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Friday, January 22, 2010

What’s so different about tablet PCs?

What’s so different about tablet PCs?

Learn the pros and cons of tablet PCs compared to netbooks, smartphones, and more.

Breakthrough products for 2010

Breakthrough products for 2010

These problem-solving innovations will make you wonder how you ever lived without them.

Kermit the Frog causes bomb scare

Boulder authorities locked down a Lafayette charter school while they examined a duffel bag left at the campus parking lot that ended up containing a Kermit the Frog doll.

Elite soldiers forced to improvise in Haiti

Elite soldiers forced to improvise in Haiti

With little more than rucksacks and rental cars, the Army unit called "The Beast" tackles big challenges.

Hidden costs of the American Dream

Hidden costs of the American Dream

Americans have been oversold on the benefits of owning a home, one expert argues.

Controversy over ice dance 'tribute'

Controversy over ice dance 'tribute'

Russia's Olympic favorites wow the judges with a routine that offends the people it was meant to honor.

Military vets working on archaeological project

Some U.S. military veterans are finding work helping sort through a massive government archaeological collection that has been neglected for decades.

Military vets working on archaeological project

Strongest Hurricanes May Triple in Frequency

The U.S. Southeast, Mexico, and the Caribbean will be pounded by more very intense hurricanes in the coming decades due to global warming, a new computer model suggests.
Warmer sea surface temperatures—which fuel hurricanes—and shifting wind patterns are expected to strengthen the storms, the study says.
At the same time, rising temperatures should result in fewer weak or middling hurricanes in the western Atlantic.

Full Story

Car thief found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

Sheriff's deputies in central Florida found a suspected car thief playing the 'Grand Theft Auto' video game, and they later charged him with just that.

Car thief found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

Have Beer Your Way, At Burger King

Want a Whopper, but want a brewski, too?
Burger King is starting to allow that.

Full Story

Researchers study whether survival of the fattest is genetic

Fat may not be where it's at, but controversial new research from University of Alberta researchers say you don't have to be thin to win, either.

Do these genes make me look fat?

New study shows driving hinders talking

Gary Dell, a psycholinguist in the department of psychology at Illinois, and his colleagues found that young and old drivers lose about 20 percent of their ability to retain and retell a story while driving.

Driven to distraction

This explains a lot.

Man experiences intense pain from nail that slid between his toes

Mind Hacks reports that a nail penetrated the shoe of a 29-year-old construction worker, causing great pain. But the hospital workers discovered that the nail had passed harmlessly between his toes.

201001221503A builder aged 29 came to the accident and emergency department having jumped down on to a 15 cm nail. As the smallest movement of the nail was painful he was sedated with fentanyl and midazolam. The nail was then pulled out from below. When his boot was removed a miraculous cure appeared to have taken place. Despite entering proximal to the steel toecap the nail had penetrated between the toes: the foot was entirely uninjured.
Mind Hacks says this is related to "somatisation disorder, where physical symptoms appear that aren't explained by tissue damage."

CEOs to Hill: Quit Calling Us for Campaign Cash

CEOs to Congress: Quit calling us for campaign cash, pass public financing

Dozens of current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash.

Roughly 40 executives from companies including Playboy Enterprises, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, the Seagram's liquor company, toymaker Hasbro, Delta Airlines and Men's Wearhouse sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday urging them to approve public financing for House and Senate campaigns. They say they are tired of getting fundraising calls from lawmakers — and fear it will only get worse after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling.

Full Story

OK, since no one seems to be asking the question ... Where were you yahoos yesterday?

US Mulling Action Against Chinese Internet Restrictions

U.S. trade officials have asked for more information as they weigh whether to pursue a case against Chinese Internet restrictions that impede Google and other companies, an attorney for a U.S. free speech group said on Friday.

"They've asked us for more detail about it. We are trying to put that together right now," said Gilbert Kaplan, a partner at King and Spalding, which represents the First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group.

Get Some Balls

Health Care Reform Now!

Dino Colors

This is the new look for what dinosaurs looked like.
Not the image we grew up with, now is it?
Check out next week's edition of Nature for more.

Being human

Humans lie, cheat and steal, gossip, bully and kill.

Why we do these and other destructive things.

Understanding the 10 Most Destructive Human Behaviors

Tea Party fights itself over convention

From the "You knew this was coming" and "It couldn't be happening to a 'nicer' bunch of folks" Department:

Tea Party fights itself over convention

Ticket prices and the guest speaker's huge fee even have its own members crying foul.

'Smells scammy'
Well, duh!

Air America Radio abruptly shuts down

This is a very bad thing ...

Air America Radio abruptly shuts down

The liberal radio network stops airing new programs and will cease broadcasting Monday.


Unusual pies to swoon over

Unusual pies to swoon over

Celebrate the amusing history of pies with some flavor combinations that are big hits.

Mom plans dinners for the entire year

Mom plans dinners for the entire year

An organized mother of four cuts her grocery bill in half by taking advance planning to a new level.

Common passwords that hackers love

Common passwords that hackers love

A security breach reveals some of the most commonly used passwords on the Web.

Complaints of 'racist' cameras explained

Complaints of 'racist' cameras explained

Glitches in face-detection software draw surprised reactions from non-Caucasian users.

Sleep talker becomes Web sensation

Sleep talker becomes Web sensation

A voice-activated recorder and a wife's whim turn a man's funny ramblings into Internet gold.

Companies with financial danger signs

Companies with financial danger signs

These businesses could risk running out of cash, especially if the economy takes another dive.

Health Care Hell in America

A man with prostate cancer faced a choice: undergo an effective, standard therapy or try a newer treatment option with less chance of causing incontinence or impotence.

Health options limited by cost

Court stops Swiss handing tax evasion files to US

From the "You know they had to spend a few ducats on this one" Department:

A Swiss court has ruled that the government cannot hand over files on 26 suspected tax cheats to U.S. authorities.

And I Quote

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

~ Mark Twain

Political Wisdom

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.

~ Maureen Murphy

Owner Defends Club As Greensboro Moves To Shut It Down

The owner of the club formally known as "Lost Dimensions" said he's made improvements, despite a city effort to shut it down.

Owner Defends Club As Greensboro Moves To Shut It Down

Can lasers make you slimmer in minutes?

A lunchtime laser treatment promises to make fat go away – it seems to work, but some tricky questions remain.

Zap that fat

Hitler's Favorite Painter

The Isle of the Dead

Arnold Bocklin was a 19th century symbolist painter whose work influenced and inspired Salvador Dali, Sergi Rachmaninoff, Marcel Duchamp and H. R. Giger. Adolph Hitler owned eleven of his paintings and cited Bocklin as his favorite painter.


The following images come from this Japanese site devoted to Bocklin's work.





Here are some other great 19th century symbolist and romantic painters to check out at the same site...

Henry Fuseli
Thomas Cole
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
George Frederic Watts
John Martin
Jean Delville
Louis Janmot
Evelyn De Morgan
Gaetano Previati

NASA Makes it Official: 2000-2009 Was Hottest Decade on Record

From Treehugger:

10 year temperature average chart
The map shows temperature changes for the last decade--January 2000 to December 2009--relative to the 1951-1980 mean. Warmer areas are in red, cooler areas in blue. The largest temperature increases occurred in the Arctic and a portion of Antarctica. Image: NASA

NASA has just announced that the period from January 2000 through December 2009 has been the hottest decade since record-keeping began in 1880. Furthermore, 2009 was the second-hottest year on record for the planet as a whole and in the southern hemisphere, the hottest. Last year was only a fraction of a degree cooler than the hottest year, 2005.

Science News

From BBC-Science:

The way fungus-like slime moulds grow could help engineers design computer and communication networks, say researchers.

This year's UN biodiversity agreement is likely to hone in on the underlying causes of nature degradation.

Snail fish (Oceanlab)
A rare glimpse at the strange creatures that live in the deepest places on the planet

Gorillas play competitive games just like humans

Saudi Girl Sentenced to 90 Lashes and Jail

This is outrageous!

Today is ...

Today is Friday, January 22, the 22nd day of 2010.

There are 343 days left in the year.

Today In History January 22

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Answer Your Cat's Questions Day


Celebration Of Life Day

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Braine-Le-Comte, Hainaut, Belgium
Bedford, England, United Kingdom
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Izmir, Izmir, Turkey
Coventry, England, United Kingdom
Oberstdorf, Bayern, Germany
Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

as well as Israel, and the United States

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

The stars are all about seduction and lovers right now, especially for your sign.
What a great combination!
Better plan on using this astrological array to its fullest.
That means no wasting time on groups of people, no matter how long you've had the plans made.
Your place would be ideal.
Keep your guest list short -- very short -- and let whoever you're with know that they're special.

Can do.