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Sunday, June 13, 2010



California's Legendary Oil Spill

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 05:30 PM PDT

Horrific though the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been, its output is still short of what occurred a century ago in scrubby brush about 110 miles north of Los Angeles — site of the Lakeview gusher. While some experts believe the well off Louisiana has spewed upwards of 60 million gallons of oil into the gulf, the Lakeview well rained about...

Pokemon: Gotta Count 'Em All! (Comic)

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 05:30 PM PDT


Who Were the First Americans?

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 05:21 PM PDT

Who really discovered America? If you think the earliest Americans were Christopher Columbus and his crew, or even the Native Americans they met here, you'd be off by thousands of years.

Obama Wants $50 Billion More for Bailouts

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Democrats have voted for politically costly initiatives at Obama's insistence, most notably health-care and climate change legislation. But faced with an electorate widely viewed as angry and hostile to incumbents, many are increasingly reluctant to take politically unpopular positions.

World's first plastic antibody works in mice

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 04:40 PM PDT

Antibodies made entirely from plastic have saved the lives of mice injected with bee venom – the first time such a strategy has worked in live animals.

Why crossing your fingers works … if you're lucky

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 04:40 PM PDT

In laboratory conditions, people who are superstitious can succeed. Does that apply in real life?

85% of Kids Drinks, Snacks Could Contain High Levels of Lead

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 04:20 PM PDT

An EPA-certified lab in Berkeley has tested nearly 400 samples from 150 branded products marketed to children. The alarming results: 125 out of 146 products—or more than 85%—contained enough lead in a single serving to warrant a warning label under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Prop. 65.

Transformer Owl

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 04:20 PM PDT

This is a truly odd animal video! Not only is it in Japanese (which is odd if you're an American who doesn't understand Japanese, like me) but it shows an owl exhibiting some fascinating behavior. Check it out and be sure to watch the whole thing so see the strangest stuff. There is and explanations in article.

Father & 3 sons ran pot farm/counterfeiting operation

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Police seized 40 marijuana plants, grow lights, fertilizer and other evidence of a plant-growing operation. They also seized computers and $9,000 worth of fake $100 bills. The money was bundled in full sheets or cut up.

Pressure mounts on BP to set up funds for claims

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 03:30 PM PDT

The White House and at least two Gulf states have demanded that BP create special accounts that would set aside billions of dollars to pay for the mounting claims related to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reminder from Angela (pic)

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 03:30 PM PDT


At Convention, TX GOP Passes Immigration Plank Similar to AZ

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Republican delegates at the state party convention bucked Gov. Rick Perry's opposition to Arizona's immigration law and voted Saturday for a platform plank advocating a law that would bar illegal immigrants from living in Texas and allows local police to verify U.S. residency.

New atheists embody the very things they hate

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 02:40 PM PDT

"This current brand of aggressive atheism is just another form of fundamentalism. These particular atheists are zealots on the subject of faith who see no shadings of gray, only black and white. They pretend that all Christians are bigots prone to violence. They claim that Christians are by definition illogical bumpkins who mindlessly accept...."

100 Years Of Propaganda: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Propaganda is most well known in the form of war posters. But at its core, it is a mode of communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position, and that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Wendy's Pulls Out Kids Meal CD Over 'So Horny' Lyric

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 02:10 PM PDT

The fast food-chain Wendy's has pulled a disco CD included in kids' meals because of racy lyrics in one of the songs.

Louisiana demands justice, not charity

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 01:51 PM PDT

Henry Ford once described history as "one damned thing after another." And he didn't even live in Louisiana.

'Karate Kid' crane kicks 'A-Team' to No. 2 at box office

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 01:30 PM PDT

In a big weekend for 1980s nostalgia, a remake of "The Karate Kid" easily took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office on Sunday, leaving a big-screen version of "The A-Team" far behind.

Men try to trade Weed in exchange for an iPad, on Craigslist

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 01:00 PM PDT

We know that there are more addicting things out there than Marijuana, we just had no idea that the iPad was on the list. Two men were recently arrested in Arizona for trying to exchange an iPod Touch and a sizeable amount of Weed in exchange for an iPad, all via Craigslist. As you might suspect, they were arrested.

WORLD CUP: It's a sad day for England no?

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 12:50 PM PDT


Woman fined for erratic driving caused by veil

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 12:40 PM PDT

French police have fined a woman driver for erratic driving caused by her Islamic headscarf, just weeks after a similar incident sparked a major political row.

Oh! The Difference Glasses Can Make.. (PIC)

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 12:30 PM PDT


Congo Leopard. Beautiful... (pic)

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 12:10 PM PDT


Gran Turismo 5 E3 2010 trailer is simply stunning

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 12:00 PM PDT

The trailer features some brand new footage of the game's gorgeous cars and detailed, realistic tracks.

Scribd To Publishers: Don't Waste Time On iPad Apps

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 11:50 AM PDT

Scribd hopes that instead of devoting the time and fees to working with major content design firms, magazines will simply let it create an HTML5 app for them in a matter of minutes.

Girls reaching puberty before 10: year sooner than 20yrs ago

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 11:40 AM PDT

The latest generation of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10, a new study suggests, raising fears they may also begin sexual activity earlier.

Stan Lee Talks About Casting a Black Spider-Man [VID]

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 11:31 AM PDT

Just in case you haven't been following along at home, the issue centers around the question of whether Glover — or any other African-American actor, for that matter — should be considered for the role of Peter Parker. So, who better to speak to the issue than the co-creator of Spider-Man himself?

The year Team England punked the press

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 11:00 AM PDT

During the France 98 world cup Team England decide to have a bit of fun with the media by attempting to get as many song titles into the interview as possible...

The Evolution of Shanghai Through It's Skyline [pics]

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 10:30 AM PDT

A birds-eye view on the development of China in the last 20 years.

APOD: 2010 June 13 - Retrograde Mars

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 10:10 AM PDT


Feds order BP to devise quicker oil collection methods

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 09:50 AM PDT

Federal authorities have ordered BP to get more aggressive with its plans to recover thousands of barrels of oil spewing from a broken well into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a letter made public Saturday.

The Dangers Of Web Addiction

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 09:40 AM PDT

Too much internet access ruins your attentions span, in part because -- wait, what was I talking about?

Healthy man dies donating piece of his liver for transplant

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 09:20 AM PDT

A man who agreed to donate part of his liver to help a sick relative has died while undergoing the transplant procedure at Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. It was only the third death of an adult living liver donor in the United States in the two decades since the first procedure was done.

New Birth Control Pill Re-Ignites Debate

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 09:00 AM PDT

American women may soon have another birth control option in a controversial pill from France that works long after the so-called morning after, observers say.

Tensions high after ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 08:40 AM PDT

Tensions remained high in Kyrgyzstan early Sunday after two days of ethnic clashes left dozens of people dead and more than 1,000 others injured since fighting broke out Thursday night, state media reported.

An old fart takes on CGI

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 08:20 AM PDT

I say enough with the CGIs, and take that money and spend it on swordfighting lessons for actors. All that computer-faked mayhem isn't half as exciting as one good old-fashioned swashbuckling swordfightin' picture.

Suspended Animation: How to Survive Freezing to Death

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 08:10 AM PDT

"We have found that extension of survival limits in the cold is possible if oxygen consumption is first diminished," says cell biologist Mike Roth. "Our experiments in yeast and nematodes suggest that organs may last longer outside the body if their oxygen consumption is first reduced before they are made cold."

7 Kinds of Awesome: New 'Scott Pilgrim' Posters (PICS)

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 08:00 AM PDT

Not that I've pinned the entire success of the summer movie season on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but — pleasepleaseplease wind up being good. You never want to be overly hyped for any movie, but the marketing for Scott Pilgrim has made that impossible.

Sh@# My Gandalf Says

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 07:50 AM PDT

Despite Del Toro's recent departure from The Hobbit, Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen, assures us that a trip to the Shire will happen sooner than we...

Girl Deletes Boyfriend’s World of Warcraft Characters(w/Vid)

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 07:50 AM PDT

Few things can drive a person to smash expensive electronics in a fit of pure and unadulterated rage. Having your girlfriend delete all your World of Warcraft level 80, geared-out characters while you run to the store for a pack of cigarettes is certainly one way to achieve this.

Twisting Washington's arm on illegal immigration

Posted: 13 Jun 2010 07:40 AM PDT

If you haven't heard of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you will soon enough. Officially, Mr. Arpaio is the sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County. Unofficially, he touts himself as a brash and unapologetic leader of a growing national movement to round up illegal immigrants and send them back to their home countries.

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