Monday, July 19, 2010

News of the Day

From 1976 to 1991, some people thought these odd formations were the work of aliens (which they probably are), but some are intricate fakes. Who came forward - Making crop circles - Lightning in slow motion - Tesla coils play Mario

Jay Shafer went from 4,000 square feet to just 89 -- and his downsized utility bill isn't the only perk. He's not the only one - Reusables save money - More tiny house designs

Smiling couple (Thinkstock) Essential qualities for a soul mate

Take stock of whether you share these traits with your partner to gauge a future together. Your self-evaluation - Keys to a lasting love - Phrases that charm

This recent undated photo provided Friday July 23, 2010, by the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research) shows the Mona Lisa painting being examined with a non-invasive technique called X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to study the thickness of paint layers and their chemical composition. (AP Photo/V.A Sol/ESRF) Mona Lisa secrets cracked

X-ray technology shows how Leonardo da Vinci achieved a mystifying quality in his paintings. Layers thinner than hair - Looted art at Colosseum

A woman cools down in a fountain during Minsk heat wave. (Reuters/Vladimir Nikolsky) World endures hottest year on record

Weather analysis blames El NiƱo for abnormally warm temperatures and droughts. What may cool us down - How people chill out - Europe heat melts roads

(L-R) Droid-X (HTC); Blackberry Tour (Research in Motion/AP); iPhone 4 (Apple) Droid X vs. BlackBerry vs. iPhone 4

These phones may be best-in-class, but each comes with its own drawbacks. One is "notoriously clunky" - Droid X already sold out

A store keeper arranges beauty and whitening products. (Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Skin-lightening Facebook app causes stir

A new ad campaign encourages men in India to whiten their profile photos. Long-running, racially charged issue - Indian caste system - Summer skin FAQ

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