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  1. Oh Good, Someone Found Ancient Plague Genomes

    Be right back, have to fashion myself a beak-mask.

    Scientists have discovered the oldest plague pathogen genomes yet, which is really cool for archeology and history, but apparently terrible for the future of the human race.

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  2. Another Apple Employee Loses Another iPhone Prototype at Another Bar

    So, after an Apple employee lost an iPhone 4 prototype in a bar -- a prototype that wound up in Gizmodo's hands and caused all kinds of trouble -- it appears that at least one Apple employee took the opportunity to not learn his lesson and accordingly lost an iPhone 5 prototype (we think) in a bar, CNET reports. Now as bizarrely coincidental as this sounds, there are a few poetic coincidences we can't draw. It's not the same bar, almost certainly not the same employee and, worst of all, it hasn't resulted in any fun information for us, the unwashed masses.

    The phone was apparently lost at a bar in the Mission District of San Francisco, Cave 22. While Apple has been going to all lengths to try and get this thing back, understandably, its current whereabouts are unknown, to us at least. There appears to be a chance that it was sold on Craigslist for a scant $200, in which case, neither party may be aware that what they have is special. If that's the case, either the iPhone 5 is pretty similar to the iPhone 4, the guy who found it was really drunk (or needs to get with the times) or it wasn't actually an iPhone 5 prototype. Still, maybe some interesting information will surface.

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  3. Humans Stop Nature: Pics Surface of Dewatered Niagara Falls

    If there's anything I've learned from family vacation, it's the impact of "ooooh, ahhhhhh." Niagara Falls, one of the world's natural wonders, is sometimes regarded as a cheesy tourist spot, but if you've seen it up close, you know it's no Madame Tussaud's (which does happen to be in Niagara Falls, but moving on...). Now Flickr user Russ Glasson has shared some previously unseen pictures of Niagara Falls taken in 1969, when the Falls were dewatered for maintenance. Meaning: They turned off the Niagara Falls. Whoah.

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  4. Coral Reef Made of Fake People

    British artist Jason de Caires Taylor used real people to create full casts and then placed them in the ocean off the east coast of Mexico to create a super creepy artificial reef in an attempt to grow coral and attract a marine ecosystem to the Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park. More pictures after the break.

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  5. Geekolinks: 10/9

    MySpace's New Logo ಠ_ಠ (TechCrunch) Steam Will Be Down on Monday: DON'T PANIC (Kotaku) New Trailer/Poster for Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Coventry Telegraph) You Can Play Zork On A Bunch of Ereaders (Joystiq) Who Else Is in the Deadpool Movie (Bleeding Cool) Automatic Spirograph Cake Decorator (Gizmodo) NYCC Cosplay Day 1 (Kotaku)

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  6. Senate Passes Bill to Lower Volume of Commercials

    The Senate has passed the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, complete with ironic abbreviation (CALM in caps), a bill which would have the Federal Communications Commission regulate the volume of commercials so they cannot exceed the volume of the television shows they accompany. Though the bill passed the House last December, it is currently awaiting another passing vote from the House, and is then expected to be signed into law by President Obama. The bill would have the FCC create a standard within a year by which commercial volume can be lowered that also adheres to the international standard regarding digital television.

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  7. Geekolinks: 8/29

    No Half-Life Movie Unless Valve Makes It (1Up) Fallout: New Vegas Has Robot Sex (GameInformer) Yoda's Head is a Cake, Your Argument is Invalid (instructables) This is a $10,000 Game of Pinball (Tilt Warning) Timelapse Photography of the Day (Geeks Are Sexy) The 10 Greatest Fictional Inventors (Gizmodo) Mission: Impossible IV Casting (Bleeding Cool) (image via Toycutter.)

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  8. Blu-Ray Successor Could Have 20x Capacity, Fit 50 Movies on Single Disc

    Remember that Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war that happened what feels like ages ago? Well Sony's Blu-ray won, but even if the war were still raging, Sony's upcoming developments would blow them both drastically out of the water. Like, so far out they'd be in a landlocked country. On another planet.

    Sony's new technology would allow for readable discs containing 20 times the information held on a current Blu-ray disc. For reference, the new disc can reportedly hold as many as 50 full movies, more if they're short. Or, where we really could see practicality regarding DVD sales is television shows. Instead of a meager 3-6 episodes per disc, full seasons would now fit on a single disc. No more giant boxes and discs getting lost in the sofa.

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  9. San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Gizmodo iPhone Warrant

    Just as the dust settles from the iPhone 4 press conference, we are greeted with the news that San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan has granted an application from San Mateo County D.A.'s office to withdraw the warrant to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home. You'll recall that in April, Chen claimed to have purchased an iPhone 4 prototype for $5,000 after the smartphone was left at a bar by a poor (ex-)Apple engineer, and controversially had his house raided by California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team.

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  10. Sue Sylvester’s Thoughts on the iPhone 4 and Her Time in Singapore [Video]

    And just in time for Glee tonight! In case you missed it, Jane Lynch, a.k.a. Sue Sylvester, pretty much blew apart the iPhone and the still-ongoing stolen iPhone debacle yesterday, coming on the heels of the iPhone 4 announcement. Lynch, accompanied by stand-up comedian and performer Kassem G, sent up the dead and not-so-missed Get a Mac commercials with G playing the new iPhone and Lynch playing... herself. To great comedic effect, (although I'm not sure how you get a camera third nipple) proving once again she can be both hilarious and kind of terrifying. Video after the jump!

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