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Cassie in a bikini is awesome

The last time singer and model Cassie was on Tyler was in May of 09, when some of her private pictures featuring adult themes and content ended up online. That’s way too long, because this girl is insanely gorgeous, and luckily she hit the beach in Miami yesterday. I always thought she was Brazilian but apparently she’s Filipino, black and Mexican. It’s kind of cool that I didn’t know that. People who only talk about the thing that makes them different are unbearable.

Lady Gaga Needs Less Attractive Friends

Lady Gaga is in Rio today, and she and a friend (makeup artist Tara Savelo) hung out on her hotel balcony in bikinis. Which was a terrible idea because Tara is a solid 8, and Gaga is even more unattractive and unappealing than usual when she stands next to her. She should find one of those kids from the TLC shows about kids with 5 faces or glowing tentacles instead of arms and legs and be friends with them. That’s what Jennifer Lopez would do.

Claudia Romani is in a Bikini

In 2006 Italian model Claudia Romani was voted one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World by FHM Denmark, and earlier this week she was spotted walking around Miami in a bikini. FHM Denmark is at least the 17th most popular version of FHM, so that's something to almost be proud of.

Karen Leah's Bikini Model Search Entry

Karen Leah is a model from Vancouver, BC. Her ultimate goal in life is to pursue modeling full time based out of LA. She loves soaking up the sun and laying on the beach.Modeling has been her lifelong dream and passion and drive in life. Karen specializes in swimsuit, lingerie, glamour and fitness modeling. She is very outgoing, constantly creating new ideas for new shoots, always tons of fun, all while maintaining a certain degree of professionalism.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Zombie Apocafest 2008

According to The Brothers Brick at least 35 participants contributed nearly 30 original buildings, dozens of vehicles, and hundreds of minifig zombies and survivors to make this awesome Zombie Apocalypse at BrickCon 2008. There are some great ideas in this diorama and the one from 2009 for anyone looking to spruce up a Halloween project or creep out a Christmas one.

Snowflakes Up Close: A Small, Fragile World

If you’re one of those people who likes to ponder things while looking out a frosty window on a cold winter day, these pictures will clear up one of those long standing wonders: each snowflake really IS unique. Some look like roman columns, others circuit boards or spaceships. Taken under high magnification using a microscope, these images bring a fragile and beautiful world into view.

Spring Wallpapers

Spring is finally here!. Below are some wallpapers for your desktop. All of them are at least 1280x800. Just click on a photo for a larger image, right click the larger picture, and select "set as background." If it doesn't quite look right, just right click on your desktop, go to properties, select the "desktop" tab, and change the position to either center, tile, or stretch.

Eciton Hamatum, Orange Scourge Of The Social Insects

Meet Eciton hamatum. This is a delightfully orange-colored army ant from Neotropical rain forests, big and charismatic, like the iconic E. burchellii. But- and here’s a secret trick of the wiley nature photographer- it is a much friendlier insect. If you’ve got an assignment to shoot army ants and your editor neglects to specify the species, I’d hold out for these guys. You won’t get swarmed over, gored, bitten, stung up, or otherwise assaulted anywhere near the amount you suffer by approaching the vicious E. burchellii.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

A Brief History of the Buick Gran Sport

The words "sporty Buick" have never quite rolled off the tongue, but over the years, Buick has produced a surprising number of performance cars, from the speedy prewar Century to the turbocharged Grand National and GNX. From 1965 to 1975, it even offered its own entry in the burgeoning Supercar market: the Skylark Gran Sport. This week, we take a look at the history of Buick muscle, and the career of the Skylark Gran National, GS400, GS455, and GSX. For more than 50 years, every time Buick released a performance-oriented model, it was greeted with puzzlement, not unlike the public response to then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton playing the saxophone on a late-night talk show in 1992. In a way, that's odd, because Buick has built some of the hottest passenger cars to emerge from any GM division. Buick was an early advocate of free-breathing overhead-valve engines (an arrangement now universal for modern passenger cars), and Buicks even set a number of speed records before World War 1. As we've previously seen, the 1936-1942 Buick Century was one of the fastest American production cars of its day, and became very popular with hot rodders.

Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing and Michael Schumacher Commercial

Kicking things off this beautiful April morning, we’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at a SLS AMG Gullwing commercial starring Michael Schumacher that we thought was new but actually made its debut back in January. In it, Schumacher takes a turn in the new model, and surrounded by his support team, attempts to perform a rather arduous driving feat. I won’t give away any more details, as you can watch the video below and see the action for yourself. When you’re finished, you can check out the additional behind-the-scenes photos from the Schumacher SLS AMG commercial filming showing various setups, storyboards, etc. that went into the making of the ad.

Five Ethanol Myths, Busted

The United States consumes nearly one-quarter of the world’s petroleum production, yet contains a small fraction of its reserves. As other countries’ economies grow, the appetite for this finite energy source increases, placing greater pressure on the resource itself and the environment at large. With inflation and higher energy costs consuming an ever-larger portion of our budget, the need for additional energy sources grows. We must develop a multitude of alternatives to address our future energy needs. One such alternative is ethanol, which is domestically generated and sustainable. However, there are many myths surrounding ethanol, and I’ve come across a lot of them in my work at Argonne National Laboratory. I’m a mechanical engineer in the lab’s Transportation Technology R&D Center, so I’ve spent a lot of time researching ethanol.

Boozer EV Goes 1,013 Miles on a Charge

Range is the name of the game for electric vehicles, and researchers in Germany are the new champs. Electro-gearheads at the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, in collaboration with other academic groups, sent the Schlucksprecht E (“heavy drinker” or “boozer”) around a track for a total of 1013.77 miles on a single charge. The run took 36 hours and 12 minutes, with four drivers taking the wheel for two-hour shifts. The drive easily eclipsed the previous record of 623.3 miles set by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club. The team focused much of its attention on maximizing aerodynamics and cutting weight. The funky single-seater is Spartan to say the least. It’s got two hub-mounted motors, and it’s as slow as it is low. It completed the run at an average of 45 kilometers per hour, according to Oekonews.com, which first reported the results of last weekend’s run. That’s a blistering 28 mph.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Xbox 360 Gaining USB Storage Support In 2010 Update

Documentation obtained by Joystiq – and subsequently confirmed with two separate sources – reveals that "USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360" will soon be a reality. The document, authored by a senior software development engineer at Microsoft, states that due to "increased market penetration of high-capacity, high throughput USB mass storage devices, a 2010 Xbox 360 system update" will allow consumers to save and load game data from USB devices. The update is purportedly coming in Spring 2010. Once the update occurs, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox Live Indie games, Games on Demand, DLC and Title Updates to the storage device. "USB storage devices may, however, have far greater memory capacity than MUs (at the date of writing, the largest MU is 512 MB), and may therefore support previously infeasible operations-such as installation of a full disc-based title." That's right, you can also store disc-based games to the USB device; however, it will require the disc to be in the tray for authentication, identical to the current functionality.

If the Earth Stood Still

The following is not a futuristic scenario. It is not science fiction. It is a demonstration of the capabilities of GIS to model the results of an extremely unlikely, yet intellectually fascinating query: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualize these results. The most significant feature on any map that depicts even a portion of the earth's ocean is the spatial extent of that water body. Typically, we do not pay much attention to the delineation of the sea because it seems so obvious and constant that we do not realize it is a foundation of geography and the basis for our perception of the physical world.

How Insects Might Help Make Traffic Lights Smarter And More Efficient

Anyone who has ever driven some of our nation's more congested areas may argue that sitting in traffic for hours at a time is not natural human behavior, and they may be right. In fact, negotiating traffic may be more of the provence of insects, as a Gizmag report suggests. Apparently, ants, bees and termites are all able to manage their traffic flow. The example given is ants, where the smaller of two converging groups will always defer to the larger group. According to Ozan Tonguz, a telecommunications researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, this instinctual behavior has potential applications in our traffic infrastructure.

Hot Tug Hot Tub Boat

Hot Tug hot tub boat lets you unwind with utter relaxation. And by utter relaxation we mean it lets you sail in water and enjoy a hot bath at the same time. Capable of accommodating six to eight people and 2000 liters of water, the boat makes use of a wood stove to heat the water. It does take a while for the water to heat up, but that probably is an acceptable cost to pay, apart from the pocket crunching $24500 that the boat wants.

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