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Friday, July 16, 2010



Yes, D.C., That Was An Earthquake That Woke You Up

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 05:20 PM PDT

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Washington, D.C. area early Friday, with thousands of residents reporting that they felt the ground shake as they slept or were waking. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in Montgomery County and struck at 5:04 a.m.

The Top 6 Comic-Book Video Games

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Video games based on movies are destined to a life in the bargain bin but thankfully comic-book based games aren't always relegated to the same fate. Here are the best comic-book video games.

Man Believed Clowns were Attacking Him

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Police responded early Friday to a call of shots fired at a home in Roberts, Wis and found a man apparently hallucinating an attack by clowns. "He was ... not in touch with reality," said St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.

Man Converts Truck into Meth Lab

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 04:30 PM PDT

A New Mexico man seems to have thought to himself "Hmm, how can I make my meth lab even more dangerous than it already is?" That might be why police say he packed it into a stolen pickup truck and took his meth-making show on the road.

Hippie calls soldier 'baby killer,' hits her with beer bottle

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 04:20 PM PDT

A trust fund hippie was taunting soldiers on a California beach. When they tried to leave, he hit a woman in the head with a beer bottle.

Donor 45: The weird world of AIDS "non-progressors"

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Donor 45 is a 65-year-old gay,African-American man who has been living with HIV (but healthy) for 20 years.He is part of a small group of people who are infected with HIV, but whose bodies have managed to naturally stave off symptoms of the illness. Some of these people called long-term non-progressors, end up with almost undetectable virus levels.

How Migraine Looks [Pic]

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:50 PM PDT


Your dog is a teabagger [Video]

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:50 PM PDT

This is your dog. This is your dog on Fox news.

Final StarCraft II System Specs Revealed

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:31 PM PDT

StarCraft 2 is only a few weeks away, and we've finally gotten a look at the official system requirements. Like most Blizzard games, the specs don't look too taxing, at least at minimum levels, so most players should be able to join in.

The State of Windows 7 Gaming

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:30 PM PDT

Don't believe what you've heard—the state of Windows gaming is still strong.

Dark Energy Sheds New Light on Universe's Expansion

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Through observations of massive galaxy clusters, scientists have made the most precise measurements to date of the effects of dark energy and gravity on cosmological scales. This work is an important step toward understanding why the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

'Arrested Development' Movie Is Definitely Happening

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:00 PM PDT

At last, America, our long national nightmare is finally over. No, we're not talking about that little BP oil spill; that's yesterday's news. No, we're talking about something much bigger: the 'Arrested Development' movie is finally happening.

Mayweather's on the Clock: Arum busting Floyd's Chops on Web

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 02:40 PM PDT

The countdown is on for Floyd Mayweather to take the fight against Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank Promotion's website has made it official. Stealing a page from ESPN's LeBron Tracker, Bob Arum now has a clock ticking down as Friday night's deadline approaches.

Planet Found With Comet-like Tail

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 02:20 PM PDT

Blasted by its host star, a far-off planet is disintegrating, its mass streaming away in a comet-like tail, a new study says.

Amber Nicklas, 8, Found After 2003 Abduction

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Amber Nicklas, who turns 8 next month, has never been to school. Abducted in 2003 from Norwalk, Calif., a month after her 1st birthday, the girl has been raised by a Phoenix couple who kept her hidden from authorities, police said. Police said they found her Wednesday night in a north Phoenix home with the family, who tried to conceal her under...

The Real Security Issue [Infographic]

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 01:40 PM PDT

A new report released this week revealed that more and more people are becoming victims of fraud. The report, compiled by Action Fraud reveals that the amount of money people had been tricked out of ranged from just $10 to more than $1m. New technologies and pioneering innovations are working to ensure that security is always being updated.

A newcomer is cast as Mystique in X-Men: First Class (+pics)

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 01:10 PM PDT

Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence NOT Amber Heard (as was rumored) will fill Rebecca Romijn's shoes...

Breakthrough achieved in explaining why tectonic plates move

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 12:50 PM PDT

A team of researchers including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego geophysicist Dave Stegman has developed a new theory to explain the global motions of tectonic plates on the earth's surface.

Burger Patty Made Entirely of Ground Bacon

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 12:40 PM PDT

It's important to pace yourself when on a geek quest of any sort, and this is especially true of those that, like mine, present a certain amount of personal risk.

The unsung hero of Wimbledon: the umpire

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 12:40 PM PDT

Mohamed Lahyani of Sweden spent 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days in the umpire's chair before declaring victory for John Isner over Nicolas Mahut. "I didn't get a chance to feel tired," Lahyani said. "I was gripped by the amazing match and my concentration stayed good. I owed that to the players.

The Meteoric Rise of CRAIGSLIST [Graphic]

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 12:20 PM PDT

Love it or hate it, Craigslist is a Big Deal on the Internet. It has become the de facto place to look for housing, used goods, jobs and adult services. It has been blamed for taking classified advertising business away from struggling newspapers and facilitating sex trafficking (as well as at least a few murders).

God Hates Nerds! Fred Phelps & Company to Protest Comic-Con

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 12:10 PM PDT

Apparently since they have nothing better to do, members of the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which is led by Fred Phelps, plan to picket Comic-Con in San Diego.

Free Bumpers: Apple's iPhone 4 Antenna Problem Solution

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:44 AM PDT

After arguing that all smartphones do the same as the iPhone 4, Apple has at last gave the solution we asked for: Free bumpers.

The 15 Best WiiWare Games

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:40 AM PDT

From reinventions of classic video games like Tetris Party to episodic titles like Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People series, we compile a comprehensive list of the 15 greatest WiiWare games.

The Unpaid Intern, Legal or Not?

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:40 AM PDT

The number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading officials to worry that employers are illegally using interns for free labor.

Cerebral Sci-Fi Films That Wipe Our Minds

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:30 AM PDT

Cerebral sci-fi is always hard to find, but Wired's staff banged its brains and salvaged the following classics from speculative cinema's past. Feed your head, then fire off your favorite mind-wipers in the comments section below.

Is Taiwan Asia's Next One-Stop Plastic-Surgery Shop?

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:11 AM PDT

With an easing in visa regulations for mainland Chinese, Taiwan's niche medical-tourism market is about to get a lot more customers.


Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:00 AM PDT


Primordial Sperm Gene Found

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:34 AM PDT

A gene involved in the production of sperm is shared by almost all living animals, including sea anemones, worms, insects, marine invertebrates, fish and humans. The finding suggests the ability to produce sperm arose just once, 600 million years ago, and has been conserved through all subsequent animal evolution.

Live from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference - Engadget

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

Apple's been pretty vague about what's going down today at the press conference it's holding in Cupertino, but we're going to be there live, covering whatever it is they have in store for us. So strap yourself into your seat, grab an orange soda, and keep it parked right at Engadget for the best, up-to-the-minute live coverage on the internet.

The Deep-Sea Fish Discovered Under the Great Barrier Reef

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

But these amazing pictures of creatures of the deep sea have been captured by scientists working at record low underwater levels underneath the Great Barrier Reef. Experts from the University of Queensland's brain institute in Australia used high-tech cameras to glimpse at life almost 1,500 metres under the sea.

IRS writes up $70-million tax bill for Conrad Black

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

U.S. taxman alleges that he failed to pay taxes on $116-million in income; Lord Black challenges assessment.

Competitive Eating: The Most American Sport [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:10 AM PDT

While outsiders might see competitive eating as funny business, professional competitive eaters don't see any humor in the rigorous training regime they follow to get in shape for the annual competitions.

Is it still leaking? What do you think? 7/16/10 3:34AM

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:50 AM PDT

This breaking video just in: Looks like a big ass leak to me.

The Inconsequential Game Over: Dying for a Change

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:30 AM PDT

A look at death in video games; from concepts like permadeath to RPG's needless character deaths, can gaming evolve if it changes the way it handles death?

Sex with imaginary friends is still masturbation...

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:20 AM PDT

if i lived in the world of Foster's -- well first i'd try asking Frankie out. if that didn't work, well then maybe i'd put my imagination to good use.

The Best Video Game Map Ever [PIC]

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:00 AM PDT


Exclusive: How FaceTime Will Work with iPod Touch, iPad

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 08:40 AM PDT

It's been widely assumed that Apple will start to roll out their FaceTime real-time communication protocol to more and more of their mobile devices (and possibly their computers), but until now, we've been in the dark on how this will actually work. After all, there are no phone numbers to call on an iPod touch or iPad...

Motorola Is Willing To Break the Phone They Just Sold You

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 08:25 AM PDT

We don't really like the Droid X as a phone, but that part barely matters now. You probably shouldn't buy the phone because doing so supports something very wrong—something anti-customer and anti-innovation—that Motorola is doing.

Who Owns America's Debt? (Infographic)

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 08:10 AM PDT

The largest chunk of Treasury securities is, in fact, held by Federal Reserve banks, adding up to $940 billion at the end of the period.

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