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Sunday, August 8, 2010



Gulf Oil Spill Gone? Not So Fast

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 05:20 PM PDT

Reports saying that 75 percent of the gulf oil spill has either been cleaned up or broken down by natural forces are likely incorrect, and there are still big problems lurking beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, says a Texas A&M scientist who conducted one of the first on-site studies of the spill.

Orangutans More Energy Efficient Than Any Primate

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Humans are like the big fuel-guzzling SUV to the orangutan's slick hybrid.

20 Best Shots From The 2010 X-Games [Pics]

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 04:40 PM PDT

The best shots from the biggest airs.

Neanderthal's Cozy Bedroom Unearthed

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Even though it isn't wired for broadband, this prehistoric domicile does have beds and even a fireplace.

Scientists find 95 blood-fat genetic links to heart disease

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:50 PM PDT

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of scientists has identified 95 genetic variants associated with fat, or lipid, levels in the blood that can contribute to heart disease. Together, the gene variants xplain about one-quarter of the inherited variations in cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood

Owner: Battered Red Sox Need 'Miracle'

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:30 PM PDT

The Red Sox should be out of miracles this century judging by the magnitude of their last one -- the comeback from three games to nil against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, followed by the franchise's first World Series championship since 1918. The task now may be less daunting, but only barely so.

Who does Google know that you know?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:20 PM PDT

What Google uses to display in social search results.

Internet makes a mark in Egypt

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Egyptians are turning to Facebook and Twitter to have their say in campaigns launched by the country's presidential candidates.

Genetically Modified Piglet Glows in the Dark [Pic]

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 02:50 PM PDT

As statistics reveal a 10% rise in the use of genetically modified animals for research, scientists appear to be divided about their usefulness.

Hyundai To Sell Equus Flagship At Your Home, Not At Dealer

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Hyundai reveals plans to send Equus sales specialists to prospective buyer's homes to preview the car, rather than using a Hyundai dealership location.

Why Japan Must Reflect, 65 Years After Hiroshima

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 02:20 PM PDT

It's Hard to Sympathize with Japanese 'Outrage' Here .... What's Important Now Is Preventing a Future Nuclear War, Japan Must Avoid the 'Nuclear Umbrella. [Time to Own Up to History]

Macula Magic: Super Menace [Cool Video]

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 01:50 PM PDT

Urban projection experts Macula used the facade of the Hilton hotel in Prague as the canvas for their hypnotizing light show. Macula explores the relationship between image, sound and the viewer. The Macula project design aims to change everything into an illusion. Pics & video...

Visualizing Hunger: Why We Need a Hunger Data Consortium?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Hunger is on the rise in America despite decades of government programs and private outreach. According to the most recent figures. which are almost two years old. we need so much more than measurement. We need smarter, more collaborative data collection. And, we need to couple that data with creative, compelling infographics that spur innovation

Which Twin Did It - NY police not sure which twin to charge

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Police have a homicide and a witness, but the likely suspect has an identical twin . Police believe one is a suspect, but which one?

Just Bringing Dinner Home (PIC)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 01:10 PM PDT

You gotta get in there somehow...

Bank customers soon will see higher fees & no free checking

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 12:50 PM PDT

Banking reform rules kicking in this month will cost banks billions of dollars in revenue. To recoup that money, many banks are expected once again to raise the fees they already charge customers, add some new ones and say goodbye to free checking accounts.

Who is the New Guerilla Group Threatening Chaos in Greece?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 12:30 PM PDT

Since it emerged early last year, the deadly Greek terrorist group Sect of Revolutionaries has been targeting journalists and police. Now it says it will turn the country into a "war zone" to scare away tourists and keep the hurting country's economy...

Amazing Mini Sculptures Carved From Pencil Tips (PICS)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 12:10 PM PDT

From a miniature bust of Elvis Presley wearing shades to tiny hammers and old boots, Dalton Ghetti's work is mind boggling.

"Private Browsing" Not Necessarily Anonymous

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 11:50 AM PDT

Private browsing options provided by the four major Web browser publishers aren't as secure as users may think, researchers say.

Install Flash / Frash on iPhone 4 [w/ Video]

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 11:39 AM PDT

A couple weeks ago, videos and step-by-step guides of running frash on iPads made waves on the internet. Today, RedmondPie published a story with step-by-step guide on how to run Flash/Frash on your iPhones.

5 Real Historical Death Stars (Complete With Baffling Flaws)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 11:10 AM PDT

Why did the Empire spend all that time and money building the Death Star, only to leave that vulnerable exhaust port wide open? That question marks the end of your naive childhood and the beginning of your life as a cynical adult.

Madness format is madness indeed

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 10:50 AM PDT

So, you're the NCAA. You have two high-profile sports that generate gobs of interest. One is widely considered deeply flawed, and has prompted Congressional hearings. One is universally anticipated, unfailingly exciting and regularly produces must-see moments. So which one do you decide to monkey with? The latter, clearly.

Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia Has Best Offensive MLB Debut Ever

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 10:30 AM PDT

In the highest-scoring game in MLB this season, Toronto rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) with four hits and two home runs in his major league debut. He had three RBIs.

Mini Cannon Firing and Destroying Targets (Part 2)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 10:10 AM PDT


'Torchwood' rebooted as 'The New World' (+pics)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 09:50 AM PDT

'Torchwood' reboot will be titled 'Torchwood: The New World'

Tanning salons getting burned by tax

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 09:30 AM PDT

One of the less-publicized measures in the new health care law, the tax imposes a 10 percent surcharge on the use of ultraviolet indoor tanning beds. But outraged tanning salon owners worry that the levy could deal a death blow to an industry already reeling from the recession.

Clone Farm: A Look at the World of Genetic Engineering

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 09:10 AM PDT

Who has beef with genetic engineering?

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd settles with Sex-harassment accuser

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 08:50 AM PDT

A person familiar with the sexual harassment allegations against ousted Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd tells The Associated Press that Hurd has settled the matter with his accuser.

The Highest Rated, cheapest restaurant in the world

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 08:20 AM PDT

The 2010 edition of the "Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau" has for the first time affixed a coveted star to a teeny-tiny, no-frills cafe in Hong Kong's workaday Mong Kok district.

They Caught The Mummy Bandit!

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 08:00 AM PDT

The mystery of Haverford Township's serial bank robber, dubbed the "Mummy Bandit," may have finally passed into the afterlife. Police have arrested Hiram Adams, who they believe is the robber known to conceal his face with bandages to hide his identity during heists.

Warren Buffett's Billionaire Donors Club: By the Numbers

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 07:50 AM PDT

Buffett has teamed up with Bill Gates to convince 40 billionaires (so far) to give half their fortunes away to charity. Around 10 percent of America's billionaires have signed the pledge so far, but Buffett hopes to recruit more. A look at the numbers behind the "Giving Pledge."

The Rise of Walking and Biking (Infographic)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 07:40 AM PDT

There are more people walking and biking year round, and the Department of Transportation is responding by dramatically increasing the amount of money spent on projects for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a look at the rise of foot-powered travel in America.

Good Endings Make Great Games

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 07:20 AM PDT

We've all been there. You pour 10-20 hours into a game, master the mechanics, approach the final conflict... and end up with a giant WTF expression on your face. It's happened to the best of us. So why does it seem that an amazing game doesn't always mean it will have an amazing ending?

10 metres away brown bears gather for annual salmon feast

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:43 AM PDT

Congregating at the Brooks River in Katmai National Park, tens of hungry brown bears prepared for their annual feast of river salmon in preparation for the winter ahead.

GOP: Force women to bear rapists' babies

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:41 AM PDT

Several GOP Senatorial candidates or front-runners have declared that they oppose a right to abortion even in cases of rape or incest, including Nevada's Sharron Angle, Kentucky's Rand Paul, and Colorado's Ken Buck. They support rapists' rights over womens' rights.

TorrentReactor Buys and Renames Russian Town

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:39 AM PDT

TorrentReactor, listed among the five most popular torrent sites on the Internet, has surprised friends and foes by acquiring a small town in central Russia. The town formerly known as Gar has reportedly been bought for the equivalent of $148,000 and was quickly renamed after the Russian-based torrent site.

'Lost' epilogue leaked online. And it explains everything!

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:38 AM PDT

...sort of...

Higher Food Prices: Blame the Russian Heatwave

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:30 AM PDT

Central Russia is having the hottest summer on record -- this may not be of major interest in Chicago or L.A., which have their own heat problems to worry about. But we live in a globalized world, and Russia's high temperatures, complete with raging wildfires, are going to send food prices higher for American consumers in the next few months.

Half the Country Says NO to Eating and Smoking

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:20 AM PDT

You're not the only one who thinks the cigar smoke from the next table over is ruining your steak. More than half of America would like to see smoking totally banned in restaurants.

Is this a young Conan? (pic)

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:10 AM PDT


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