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Tuesday, August 24, 2010



Record Heat: 9 Nations That Topped Their Highest Temperature

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 05:50 PM PDT

2010 has been dominated by extreme natural phenomena, becoming known as the year of global weirding. Heat waves are just one of the many dramatic forces in weather that have been wreaking havoc across the world, scorching populations from South America to the Middle East.

How One So Cal Rapper is Celebrating His MMJ Card (VIDEO)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 05:30 PM PDT


Images of Katrina, 5 Years Later

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 04:50 PM PDT

In New Orleans, destroyed buildings stand frozen in time.

One-Night Stands Make Birds Uncooperative

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Researchers confirm a hypothesis that bird species that tend to sleep around aren't as cooperative as more monogamous species. Certain types of cooperative behavior are only stable in species that are not too promiscuous.

New Solar System Discovered

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 04:00 PM PDT

European astronomers on Tuesday said they had found a distant star orbited by at least five planets in the biggest discovery of so-called exoplanets since the first was logged 15 years ago. One of the planets is nearly the mass of Earth.

MONSTERS trailer arrives: $15,000 never looked so good (vid)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 03:40 PM PDT

The sci-fi thriller is being hailed at the next 'District 9'. But 'District' was made for $30 million and 'Monsters' was created for a shockingly low $15,000. If the film is as good as it looks, this could be a watershed moment for the independent film industry.

EFF slams Apple patent as traitorware: Jobs is spying on you

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 03:30 PM PDT

The EFF weighed in on Apple patent spyware, calling it traitorware and warning that Steve Jobs is watching you.

10 Trickiest Spy Gadgets Ever Created (Pics)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 03:20 PM PDT

The world is espionage is not divorced from the world, which is why spies living among us need everyday objects to carry out their secret duties. And because spies live and work among us, they need every day objects to conceal their secret files and transmissions.

As Many As 200 Women, BabyBoys Gang-Raped Near Congo UN Base

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 03:10 PM PDT

As many as 200 women were systematically gang-raped by Rwandan and Congolese rebels over a four-day period last month less than 20 miles from a U.N. peacekeeping base in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations and aid groups reported.

Teens Are Texting Away Their Sleep

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:40 PM PDT

The abundance of digital diversions has only amped up the usual tug-of-war between generations about when the lights go out. What teen wants to drift off when another text is arriving, when X-Box friends are still online, when Facebook is 24/7?

Sex Offender Posed as Masseuse Offering Free Rubdowns

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Ottawa County sheriff's deputies arrested the 39-year-old Grand Rapids man on accusations that he was posing as a massage therapist and giving free rubdowns last week to women participating in an all-night filming of the movie starring Kurt Russell. Mug Shot does not disappoint.

Grand problems at Grand Canyon

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:20 PM PDT

A series of man-made threats could cause serious problems for Grand Canyon National Park in the coming years, according to a new report by a conservation group.

Slowing down supercomputers during a DC cooling outage

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Purdue University has developed software that can slow server activity as temperature rises, and has used this technique to keep the school's supercomputing data center continually operating throughout several cooling failures this past summer.

9 Unique Flower and Plant of the Month Clubs

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Plant a seed and watch it grow is a term that is given new meaning with this creative gift idea.

Athletes In Their College Dorm [GALLERY]

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

It's back to school time!

Hi-tech rechargeable batteries developed for military

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Scientists reported progress today in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be woven into clothing to power portable electronic devices.

Stewart: FOX Failed To Mention Co-Owner Is One They Accuse O

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 01:34 PM PDT

Jon Stewart continued his coverage of the "Ground Zero Mosque" debate last night, focusing on Fox News' incongruities harder than he ever has. In a segment called "The Parent Company Trap," Stewart shared with his viewers how Fox News' plan to "follow the money" from mosque builder Imam Rauf to terrorists will be

Cryptic and Atari Announce Neverwinter for PC in late 2011

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 01:10 PM PDT

Rumors and speculation around a new Neverwinter Nights game were mostly confirmed this morning as developer Cryptic Studios and publisher Atari announced Neverwinter for PC. It's a 5-man co-op game with a story editor.

Bill Murray - The "Greatest Smartass" Ever!

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 01:00 PM PDT

He's been in some of the funniest movies of all time. He's a living legend. He seems like he'd be a cool dude to hang out with. But you already knew that.

The American Melting Pot Diet

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 12:40 PM PDT


Meet Wikileaks Founder's Alleged Sex Victim

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 12:40 PM PDT

Wikileaks leader Julian Assange implied that the rape and molestation charges against him in Sweden were part of a global conspiracy.

The 10 Most Overblown Video Game Controversies

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 12:10 PM PDT

So-called "responsible" adults have always tried to find scapegoats for bad behavior since the dawn of time. These days, video games take the most heat, even though some controversies just aren't very well thought out.

The Challenge Ahead For The HP WebOS Tablet

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

WebOS has been lauded by critics as the mobile OS to beat. So good, in fact, that HP paid 1.2 billion for the dying Palm, and its most viable product was that operating system. Rarely has an OS been so highly reviewed by so many in the industry. And pairing such an excellent OS with tablet hardware would seem to be a solid fit.

The 24 Most Mysterious Sightings on Google Earth (PICS)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

The vantage point Google Earth provides has shown us things we weren't expecting to see.

Video Games are Undeniably Art

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:30 AM PDT

Hellmode talks about how video games are art. It's been said, and it's been argued against--but it's true. Game developers are this generation's unnamed Ansel Adams and Andy Warhols. The video games they work to create are their own unique worlds imagined and they bring to life these visions with precise direction and immense effort. By any definit

Netflix versus Redbox: Head to Head (Infographic)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Everyone has their preference, here's a look at how the two businesses stack up.

Mario Is So Screwed (PIC)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Looks like Bowser finally decided to step up the security in his castle..

The Worst Roads in America

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:20 AM PDT

If there was a perfect highway, what would it be like? To answer this, Popular Mechanics found some of America's worst examples of highway design, and talked to experts in the field to find out what it takes to build good roads.

Top 10 Embarrassing Celebrity Commercials

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Hollywood's Jackie Chan is China's go-to pitchman. But his apparent indiscriminate hawking of just about anything has led to endorsements of what some say are faulty products. TIME takes a look at other embarrassing celeb product pitchers.

20 Strangest Sex Laws from Around the World (Infographic)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 10:50 AM PDT

Not all sex-related laws make sense. Here's a collection of 20 of the weirdest sex laws from around the world.

Driver's Test (PIC)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 10:50 AM PDT

I'm not saying I agree with this...but...

The Biggest Games of Fall 2010

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 10:40 AM PDT

Every year, it gets more out of hand. More sequels, more technology, more money needed, and barely enough time to experience it all. Going into Christmas 2010, the lineup of big -- or even just plain interesting -- games is once again boiling over

The History of Halo Leaks

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 10:10 AM PDT

Bungie's last Halo title has fallen victim to pirates. It's not the first.

What The Locals Ate 10,000 Years Ago

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 10:10 AM PDT

If you had a dinner invitation in Utah's Escalante Valley almost 10,000 years ago, you would have come just in time to try a some new menu items.

Valve's 'Portal' Mandatory 'Reading' for College Freshmen

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 09:40 AM PDT

We've dug our heels in as decidedly pro when it comes to the debate over whether or not video games are art. And, although we're not desperate for additional support, our argument has gotten a serious boost from Wabash College in Indiana.

Matthew Fox: What the 'Lost' Finale Meant

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 09:40 AM PDT

The star has his own theories about the show's controversial series finale. It's worth watching past the ad roll in the beginning.

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete is crowned Miss Universe 2010

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 09:11 AM PDT

A 22 year-old Mexican woman, Jimena Navarrete, has been crowned Miss Universe.

Planets Weighed Using Pulsar Flashes

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 09:10 AM PDT

The rotating corpses of massive stars can help scientists weigh the planets in the solar system. By carefully timing radio blips from spinning stellar leftovers called pulsars, astronomers have measured the masses of all the planets from Mercury to Saturn, plus all their moons and rings.

The Crises of Capitalism (Animated)

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

In this short RSA Animate, radical sociologist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism, towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane.

True Love

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

It exists.. wait .. does it?

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