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Saturday, July 3, 2010



Giant Oil Skimmer Being Tested in Gulf of Mexico

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

A converted tanker billed as the world's largest oil skimmer has arrived on scene in the Gulf of Mexico and was being tested Saturday on the BP spill, where officials hope it will scrub millions of gallons of oil-tainted seawater.

World's Greatest Homeless Sign Ever! [PIC]

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

There is no question in my mind that this is the greatest and most creative homeless sign I've ever seen.

Critics vs. 'The Last Airbender': The 6 Most Savage Quotes

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Given the critical maulings his recent films have received, director M. Night Shyamalan was likely braced for negative reactions to his new opus The Last Airbender. But the venom directed at this $280-million, 3D movie is startlingly poisonous. Not everyone hated it, but detractors far outnumber defenders.

Woman Wins Millions from Texas Lottery for 4th Time

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Once, twice, three times a Texas lottery millionaire -- now it's four. Joan R. Ginther, a native of Bishop, Texas, made her fourth appearance Monday at lottery headquarters in Austin to collect seven figures, lottery officials said. Ginther, 63, won $10 million, the top prize in Texas Lottery's $140,000,000 Extreme Payout scratch-off ticket she...

APOD: 2010 July 3 - A Giant Planet for Beta Pic

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 04:10 PM PDT

A different astronomy and space sciencerelated image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

Male 'Virginity Test' Helps Free 3 in Rape Case

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 04:00 PM PDT

An acupuncturist who claims she can detect a man's virginity based on a small dot on the ear has become a minor celebrity in Vietnam, where she is credited with helping to free three convicted rapists from prison. Gay sex or masturbation won't make the spots disappear.

M.C. Escher in LEGO

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 03:50 PM PDT

I'm sure a lot of you like the art of M.C. Escher and playing with LEGO, but Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu really managed to combine the two into an amazing example of geek art.

How to Fake Out Facial Recognition Technology

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 03:40 PM PDT

The day when you'll be able to hold up your phone & I.D. a stranger through a viewfinder is getting closer. In a world where technology chips away at our ability to remain anonymous, how does one reclaim some semblance of control? It turns out there's a pretty simple way around facial recognition technology - Just wear makeup like Lady Gaga.

Villa saves Spain after penalty drama

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 03:30 PM PDT

David Villa's winner gave Spain a 1-0 victory over Paraguay and books a semi-final clash with Germany in a repeat of the Euro 2008 final. In a game that lacked quality for long periods, both sides missed penalties in an incredible three minute spell in the second half.

California Split Almost Evenly On Prop 19 To Legalize Pot

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 03:10 PM PDT

Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in California, would lose if the election was held today -- but by a very, very close margin, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. The poll found that 48 percent of voters would support legalizing marijuana, with 50 percent opposed

The Sexy Russian Spy's Business Plan (Also a Video)

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 02:50 PM PDT

The bizarre case of Russian Spy ring arrested by the FBI earlier this week just keeps on getting stranger. In particular, one of the alleged spies, Anna Chapman, is getting a lot of attention because of her looks and lingerie shots on Facebook.

Detroit police probe own gang unit

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Police investigators are looking into allegations that Detroit Gang Squad officers last week terrorized a neighborhood by drawing a gun on an 8-year-old boy, trying to extort $100 from a motorist and roughing up a bicyclist before stealing his money.

7 Sexiest Lady Monsters in Movie History

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 02:10 PM PDT

If we're discussing the sexiness of monstrous creatures, some ladies damn well better be involved. So with that in mind, we've put together a list of the hottest monster babes of all time. Feast your eyes on these delicious demons, before they feast on you.

Rudy Gay Gets Max Contract, Re-Signs w/ Memphis for $82M

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 01:50 PM PDT

As the first big name player to fall in free agency, Memphis' 5 year-$82 million max tendered offer to 4 year player Rudy Gay has been accepted. The deal will assure that one of the game's brightest and rising young stars remains with the Grizzlies as the face of the franchise through the '15-'16 season.

All-American Favorites Made Healthier for July 4th

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 01:40 PM PDT

I like food from all corners of the planet, but on Independence Day, I want All-American 4th of July recipes. I'm talking about foods that stick to your ribs, like juicy cheeseburgers, creamy pasta salads and sticky-sweet desserts—all washed down with a cold beer.

The Dumbest Financial Laws Of All Time

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 01:20 PM PDT

How worried should the world be about the new regulatory reform bill wending its way through the U.S. Congress? Given the country's track record on looking after the financial services industry, the answer is: plenty worried.

Ireland's Only Kung Fu Movie (Is The Worst Film Ever Made)

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 01:01 PM PDT

Fatal Deviation is an ancient curse on the Irish people, passed on by a few VHS tapes like cinematic herpes until DVD technology re-released it on the world in exactly the same way archaeological digs re-release angry mummies.

Post mortem: KIN's tragic demise (and the fading of Danger)

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 12:40 PM PDT

The KIN was a good idea—18 months ago. Ars takes an in-depth look at why the device was delayed, why it was priced so badly, and how it failed as a Sidekick successor.

Life, Liberty, and 140 Characters

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 12:20 PM PDT

The winners of Slate's contest to rewrite the Declaration of Independence in a single tweet.

Earnhardt earns first NASCAR victory in more than 3 years

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 11:59 AM PDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It had been 85 points races since Dale Earnhardt Jr. made it to Victory Lane.

Another 21 die in deadly drug war that has claimed 23,000

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 11:50 AM PDT

The bloodshed took place only 12 miles from the U.S. border in Arizona in an area that is one of the main transit routes used by the powerful drug cartels.

US defense chief Gates tightens military's media

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 11:40 AM PDT

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates orders a tightening of the rules covering the US military's dealings with the media. The move comes in the wake of the sacking of the US commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, over a Rolling Stone magazine article.

Cheech and Chong: The fathers of stoner comedy

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 11:10 AM PDT

Cheech and Chong, credited by many with creating the stoner genre of film and comedy, have been sparking together, and apart, for more than 40 years. Clearly, the pot hasn't killed them or their careers.

DIY Movement Sprouts for Electric Cars

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 11:00 AM PDT

The industry has been slow to bring electric cars to market, but that hasn't stopped people from making their own.

Top World Cup Players on Facebook, Day by Day (Interactive)

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 10:50 AM PDT

Millions of people around the world have been actively supporting or complaining about their favorite teams and players. In this infographic, players are sized according to the number of mentions on Facebook during each day of the World Cup.

Will ‘The Last Airbender’ Be the Next ‘Transformers 2′?

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 10:40 AM PDT

M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of The Last Airbender hits theaters this week and upon closer examination, I dare say that there's a lot at stake in regards to how this film performs at the box office.

DR Congo oil tanker blaze 'kills more than 100'

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 10:30 AM PDT

At least 100 people are feared dead after an oil tanker exploded and set fire to a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Diver "Vanishes" in Portal to Maya Underworld (VIDEO)

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

Diving into natural pools in Belize in the quest for offerings from the ancient Maya, explorers found what's believed to be the country's first recorded fossil

World cup: Argentina crushed by the German football machine

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 10:03 AM PDT

Germany destroys Maradonna's stars 4-0 to steam into the last four.

From 2-Way to 4G: The Complete History of Cell Phones

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 10:00 AM PDT

From Walkie-Talkies to 4G, the earliest mobile calls can be traced as far back as the early 1900s.

The Ultimate Family Travel Companion

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 09:40 AM PDT

On the eve of a two-week vacation, John Davison reveals his video game secret for keeping his 6 year-old and 5 year-old boys entertained on a long flight. Their system of choice is not longer the DS...it's something else.

Future uncertain for children of accused Russian agents

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 09:30 AM PDT

What will happen to the children of the suspects jailed this week on accusations of spying? The four couples imprisoned this week all have children, whose ages range from 1 year old to adulthood -- children who now face separation from their parents, as well as allegations that their parents are not who they said they were.

For The Love of God, Someone Rename ‘5nal Destination'

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 09:20 AM PDT

This mediocre thriller series, Final Destination, has rolled out with perhaps the worst name for a sequel ever. Why, oh why?

Gulf Seafood: Who Decides How Safe Is Safe?

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 09:00 AM PDT

The shopper stood staring at the large, ice-covered shrimp in the chiller-case of the high-end Seattle grocery."Fresh. Wild Gulf Shrimp. Never Frozen. $16.99 lb." read the sign. "They're my favorites, but are they safe?" the woman asked the fishmonger. "We couldn't and wouldn't sell them if they weren't," he answered...

Obama Unicorn Painter Strikes Again With MJ Tribute

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 08:40 AM PDT

The good news: Apparently the ghost of Tupac is hanging out with MJ now. The bad news: No pancakes anywhere in sight.

IT Crowd-The Game

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 08:30 AM PDT

You love the show, now play the game.

Internet Explorer (even IE6!) gains market share

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 08:10 AM PDT

Internet Explorer has gained market share for the first month in quite a while. So has its most hated version, IE6.

Retired Stalker: Facebook, Foursquare Making Gen Y Stalkers

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 07:40 AM PDT

This 30-year veteran of stalking thinks the next generation of cyberstalkers is too spoiled. Between Facebook and Foursquare, it's no wonder, he says.

70 Million Swine Flu Vaccine Doses Wasted

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 06:50 AM PDT

Just about everything that can be put into the human body has an expiration date. Food eventually spoils and goes bad; ingredients in drugs lose their effectiveness over time. When the expiry date is up, you (should) throw the stuff out and replace it with fresher stuff. And so it is with vaccines. A few days ago 40 million doses of the H1N1 ...

Top Ten Gadgets For the Modern Hotel Room

Posted: 03 Jul 2010 06:40 AM PDT

For the geek on the go, the 3G age offers no end of gadgety goodness. But what about the geek on the stay? What about, in short, tech hotels?

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