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Thursday, July 15, 2010



Part of the brain that tracks limbs in space discovered

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:50 PM PDT

Scientists have discovered the part of the brain that tracks the position of our limbs as we move through space.

APOD: 2010 July 15 - Andes Sunset Eclipse

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:40 PM PDT

A spectacular photograph !!.......In a total solar eclipse close to sunset, silhouetted Moon and Sun hugged the western horizon, seen here above the Andes mountains near the continent's southern tip.

Invest Like A Billionaire: Collecting Gems

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:30 PM PDT

Investing in gems does not have to be relegated to royalty. You, too, can make money investing in gemstones, as long as you pick a strategy that works for you.

An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:20 PM PDT

In late 2006, George W. Bush met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and asked if military action against Iran's nuclear program was feasible. The unanimous answer was no. Air strikes could take out some of Iran's nuclear facilities, but there was no way to eliminate all of them. Some of the nuclear labs were located in heavily populated

North Korea's Healthcare is a Horror

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

North Korea's healthcare system is unable to provide sterilized needles, clean water, food and medicine, and patients are forced to undergo agonizing surgery without anesthesia, Amnesty International reported.

Why Mark Ruffalo Shouldn't Be Hulk

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

It's a Jekyll and Hyde story. If it was all Hyde all the time, who cares? The character's depth is in the struggle for control. Reducing him to just a piece of green meat with big fists defeats the purpose.

The price we're paying for the housing folly

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Given how hard it is for banks to justify writing down debt when the borrower can afford the loan, the rise in strategic defaults may be unstoppable. Call it another price paid for the country's housing folly.

Visa row for Native American lacrosse team

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:40 PM PDT

They were supposed to be representing the historic creators of lacrosse but a team of American Indians is set to miss the world championships because of a visa row. he 23-man squad, plus families and supporters, want to travel on traditional Haudenosaunee – or Iroquois – passports. The UK does not recognise these documents.

10 weird places your data gets stored

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:40 PM PDT

Cloud computing doesn't really mean storing your data in a cloud: it means your stuff's been stuck on a server in an enormous temperature-controlled room somewhere. That doesn't mean it has to be in a boring building, though: it could be down a mine, in something that looks like Dr Evil's control center or even off the coast of Suffolk.

Preventing tomorrow's wars

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Cutting funding for U.S. diplomatic efforts is shortsighted-- just ask the secretary of defense. That Congress is willing to ax programs that the military deems vital to U.S. national security should give us pause. What does the Pentagon understand that Capitol Hill does not?

88 Incredible Sand Sculptures [PICS]

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:20 PM PDT

If you ever visited the beach as a kid, you likely remember packing damp sand into a pail, then quickly flipping it over and tapping it out to make a little sand castle. Mine were never quite this good.

Chatroulette Launches Channelroulette & Localroulette

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Chatroulette is now allowing users to chat with others living in the same country or region, and is also enabling everyone to start themed channels. These new features could represent a turning point for Chatroulette, which has struggled to deal with users exposing themselves to others.

Arab TV airs video of Times Square car bomber

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:10 PM PDT

The man who pleaded guilty to carrying out the attempted Times Square car bombing appeared in a video recorded before the failed attack that shows him meeting with senior Pakistani Taliban leaders and vowing to strike the U.S.

10 Home Health Remedies Around the World

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 04:00 PM PDT

Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but some people swear that it's also good for the body. Many Americans reach for a steaming bowl of chicken soup whenever they've got a cold, while the equivalent remedy in Japan is ginger tea. But are these home cures, passed down from generation to generation, really therapeutic?

Eight of the Creepiest Places to Check Into on Foursquare

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 03:50 PM PDT

Being "socially active" on the internet may seem like an oxymoron. But thanks to apps like Foursquare, we're able to use technology to broadcast our real lives like never before. Here are eight of the strangest places we've caught our friends checking into.

The 25 Best Opening Lines in Western Literature

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 03:40 PM PDT

Introducing a story to a reader is a lot like dropping a pickup line on someone: do it the wrong way and they'll wind up under the covers with a different… book. Here to show you how it's done are the top twenty-five cold openings in Western literature. For some additional insight, we've included speculations as to the thought process ...

Vatican says women priests a 'crime against faith'

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 03:30 PM PDT

The new rules issued by the Vatican puts attempts at ordaining women among the "most serious crimes" alongside paedophilia and will be handled by investigators from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), considered the successor to the Inquistion.

The Saudi's struggle to reclaim Islam from Al Qaeda

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 03:20 PM PDT

How 9/11 led one preeminent Saudi scholar to challenge the House of Saud's teachings on Islam.

Human Trials Next for Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 03:10 PM PDT

Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial limbs.

Husband's prank on wife goes way overboard (video)

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 03:00 PM PDT


5 Bitter Truths about Chocolate

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:50 PM PDT

While we'd like to continue to believe that chocolate comes from a purple-garbed man in a whimsical factory, the real chocolate world is far darker and far harder than we ever would have thought. Though the general disregard for children is about the same.

BP faces US ban on new oil and gas drilling licences

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:40 PM PDT

BP is facing a ban on getting any new offshore licences to produce oil and gas in the US for a number of years.

The Full Facebook Trailer "The Social Network" [HD]

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Here's the first full-length trailer for The Social Network, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's movie about the creation of social wonder/ill, the Facebook.

BREAKING: BP says no more oil going into Gulf

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:22 PM PDT

BP says oil has stopped leaking into the Gulf for the first time since April.

7 Movies With Big Name Actors That Haven’t Reached DVD

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:21 PM PDT

Plenty of films don't ever see a theatrical release, but it's rare in this day and age for something not even get released on home video in the U.S., especially if it stars Julia Roberts or Jim Carrey.

Christina Hendricks- She Doesn't Spit Out The Seeds (PIC)

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:10 PM PDT


The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season (Infographic)

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Weather forecasters predict the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will be one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent years.

10 Scenarios We Might See at Friday’s iPhone 4 Event

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:50 PM PDT

If you haven't heard by now, late Wednesday Apple announced that they would be holding a press conference this Friday, July 16 at 10am PDT (that's 1pm for those on the East Coast). All we know is that the topic of discussion is the iPhone 4, which has lit up the Internet with speculation as to exactly what Cupertino may discuss.

Giant Optimus Prime Statue Made From Recycled Junk (PIC)

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:50 PM PDT


Exclusive: HP's Android Tablet Tabled

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:50 PM PDT

Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems. Among them, an Android device that was supposed to arrive at market in the fourth quarter of 2010. But no longer. Sources in position to know tell me that HP's Android slate has been delayed and won't ship before the end of the year as planned.

Tests Prove 'Death Grip' Degrades iPhone 4 Data Rates

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:40 PM PDT

The results showed that gripping an iPhone 4 with a "full" or whole-hand grip results in a significant deterioration of the upload and download speeds of the cellular data connection. Oddly enough, holding the phone in a "pinch" grip actually improved the data rate slightly.

Don't Want to Drink Straight Out of the Bottle? (PIC)

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:30 PM PDT


Say goodbye to the Y-M-C-A: it's now just the Y

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:20 PM PDT

To the chagrin of Village People fans around the world, the YMCA is kissing its name goodbye. Most of it, that is.

Woman performing oral sex in car says she was 'carjacked'

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:20 PM PDT

A 23-year-old woman has been charged with lying to police about being carjacked. Later she confessed she was performing oral sex on the driver. At least someone was jacked.

WTF! George Hotz: The PS3 just too difficult to hack

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:10 PM PDT

George Hotz, the infamous iPhone and Playstation 3 hacker, has given up trying to fully unlock the PS3.

Caltech scientists measure changing lake depths on Titan | e

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:03 PM PDT

On Earth, lake levels rise and fall with the seasons and with longer-term climate changes, as precipitation, evaporation, and runoff add and remove liquid. Now, for the first time, scientists have found compelling evidence for similar lake-level changes on Saturn's largest moon, TitanĂ¢ the only other place in the solar system seen to have a hy

Finance bill favors interests of unions, activists

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 12:50 PM PDT

The financial reform bill expected to clear Congress this week is chock-full of provisions that have little to do with the financial crisis but cater to the long-standing agendas of labor unions and other Democratic interest groups.

JPMorgan profit leaps nearly 80%

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 12:44 PM PDT

Bailed out bank announced a net profit of $4.8 billion in the second quarter.

Wendy's Reinvents the Salad as a Fat-Soaked Calorie Bomb

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 12:40 PM PDT

With four new salads on the menu, you'd think things would be getting a little healthier over at Wendy's, but not so much. One new salad, the Baja, weighs in at 740 calories - 200 more than KFC's Double Down. It also comes loaded with 47 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturated fat and 1990 milligrams of sodium. Treadmill, anyone?

Dear Slinky - The Oatmeal

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 12:20 PM PDT

A letter from the Oatmeal to the Slinky.

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