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Thursday, August 19, 2010



Brain Connections Break Down as We Age

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 05:30 PM PDT

It's unavoidable: breakdowns in brain connections slow down our physical response times as we age, a new study suggests.

Flash on Android test shows slowdowns, incompatibility

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 05:10 PM PDT

A test of Flash 10.1 on Android late yesterday has cast doubt on its usefulness in the short term. Using both the Droid 2's preloaded Flash install and the final release on an original Droid, Laptop found that claims of desktop-level access were inaccurate.

Lord of the Rings Online Goes Free-to-Play Starting Sept. 10

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Starting September 10, Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online massively multiplayer game goes free-to-play. What this means to existing subscribers is way more interesting than what it means to newcomers.

If Tobacco Ads Were REALLY Honest

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:50 PM PDT

Big Tobacco faces off against the Surgeon General in the ads of the latest issue of ***** for Men.

How to Drop Your Cell Phone Contract and Avoid Hefty Fees

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:40 PM PDT

There are numerous reasons for wanting to drop your cell phone contract. Whatever the reason, the good news is that it is possible to drop a long-term cell phone contract without paying the $150 to $200 early termination fee most carriers charge (possibly more if you have a data plan). Here's how.

The Tragic Death of Practically Everything Tech

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:40 PM PDT

Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson is catching flack for the magazine's current cover story, which declares that the Web is dead. I'm not sure what the controversy is. For years, once-vibrant technologies, products, and companies have been dropping like teenagers in a Freddy Krueger movie. Thank heavens that tech journalists have done such a ...

Office Etiquette: Swearing at Work

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Some experts say employees need to swear at work to blow off steam and build camaraderie, but aren't there nobler ways to vent?

The 50 Greatest Technological Creations of the Past 25 Years

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:30 PM PDT

The last 25 years have brought some of the greatest inventions man has ever seen. From DVDs to MP3s, take a look back at the greatest technological inventions of the past quarter-decade—and be happy you weren't born in the '60s.

Should Towns Be Able To Block Fast Food Joints From Opening?

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Last week, we brought you the story of an Illinois town that rejiggered its zoning regulations to keep an upscale tattoo parlor from opening. This drew several jeers from readers for the village council that made the decision. And yet, there are several municipalities around the country that have effectively banned fast food and chain ...

23yo Engineer Shot For No Reason As He Begged For His Life

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Mobile police Detective Charles Bagsby said Kyser Miree was "on his back with his hands up in a defensive position. He was begging them for his life."

What If Critics Ranked Ice Cube's Best Movies (+vids)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Best-reviewed work of Ice Cube

Google Street View Comes to Germany, but Much Will Be Blurry

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:10 PM PDT

You can use Google Maps Street View to find the world's most picturesque street. Or to virtually wander around the San Diego Zoo. Or to plan a bike ride through Boulder. What you can't do is use it to view any part of Germany, since privacy watchdogs have been holding up Mountain Views's expansion into the country.

How Jelly Belly Invents Flavors

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:10 PM PDT

All Jelly Belly flavors grow from ideas submitted by company employees, members of the public, retailers, and others, but the execution depends on a four-person team of food scientists.

Geezer arrested after smacking police chief with phone

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 03:50 PM PDT

The 84-year-old beaned the chief in the forehead with his cell phone, drawing blood, as cops carried him off. His neighbors aren't shocked. "He's just not a nice person. Horrible, actually, horrible person."

A-level results: Gender Gap Narrowing

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 03:40 PM PDT

Boys are catching up with girls as the gulf between the sexes reaches its narrowest point in almost a decade.

In Haiti, the Art of Resiliance

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 03:20 PM PDT

Within weeks of January's devastating earthquake, Haiti's surviving painters and sculptors were taking solace from their work

WTF is HTML5? And Why We Should All Care (Infographic)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT

HTML5 introduces a number of new elements and attributes. Here are the most important of them.

Brazil: How To Make A Profit By Giving Music Away

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Tecno-brega artists distribute their music for free via DJs, street vendors and the internet, hoping to build a reputation and gain lucrative live shows. In tecno-brega, there are no official releases — groups make and produce their own CDs. "If you don't have an official CD," observed Roberto, "then what is piracy?"

Russian mafia buying jobs in police and judiciary

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 02:20 PM PDT

Jobs in Russia's law enforcement sector are being bought by the mafia for more than £30,000 a time, such is the level of corruption ...

Is the Recession Fueling a Suicide Epidemic in America?

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Unemployed people are two to three times more likely to commit suicide, researchers estimate, and the risk rises the longer someone remains jobless. That is potentially a very large problem as the recession continues. New research suggests the nation's unemployed are committing suicide at an alarmingly high rate.

Great Comics That Never Happened (PICS)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

or the past seven months, writer Chris Sims and artist Rusty Shackles have been putting their imaginations to good use in order to bring you the best comic book stories that never were. Now, with 13 issues under their belts, it's time for the very first Great Comics That Never Happened Annual!

Gmail For iPad Gets Stacked Card Interface

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 02:00 PM PDT

Google has modified the iPad front-end for Gmail, adding a new "stacked card" interface for the e-mail service.

Asia Leads World in Beer Consumption (Map)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:50 PM PDT

Asia overtakes Europe, in beer terms.

The 20 Best Foods to Include in Your Diet

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:50 PM PDT

The country's most respected food experts--registered dietitians, college nutrition professors, and authors--weigh in on the best foods for your health and fitness.

Ray Bradbury: "We've got too many Internets."

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Ray Bradbury gave another humdinger of an interview to The LA Times, and I say "humdinger" because I'm trying to use slang old enough to match his adorable old man rant.

Internet access at home increases romance probability

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Adults who have Internet access at home are much more likely to be in romantic relationships than adults without Internet access, according to new research.

4 Tools for Teaching Kids to Code

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:30 PM PDT

there are a number of great tools to teach programming to K-12 students, along with a lot of resources for computer science teachers:

20 Retro Cereals That Were Awesome

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:20 PM PDT

Over the years, there have been some incredibly delicious breakfast cereals to hit the shelves of grocery stores.

Will the End of the Space Shuttle Kill Space Exploration?

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:11 PM PDT

The space-shuttle program is coming to a quiet end. Is the same true for the era of space exploration?

Facebook Places: Top 5 Social Blunders In Your Future

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Yesterday Facebook launched Facebook Places, the long-awaited mobile platform that will let you see the real-time locations of your Facebook friends. But Places will create as many opportunities for social mishaps as it will for social meetups. Here are some of the potential pitfalls to watch out for, and how to avoid them.

Two infant skeletons found in 1920s LA building

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:50 PM PDT

Police say two infant skeletons have been found wrapped in newspaper from the 1930s in the basement of a building in Los Angeles. The remains were found placed in doctor's bags. "I saw something not very pleasant and very unusual. It didn't have any shape to it. But it seemed like a dried-out body," said Yiming Xing.

Brandon Roy Apologizes for Appearance in Rap Video

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:40 PM PDT

* oBrandon RoyBrandon Roy made a brief appearance in a rap music video, but felt the need to apologize once the video hit the internet and there were some things in it that he decided he didn't necessarily want to be associated with.

Roger Clemens to Be Indicted for Perjury in Doping Testimony

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:32 PM PDT

Roger Clemens will be indicted on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to people briefed on the case.

Jon Stewart Does Glenn Beck, Traces News Corp's GOP Donation

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:30 PM PDT

Since the Fox News guys love to follow the money, on last night's Daily Show Jon Stewart busted out his chalkboard and now-classic Glenn Beck impression to trace a one-million-dollar donation from News Corp to the Republican Governor's Association.

Ghost-Like Nebula Revealed in Haunting Space Photo

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:20 PM PDT

A ghost-like nebula billowing out from a nest of bright stars and dark dust takes center stage in an impressive new image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Researchers are unsure of what lights up this boomerang-shaped feature, and the nebula itself has not been studied in detail.

10 Classic Commercials From the NBA’s Golden Era (videos)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:20 PM PDT

Michael, Magic, Larry and Co. entertain us with their endorsing skills.

Homeless People With a Sense of Humor (pics)

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:20 PM PDT

You've seen them on your walk to work or on your way to the grocery store. They pounce on you the second you leave the liquor store or pull out your bus fare. You try with all your might to avoid eye contact. But, these homeless people are worth making eye contact with.

Guy Gets KTFO by 7 Pound Dildo [Video]

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

The only thing missing from the video is 60's Star Trek battle music.

The Top 20 Athlete Movie Cameos

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

There's a reason why ESPN starts with an E, despite it being dedicated to the S. It's because, in the end, all athletes are entertainers. Even the boring ones. I'm looking at you, Tim Duncan...

'Why Can't You 'Dislike' Anything on Facebook?

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 11:41 AM PDT

The latest scam to hit the social networking site succeeded, in part, because it seemed to offer a function that some users want: the ability actually to "dislike" content on the "like"-happy site.

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