Saturday, August 30, 2008

How a Dog Drinks, in Super Slooow Motion

Technology Students Mess with Dormitory Lights

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The Deadliest Creatures (Most Easy to Miss)

The Deadliest Creatures (Most Easy to Miss): "Some you've heard about, and so sit there and scoff. Yeah, big deal: rattlesnake, cobra, black widow -- either you can hear them coming, avoid going to India, or simply not stick your hands into dark places. They are nothing but annoyances: fatal only to the truly stupid, or very sick... But there are others, nasty little things as vicious and deadly as they are quiet and unassuming."

Why Changing Your Lightbulbs Doesn't Matter

OK, I'm officially sick of it. Let's stop talking about changing our world by changing your light bulbs. There are a few reasons why people tell you that switching from incandescents to CFLs should be done, and they're all crap reasons. I'm tired of it.

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Zodiac Killer's Identity Confirmed?

FBI looking into a new suspect in the Zodiac killings. Possible murder weapon and other evidence being analyzed with results pending any day.

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Scientists Find Ancient Lost Settlements in Amazon

A vast region of the Amazon forest in Brazil was home to a complex of ancient towns in which about 50,000 people lived, according to scientists assisted by satellite images of the region. The scientists, whose findings were published on Thursday in the journal Science, described clusters of towns and smaller villages connected by complex road

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London From Above, at Night [PICS]

With the end of the Olympics in Beijing, all eyes turned for a moment to London, site of the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics. While looking for good photographs of London, I was contacted by London photographer Jason Hawkes, who had some wonderful images of London, seen from above at night (from a helicopter, to be exact)

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Samsung X360 laptop

DVICE: Samsung X360 laptop touted as ‘lighter than Air,’ makes MacBook Air look like an airhead: "If you’ve fallen in love with the MacBook Air but just can’t stand the thought of muddling through OS X, becoming a snooty Mac user, or suffering through Apple’s skin-deep quality and often-shoddy workmanship, Samsung is aiming its .66-inch-thin X360 laptop directly at you.

This 13.3-inch laptop weighs a mere 2.8 pounds and shines where the MacBook Air skimps: It’s the inputs, stupid. How’s three USB ports (compared to the Air’s 1), a 7-in-1 card reader (compared to the Air’s none), HDMI and Ethernet ports (no such thing on the Air), VGA input, and of course, Wi-Fi and a 1.3-megapixel camera sound?"

The 100 ugliest cars

The 100 ugliest cars - Telegraph: "How should one define automotive ugliness? It's an interesting point: if a car is badly screwed together near Birmingham by a bunch of blokes called Derek, does that make it unattractive, or merely unreliable?"

I hope I’m not forgetting anything…

I hope I’m not forgetting anything…

Scientists Discover Giant, 2-Feet Long Clams That May Have Fed Prehistoric Humans

Scientists Discover Giant, 2-Feet Long Clams That May Have Fed Prehistoric Humans: "Giant clams two feet long might have helped feed prehistoric humans as they first migrated out of Africa, new research reveals.

The species, Tridacna costata, once accounted for more than 80 percent of giant clams in the Red Sea, researcher now say. Today, these mollusks, the first new living species of giant clam found in two decades, represent less than 1 percent of giant clams living there."

What Michael Jackson Should Look Like

What Michael Jackson Should Look Like: "I think this is genius. The Daily Mail has printed pics of what the Thriller-star should look like if he hadn’t taken a surgical knife to the face. Apparently, they took old pics of the famous moonwalker and used PC’s to age Michael’s mug appropriately."

Now Hear This: Don't Remove Earwax

The gooey, golden stuff that builds up inside your ears should stay there, according to national guidelines on earwax removal released today."[Earwax] is not intrinsically evil stuff, and consequently does not have to be removed merely because it's present,"

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Barack Obama Product of Gay Marriage

Well, according to ABC's Terry Moran he is.

Everything’s bigger in the UAE

Everything’s bigger in the UAE: "We’ve all heard that the United Arab Emirates has been hard at work constructing the world’s tallest building. The Burj Dubai currently stands 159 stories tall, and will include 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, 19 residential towers, and the Dubai Mall. The entire project is estimated to cost $20B, but that’s hardly the only thing the UAE likes supersized. Here are a few other records the tiny nation holds:"

10 Things You Won't Hear from Millionaires

They might drive fancy cars, but they also hunt for discounts and worry about retirement.

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22 Nostaigic Videogame Commercials

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9 Secret Ways to Persuade and Influence People

Persuasiveness is one of the most important skills anyone can learn because it is useful in countless situations. At work, at home, and in your social life, the ability to be persuasive and influence others can be instrumental for achieving goals and being happy.

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10 Words That Will Help You Win at Scrabble

I’m not a champion Scrabble player by any means - I often resort to words like “at” and “it” just to use up a turn. But with this list, hopefully I’ll be a little more creative when using tiny little words.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Steve Jobs obituary published by Bloomberg - Telegraph

Steve Jobs obituary published by Bloomberg - Telegraph: "An obituary of very-much-alive Apple founder Steve Jobs has been accidentally published by the respected Bloomberg business news wire."

The stock obituary was published "momentarily" after a routine update by a reporter, and was "immediately deleted", Bloomberg said.

Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, but there is no suggestion that the news wire has recent news on his health. Most media organisations regularly update their pre-prepared obituaries of newsworthy figures.

New York's HIV rate 3 times higher than nation's

New York City's rate of HIV infection is about three times the national rate, according to estimates released Wednesday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The agency estimates 72 of every 100,000 New Yorkers -- a total of 4,800 individuals -- contracted HIV in 2006, more than triple the national rate of 23 per 100,000.

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Almost Half of Australia Untouched by Humans

More than 40 percent of Australia, an area the size of India, remains untouched by humans, making the country as critical to the world's environment as the Amazon rainforests, a study said on Wednesday.

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Ten Truly Underrated Sci-Fi Movies

There's a whole subset of underappreciated sci-fi gems that have gone sadly unheralded without any geeky conventions to call their own. As a public service to the new generation of sci-fi geeks who've only grown up with Star Wars prequels and Scott Bakula as their Starfleet captain, here are ten sci-fi movies that don't get the credit they deserve.

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Tattoos Can Be Removed By Cream without Pain Or Scarring

Tattoos can often be a case of ink now, regret later. Extracting the dye from the skin has usually been a painful process. However, cosmetic surgeons are now offering what they say is a more efficient and less painful way of removing body art.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Simpsons House In Real World

Simpsons House In Real World

Can China Conquer Detroit with its Cheap Car Clones

Can China Conquer Detroit with its Cheap Car Clones: "The North American Auto Industry is facing the biggest downturn in its history, with $Billions in losses every quarter. Plant closures and job cuts by the thousands are now a monthly occurrence. Automotive analysts have questioned GM and Ford's viability going forward. Gas prices are widely believed to the primary cause however now there is another threat lurking around the corner. This one could be bigger and more ominous than any other that American automakers have faced previously.

China has begun pumping out more cars and trucks than ever before at ridiculously low prices. While most of their current vehicles built to date have been sold in China and Russia, they have been systematically progressing toward their stated goal of domination of both the North American and European Auto Industry."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Put your typing skills to the test with TypeRacer, which pits you against other players for the chance to win money, fame, women, and a slot on TypeRacer's leaderboard!

Falling Sand

Twisted PacMan

People Bucket

People Bucket: "People Bucket is a physics-based adventure."

How To Clean Stuff

Whatever you get dirty, this site can probably tell you how to clean it. Items include: dryers, white wall tires, LCD screens, paintings, golf balls, fake plants, cookies (the browser kind), furniture, venetian blinds, every kind of floor, and clothing (and specific kinds of spills, like Kool-Aid and gum), and pets and people.

9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch

9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch: "Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player — too good, it turns out.

The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said."

Busting the electric car myth

Electric cars, Tesla, Volt: "It's true that most electric cars get their electricity from the grid, which, in many states, is made up mostly of electricity from coal-fired power plants. In areas where the power comes mostly from hydro, wind or solar, your electric car would be virtually emissions-free. (Any electric-car owner can achieve this by installing a solar carport at home.)"

Cows Tend To Face North-South

Cows Tend To Face North-South: Scientific American : "Google Earth images reveal that cattle around the world tend to align themselves with the earth's magnetic field."

Women on Birth Control Pill May Be Attracted to 'Wrong' Sex Partner

Women on Birth Control Pill May Be Attracted to 'Wrong' Sex Partner: "A woman is sexually attracted to men who smell like a good genetic match, but birth control pills make her desire the 'wrong' men, a U.K. study shows.

Who is the right man? Studies suggest women are attracted to men whose genetic makeup differs from their own. Having a genetically different mate increases the chances for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ."

Quantum Mechanics for Dummies

Giant’s Causeway: Ancient Volcanic Eruption Creates Natural Wonder

Giant’s Causeway: Ancient Volcanic Eruption Creates Natural Wonder: "It’s area is made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns… the steps you see are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Discovered in 1692 and announced to the world, it became a popular tourist attraction ever since the 19th century"

Top 10 Best Sidekicks from The Worst '80s Sitcoms

Top 10 Best Sidekicks from The Worst '80s Sitcoms: "Television just isn't as bad as it was in the '80s. Let's face it, with a bajillion channels and the availability of DVRs, plus a steady stream of Law and Order reruns to groove to at all hours of the day, it's just not as easy to get caught wincing during an episode of Reba. (Not that it doesn't happen.)"

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Dark Knight: Early Joker Concept Art

The Dark Knight: Early Joker Concept Art: "These early pre-Heath Ledger Joker conceptual designs can be found in The Art of The Dark Knight. I was shocked to discover that the Joker design they eventually settled on, actually seems a lot tamer than some of the early concepts. I recommend picking up the book, as it also features the entire shooting script."

diggNATION Episode 156

Will Spore Be A Success? Depends How Much Time You've Got On Your Hands

Will Spore Be A Success? Depends How Much Time You've Got On Your Hands: "Electronic Arts and Sims creator Will Wright are trying to get this whole “massive single-player online game” down right with Spore. The game, which will be released on September 7th, takes you on an even deeper journey than any MMO before it—making you develop yourself from a single-cell organism into a full blown character."

Chalkboard Panel Doors

Chalkboard Panel Doors: "Simpson doors, they are magnetic chalkboard doors. Write on them, stick magnets to them, let your kids have fun writing on your door. These would be especially nice for people who don't have a ton of room to work with and need to utilize every inch of their living space."

Rotating Grid illusion

While working in 3d last year I discovered this optical illusion.A large grid seen rotating at a certain speed will appear to group itself into smaller grids, spinning independently. It appears the persistence of vision effect overrides our knowledge that this is a single grid and divides it up optically.

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Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics

Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics : "Did you know that your HDTV may have a greater potential than what you are seeing now? Did you know that manufacturers adjust their sets to get you attention when you buy the set? Usually that setting won t get you the best picture once you have the new set at home.With this easy-to-use program you have the opportunity to re-adjust the set allowing it to provide a much better looking picture."

'tubo chair collection' by joel escalona

'tubo chair collection' by joel escalona: "the ‘tubo chair collection’ is designed by mexico city based designer joel escalona. the seating collection
is made from bent stainless steel and suited for both indoor and outdoor use. each piece gives the illusion
of a continuous line of material bent into a large radiator-like coil."

Nitty-Gritty Guide to Cleaning Household Surfaces

Nitty-Gritty Guide to Cleaning Household Surfaces: "With just one bucket of supplies, you can scrub the entire house — here's which products clean what"

How to Clean Stainless Steel
Use: Four tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in one quart of water.
Tools: A soft cloth.
Tips: Wipe dry with a clean cloth and polish with a dry cloth. Immediately wipe up acidic spills, like lemon and tomato, which can discolor the finish. Don't use abrasive cleansers or bleach, which can pit the surface.
Tough Stains: Remove streaks and water spots with a cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol let air-dry.

Belkin GoStudio Make Your iPod Into a Pro Audio Recorder

The Belkin GoStudio transforms your iPod into a multipurpose audio recorder, complete with stereo microphones, professional cable inputs, and CD-quality resolution.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Barbie fishing rod reels in record-setting catfish

Barbie fishing rod reels in record-setting catfish: "David Hayes holds the state record-breaking channel catfish while his granddaughter Alyssa, 3, holds the Barbie fishing rod that he used to reel in the fish. It weighed 21 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 32 inches long and 22 1/2 inches around."

Lobster caught by Devon fishermen believed to be 100 years old

Lobster caught by Devon fishermen believed to be 100 years old - Telegraph: "The crustacean was so heavy that it broke the winch on board Jack Baker and Mark Tennyson's fishing boat.

Weighing in at 5.88kg (12.9lbs) and measuring 32in (81cm) long, the huge creature is the largest of its kind to be caught in British waters in nearly 80 years."

Giant rabbits

Giant rabbits -- "Karl Szmolinsky, who raises a breed of rabbits called giant grays, shows Robert, an 8.5kg giant gray who is 74cm long and has ears 25.5cm long, in the backyard of his house in Eberswalde, Germany in 2006. Szmolinsky sold eight giant grays to a delegation from North Korea that wanted to raise the breed as a source of meat for the North Korean population. Szmolinsky said his rabbits reach a maximum weight of 10.5 kg (23.1lbs.)."

Drunk Animals in Africa

Baby pronounced dead lives after hours in cooler

Baby pronounced dead lives after hours in cooler: "(Reuters) - A stillborn Israeli baby who was pronounced dead by doctors 'came back to life' on Monday after spending hours in a hospital refrigerator.

The baby, weighing only 600 grams at birth, spent at least five hours inside one of the hospital's refrigerated storage units, before her parents, who had taken her to be buried, began noticing some movement."

The mystery of the over-accessoried track athletes

The mystery of the over-accessoried track athletes : "Jeremy Wariner wears sunglasses at night. Dayron Robles sports a chain so thick that Mr. T thinks it's ostentatious. Gail Devers used to run sprints with her fingernails long and freshly manicured. And while winning the 400m hurdles in Beijing, Melaine Walker had on earrings so big, my niece could have used them as hula hoops.

While swimmers try to cut down on resistance by shaving their body hair, squeezing into form-fitting suits and wearing multiple caps, track athletes are decked out with so many accoutrements it looks like they're going to the prom. Our loyal readers want to know: what's the deal with all the track fashion accessories? As always, when help is needed, Fourth-Place Medal's Investigative Unit is on the case."

Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system

Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system: "Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets.

Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link as he spoke at the California firm's annual developers forum in San Francisco.

Electricity was sent wirelessly to a lamp on stage, lighting a 60 watt bulb that uses more power than a typical laptop computer."

Hidden Guard Dog Surprises Robber

In Case of Flood: Put Everything that Matters on a Door

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Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?

Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?: "A labyrinth filled with stone temples and pyramids in 14 caves—some underwater—have been uncovered on Mexico's Yucat�n Peninsula, archaeologists announced last week.

The discovery has experts wondering whether Maya legend inspired the construction of the underground complex—or vice versa."

How Fast Can Humans Go?

How Fast Can Humans Go?: "Usain Bolt may have just broken the human speed limit. Last week, he took two gold medals in the Olympic 100m, shattering his own world record with a time of 9.69 secs., and the 200m with a time of 19.3 secs., obliterating by two-hundredths of a second the long-standing world record Michael Johnson set at the Atlanta Games in 1996."