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Nov 16, 2018



The Earth Is Eating Its Own Oceans
Nov 16, 2018

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By Stephanie Pappas As Earth’s tectonic plates dive beneath one another, they drag three times as much water into the planet’s interior as previously thought. Those are the results of a new paper published today (Nov. 14) in the journal Nature. Using the natural seismic rumblings of the earthquake-prone subduction zone at the Marianas trench, where the …


Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ produce electrical patterns that resemble those of premature babies
Nov 16, 2018 · 1 

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By Sara Reardon ‘Mini brains’ grown in a dish have spontaneously produced human-like brain waves for the first time — and the electrical patterns look similar to those seen in premature babies. The advancement could help scientists to study early brain development. Research in this area has been slow, partly because it is difficult to obtain fetal-tissue …


Wentzville (MO) Settles Case With Atheist Who Criticized “In God We Trust” Sign
Nov 16, 2018

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By Hemant Mehta Back in February, atheist activist Sally Hunt attended a meeting of the Board of Aldermen in Wentzville, Missouri to criticize the “In God We Trust” sign they had in giant letters in their meeting room. You can hear her speech in that video. It’s direct, but it’s calm. Hunt explained the history of the …


Politicians, Take Note: Secular Voters Are a Powerful, and Growing, Part of the Population
Nov 16, 2018

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By Andrew L. Seidel Given the intensity of the news cycle last week, you might have missed the biggest story of the election: the surge of the “nones.” U.S. voters hit two important milestones in the 2018 midterm. First, Protestants were not the majority of the electorate, according to Religion News Service. Second, as white evangelical Christians, who carried Trump into office on a …


First-grade public school teacher’s ‘daily Bible verse’ angers parents in Texas district
Nov 15, 2018 · 1 

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By Brandon Mulder Parents of students in a Texas public school district have taken issue with an online video a first-grade teacher showing her class repeating Bible verses, apparently in violation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down school-sponsored Bible readings and prayer. The video, which was posted to Facebook on Nov. 1 by …


Activists take aim at anti-LGBTQ ‘hate group,’ Alliance Defending Freedom
Nov 15, 2018

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By Julie Compton Surrounded by the skyscrapers that tower over Times Square, a new billboard went up this week that in large black letters reads: “NO GAYS ALLOWED.” Just below, a smaller message states: “STOP Alliance Defending Freedom. Learn more at NoGays.org.” The billboard is part of a new campaign that aims to draw attention …


The Catholic Church is embroiled in a hell of its own making
Nov 15, 2018

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By Elizabeth Bruenig In ancient Rome, the gates of hell were always open — a wise rendering of the inferno. “The gates of hell are open night and day; smooth the descent, and easy is the way,” the poet Virgil’s oracle tells his hero Aeneas, “But to return, and view the cheerful skies — in this the …


Blasphemy Laws: An Excuse for Persecution
Nov 15, 2018

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By The NYT Editorial Board It is good news that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has acquitted and freed a Pakistani Christian woman who had already spent eight years on death row for blasphemy. In a 56-page ruling, the three justices said Asia Bibi, a farmworker in her early 50s, was the victim of mob justice aroused by …


Using the Telephone Game to Teach Natural Selection
Nov 14, 2018


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