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Sunday, August 15, 2010



Study Says Biochar Can Offset Up to 12% of Greenhouse Gases

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 05:20 PM PDT

As much as 12 percent of the world's human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be sustainably offset by producing biochar, a charcoal-like substance made from plants and other organic materials. That's more than what could be offset if the same plants and materials were burned to generate energy, concludes a study published today.

Obama: No comment on 'wisdom' of Islamic center

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 05:00 PM PDT

President Barack Obama told CNN Saturday that in defending the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near ground zero in a speech Friday night, he was "not commenting on the wisdom" of the project but trying to uphold the broader principle that the government should treat "everyone equal, regardless" of religion.

Afghanistan Discovers 1.8 Billion Barrel Oilfield

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 04:40 PM PDT

Afghanistan said on Sunday it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, where U.S. and other foreign forces are trying to tame a Taliban-led insurgency.

The Twitter Bible Keeps It Short and Sacred

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Chris Juby has set himself a task of truly biblical proportions: to summarize the 800,000-plus words in the Old and New Testaments in a series of snappy daily tweets. Juby, a freelance Web designer and director of worship at King's Church in the northern English city of Durham, plans to condense one Bible chapter a day in 140 characters or less.

Why Irrational Decided Not to Work on Bioshock 2

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 04:00 PM PDT

As fans of the series are surely aware, the developer of the original Bioshock, Irrational Games, opted out of developing its sequel, which was handled by 2K Marin instead.

Anti-Immigrant Fervor Will Cost Republicans Latino Vote

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 03:50 PM PDT

The electoral consequences of the GOP's efforts to alienate the fastest growing voting bloc in America is sure to backfire on the GOP. As anti-immigrant fervor continues to swirl in the headlines, it's not difficult for readers to discern who's stirring the pot. Over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) became the latest.....

The 10 Funniest Touchdown Dances Ever

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 03:40 PM PDT

No player has personified the use of creativity and humor after scoring touchdowns more than current reality show sensation and former All-Pro caliber receiver Chad Ochocinco, who has crafted some of the most amusing celebrations imaginable.

Cop faced w/ life & death decision talks abt pulling trigger

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 03:20 PM PDT

Jesus Rios-Calderon wasn't sure what was wrong when he entered the J.P. Cuisine restaurant in Hillsboro on June 17. But when confronted by a blood-soaked man with a knife, the young officer had to make an instant decision.

APOD: 2010 August 15 - Layered Hills in Arabia Terra on Mars

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 02:40 PM PDT

Why are some hills on Mars so layered? The answer is still under investigation. Clearly, dark windblown sand surrounds outcropping of light sedimentary rock across the floor of crater Arabia Terra. The light rock clearly appears structured into many layers, the lowest of which is likely very old. Although the dark sand forms dunes...

‘Craigslist Killing’ Suspect Is Dead in Likely Suicide

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 02:20 PM PDT

Authorities say Philip Markoff, who was accused of killing a masseuse he supposedly met through Craigslist, apparently killed himself inside a Boston jail.

Gen. David Petraeus Says Afghanistan War Strategy is 'SOUND'

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 02:00 PM PDT

KABUL -- In his first six weeks as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus has seen insurgent attacks on coalition forces spike to record levels, violence metastasize to previously stable areas, and the country's president undercut anti-corruption units backed by Wa...

5 Comic Book Ads that Tried to Get Your Children Killed

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 01:40 PM PDT

That's right, kids: You can earn a rifle. A gorilla-killing rifle. Starting now, the rest of my life is narrowed down to two goals: Goal one is selling you some salve or whatever, and goal two is killing gorillas from the back of my live pony.

ATI Radeon HD 6000 graphics May Ship In November

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 01:20 PM PDT

A leak at the end of this past week has revealed that AMD's next generation of ATI graphics, "Southern Islands," should ship this fall.

Blood diamonds and Charles Taylor: the inside story

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 01:10 PM PDT

The blood diamonds trade, which is at the heart of the war-crimes trial of Charles Taylor, ex-president of Liberia - in which Naomi Campbell has become embroiled - was partly run by his brother-in-law, Cindor Reeves. In this exclusive interview he tells Colin Freeman about his role.

Policeman hurls shoe at Omar’s dais

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 01:00 PM PDT

A policeman on Sunday hurled a shoe towards the dais where Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was taking salute after unfurling the national flag at the Independence Day function in Srinagar.

A change in thinking on Pompeii

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 12:40 PM PDT

Since the uncovering of Pompeii in 1599, archeologists believed that these ancient Romans died by being suffocated by the ashes and gases spewing for two days from the mouth of Vesuvius. Their theory rested on the account of a contemporary witness, Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from across the Gulf of Naples...

Chad Ochocinco Wants to Destroy Farmville & Rule Twitter

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 12:40 PM PDT

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and social media guru attempts to explain his obsession with the 140-character format, and shares thoughts on social media and influence -- often in 140 characters or less.

Young and Restless: New Wave of Talent on Display at PGA

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Wake up, laddies, and pay attention. We've got a major championship to watch.

I Spit on Your Grave reborn [w/trailer]

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 11:40 AM PDT

Regardless of what you make of the news that one of the 1970s' most notorious grindhouse flicks has spawned an equally gruelling remake, you have to concede the fact that any viewer who sees the title of I Spit on Your Grave and still buys a ticket should have an inkling of what they're in for.

Ted Stevens' plane had danger alert system

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 11:20 AM PDT

NTS chairwoman Deborah Hersman said that it's not known if the system was working just before the plane crashed Monday. The plane was also equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, it was also unclear why that signal didn't activate.

Seth Rogen is a Marvel believer: I've kind of given up on DC

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Seth Rogen grew up loving Marvel Comics -- especially the high body-count exploits of Punisher and Deadpool -- and the years haven't softened his disdain for that other company. "I like Marvel," the actor and writer says. "I've kind of given up on DC at this point".

Endeavour Shuttle Launch [PIC]

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 11:00 AM PDT

A tail of smoke chases the space shuttle Endeavour as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

9 Fastest Cars For Under $3k

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 10:40 AM PDT

We've always been enthusiastic cheap-car purveyors. And as a result, we've gotten far more fun than we paid for from inexpensive used cars. So we thought we'd pass along our favorite budget used cars.

Bomb Injures 3 Children in Northern Ireland

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 10:20 AM PDT

Police in Northern Ireland said Saturday "it was an absolute miracle" that three children were not more seriously injured in a bomb explosion in County Armagh.

Happy independence day India - From Google(gif)

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 10:20 AM PDT

Happy independence day to all my friends.....

100-Year-Old Scotch Pulled From Frozen Crate

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 09:50 AM PDT

A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday - but the heritage dram won't be tasted by whisky lovers because it's being preserved for its historical significance.

Bloody Fur Trade [Infographic]

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 09:40 AM PDT

A graphic look at the fur trade by following the blood money

Red Squirrel Does Saturday Night Fever Impression

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 09:30 AM PDT

Meet the red squirrel whose hero is clearly Saturday Night Fever's John Travolta, as he shows off the film star's famous pose.

Lack of nearby parks, playgrounds are why children are obese

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 09:30 AM PDT

I was always under the rosy assumption that every kid grew up knowing the joys of a local playground. But it turns out that only about one in five kids live near parks. Health officials have concluded that this may be one reason why so many American kids are overweight -- there's nowhere closeby for them to run around, play and get exercise.

Apple supply manager arrested for money laundering, fraud...

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 09:20 AM PDT

Ever wonder why -- after years of secrecy -- camera-ready iPod cases began rolling out? The answer could possibly be Apple supply manager Paul Shin

How Power Affects Us

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 09:10 AM PDT

Paradox of power. The very traits that helped leaders accumulate control in the first place all but disappear once they rise to power. Instead of being polite, honest and outgoing, they become impulsive, reckless and rude.

Which Star Has the Best One-Liner in "The Expendables"?

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 08:50 AM PDT

Sylvester Stallone's new mercenary flick is full of ass-kicking actors. But which of them has the most killer quip? You decide.

8 Dead, 12 Hurt At Off-Road Race In California desert

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 08:30 AM PDT

An off-road vehicle plowed into a crowd moments after sailing off a jump at a race in Southern California Saturday night.

Swiss Supermarket Chain to Sell THINK City Electric Cars

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 08:10 AM PDT

Could you imagine running into Costco or Sam's Club, two of the largest retail warehouses in the U.S., to pick up some groceries, clothing, lawn furniture and…an electric car? Well that's exactly what the shoppers in Switzerland get to do!

Newsweek: Russian corruption forces best & brightest to flee

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 07:50 AM PDT

Russia's Generation Exile, a tide of businessmen, lawyers, accountants, and bankers, have fled their country after being robbed and threatened by Russia's corrupt law-enforcement officials. Transparency International, an NGO, estimates that fully one third of Russian businesses have been targeted in attempted corporate raids by police.

So Is Chrysler's Invisible Ad Monkey Flipping Off PETA?

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 07:20 AM PDT

Chrysler threw a touch of whimsy into its 30-second array of black cars in front of a tent with confetti, with the voice of Michael C. Hall--better known as the civic-minded serial killer title character of Dexter--intoning flatly, "This event could not be more amazing."

The Realities of Home Improvement

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 06:30 AM PDT

Sikorsky breaks Helicopter Speed Record

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 06:20 AM PDT

In an hourlong early morning flight, Sikorsky chief test pilot Kevin Bredenbeck briefly reached 225 knots, or 258 mph, at a Sikorsky facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The previous record for a helicopter was 216 knots, or 249 mph, set by a version of the Westland Lynx in the mid-1980s.

Why Your Kids Need Recess

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 06:20 AM PDT

They might be better off putting down their books and heading outside.

Five Cat Breeds That Make Excellent Travel Companions

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 06:20 AM PDT

Cats are generally known as animals that prefer not to travel. After all, who hasn't heard the heartbroken, tortured wails emanating from cat carriers on the way to the vet? But the truth is there are some cats that tolerate, and even enjoy, a good road trip.

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