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AnnaLynne McCord Gets Back in Her Bikini For 90210

AnnaLynne McCord wore a retro bikini to shoot scenes for 90210 on the beach in LA yesterday. After a few months off from filming, AnnaLynne is back to work on the CW drama, though the characters are no longer high school students after graduation at the end of last season. In the cliffhanger-filled finale, AnnaLynne's Naomi revealed that she is pregnant, though there's no sign of a baby bump yet in this revealing two-piece. AnnaLynne spent her hiatus hanging out with on-again boyfriend Kellan Lutz and he even accompanied her to NYC for the upfronts while she attended his brother's wedding in May. Kellan will be hitting the promotional road for Immortals soon, starting with Comic-Con next week, and she'll be back on the small screen when 90210 premieres .

Selena Gomez in a Bikini

I’m assuming God wants to test just how depraved society has become* because here’s yet another almost-18 starlet in revealing attire. This time around it’s Selena Gomez on the set of Monte Carlo today and had I known this was going to turn into Underage Summer, I would’ve made sure all my forged passports are up to date. So thanks for not sending me the memo, Disney. It’s always been a dream of mine to Polanski it up one day. *puts on fake mustache* This is not the blogger you’re looking for.

Kristin Cavallari in her Stripper Dress Preps for the Future of the Day

The good news of the week is that The Hills were finally cancelled. Sure it was a few years too late as far as I’m concerned, because from the day I heard of the shit, I knew it was fucking garbage people would eventually get tired of. It was a social experiment that made me lose hope in America for actually buying into the shit because the cast members who were supposed to be “real” people, in their “real” lives, but as their celebrity, their egos, their fame, their money and everything about them became its own annoying piece of shit entity, the TV show became as useless as it always was but people didn’t realize it was because the people involved were useless from the start….and instead took a liking…

Gemma Atkinson Bikini Pics From Aruba

I gotta admit, ever since we started posting bikini pics of Gemma Atkinson, there’s been no decrease in the level of hotness. It’s literally amazing b/c she’s always on point and that’s why I’m shocked that we don’t see much more of her on these pages. Either she needs a new agent or she needs to really refocus on her career of showing off her hotness to the thirsty masses. These latest photos were snapped earlier today as the British soap star gemma Atkinson enjoyed a morning on the beach in Aruba with her lightweight boxer boyfriend Liam Richards. More about Liam’s boxing record here. Because it’s been more than a year since we last posted Gemma on the site, let’s revisit her Wiki, as well as some of her classic photos from over the years.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

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.

Icelandic Lore

A new exhibition at New York City’s Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America visualizes the landscapes of medieval Icelandic lore through the photographs of Einar Falur Ingólfsson and the nineteenth-century watercolor paintings of British artist W.G. Collingwood. Using Collingwood’s romantic watercolors as inspiration and guide, Ingólfsson photographed the sites of the famous Icelandic sagas, which Collingwood had depicted in 1897. The dialogue between these two artists, which spans more than 110 years, reintroduces the importance of the Viking-era narratives, called Íslendingasögur or Sagas of Icelanders. The exhibition, “Saga-Sites,” shows the changes to these legendary settings, and also serves as a scene-setter and jumping off point for several talks about the history of Iceland and the sagas.

Crippled B-29 Crashes On Iwo Jima

Returning from a strike over Tokyo, this B-29 of the 21st Bomber Command came into Iwo Jima for an emergency landing. Brakes on the Superfort locked and the huge plane careened into the flight line, plowed through four Mustang fighters, and burst into flames. Two members of the crew were hospitalized for burns, two others suffered minor burns end the remainder escaped unhurt. Men in the foreground crouch behind a jeep to avoid exploding ammunition.

Marcia’s Soo Line Caboose

Marcia Weber lives full-time in a Soo Line train caboose that was built in 1909. She purchased the caboose with her husband at the Tunerville Station in Whippany, New Jersey in 1975 from an ad in the Wall Street Journal that simply said “wooden cabooses for sale.” For years, the caboose was just a vacation home for Marcia and her husband. After a divorce and a job loss, she decided to move permanently into the caboose. She said the first winter was tough with no indoor plumbing and only space heaters available for heat. Electricity had been installed in the caboose years before, but there was no bathroom. In the following years, Marcia was able to add a bathroom to the back of the caboose (to retain the look), indoor plumbing and electric heat. She also replaced the siding on the cupola and put in some gardens and a lawn. She also had a deck built which added an additional “room” to the caboose.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessy are a well known and respected tuning outfit who are probably best known for producing high-horsepower upgrade kits for large displacement US muscle cars - although they actually offer performance products for several European and Japanese manufacturers too. Previously the company, which has been around since 1991, have stuck to making other manufacturers cars go faster. But with the Venom GT Hennessey are venturing into more of a manufacturer-style role. The car's still a donor - as evidenced by the recognizable Lotus Elise profile. However its not just a simple engine swap, there's been a significant change in the car's overall setup and dimensions.

The FVT (Future Vehicle Technologies) alé

The FVT (Future Vehicle Technologies) alé is a prototype vehicle which was developed as part of the company's Automotive X-Prize project. FVT is a research and development company who specialize in new technology's which can help reduce the emissions of everyday vehicles. When FVT set out to develop a new type of automobile which could compete in the X-Prize competition they had several criteria which they wanted to stick to. The car had to offer decent performance, a high degree of safety, low weight, low emissions, and be easy to build. The FVT alé's unusual layout and aerodynamic shape was dictated by the requirement for the best fuel economy possible. The ale achieved 92 MPG by using just regular gasoline. The alé is actually just a precursor to the company's latest and greatest vehicle, the eVaro - which is currently under development.

General Motors Out Of Top 10 Of Fortune 500 For The First Time In 101 Years

Fortune Magazine released its annual Fortune 500 list of top-grossing companies in the U.S., and Wal-Mart reigns supreme after coming in second place last year. But, there's one notable drop for one local company. General Motors drops from No. 6 to No. 15. As Fortune points out, it's the first time in the automaker's 101-year history it wasn't in the top 10. Ford, however, is in the top 10, although it dropped one rung from No. 7 to No. 8 this year. Other companies in the top 10, in descending order: Exxon Mobil, Chevron, General Electric, Bank of America, ConocoPhillips, AT&T, Ford, J.P. Morgan Chase and Hewlett-Packard.

Hurricane Sandy To Raise Prices On Used Cars

The immediate impact of Hurricane Sandy was devastating, and the storm's ripple effects will continue to be felt in the weeks and months ahead as communities work to recover. One side effect becoming apparent is Sandy's influence on the used car market. According to the Detroit Free Press, the destruction of some 250,000 vehicles has led to a shortage that could affect late-model used-vehicle prices nationwide. The National Auto Dealers Association estimates that prices could increase 0.5% to 1.5%. That may not seem like much ($50-$175 per vehicle), but Edmunds.com suggests that in the short term, prices could jump $700 to $1,000.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

How to Stay Productive During the Snowpocalypse

The Eastern half of the US is gearing up for a massive winter storm this evening, and we're preparing for the worst. Here's how to stay productive during the impending Snowpocalypse. Apart from the annoying cold and all the white fluffy stuff, the biggest potential inconveniences that go hand-in-hand with a major snowstorm include power outages or internet outages. Here's what to do if you wake up tomorrow without power or internet. As the icy winds of Hoth blow through your town, they can destroy power lines, overload transformers, and otherwise do a whole lot of damage to the electricity grid. You don't want to wait until you wake up without power to start worrying about it though, so prepare right now with these tips.

Heat Your Home With SolTech Energy’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, was recently awarded “Hottest New Material 2010” for their unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive house-warming tiles (somewhat ironically) give roofs a beautiful, icy appearance quite unlike anything else we’ve ever seen before. In 2009, the SolTech Energy System was selected by a jury and nominated among nine as the year’s “Hottest New Material.” Based on votes by the people, the company’s glass tiles were awarded with a gold medal from the North Building Fair, Nordbygg. “The winning entry combines an attractive design with essential functions for clean and sustainable energy. It is an innovative product that is well in time,“ said the chairman of the jury, PhD. Bengt Toolanen.

How To Remove Computer Viruses At Home For Free

To the average computer user, contracting a virus is like contracting a rare disease – it brings life to a halt, it is expensive to remove, and worst of all, the probability of catching a virus is much higher than that of catching a serious disease. After the dreaded infection, removal procedures usually include taking the computer to a service center, where technicians charge hundreds of dollars to remove the virus. But what many users don’t know is that viruses are actually not very difficult to deal with. In fact, there are hoards of free tools on the internet that make it simple enough to remove viruses for free, for anyone with even a bit of technical savvy. These tools render spending ridiculous sums of money for a virus removal a thing of the past.

Purdue University Grad Students Give NASA Lander Tech A Boost

We just learned of NASA's end-of-decade plans to rocket astronauts into deep space for exploratory missions to Mars and beyond. Now, we're getting a peek at the Purdue University-designed lander tech that'll plant our space fleet's feet firmly on terra incognita. What originally started as a senior research project for grad students Thomas Feldman and Andrew Rettenmaier, has now blossomed into a joint research endeavor for the federal space agency's Project Morpheus -- a think tank for trips to heretofore unexplored celestial bodies. The in-development propulsion tech, now undergoing testing at the university's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, is required to "meet stringent design and performance" standards, but most importantly, needs to lift the fuel-depleted lander post-descent. You'd think scientific work of this magnitude would come with a hefty paycheck, but the student team behind it all's just doing it for the hands-on knowledge.

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