Graphic of the day: Futbol
Why civil engineering is a life-and-death matter
"The 8 most needlessly detailed Wikipedia entries"
Helpfully illustrated with photos of Anna Kournikova
BEA says the US economy grew by 3.8% in the second quarter
But the official figures for GDP growth are being revised over and over again -- so much, in fact, that any of the figures released in the last five years are likely to be changed at any time. Given the new figures, growth over the last few quarters have been quite disappointing -- mostly C's and D's, if graded on a historical curve. And then there's the persistent risk that long-term inflation will be a problem.
Saudi officials stop a soccer game because a 12-year-old girl was in the audience
A Saudi newspaper responds: "Apparently the presence of a girl at a sporting event is offensive to people who don't have better things about which to complain and get self-righteous." Good for them. Related: Indian actress Shilpa Shetty has been arrested for being kissed in public by Richard Gere.
Thermal imaging could complement mammograms
A $250 test might be able to reveal changes in blood flow that could be early signals of breast cancer. The jury is apparently out on the reliability of the thermal test, but it's certainly worth investigating.
Georgia accuses Russia of some serious malfeasance
Iraq and Iran aren't the only hot spots on the planet right now -- Venezuela likes to stay on the map, Russia is bumping into its neighbors a bit, and there's even terrorism in Mexico
If Tropical Storm Karen keeps up, it could make the East Coast
Did anyone ever get to live in an ultra-modern home?
Maybe they're out there, but it never seems like we get to see those swanky houses with multi-story open interior spaces and all-glass sunrooms and giant vistas