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Sunday, August 1, 2010



Effects of BP oil spill will be felt for years to come

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Now that BP's damaged Gulf well appears under control, scientists are struggling to answer two questions: How much oil ended up in the Gulf, and what will be the long-term effects?

Team Breaks North Atlantic Rowing Record

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Proving that records are meant to be broken, even after 114 years, a British-led rowing team Saturday won bragging rights for crossing the North Atlantic.

Dog dies in home fire after alerting residents to escape

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Nine people escaped a fire inside a southern New Jersey home early Saturday after a pit bull's barks alerted them to the blaze.

Hacker snoops on cell phones in legally shaky Defcon demo

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Despite concerns he might be arrested, a hacker went ahead with a demonstration of mobile phone interception at Defcon yesterday. Using several thousand dollars worth of equipment, he was able to intercept phone data on networks used by AT&T and T-Mobile. "As far as your cell phones are concerned I am now indistinguishable from AT&T," he said.

SyFy Channel: In on the Joke? [CHART]

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 04:10 PM PDT

Sure MTV doesn't show music, Tech TV has mutated G4, a place for videogames an odd mix of whatever shows the network can afford, but the Sci-Fi channel stays true to its… wait Syfy? Crap.

Galapagos Islands Taken Off Unesco's Endangered List [Pics]

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 04:00 PM PDT

A United Nations panel has voted to remove Ecuador's Galápagos Islands from its list of endangered sites. The islands had been on the list since 2007 because of the increase in tourism, over-fishing and the introduction of invasive species...

Zzyzx: Weird Name, Weirder Town

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 03:40 PM PDT

As weird as the name sounds, Zzyzx is a place located somewhere along I-15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas that was once a thriving health resort.

Air Pollution Exposure Can Lower Kids’ IQs by 4 Points

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 03:20 PM PDT

Two separate scientific studies, one conducted in New York City and the other in Poland, found that 5-year-olds exposed to above-average levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the womb score lower on IQ tests. The difference is about the same as the well-documented IQ drop caused by low-level lead exposure.

How Technology Is Making Censorship Irrelevant

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 03:10 PM PDT

To understand what the web has done for free speech, it's necessary to think about how Natalya Gorbanevskaya and her fellow dissidents produced 65 issues of the samizdat publication Chronicle Of Current Events in the Soviet Union between 1968 and 1983.

Ryan Sheckler Wins Street Skateboarding At X Games 16 (Vid)

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Ryan Sheckler had a nearly flawless final run in Los Angeles to win his third gold medal in Skateboard Street. Sheckler went trick for trick in the final jam session with Nyjah Huston, who won silver with a performance that would have meant gold in most years.

Irish Sheriffs Are Seizing Assets of Failed Businessmen

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 02:50 PM PDT

The local sheriffs in Ireland have no role in policing but rather are officially responsible to execute court judgments against borrowers who have failed to pay back what they owe.

Can't touch this...(GIF)

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 02:30 PM PDT

He's known as the greatest of all time!

Russian Boy In U.S. Adoption Case Back In Orphanage

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 02:01 PM PDT

A Russian boy who was sent back to Moscow, Russia, by his adoptive mother in the United States has been returned to an orphanage, an attorney of the World Association for Children and Parents said Friday.

Scientists Find Chemical 'Memory' Molecule

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:40 PM PDT

Scientists in Israel say they've identified a chemical in the human brain that helps brain cells store new memories and allows them to "stick."

Well That's A Good Selling Point (PIC)

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:40 PM PDT

Shoot, this just makes me want to buy them!

24 Amazing and Weird Lightsaber Gadgets [PICS]

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:40 PM PDT


Lone preacher: the Serb mayor who is trying to heal Bosnia's

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:20 PM PDT

A reconciliation project in a town that was once notorious for its atrocities has made its mayor a target for politicians trying to exploit old hatreds, reports Colin Freeman in Foca

Iraq Civilian Deah Toll Almost Doubles In July

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:10 PM PDT

The number of civilians killed by violence in Iraq almost doubled in July from June, a sign that insurgents may be trying to exploit political tensions after an election that produced no outright winner.

Chelsea Clinton Gets Married; Palin Trolls for Attention

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:09 PM PDT

It is no coincidence that as Chelsea Clinton got married this weekend Sarah Palin took to the Fox News air waves this morning and in a rather desperate bid for attention, wrote her talking points on her palm and proudly displayed it for Chris Wallace.

6 Evil Corporations in Movies (With Terrible Business Plans)

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Remember: Mindless creatures that feed on human flesh shouldn't factor into your business plan, Ever.

Pakistan flood: More than 1500 dead, says official

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:50 PM PDT

Pakistan has said that the death toll in the devastating floods across the country could be as high as 1,500 as rescue workers and 30,000 troops fanned out to areas that continued to be inaccessible due to widespread damage to roads and infrastructure.

"Jersey Shore" star arrested - tells cops "I'm F'ng Snooki"

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:40 PM PDT

Snooki is her own No. 1 fan. "Jersey Shore" star Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi reckons Seaside Heights residents should feel lucky to have her parading around their turf wearing skimpy outfits, downing shots and causing a scene. "I'm the best thing in this town," she arrogantly declared after cops busted her for being a drunk nuisance Friday, according

Arab leaders wary of Hezbollah indictment in Harriri death

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:30 PM PDT

An Arab summit of the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Syria met in Beirut today for the first time in eight years amid rising concern that the Hariri assassination tribunal could indict key Hezbollah members – sparking Hezbollah unrest. The visit comes amid rising concern over the potentially explosive findings of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Why you should never wash a brick.

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:11 PM PDT


BBC F1 - Mark Webber Wins in Hungary, Leads F1 Championship!

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:10 PM PDT

Red Bull's Mark Webber storms to victory at a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix to take the lead in the drivers' championship from Lewis Hamilton, who has to retire because of a problem with his McLaren. A safety car period and drive-through penalty meant that both Webber and Alonso leapfrogged Vettel to secure the top two steps of the podium!!

New Record Set in Pacifism Mode on Geometry Wars 2

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Going by the username of SAM5000i on Youtube, the man recorded hisrecord breaking session in Pacifism finishing with a record breaking1,172,444,575.

What Movies Predict for the Next 40 Years

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Specific year-by-year predictions from Back to the Future III (looks at 2015), The Road (2017), Soylent Green (just around the corner in 2022!) and other great and not-so-great movies.

Kiss This War Goodbye

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 11:51 AM PDT

The national yawn that greeted the war logs is an indicator of the country's verdict on the Afghan war itself.

Signs of Uzbek Persecution Rising in Kyrgyzstan

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 11:30 AM PDT

For four days straight in mid-June, Kyrgyz mobs attacked the Uzbek community in the city of Osh, looting and burning entire Uzbek neighborhoods.

3 Inmates Escape From Northwest Arizona Prison

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 11:10 AM PDT

Police were using helicopters and dogs Saturday to search for three convicted murderers who escaped from a northwest Arizona prison, kidnapped two semi-truck drivers at gunpoint and used the big rig to flee.

Nose-Job [PIC]

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 10:50 AM PDT

With an Hawaiian punch O_O

Yellow lobster caught in Bay, one in 30 million

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 10:40 AM PDT

When Denny Ingram hauled one of his lobster pots in Narragansett Bay's East Passage last week, he found one lobster unlike any he had ever seen. It was golden on top and bright yellow on the sides.

Resident Evil and Street Fighter 3DS Not Releasing This Year

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 10:30 AM PDT

Two of the bigger-name titles to be announced for the Nintendo 3DS at E3 last month came from Capcom: Resident Evil: Revelations and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. With reports of its "sluggish" results in the first fiscal quarter of the year comes word that neither of these titles will be out by March 31, 2011.

High times with legalized pot? It all depends

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 10:20 AM PDT

It's anybody's guess as to whether California will suffer or prosper if voters approve Proposition 19 on the November ballot. The measure would allow local governments to regulate and tax pot sales and controlled cultivation, and to let adults over 21 possess as much as an ounce.

UAE moves to suspend some BlackBerry services

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 10:10 AM PDT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to suspend some Blackberry mobile phone services, having said the devices pose a "national security risk", its state news agency reports.

Why the Desktop Gets No Respect, and Should

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 10:00 AM PDT

Because of this new idea of an app phone and the app-oriented iPad, we have lost sight of the power of the desktop.

Trifecta (PIC)

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 09:50 AM PDT

The ultimate triple threat in child's potty humor, all set in stone.

Pet Insurance is no Joke

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 09:40 AM PDT

Vet fees can be astronomical – they are rising by 12pc a year. Not surprisingly, many vets have had to put down pets because owners could not afford the cost of treatment. Many have also experienced situations where owners have rejected a recommended treatment or operation because they could not afford it.

APOD: 2010 August 1 - Venus Once Molten Surface

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 09:30 AM PDT

If you could look across Venus with radar eyes, what might you see? This computer reconstruction of the surface of Venus was created from data from the Magellan spacecraft.

Porn Sent to 11-Year Old "Through" Xbox, Mom Goes Beserk

Posted: 01 Aug 2010 09:20 AM PDT

Apparently the unnamed son of named Rosie Garcia received "pornography" (she didn't specify exactly what was sent) through Xbox LIVE from a gamer he met online.

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