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CELEBRITIES & MODELS

Karissa Shannon’s Now Infamous Team USA Ass Shots

Karissa Shannon went to get her mail yesterday morning. Who is Karissa Shannon? If you asked that question, leave right now. This site isn’t for you. Lucky for those in the loop, she had a Team USA jacket handy. And no pants. Is there anything else to say? At this point you’re either clicking through or buying one of these for the wife/GF/lesbian lover.

Nina Dobrev is Photogenic And Flexible

‘Vampire Diaries’ star Nina Dobrev is in the new issue of ‘Seventeen Fitness’ magazine, and HOLY COW is there really a magazine about flexible teen girls in bikinis and cheerleading shorts? Jesus Christ. I would charge $300 an issue if I ran that magazine. It might as well be called ‘Jailbait’ with an exclamation point at the end, and the pages should all be laminated. On the down side it’s practically entrapment so I bet the editor gets called into court a lot.

Ericka Cruz Girl Next Door

Ericka Cruz is a stunning model from Costa Rica with incredible eyes. We met her when she entered the Most Beautiful Latina pageant in Las Vegas. Ericka is from Costa Rica, and we’ve become very familiar with the beauty of Costa Rican women as a result of our World Tour stop in Costa Rica in 2009. Paul Miller photographed Ericka by the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel, and then we got more photos next to a beautiful pool and hot tub at a home in Vegas.

Rima Fakih is Photogenic

Miss USA 2010 -- and pole-dancing expert -- Rimah Fakih stopped by the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas yesterday to promote the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant. This is important news because she looks fantastic in a bikini. In other important news, Gen. David Petraeus told Fox News he plans on modifying the rules of engagement for U.S. forces when he takes over in Afghanistan. But he doesn't look fantastic in a bikini, so you know, who cares.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Extraordinarily Clever Examples of Toy Photography

Toy photography provides great opportunities for clever composition, creative lighting and a chance to really have some fun. When done right a photographer can breath life and personality into the inanimate objects being shot. I think these examples really reflect this.

The Shot That Nearly Killed Me: War Photographers – A Special Report

I was one of the first on the scene. The Afghan security forces normally shut down a suicide bombing like this pretty quickly. I was able to get to the epicentre of the explosion. It was carnage, there were bodies, flames were coming out of the buildings. I remember feeling very scared because there was still popping and hissing and small explosions, and the building was collapsing. It was still very fresh and there was a risk of another bomb. It was one of those situations where you have to put fear aside and focus on the job at hand: to watch the situation and document it. This woman was escorted out of the building and round this devastated street corner. It epitomised the whole mood – this older woman caught in the middle of this ridiculous, tragic event. I wish I could have found out how her life unravelled, but as soon as the scene was locked down, I ran back to the office to file.

Photos of the Very Rare Pink Katydid

What you are looking at is the very rare and very pink katydid. First discovered back in 1887, the pink katydid is so rare that they occur once out of every 500 individuals. You have a better chance of spotting a unicorn in the wild. Of course, the color pink alone isn't very common to the animal kingdom, flamingos aside. It's the result of a condition called erythrism, similar to the recessive gene that afflicts albino animals. Katydids are large, leaf-shaped and usually green. They are named after a song they sing: katy did katy did katy did. Their green skin makes them somewhat hard to find for insect-chowing predators. But the pink ones are not afforded the same luxury. While people have tried to produce pink katydids in captivity, there had been little success until last year. The New Orleans Audubon Insectarium had acquired both a pink male and a pink female katydid which resulted in a litter of new pink babies.

Breathtaking Macro Photography By Nina Larsen

Macro photography is close-up photography. The classical definition is that the image projected on the "film plane" (i.e., film or a digital sensor) is close to the same size as the subject. Lenses designed for macro are usually at their sharpest at macro focus distances and are not quite as sharp at other focus distances. In recent years, the term macro has been used in marketing material to mean being able to focus on a subject close enough so that when a regular 6×4 inch (15×10 cm) print is made, the image is life-size or larger. With 35mm film this requires a magnification ratio of only approximately 1:4, which demands a lower lens quality than 1:1. With digital cameras the actual image size is rarely stated, so that the magnification ratio is largely irrelevant; cameras instead advertise their closest focusing distance.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Brake Override Systems Coming for GM in 2012.

Well it looks like the days of power braking your rear tires into oblivion are almost over, at least for GM cars anyway. It was announced that GM is installing brake override systems on all cars with automatic transmissions in 2012. This comes in the wake of Toyota’s unintended premature acceleration debacle, whereby they recalled just about every car in their current fleet. The main goal here is this: In the event that the car accelerates without warning, you, the driver, will be able to depress the brake thus bringing your car to a safe and controlled stop without tagging the car, tree or house in front of you. Keep in mind that this is terrible news for teenagers everywhere as those visions of roasting the rear tires on Dad’s 2012 Camaro SS just went up in smoke.

Concept Cars: Honda Pegasus

If Batman ever decided to start a new career in the world of motorsport he'd probably be sat behind the wheel of something like this, the Honda Pegasus. The Pegasus was designed by Andrus Ciprian, a Romanian designer who's created a number of interesting concept vehicles over the past few years including the Hummer HB, Mazda RX-Z and Dacia MC. The Honda Pegasus is a single-seat racing car which features styling inspired by some of the classic concept cars from the 1950s, namely the GM Firebird concepts - like the Pontiac Firebird II - from the late 50s. This influence can be seen in the array of wings, spoilers and air management systems which are located all around the vehicle.

Charting the Five-Ohs: Next-gen Cop Car Comparo

It used to be that every full-line American automaker offered a version of its mainstream full-size sedan to make it appropriate for police duty. By the time 1996 rolled around, the Chevrolet Caprice, which was the last would-be competitor to the standard-setting Ford Crown Victoria, was discontinued, leaving the lucrative police market to the Blue Oval Boys. The automotive industry took notice, and plans began in corporate board rooms to remedy that situation, and even a few new entrants – most notably Carbon Motors – sprung up with promising designs that eschewed the mainstream production-based sedan design. In 2005, Dodge rolled out a factory police package for its full-size Charger sedan, and for the first time in a decade the Crown Victoria faced some stiff V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive competition. Then in 2009, Chevrolet announced that its new Zeta platform Caprice would be returning for the 2011 model year packing a strong 6.0-liter V8 of its own.

The £10,000 Week-long Vehicle Spa That Leaves Super-Cars As Good As New

For most people washing your car involves a bucket of soapy water, a sponge and chamois leather. But for some drivers with top of the range sports cars that simple method just doesn't cut it. Now though, those owners can treat their Ferrari, Lamorghinis and Aston Martins to ultimate all-star treatment - a £10,000 'car spa' which is the world's most expensive car wash. The week-long treatment uses the latest in nano-technology with a 'no-touch' technique - where no bare human finger will be laid on the precious cars. Instead the perfect - and top secret - combination of water treatment, temperature, pressure is used to ensure a perfect finish. The Dubai based car wash, named Monza Ultimate Detailing and Protection, is particularly popular with car loving British expats living in the Gulf Kingdom.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If you’re looking for the beating heart of the digital age — a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you could do a lot worse than Lenoir, North Carolina. This rural city of 18,000 was once rife with furniture factories. Now it’s the home of a Google data center. Engineering prowess famously catapulted the 14-year-old search giant into its place as one of the world’s most successful, influential, and frighteningly powerful companies. Its constantly refined search algorithm changed the way we all access and even think about information. Its equally complex ad-auction platform is a perpetual money-minting machine. But other, less well-known engineering and strategic breakthroughs are arguably just as crucial to Google’s success: its ability to build, organize, and operate a huge network of servers and fiber-optic cables with an efficiency and speed that rocks physics on its heels. Google has spread its infrastructure across a global archipelago of massive buildings—a dozen or so information palaces in locales as diverse as Council Bluffs, Iowa; St. Ghislain, Belgium; and soon Hong Kong and Singapore—where an unspecified but huge number of machines process and deliver the continuing chronicle of human experience.

How The Terminator's .45 Longslide With Laser Sighting Came To Be

While Arnie's one-handed reloads on his Winchester 1887 may make that shotgun the most iconic weapon of Terminator 2, his laser-sighted .45 Longslide was definitely king in the first. Laser sights are something you can buy in any gun shop today, but back in 1984 they were extremely rare -- and expensive. The one for the movie was custom made by SureFire, a company that specializes in tactical flashlights. Lasers at the time were helium neon, requiring a whopping 10,000 volts to power on and a constant 1,000 volts to stay bright. To manage this on a shoestring budget in the '80s the weapon had a wire running up Arnie's sleeve to a battery inside his jacket and a switch he had to activate with his other hand. Crude, but effective, and, most importantly, cheap -- SureFire representatives received only a T-shirt and some other assorted movie swag.

Pure Water for Haiti, Afghanistan: Just Add Bacteria

Pentagon-backed researchers have come up with a novel new way to purify water: Just add bacteria. Scientists at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) have successfully designed portable, efficient, bacteria-based water treatment units. Two of the devices are on their way to Army bases in Afghanistan, and the research team is in talks with the Pentagon about sending a working prototype to help relief efforts in Haiti. The systems, called “bio-reactors,” clean putrid water using the same bacteria you’d find in a handful of dirt. The bacteria filter the water, then eat up the sludge that’s a common byproduct of waste treatment. It’s all done in less than 24 hours, and from devices smaller than a standard shipping crate. To put that into perspective, an average waste-water treatment process can take up to a month, and produces toxic sludge as an inevitable byproduct.

Sir, Your Liver Is Ready: Behind the Scenes of Bioprinting

Say goodbye to donor lists and organ shortages. A biotech firm has created a printer that prints veins using a patients’ own cells. The device could potentially create whole organs in the future. “Right now we’re really good at printing blood vessels,” says Ben Shepherd, senior research scientist at regenerative-medicine company Organovo. “We printed 10 this week. We’re still learning how to best condition them to be good, strong blood vessels.” Most organs in the body are filled with veins, so the ability to print vascular tissue is a critical building block for complete organs. The printed veins are about to start testing in animal trials, and eventually go through human clinical trials. If all goes well, in a few years you may be able to replace a vein that has deteriorated (due to frequent injections of chemo treatment, for example) with custom-printed tissue grown from your own cells.

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