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Tuesday, May 11, 2010



Andean Bear Cubs Spectacled -- and Adorable

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:30 PM PDT

The National Zoo's Andean bear cubs venture outside for the first time.

Bar graphs from UCSB's newspaper

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:30 PM PDT


Mozilla CEO Stepping Down

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:21 PM PDT

John Lilly, the well-regarded CEO of Mozilla, is preparing to give up his post at the open-source software nonprofit foundation, which is also a for-profit start-up. Lilly is moving to Greylock Partners as a venture partner.

Racist Autobots Exiled from Transformers 3

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:20 PM PDT

Michael Bay has revealed that the racist, gold-toothed Autobots named Mudflaps and Skids will not be returning to Transformers 3 after their jaw-dropping introduction in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Though I have no doubt that Bay will replace them with something equally mind-boggling, I think we need to pay those two their due first.

25 Shockingly Public Signs of Intolerance [PICS]

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:20 PM PDT

Call it insensitivity or loving their freedom of speech too much, but there are some people who never shy away from toting around signs that may be considered racist. Then there are people who are probably clueless that the sign that they have put up for everyone to read might hurt others or may be funnily misconstrued as racist.

NYPD Forced to Apologize Publicly to Rape Victim

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:10 PM PDT

A possible rape is not a misdemeanor, duh

Lucid dream: Ars reviews Ubuntu 10.04

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx, is an ambitious update of one of the most popular Linux distributions. It delivers a bold new look, some compelling usability enhancements, and tighter integration with the cloud. In this comprehensive review, Ars takes you on a deep dive into the heart of the beast.

New York vs. L.A: Which Should Be America's Pot Capital?

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:50 PM PDT

​Amid reports that New York is close to becoming the next state to legalize medical marijuana, joining such smoke-'em-if-you-got-doctors'-notes locales as California, New Jersey, the District of Columbia and -- likely -- Colorado, we wonder how New York City would compare to Los Angeles if we battled for pot capital of the nation.

New Project Aims For Fusion Ignition

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Russia and Italy have entered into an agreement to build a new fusion reactor outside Moscow that could become the first such reactor to achieve ignition, the point where a fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining instead of requiring a constant input of energy. The design for the reactor, called Ignitor, ...

10 Biggest Oil Spills in History [PICS]

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:10 PM PDT

No, the 1989 Exxon-Valdez spill does not make the list: Gulf War '91, Ixtoc 1 Oil Well '79, Atlantic Empress '79, Fergana Valley '92, Nowruz Oil Field '83, ABT Summer '91, Castillo de Bellver '83, Amoco Cadiz '78, Odyssey Oil Spill '88, M/T Haven Tanker '91.

Why is Microsoft Office so expensive? Ask Bing [Pic]

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:00 PM PDT


Five Failed Musician-Celebrity Collaborations

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Last month, She & Him's Volume Two hit stores, featuring the "unlikely dynamic duo" of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Since then, many celebrities have become jealous to achieve this same intellectual-indie success, but didn't quite make it. Here are those celebrities and musicians whose collaborations really didn't work.

Pole Vaulter Disqualified For Wearing Friendship Bracelet

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:50 PM PDT

A South Pasadena girl was stripped of a victory for wearing a string friendship bracelet on her left wrist during a track and field competition last month.

Major League Gaming CEO resigns in split over growth plans

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Major League Gaming has done a good job dominating the business of competitive video game leagues. But today, the company's chief executive quit over a difference of opinion in how the company should grow.

Brown Resigns, Making Way for Cameron in Britain

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:49 PM PDT

The British prime minister, Gordon Brown, announced his resignation, clearing the way for the Conservatives to take control of the British government after 13 years of Labour Party rule.

George Romero! Zombies! What more do you need to know?

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:30 PM PDT

Nobody, but nobody, does brain-blasting headshots like George Romero.

Steroids: The Juice That's Not Worth The Squeeze [pic]

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:30 PM PDT

"I take steroids because they help me an extra 5 percent. Women take the pill. They are somewhat similar. I do it under a doctor's supervision." Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1974

Nokia reshuffles management looking for gold

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:20 PM PDT

Nokia's new organizational structure is designed to speed up execution and accelerate innovation, both short-term and longer-term

Crash Footage Shows Father Taking Full Impact to Save Baby

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:10 PM PDT

The Aussie father was captured on CCTV clinging desperately to his son Haydn after taking the full impact of car smashing into him and a shop front.

India Has More Mobile Phones Than Toilets

Posted: 11 May 2010 03:10 PM PDT

On the one hand, India has some 565 million mobile phone connections, covering roughly half the country's 1.2 billion people. But only 366 million people, a third of its population, have the use of a proper toilet, according to a recent study by the United Nations. The rest defecate in the open.

Newsweek Says Gay Actors Can't Play Straight

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:50 PM PDT

Newsweek says gay actors can't play straight roles convincingly because, as soon as we know their sexuality, it undercuts their performance entirely. However straight actors can do the reverse without much difficulty.

Top 25 Video Game Soundtracks of Our Lives

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:50 PM PDT

While some may prefer cruising to the sounds of Springsteen, true gamers roll to the "Song of Storms" – here are the 25 soundtracks to our lives (or lack thereof).

Text 2.0 Will Blow Your Mind (Or At Least Follow Your Eyes)

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:40 PM PDT

In the future when someone is like, "I can't describe what I'm thinking in words," you'll have the option to not accept that excuse.

Pedowurst (Pic)

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:30 PM PDT


DNA could be backbone of next generation logic chips

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:20 PM PDT

In a single day, a solitary grad student at a lab bench can produce more simple logic circuits than the world's entire output of silicon chips in a month.

Pope pins scandal on Church 'sin'

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:09 PM PDT

Pope Benedict XVI blames the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal on "sin within" and not outside persecution.

Montana Marijuana Clinic Gets Bombed. Seriously Bombed.

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:00 PM PDT

Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Billings, Mont., business that provides marijuana for medical use early Monday and spray-painted "NOT IN OUR TOWN" on its storefront. Detectives were investigating whether the acts were committed by those who oppose such businesses or by business rivals.

Comic book movie explosion sparks 'superhero porn invasion'

Posted: 11 May 2010 02:00 PM PDT

Get ready for a superhero invasion of a different sort...

Controversial War Memorial Cross Stolen From Mojave Desert

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:44 PM PDT

Authorities say a 7-foot-tall cross in California's Mojave Desert that sparked a U.S. Supreme Court dispute has been stolen.The National Park Service says someone cut the metal bolts holding the metal-pipe cross to the top of Sunrise Rock and made off with it Sunday night or before dawn on Monday.Veterans groups say they're outraged at what...

Microsoft Drops Windows 2000 and XP SP2 in July

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:40 PM PDT

Windows XP users can extend their support by moving to SP3, but Windows 2000 users have no such option.

Betty White to host the Oscars? Facebook campaign, Take #2.

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:40 PM PDT

She joked about it on a promo for Saturday Night Live ("Type, nerds!"), but fans of Betty White are taking the idea of the 88-year-old hosting the Oscars seriously.

Steam on Mac preview roundup: all but identical to PC -- Eng

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:34 PM PDT

With that hotly-anticipated May 12th release date just around the corner, you might be wondering how Steam on Mac will perform. You're in luck, becau

The Fugliest Fish on Earth (pics)

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:20 PM PDT

That is one miserable looking fish.

Deep Green underwater kite to generate electricity -w/ Video

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:10 PM PDT

An underwater tidal turbine called an "underwater kite" has just secured finance from investors to ensure its 2011 tests can go ahead.

Ex-Mexican Governor Extradited to US on Drug Charges

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:10 PM PDT

A former Mexican governor, Mario Villanueva, pleaded not guilty today in federal court in New York to drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges. The former governor was charged with conspiring to import hundreds of tons of cocaine through Cancun into the US and laundering almost $19 million through accounts at Lehman Brothers.

First-run films at home?

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Up to now, it's been nearly impossible to watch a movie at home that is still in a first run at the theater. Legally, at least.But that could change in the future. Hollywood studios won a key regulatory ruling Friday allowing them to control the inputs of consumer home entertainment devices.

Tech Savvy NASCAR Hall of Fame Opens in Charlotte

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:00 PM PDT

America's favorite motorsport builds a shrine to its heroes and history.

Inmate Beats Up Accused Serial Rapist Gets Facebook Fan Club

Posted: 11 May 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Antonio Collins admittedly attacked suspected serial rapist Bernard Jackson while the two were locked up in the same jail cell. Or, as Collins says, he "gotta little piece of his ass".

Cop Says Medical Pot 'Like Taking Meth'

Posted: 11 May 2010 12:40 PM PDT

Illinois residents are urging state lawmakers to let their state join 14 others, including Michigan and New Jersey, that have legalized cannabis use for medicinal purposes. The usual opponents, including, of course, law enforcement organizations, have lined up in opposition to the bill, citing the same, tired old arguments...

Scott Pilgrim's Guide to Life: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Posted: 11 May 2010 12:40 PM PDT

If you're living (or already survived) your 20s, reading Scott Pilgrim only serves as a reminder of those formative years, the lessons learned, and what you can get away with in the name of inexperience. Everyone can relate to Scott Pilgrim.

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