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Friday, July 23, 2010



The World's Happiest and Unhappiest Countries (Infographic)

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:50 PM PDT

Researchers say countries are happier because of the society and culture around them. The corporate world learned that lesson long ago. A new study conducted by researchers at Gallup surveyed thousands of respondents over 150 countries, between 2005 and 2009, in an attempt to measure two types of well being.

The Vicious Circle Of Work & Sleep [Comic]

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:20 PM PDT

The Circle of Work & Sleep

Transformers 3 Set Destroys Downtown Chicago

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:10 PM PDT

The production of Transformers 3 is well underway, with director Michael Bay busy axing actresses, and destroying cities one after the next. Chicago is the latest victim.

Unique Means of Animal Locomotion Reported for First Time

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Biologists studying crawling caterpillars have reported a unique "two-body" system of locomotion that has not previously been reported in any animal. According to the research, the gut of the crawling tobacco hawkmoth caterpillar moves forward independently of and in advance of the surrounding body wall and legs...

Analyzing The Facebook Contract: Is Mark Zuckerberg Screwed?

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Unless this document is a forgery, the guy who says he owns 84% of Facebook will soon be a very rich man.

Top 40 Free iPhone Apps For 2010

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

We gathered our 40 favorite free apps from Apple's App Store to help make your iPhone and iPod touch shine.

Gaming Royalty: The StarCraft Franchise By The Numbers

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

With the much anticipated arrival of StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, the sequel to StarCraft, approaching we look at the successful history of the StarCraft franchise.

South Africa's Tutu announces retirement

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced Thursday he will retire from public life in October, when he turns 79 years old.

Porsches, Pot and Cocaine = Idea for Family Business

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Michael Bay would be proud: U.S. Immigration investigates a used car dealership suspected of trafficking weed and coke in the trunk's of Porsches and Mercedes.

Twitter's earthXplorer: Simply Amazing!

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 04:30 PM PDT

In Louis Armstrong's tune "What a Wonderful World", you hear the words of a man whose life has been shaped by the beautiful and awe-inspiring things that feed our imagination. In fact, this could easily be the theme song for the award-winning, world-class adventurer J.D. Andrews, who tweets under the name earthXplorer.

Only 0.3% of files on BitTorrent confirmed to be legal

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 04:00 PM PDT

Nearly all of the files available on BitTorrent are of the illegal variety, according to researchers from the University of Ballarat in Australia. On top of that, the top four percent of files were responsible for 80 percent of seeds - all of which were illegal.

Can't be too careful (Pic)

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 03:50 PM PDT


Certified Lies: Big Brother In Your Browser

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 03:40 PM PDT

You probably feel safe when you see the padlock on your browser window indicating secure communication with your bank or e-mail account. What if instead of worrying about man-in-the-middle attacks, it became government-spy-in-the middle eavesdropping? Is Big Brother spying on you? Yes...

Study: Silent Electric Cars Pose No Threat to Blind People

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 03:20 PM PDT

It's a wonderful TV news flash: "Blind people in peril from killer electric cars"! The fear is that electric vehicles are so silent that blind people can't hear them coming, so new draft safety regulations may now require electric vehicles to emit sounds. There's just one problem...

NAACP President Says Van Jones Fired Over Neo-McCarthyism

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 03:00 PM PDT

A conversation with Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, and Rep. Donna Edwards; moderated by Alexis McGill Johnson.

USA doing 'Burn Notice' prequel starring Bruce Campbell

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 02:50 PM PDT

Bruce Campbell is the man

Sarah Palin Facebook Post Deleted, Social Network Apologizes

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 02:40 PM PDT

Not only is she an avid tweeter, but Sarah Palin also regularly uses Facebook to post "notes."But Palin's latest post, which discussed the mosque that is set to be built near Ground Zero in New York City, had some problems. The note, entitled, "An Intolerable Mistake On Hallowed Ground," was deleted by Facebook.

Salary Outrage Prompts Resignations in LA Suburb

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Three Administrators of Blue-Collar Bell, Calif., Agree to Step Down; Highest-Paid Made More than $787K. Rizzo was the highest paid at $787,637 a year - nearly twice the pay of President Barack Obama - for overseeing one of the poorest towns in Los Angeles County.Spaccia makes $376,288 a year and Adams earns $457,000, 50 percent more than Los Ange

Oil Rig Alarm Was Not Fully Turned On, Worker Says - NYTimes

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 02:09 PM PDT

The safety alarm was not fully activated to avoid waking up the crew, and so did not sound during the disaster, a worker testified.

'Hyperfast Star' Was Booted from Milky Way

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 02:00 PM PDT

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected a hypervelocity star - a rare entity moving three times faster than our sun.

Genetics may determine sensitivity to social side of alcohol

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 01:51 PM PDT

Your friend walks into a bar to meet you for happy hour. He sidles up to the bar and orders a drink -- does that make you more likely to get a drink yourself? According to new findings, genetics may determine the extent to which you are influenced by social drinking cues.

Childhood Obesity & Disability (Infographic)

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 01:30 PM PDT

While we all know that childhood obesity is one of the most important challenges ahead for us as a country, do you know that the obesity rate is almost TWICE (30%) when it comes to children with disability? Take a look at this infographic created by Jessica Toro of the National Center on Physical Activity Disability, to learn more.

‘Yes Men’ Use BitTorrent To Avoid Censorship

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 01:10 PM PDT

The Yes Men are a culture jamming activist duo who expose the lies and social problems caused by governments and corporations. In their much awarded films they impersonate people in power to bring out the truth. Because the US Chamber of Commerce is suing their asses, they have now turned to BitTorrent to get their message out.

Just How Big Will StarCraft II Launch Be?

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:50 PM PDT

When Blizzard Entertainment was in the midst of putting the final touches on its highly anticipated sequel "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty," game director Dustin Browder said "If we build it, they will come." Well, they're coming. Blizzard says it won't release pre-order numbers for competitive reasons, but all signs point to an enormous launch.

" Air Guitar" - A quick look at this absurdist phenomenon.

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:10 PM PDT

Tonight in New York City is the 2010 U.S. Air Guitar Championships.

5 People Who Turned Awful Disabilities Into Superpowers

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:00 PM PDT

These folks not only didn't let horrific injuries and life destroying disabilities get them down, they actually turned them into superpowers.

Bulger Killer Venables Pleads Guilty To Porn Charge

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 11:50 AM PDT

Jon Venables, one of the killers of two-year-old James Bulger, pleads guilty to charges of accessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Why Can't Terrell Owens Get a Job?

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 11:40 AM PDT

He loves him some him, but no one else is feeling enamored.

Wisconsin candidate can't use controversial description

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 11:35 AM PDT

Ieshuh Griffin, an independent running for a downtown Milwaukee seat in the state Assembly, wants to use the phrase, "NOT the 'whiteman's b----.'" "It's a freedom of expression," she said. "It's not racial. It's not a slur."

Apple Automatically Refunding iPhone 4 Bumper Purchases

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 11:25 AM PDT

It's time to get your money back, as Apple has started automatically processing refunds for customers who bought the bumper cases via online Apple Store.

Incredible Underwater Encounters with the Arctic Polar Bear

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 11:10 AM PDT

The great white hunter bears of the Arctic are just as much at home underwater as on and. Polar Bears are certainly the world's unlikeliest submariners.

3 Out of Every 4 Oil & Gas Lobbyists Worked for Federal Gov.

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Key lobbying hires include 18 former members of Congress and dozens of former presidential appointees. For other senior management positions, the industry employs two former directors of the Minerals Management Service, the since-renamed agency that regulates the industry, and several top officials from the Bush White House.

Tropical Storm Bonnie forms near the Bahamas

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:56 AM PDT

A tropical storm formed near the Bahamas on Thursday on a track that could take it over BP's oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ford turnaround picks up speed

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:33 AM PDT

Ford Motor continued its successful turnaround as better-than-expected sales and profits easily outdistanced expectations and reversed the operating loss of a year ago.

Apple Delays White iPhone 4

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:23 AM PDT

Apple says the white version of the iPhone 4 will not be available until later this year.

Halo: Reach Multiplayer Evolved

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:20 AM PDT

Virtual dummies, armor abilities, new weapons, alternative game types, and...confetti? Dan Hsu explores how combat truly has evolved in the upcoming Halo: Reach multiplayer modes.

50 Year Old Grandma among 1st Women to Row around Britain

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:10 AM PDT

A 50-year-old wheelchair-bound former U.S. marine and three teammates have become the first women to row nonstop around mainland Britain after completing the 2,000-mile journey. The quartet started the race against a men's team June 1, but the men gave up after less than two weeks.

APOD: 2010 July 23 - Messier 76

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:00 AM PDT


Farmer builds 36ft meerkat sculpture from bales of straw

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 09:50 AM PDT

Proudly looking out over motorists in rural Nantwich, the meerkat statue is built on a 6ft base and has lights in its eyes.

Pentagon Pushes for Near-Perfect Regenerative Medicine

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 09:50 AM PDT

Military-funded research is already behind some of the most cutting-edge regenerative science. Extreme projects, like bone-fusing cement and muscle-growing cell scaffolds, are rolling into human trials thanks to a $12 million Pentagon grant earlier this year, and Darpa-funded scientists have made rapid strides toward regrowing human limbs.

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