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  • Rogue Black Holes May Roam the Milky Way

    04/29/2009 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 30 replies · 728+ views ^ | April 29th, 2009 | Unknown
    This artist's conception shows a rogue black hole floating near a globular star cluster on the outskirts of the Milky Way. New calculations by Ryan O'Leary and Avi Loeb suggest that hundreds of massive black holes, left over from the galaxy-building days of the early universe, may wander the Milky Way. Fortunately, the closest rogue black hole should reside thousands of light-years from Earth. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA) ( -- It sounds like the plot of a sci-fi movie: rogue black holes roaming our galaxy, threatening to swallow anything that gets too close. In fact, new calculations by...
  • The Nebula Awards for 2008 (science fiction)

    04/29/2009 1:11:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies · 821+ views
    The Nebula Awards ^ | April 25, 2009
    2008 Nebula Awards
  • Bob Dylan on American Music and the Problem With Pop (Bob ain't a globalist)

    04/29/2009 1:04:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 27 replies · 1,185+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | 4/29/09 | dylan/brinkley
    Do you recall where you were at when Obama was elected? Did you feel part of that energy with the campaign? Do you feel like he's a good person? Well I mean, how do you know? The people that are in history that I study up on are people like Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Scipio, maybe George Washington, Lincoln, those kind of guys. And I don't know much about any of these other guys that run for office. snip I want to just follow-up on that globalization talk you had with Sarkozy. Yeah, I ask him, I...
  • This Is Why You're Fat...

    04/29/2009 12:44:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 53 replies · 3,938+ views
  • Java Enabled: Is Coffee Recession-Proof?

    04/29/2009 12:27:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1,101+ views
    Riverfront Times ^ | 4/01/2009 | Zach Dyer
    Is coffee recession-proof? Reading the bad news about Starbucks, you'd sure think it wasn't. But while some Starbucks locations have been forced to close their doors due to dropping sales and tightening purse strings, it might surprise you to know that many -- if not a majority of -- local coffee shops are weathering this recession well. Over the last couple of weeks, I've spoken with several local roasters and café employees to learn why the neighborhood coffee shop doesn't need a bailout. Coffee occupies a tenuous place in our everyday routines. Is that morning latte on the way to...
  • US Stocks Driven Higher As Investors Ignore 1Q GDP Data

    04/29/2009 11:50:26 AM PDT · by RC one · 18 replies · 614+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 29, 2009, 12:41 P.M. ET | Peter A. McKay
    Investors overlooked a report which showed the economy shrank more quickly than expected in the first quarter and drove U.S. stocks higher ahead of the afternoon conclusion of the latest Federal Reserve meeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 146 points. Caterpillar shares were up nearly 3% after the company said excavator sales in China have rebounded sharply, helping lift other industrial stocks. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 2.3%. The S&P 500 was up 2%. The financials, industrial, and energy sectors each rose more than 3%. Traders are awaiting the outcome of the Fed's two-day interest-rate meeting, with...
  • Based on his performance so far, what grade would you give him?

    04/29/2009 11:42:22 AM PDT · by Justaham · 8 replies · 533+ views ^ | 4-29-09
    Please vote. So far, here's the breakdown of the votes: A - 34.2% (45,536 votes B - 8.8% (11,778 votes) C - 6.4% (8,528 votes) D - 13.6% (18,081 votes) F - 37% (49,256 votes)

    04/29/2009 11:33:10 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies · 441+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | Apr. 29, 2009 | Emily Caldwell
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tiny mites living on the surface of Madagascar hissing cockroaches help decrease the presence of a variety of molds on the cockroaches’ bodies, potentially reducing allergic responses among humans who handle the popular insects, according to new research. Scientists cultured and identified fungi on the cockroaches’ body surfaces with and without mites and discovered that the presence of these mites reduced the molds by at least 50 percent. Many of these same researchers reported a year ago that 14 different types of mold were present on and around this species of cockroach, including several fungi associated with...
  • House adopts budget embracing Obama's goals

    04/29/2009 11:31:49 AM PDT · by Justaham · 3 replies · 225+ views
    WASHINGTON - Acting with unusual speed, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a $3.4 trillion budget outline that endorses much of President Barack Obama's ambitious agenda while permitting the national debt to continue to spiral higher. While a welcome victory for Democrats, the 233-193 House vote approving the House-Senate compromise budget is only a first, relatively easy step toward Obama's goal of providing health care coverage for all Americans. Next would come arduous negotiations among lawmakers, the Obama administration and a vast array of interest groups.
  • Michelle Obama on People's annual beauty list

    04/29/2009 11:25:45 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,245+ views
    AFP ^ | April 29, 2009
    US First Lady Michelle Obama scored a rare accolade for a political spouse by being named on celebrity magazine People's annual list of the world's 100 most beautiful people on Wednesday. Obama, who has been hailed as a style icon by fashionistas around the world since her husband was elected President, was named in the list alongside A-listers such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and Christina Aguilera. "I had a father and a brother who thought I was beautiful, and they made me feel that way every single day," Michelle Obama told People.
  • Create-your-own NYC Air Force One flyover photo ... we did (NY Daily News)

    04/29/2009 11:10:45 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 57 replies · 3,011+ views ^ | 4/29/2009 | Owen Moritz
    Memo to the White House: Not only was flying a Presidential jet for a photo-op Monday over downtown Manhattan in bad taste – it was unnecessary. Anyone in the White House ever hear of Photoshop? You'd think the administration would've been tech-savvy enough to realize the merits of the computer software program – what with its constant Internet spin doctoring and the President's notorious BlackBerry infatuation. The cost of flying one of Obama's official planes – a pimped-out Boeing 747 – along with a F-16 jet over the city cost upwards of $300,000 in taxpayer dollars. In comparison, the latest...
  • Applegate Named Most Beautiful Celebrity (Guess who else made the list, barf alert).

    04/29/2009 10:45:31 AM PDT · by mnehring · 71 replies · 2,649+ views
    Every year, PEOPLE Magazine gives recognition to good looking celebrities, and the results are finally in. After surviving a very public battle with breast cancer, actress Christina Applegate has been named one of the World's Most Beautiful People. The most beautiful celebrities dish about being honored by PEOPLE in its latest issue. After a very public battle with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy, Applegate felt less than perfect. But the support from her boyfriend, Martyn Lenoble made her feel beautiful -- inside and out. "I'm very grateful to Martyn for coming along at a time that he did...
  • How do I change my signature?

    04/29/2009 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 43 replies · 1,451+ views
    I've gone to everything under accounts and I can't find it. Thanks, FA
  • Against Insect Plague, Nevadans Wield Ultimate Weapon: Hard Rock (Stereos to Repel Mormon Crickets)

    04/29/2009 10:37:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies · 658+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 24, 2009 | JIM CARLTON
    ...Rock music blaring from boomboxes has proved one of the best defenses against an annual invasion of Mormon crickets. The huge flightless insects are a fearsome sight as they advance across the desert in armies of millions that march over, under or into anything in their way. But the crickets don't much fancy Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones, the townspeople figured out three years ago. So next month, Tuscarorans are preparing once again to get out their extension cords, array their stereos in a quarter-circle and tune them to rock station KHIX, full blast, from dawn to dusk. "It...
  • Russell Brand to star in "Drop Dead Fred" remake

    04/29/2009 10:36:09 AM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies · 419+ views
    BBC ^ | 29 April 2009
    Russell Brand will star in a remake of the anarchic 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred, he has confirmed via a post on the micro-blogging site Twitter. The 33-year-old also revealed he had landed a role in a remake of Arthur, the Oscar-winning Dudley Moore comedy. His Twitter posting said: "Drop Dead Fred - true. Arthur - true, Kinky Bible - a film I will never make." Phoebe Cates starred in the original Drop Dead Fred film along with Rik Mayall who played her imaginary friend. Commercially unsuccessful Cates played a wallflower who lost her job and husband during the course...
  • Carla's (Bruni- Sarkozy) agony as intimate photos of her with ex-lover..stolen ....

    04/29/2009 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies · 2,436+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Last updated at 9:26 AM on 29th April 2009 | PETER ALLEN
    Hundreds of 'highly intimate' images of the French president's wife and her former lover have been stolen during a burglary. The photographs and videos of Carla Bruni, who is on an official trip to Spain with Nicolas Sarkozy, date from the 41-year- old's affair with philosopher Raphael Enthoven. Thieves broke into the Paris flat of his brother, 27-year-old actor Julien Enthoven, where the prints and videos were being kept, and stole them. Police believe the images could be posted on the web, serving to embarrass Nicolas Sarkozy or be sold for a sizeable sum, thanks to his third wife's status
  • Wrestler 'Playboy' Buddy Rose Found Dead

    04/29/2009 10:24:42 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies · 1,331+ views
    KPTV FOX 12 News ^ | April 29, 2009
    Wrestler Paul Perschmann, better known as "Playboy" Buddy Rose, was found dead on his couch Tuesday in Vancouver, Wash.
  • Is Britney Spears Pregnant Again? Oh Bloody Dear

    04/29/2009 10:24:34 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies · 905+ views
    Heckler Spray ^ | By Stuart Heritage on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 2:00pm
    Humanity could soon be wiped out by couple of Mexican pigs with the sniffles. But relax, Britney Spears is on it. If Ryan Seacrest is right, then Britney Spears plans to repopulate the planet in her image - she’s apparently pregnant again. This means, in years to come, Britney Spears will be seen as Earth’s new Eve figure - identical to the old Eve but with worse skin, madder eyes and, somehow, even fewer clothes
  • Avoiding Swine Flu

    04/29/2009 10:20:27 AM PDT · by IronKros · 8 replies · 944+ views
    Don't Do This!
  • My Local Barber Shop Icons

    04/29/2009 10:19:07 AM PDT · by dhm914 · 7 replies · 493+ views
    My local barber shop has always had interesting photos hung on the walls. The shop is over 50 years old. I see a photo of a old, very old helicopter flying in a backyard of a large house. It is from a customer, Yes it is from a guy that invented some major part that made the helicopter possible. He tested it in his soon to be wifes, parents back yard. Then there was the 1950's Navy jet, sideways (wings 90 degrees to ground) coming off a aircraft carrier. It was given by a customer who was a fighter pilot,...