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  • Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova
    By on November 29, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments


    davecl writes “ESA’s Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry (more…)



  • Zero Punctuation: Modern Warfare 2
    By on November 28, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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  • Lucha Libre! The Fiesta of the People
    By on November 28, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    In Mexico, the popularity of lucha libre, literally “free fight,” is rivaled only by soccer. Wrestlers star not only in the ring, but in movies, comic books, commercials and magazines.

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  • Several 2009 MLB Awards Clearly Thought Up On The Spot
    By on November 28, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    A number of players suggested to reporters Monday that, with accolades such as the AL Platinum Baseman Award and the Best Lead Off of the Year Trophy, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was almost certainly making up its year-end honors on the spot.

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  • Worcester 12-12 Saracens
    By on November 28, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Premiership leaders Saracens were held to a 12-12 draw at Worcester, with all the points coming from penalties.

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  • Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in Stupid ‘WoW’ Suit
    By on November 28, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Erik Estavillo has made a name for himself by suing just about every computer and video game company he can get his lawsuit-issuing hands on. Now, in his largest suit to date, Estavillo is trying to hit up Blizzard for a cool million over “deceitful” business practices.

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  • Liberals Vow to ‘Spank’ Obama for Sending More Troops to Afg
    By on November 27, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    President Obama is days away from announcing a new Afghan strategy, but his immediate battle could come from liberals within his own party who are vowing to spank the president for committing tens of thousands of more troops to the eight-year conflict.

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  • Cassini Captures Saturn’s Northern Lights
    By on November 27, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    al0ha writes “In the first video showing the auroras above the northern latitudes of Saturn, Cassini has spotted the tallest known ‘northern lights’ in the solar system, flickering in shape and brightness high above the ringed planet. The new video reveals changes in Saturn’s aurora every few minutes, in high resolution, with three dimensions. The images show a previously unseen vertical profile to the auroras, which ripple in the video like tall (more…)

  • Automatic Mario: Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” (Video)
    By on November 27, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Automated Super Mario World levels, to the exact beat and pitch of the Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Amazing.

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  • India To Have Automatic Communications Monitoring
    By on November 27, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    angry tapir writes “India plans to set up a centralized system to monitor communications on mobile phones, landlines and the Internet in the country, a minister has told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament. Indian laws allow the interception and monitoring of communications under certain conditions, including to counter terrorism. A pilot of the new Centralized Monitoring System (CMS) is to be started by June next year, subject to clearances (more…)