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Sunday, February 14, 2010



Massive Star Blows Fancy Hourglass Nebula

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 05:10 PM PST

The beautiful hourglass-shaped nebula Sharpless 2-106 shines with brilliant colors in this new image from the Gemini North telescope.

Americans break through Nordic combined barrie

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 04:45 PM PST

The Americans broke through the Nordic combined barrier Sunday, winning their first Olympic medal in the sport dominated since its inception by the Europeans.

Cuteness Defined: A Deer Licks A Cat

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 04:30 PM PST

Why are inter-species friendships so adorable?

Nate Robinson Wins A Record 3rd NBA Dunk Contest [Video]

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 04:20 PM PST

Nate 'Kryptonate' Robinson of the New York Knicks didn't pull out any gimmicks or props this year on his way to a record 3rd NBA dunk crown.

Hurricane-Damaged 30-Storey Florida Tower Implodes [VID]

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 03:52 PM PST

Demolition crews have carried out a controlled implosion to bring down a hurricane-damaged tower in Palm Beach, Florida.

Game-fixing, hookers abound in Taiwanese baseball scandal

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 03:50 PM PST

Taiwan baseball took another hit this week as prosecutors charged 24 people Wednesday in connection with the pro-league's worst game-fixing scandal yet. The scandal involves allegations that gambling rings and crooked politicians used offers of cash, cars and prostitutes - and if all that failed, threats - to get pro baseball players to throw games

Yanukovich Wins Ukraine Presidency

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 03:02 PM PST

Ukraine's Central Election Commission on Sunday officially declared Viktor Yanukovich winner of the 2010 presidential election.

Toshiba Develops 1TB Solid State Drive Size of Postage Stamp

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:50 PM PST

A new partnership between Toshiba and Tokyo's Keio University has led to the creation of a new technology that could allow SSDs up to 1TB in size to made "with a footprint no larger than a postage stamp." That's far, far smaller than even the 1.8" drives that currently reside in larger iPods.

Make Images 3D Without Goofy Glasses

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:30 PM PST

3D pictures are interesting, but they rely on glasses that alter the way your left and right eye perceive images. This cool 3D image-creation technique doesn't require glasses but still produces a 3D illusion.

Kearney strikes gold for US in women's moguls

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:29 PM PST

The freestyle skier became the first American to win gold at the Vancouver Olympics when she outscored Canadian Jenn Heil on the first night of competition.

Just Monkeying Around

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:20 PM PST

Amazing photos capture the graceful dance of the primates

Alabama Murder Suspect killed her brother in 1986

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:10 PM PST

The neurobiologist accused of killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama in Huntsville had fatally shot her brother in 1986. The police there are now questioning whether their department mishandled that case when it let her go without filing charges.

Mini-me? [PIC]

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:10 PM PST


Praying Mantis Tries To Catch Mouse Pointer (Video)

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 02:10 PM PST

When you keep your pet in a jar all day, you have to get it some exercise somehow.

External Combustion Engine Hunts Land Steam Speed Record

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 01:30 PM PST

Imagine an engine that can run on any fuel, has lower emissions and cooler exhaust than an internal combustion engine, uses no oil, and is virtually noise-free. Imagine that it also has less parts to maintain, can develop 2.5 hp per cubic inch of displacement, and needs no transmission or oil pump system.

Kansas Player Forgets How To Shoot Free Throws?

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 01:20 PM PST

After Cole Aldrich fouled out Coach Bill Self got to pick one of his players to shoot technical free throws. Coach Self has to be questioning his decision of choosing Morningstar after the player inexplicably forgot how to shoot a free throws. This is the weirdest free throw i've ever seen

Paranoid TSA Arrest Man Over Arabic Flashcards

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 01:20 PM PST

Anyone trying to learn a new language while heading through the airport beware - the TSA is apparently paying special attention to people with flashcards.

Rachel Maddow Stuns GOP Rep By Calling Out His Spending

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 01:15 PM PST

A heated exchange took place during NBC's 'Meet the Press" on Sunday when MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) of hypocrisy for railing against a spending bill in public while touting its benefits in his home district.

We Are The World 25 For Haiti, Premieres During Olympic

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 01:00 PM PST

Watch the Official Video here! We Are the World 25 For Haiti made its debut at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, featuring an all-star cast of pop superstars and actors ranging from Pink and Lady Gaga to Lil Wayne and Kanye West, with a special appearance by Michael Jackson. Last night's premiere was announced by actor Jaime Foxx

Facebook Warning [Pic]

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 01:00 PM PST


Palin's Formidable Celebrity An Uncertain Political Force

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 12:40 PM PST

Sarah Palin has proved that she can draw a crowd. What she has yet to demonstrate is that she can translate the appeal of a phenomenon into a political force that can attract or mobilize sizable numbers of voters.

7 Disney Films As Episodes Of "Maury" (w/Pics)

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 12:30 PM PST

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we found it only fitting to combine two of the world's greatest influences on relationships: Walt Disney & Maury Povich.

Totally worth it. (PIC)

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 12:20 PM PST

Well done, kid. Well done.

Coders Get a New Colleague -- Barbie

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 12:10 PM PST

Barbie today got two new careers, and in one she's a computer engineer! That's right, coders of the world can now count Mattel's best-selling toy among their ranks. Sorry, systems administrators!

Gay Soldier Invited Back To National Guard

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 12:00 PM PST

Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate, Arabic-speaker and Iraq War veteran, was recommended for discharge under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy after declaring that he is gay. But now, he's been asked to return to training with his National Guard unit. The invitation comes as the Defense Department reviews the possible effects of...

Visualization of the Luge Crash at the Olympics

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 11:40 AM PST

Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luge athlete, was killed during a trainingrun Friday on the Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia. The track is the fastest in the world.

We've Got Two Theories Right Now

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 11:40 AM PST


10 Accurate ‘Friend Zone’ Rage Comics For Valentines Day

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 11:40 AM PST

Valentines Day weekend is a gold mine for single men. Unfortunately, most of us don't know it and will probably ruin any chance of action by being "too nice."

1977 vs. 1979

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 11:30 AM PST

The key forces shaping the Middle East today were set in motion between 1977 and 1979. In 1977 a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt cast the Arab world's future with the West, economic liberalization, and acceptance of Israel. 1979 saw the rise of the fundamentalist regime in Iran and the of extremist Islamic forces.

Anthem Blue Cross to Postpone Massive Rate Hikes

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 11:10 AM PST

Following uproar, Anthem Blue Cross to postpone Calif. health insurance rate increases until May 1.

U.N. climate panel admits Dutch sea level flaw

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:50 AM PST

The U.N. panel of climate experts overstated how much of the Netherlands is below sea level, according to a preliminary report on Saturday, admitting yet another flaw after a row last month over Himalayan glacier melt.

The Only Immortal Animal on Earth [W/ PICS]

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:30 AM PST

Have you ever wondered what would happen if our life cycles were reversed, that is if we were born old and died young? Well, there's one animal that comes close and has achieved immortality in the process, just to top it off. Meet the Turritopsis nutricula, a small saltwater animal or hydrozoan related to jellyfish and corals.

Vancouver fans give India Olympians free uniforms

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:30 AM PST

Vancouver's Indo-Canadian community has rallied to provide funding and uniforms for India's three-man Winter Olympics team

Chip and pin should be overhauled to protect millions

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:10 AM PST

Chip and pin technology must be overhauled it was claimed yesterday after it emerged that one in seven people could have already been a victim of a "fatal flaw" in the system.

7 Ways To Become More Productive With Firefox Tabs

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:10 AM PST

I still use Firefox (even though all other browsers have tabs now) and I am still pretty excited at the ability to open links in new tabs. Sometimes I have dozens of them opened and this is when it stops being handy (and usable).

If you call out LeBron for a dunk, you better make it.

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:00 AM PST

While the dunk-in was boring people in one part of Dallas for All-Star Weekend, there was an amateur dunk contest in another part of town at the NBA Jam Session. That one had LeBron James as one of the judges.One participant had the stones to ask LeBron to be part of it -- to sit in a chair, throw the ball up an let the guy dunk over him.

Director Kevin Smith Thrown Off Oakland Flight Over Weight

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:00 AM PST

Kevin Smith, the creator of movies like Clerks, Dogma, and the upcoming Cop Out, posted a series of angry, sarcastic messages on his Twitter feed blasting Southwest Airlines for allegedly throwing him off a flight after he had already been seated and buckled in.

Happy Valentine's Day, Digg - The Oatmeal

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 10:00 AM PST

An illustration of how the digg/oatmeal romance was born

360° Panorama of the 2010 Winter Olympics Ceremony

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 09:50 AM PST

A panoramic view of the opening of the Vancouver Games.

Obama Signs Bill Allowing More US Debt

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 09:40 AM PST

President Barack Obama has signed legislation lifting the cap on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion. The new law also puts in place new budget rules to curb growing annual deficits. Known as "paygo" — for "pay as you go" — the rules require future spending increases or tax cuts to be paid for with tax increases or other spending cuts.

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