their customers' browsing habits and store them for authorities' use for two years. What do you think, should ISPs acquiesce?

James Cameron Pissed About Avatar Actors Oscars Snub

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 11:00 AM PST

"People confuse what we have done with animation," director James Cameron said at the recent Producers Guild Awards. "It's nothing like animation. The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator."

T.O.: If I Go To The Bengals I'll Change My Name to Ocho Uno

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 11:00 AM PST

Possible future teammates Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco at a party on South Beach in Miami on Friday. (Also, photos of Tracy McGrady, Spike Lee and more.)

Washington DC prepares to shut down for massive snowfall dub

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 10:40 AM PST

Washington DC was grinding to a halt on Saturday as the US capital prepared for its heaviest snowfall in nearly a century, dubbed "snowpocalypse" and "snowmageddon".

Turbine Light concept uses wind power to light highways

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 10:30 AM PST

The Turbine Light concept harnesses the power of the wind from cars rushing past to light up the ever-darkening roadways. The turbines use the wind collected to generate energy for the lighting

US shuttle to bring Tranquility to space station

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 10:00 AM PST

The US space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts are preparing for a weekend mission to deliver a space module dubbed Tranquility to the International Space Station (ISS).

Palin's campaign against the "R-word" hits snag

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 09:50 AM PST

Sarah Palin's campaign against the derogatory usage of the word "retard" collided with her campaign to maintain her popularity with conservatives today, with confusing results.

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 09:30 AM PST

Anyone else starting to feel like this again?

Electric Charge Can Change Freezing Point of Water

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 09:10 AM PST

A watched pot never boils, but an electrically charged pot sometimes freezes. A study in the Feb. 5 Science reports that water can freeze at different

"Super Earth" May Really Be New Planet Type: Super-Io

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 08:51 AM PST

The extrasolar planet CoRoT-7b is considered to be the most Earthlike world yet found outside our solar system. A recent study, however, suggests that Earth might not be the best basis for comparison. Instead, the authors argue, CoRoT-7b is the first in a new class of exoplanets: a super-Io.

The Evolution Of Sports (TIMELINE)

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 08:40 AM PST


Earliest animal trails found dating back 565 million years

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 08:20 AM PST

Trails found in rocks dating back 565 million years are thought to be the earliest evidence of animal locomotion ever found, Oxford University scientists report.

Stewart Skullf#@ks Blogosphere

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 07:50 AM PST

Last night, Jon Stewart, er, called out the blogosphere for using overblown adjectives to describe his segments: "If you just followed this show on the blogs, you would think I was running around town cutting people from scrotum to sternum, wearing their skin as a trophy."

Microsoft warns of IE flaw, turns PC into public file server

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 07:30 AM PST

Microsoft has warned of an Information Disclosure vulnerability discovered in Internet Explorer. Windows XP users on IE6 or users who have disabled Internet Explorer Protected Mode are affected.

How the Nexus One Was Created [VIDEO]

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 07:10 AM PST

Google has launched a series of videos on its official Nexus One YouTube channel, documenting various details on how the Android phone was created.

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