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The new Baghdad Dick Cheney.
A star burst on Dec. 27 which occured about 50,000 light years from Earth was briefly brighter than the full Moon and swamped satellites and telescopes. The 12 mile wide object released more energy in a 10th of a second than the Sun emits in 100,000 years.
The Democrats have posted a neat Social Security calculator. You enter your average annual salary and year of birth. The calculator shows your promised annual Social Security benefit vs your total annual benefit under the Bush privatization plan.
The Borgata has told cocktail servers if they gain more than 7% of their body weight, and fail to lose it on the company's weight-loss program, they will be fired.
MobilePC has released their list of the top 100 gadgets of all time. The list covers a wide range of items including the Sony Walkman, the Clapper, the Atari 2600, the Magic 8-ball, Mattel Football II and the Dustbuster.
The planet Pluto was discovered 75 years ago today by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. The planet's orbit is tilted 17.1 degrees off the plane of the solar system and it takes 248 years to orbit the sun.
Chief executives at many of the biggest U.S. companies got an average 5% raise last year to $10.7 million. That's around $42,700 per work-day.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) confirmed 29.6kg of plutonium - enough to make 7 nuclear bombs - was "unaccounted for" in auditing records. UKAEA said there was no reason to think there was any "real loss" of plutonium. Gee, I feel better already.
Microsoft is recalling power cords on 14.1 million Xbox game consoles worldwide because the cords may pose a fire hazard.
The demand for plastic surgery jumped 44% last year. Americans spent $12.5 billion on cosmetic procedures, most of it out-of-pocket. Prices range from $146 on average for temporary microdermabrasion to remove fine lines and acne scars, to nearly $6,000 for a long-lasting face lift. Liposuction was the most popular surgical treatment among men and women with 478,251 procedures done last year.
According to a new UN report, the world’s population will reach 6.5 billion this year, and could reach 7 billion in 2012 and stabilize at 9 billion in 2050.
50% of the world's population will live in cities in 2 years. That's up from 30% in 1950. U.N. Commission on Population and Development estimates that number will be 61% of the global population by 2030. 20 cities now have 10 million or more inhabitants, compared with just 4 -- Tokyo, New York-Newark, Shanghai and Mexico City -- in 1975 and just 4 -- New York-Newark and Tokyo -- in 1950. The 5 biggest cities today are Tokyo, with 35.3 million people, Mexico City (19.2 million), New York-Newark (18.5 million), Bombay (18.3 million) and Sao Paulo (18.3 million).
Database giant ChoicePoint now says 145,000 consumers nationwide were placed at risk by a recent data theft at the company. Previously, the company had suggested the theft only affected California residents.
Bob Casey Jr. is leading Rick Santorum 46% to 41% in an early poll. Santorum must go!
Released less than 100-days-ago, Firefox has now been downloaded more than 25 million times. Spread Firefox, the volunteer group that promots the browser around the world, has grown to more than 70,000 members.
Israel's Parliament has approved $870 million in compensation for Jewish settlers who are to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip.
New dating analysis of Ethiopian rocks, found nearly 40 years ago holding the partial skulls of two modern humans, concludes that the remains are nearly 195,000 years old. These findings roll back the debut of anatomically modern humans by 50,000 years from previous estimates and raise new questions of just when the "sapiens" (thinking) part of Homo sapiens came into play.
The Kyoto treaty to reduce global warming goes into effect today. The U.S. under Clinton's leadership, helped shape the treaty, which was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997 and was ratified by 141 nations. Under the treaty, the E.U. committed to reducing its emissions 8% below 1990 levels, Japan and Canada committed to a 6% cut, and Russia committed to limit emissions right at 1990 levels. The U.S. would have had to limit emissions at 7% below 1990 levels if Bush had not pulled out of the treaty.
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom is claiming Iran is 6 months away from having the knowledge to build a nuclear bomb. He didn't mention how long it would take to build a bomb once they had that knowledge.
U.S. tribal casinos collected an estimated $18.5 billion in gambling revenue last year, roughly 10% more than in 2003. By comparison, major Nevada resorts took in $9.88 billion in gambling revenue in the 2004 fiscal year. There now are 411 Indian casinos in the United States, operated by 223 tribes in 28 states.