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9:29am

Wed September 28, 2011
The Picture Show

Massive Star Served Sunny Side Up

ESO/E. Lagadec

Researchers at the European Southern Observatory have spotted an enormous, sunny-side-up egg in space.

The fried egg — a massive star surrounded by a double, outer ring of gaseous dust — is the closest yellow hypergiant star found neighboring Earth to date. Yellow hypergiants are rare, massive stars living in a phase of a star's life cycle that generally only lasts a few hundred thousand years — a flash in the lifespan of the galaxy. They consume a lot of energy to burn so brightly.

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9:16am

Wed September 28, 2011
Monkey See

Amazon Unveils Its Tablet, The Kindle Fire: Can It Compete?

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 2:41 pm

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
Mark Lennihan AP

Today, Amazon announced the debut of its 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire. Available for $199, the Kindle Fire is being positioned as a device that will deliver Amazon's e-books, MP3s, magazines, web browsing, and streaming video for less than half the price of full-featured tablets like the Apple iPad. The Fire is available for preorder starting today, and will ship November 15.

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8:35am

Wed September 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Amazon Unveils $199 'Fire' Tablet And New Kindle Readers

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 9:30 am

The Kindle Fire.
Amazon.com

There's much breathless live-blogging going on in the tech world as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils his company's latest gadgets, including what Bloomberg News first reported will be a $199 tablet computer called Kindle Fire — Amazon's much-anticipated competitor to the iPad.

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8:00am

Wed September 28, 2011
The Two-Way

At Berkeley 'Increase Diversity' Bake Sale: Protests, Debates

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 10:45 am

At the bake sale on Tuesday. Protesters to the right. Young Republicans and their supporters to the left.
Ben Margot AP

The controversial "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" sponsored by young Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley, brought a large crowd of students and others to the school's Sproul Plaza on Tuesday, and the student-run Daily Californian says the climax was a counter-demonstration "that saw hundreds of protesters lie on their backs."

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7:10am

Wed September 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Tells Iran: Stop Promoting Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theories

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the U.N. last week.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

The latest issue of Inspire, an English-language magazine believed to be produced by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, chastises the Iranian government and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular for spreading "conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9/11."

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