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Sunday, February 21, 2010



Drone pilots have front-row seat on war, half a world away

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 04:40 PM PST

From daily life -- bills, rent, laundry -- and get ready for work to a Job that could require him to kill another human being 7,500 miles away.

Sony Files Patent For 'Universal Game Console Controller'

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 04:30 PM PST

A controller with a LCD touch screen, that works on the Playstation 3, the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360

'Little Hill' in Minnesota Helped Vonn [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 04:30 PM PST

A look at the Minnesota training and upbringing that helped propel Lindsey Vonn to the gold in these Olympics.

World's First Sustainable Jet Fuel Plant Unveiled In Europe

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 04:00 PM PST

The plant will convert 500,000 tons of carbon-based material each year into 16 million gallons of jet fuel, and could reduce carbon emissions by 145,000 tons annually.

The GOP's "Small Government" Tea Party Fraud

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 03:10 PM PST

The core of the "tea party" movement and actual GOP policies are radically opposed.

Sony Ericsson's Satio Ad: misleading

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:50 PM PST

So what exactly has Sony done wrong? Apparently the TV ad misleads viewers about the phone's ability to access the extremely popular social networking site Facebook.

Russians' costumes all the rage for original dance

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:40 PM PST

After shoving Maxim Shabalin to the side so he wouldn't block anyone's view of her, Oksana Domnina sat very tall so the entire arena � and TV viewers � could get a nice, long look at her outfit.

Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' is a hit!

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:30 PM PST

Insanity prevailed at the weekend box office in North America as Martin Scorsese's suspense thriller "Shutter Island" opened at No. 1 with better-than-expected sales, its distributor said on Sunday.

The Trial of Han Solo (NSFW in the US and Iran)

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:20 PM PST

Here's a funny parody of the TV show Law and Order, featuring Han Solo on trial for the murder of Greedo in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. (Warning! Brief CGI-dude nudity.)

Barrow, Alaska: Ground Zero for Climate Change

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:20 PM PST

Scientists converge on the northernmost city in the US to study global warming's consequences...

Study: Sexual Predators Flock to Energy Towns in Western US

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 02:10 PM PST

A new paper published in the journal Conservation Biology finds that sexual offenders are flocking to energy towns in the American west at much higher rates than in those towns not reliant on energy development.

RIP Google Gears

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:50 PM PST

Back in December, we discussed Google's decision to shift focus away from Gears, its platform that allows web apps to work offline — instead the company would utilize HTML5. In the Gears API Blog this week, Google has reinforced that decision, making it clear that the company "will not be investing resources in active development of new features."

Neural Advertising: How What We Hear Affects Us

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:30 PM PST

If you're like most people, you're way too smart for advertising. You flip right past newspaper ads, never click on ads online and leave the room during TV commercials.

Ammann sweeps ski jumps, just like Salt Lake City

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:20 PM PST

Switzerland's Simon Ammann is the first ski jumper to win four individual Olympic titles with his victory in the large hill event.

Modern Warfare 2 and the Art of Manipulating Gamers

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:10 PM PST

So, how in the world did Modern Warfare 2 get so popular? Manipulating the psychology of gamers, that's how.

Atlas V Launch-Sonic Boom Meets Sun Dog

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:10 PM PST

Solar Dynamics Observatory Launch, Feb 11, 2010. A sun dog is a prismatic bright spot in the sky caused by sun shining through ice crystals. The Atlas V rocket exceeded the speed of sound in this layer of ice crystals, making the shock wave visible from the ground.

Top 12 Craziest Movie Mental Patients (+ vids)

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:00 PM PST

With Martin Scorsese's lunatic asylum-set thriller Shutter Island pushing audiences to the brink of movie madness this week, we felt it high time to cast our crazy eye across a dozen of the most disturbed -- and disturbing -- motion-picture mental patients to ever be pumped full of Thorazine on the silver screen.

11 Great Celestron Photo Contest Winners (Pics)

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 01:00 PM PST

Discover held a contest for astrophotographers who use Celestron equipment to capture the beauty of the heavens. The Bad Astronomy blogger, Phil Plait, judged the entries, and these are the 10 images (okay, 11�there was a tie) he chose as the best of the bunch.

Red wine antioxidant prevents weight gain & improves energy

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 12:40 PM PST

Experts say that resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine, may help boost endurance, prevent weight gain, and improve energy. Are the claims too good to swallow?

Gas industry faces crossroads in western Wyoming,

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 12:20 PM PST

Environmentalists have long argued that the frenetic drilling pace should be slowed in the heart of prime habitat for antelope, mule deer and sage grouse. Industry officials, however, say they worry that tighter federal leasing rules could discourage drilling on Wyoming's public lands in favor of less-regulated private land in the East and South

Chuck Norris Botnet Karate-chops Routers

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 12:20 PM PST

If you haven't changed the default password on your home router, you may be in for an unwanted visit from Chuck Norris -- the Chuck Norris botnet, that is. Discovered by Czech researchers, the botnet has been spreading by taking advantage of poorly configured routers and DSL modems.

Why We Have Freedom of Speech

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 12:00 PM PST

American colonists inherited a rich free speech tradition from the British; the tightly linked rights of free speech and press could be traced back centuries through a dense web of common law. But within this common law tradition, free speech was largely defined as no "prior restraint."

Mercedes-Benz F800 Concept Revealed in Geneva

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 12:00 PM PST

Mercedes-Benz will take to the stage at the annual Geneva Motor Show in early March with an innovative hybrid-electric or fuel-cell concept that, at least in its basic design, previews the replacement for its aging CLS.

Israeli immigration officials copied British passports used

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 11:40 AM PST

Israeli immigration officials at Tel Aviv airport secretly copied the British passports which were then used by the hit squad which assassinated a leading Hamas official, ministers have been told.

Robot Bartenders Sling Cocktails for Carbon-Based Drinkers

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 11:20 AM PST

The secret to a great cocktail, most connoisseurs would agree, has something to do with the ice, the liquor, the glass — and the bartender.

George Will: Global Warming Religion

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:50 AM PST

The global warming industry, like Alexander in the famous children's story, is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Actually, a bad three months, which began Nov. 19 with the publication of e-mails indicating attempts by scientists to massage data and suppress dissent in order to strengthen "evidence" of global warming.

White House to publish healthcare proposals Monday

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:40 AM PST

By Ross Colvin and Jeff Mason||WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will unveil its latest healthcare reform proposals on Monday ahead of a bipartisan summit that President Barack Obama hopes will advance the stalled legislation, a senior...

Using Facebook or Twitter could raise your insurance premium

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:40 AM PST

People who use social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook have been warned that they could eventually face rises in their home insurance premiums of as much as 10pc.

Breast-Baring Baristas May Face Indecent Exposure Charges

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:30 AM PST

The woman was walking to an outside storage shed at Bikini Bottom Espresso II on South Hill on Oct. 7 when the passerby, a woman with a child in her car, called deputies. The barista's breasts were bare, save for X-shaped pasties covering her nipples, according to a Pierce County sheriff's report.

Glenn Beck: GOP Needs to Admit it Has a Problem

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:20 AM PST

Yet it's not enough to blame Barack Obama or Democrats for the current economic state, Beck told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Republicans have an addiction to spending, he said, likening the party to Tiger Woods, or an alcoholic.

Op, op, op, fail [Animated GIF]

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:20 AM PST


Andrew Koenig MISSING: Boner On 'Growing Pains' Dissappears

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 10:08 AM PST

Police and worried loved ones are searching for actor Andrew Koenig, best known for playing Boner on Growing Pains; who went missing in Vancouver a week ago. Koenig, 42, was last seen on Feb. 14 and he missed his flight out of the Olympic host city two days later, according to a statement from TV host Dave Holmes on MaximumFun

Google and Wikipedia: Separated at Birth? - BusinessWeek

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 09:50 AM PST

Why the search giant and the online encyclopedia have a relationship that benefits both equally.

Twitter Phishing Attack Spreading via Direct Message WARNING

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 09:20 AM PST

A Twitter phishing attack is spreading rapidly today, attempting to obtain Twitter logins via Direct Messages. If you receive a message reading "lol, is this you", and linking to a site called "bzpharma", do not click the link.

United, U.S. Airways Serve Bad Food, Recycle Even Worse

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 09:10 AM PST

Although Delta, Virgin and Southwest received better scores in a new report released by Green America Responsible Shopper, the airline industry as a whole must make changes to recycle more than a fraction of the millions of tons of waste it generates

Chained [Comic]

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 08:50 AM PST


Portugal Mudslides Death Toll Rises

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 08:40 AM PST

The death toll from mudslides and flash flooding on the Portuguese island of Madeira continued to rise Sunday as the government rushed emergency aid to the resort haven. More than 100 people were injured and an unknown number were missing, authorities said.

A lynx gets a taste of luge and Olympic downhill

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 08:30 AM PST

With no hopes of a medal, a lynx is on the loose and enjoying a couple of shining Olympic moments.

When there Are No Brakes to Rely on...(PIC)

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 08:20 AM PST

Don't you think this Olympic luge advertisement is a little too much after the recent death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritsashvil?

Happy 20th Birthday Photoshop: The Most Popular Tips

Posted: 21 Feb 2010 08:20 AM PST

Photoshop stepped onto the scene 20 years ago today, introducing "'Shopped!" into the language of internet pundits everywhere. Check out our most popular Photoshop tutorials.

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