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Earth’s Tilt May Exacerbate a Melting Antarctic
Jan 16, 2019

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By Stephanie Pappas As levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rise and warm the globe, Antarctica’s ice will become more vulnerable to cycles on an astronomical scale, particularly the tilt of our planet is as it spins around its axis. New research finds that over 30 million years of history, Antarctica’s ice sheets responded most strongly …


Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo belong to a doomsday cult — and may be trying to bring on the apocalypse
Jan 16, 2019 · 3 

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By Travis Gettys President Donald Trump’s vice president and secretary of state appear to have a conflict between their private religious beliefs and their public duties, according to a financial journalist. Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are each a “genuine, end-of-days, believer in the apocalypse,” and Financial Times journalist Edward Luce said their religious beliefs about the …


Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids
Jan 16, 2019

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By Rebecca Klein Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual …


Gov. Kevin Stitt Plans to Use His Office to Align ‘With What God Is Doing in Oklahoma’
Jan 16, 2019

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By Kyle Mantyla Newly elected Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma attended an “Inaugural Prayer Service” today, during which declared that it is his mission to align the state “with what God is doing in Oklahoma,” while his wife proclaimed that it is their responsibility as Christians to use their position in elected office “to …


Genetically modified food opponents overestimate their knowledge, according to CU researchers
Jan 15, 2019 · 1 

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By Cassa Niedringhaus People who most oppose genetically modified foods know the least about the science behind them, according to new research by University of Colorado scholars and researchers at other universities. In a representative survey of U.S. residents, researchers measured three things: respondents’ attitudes about genetically modified foods, their scientific literacy, and their self-assessment …


Plan B: A Revised Strategy to Battle Idaho’s Faith-Healing Exemptions
Jan 15, 2019 · 2 

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By George Prentice “Maybe,” said Bruce Wingate. “Maybe this is the year.” Wingate took a long breath and looked down at the draft of a measure that’s certain to trigger a fierce debate in the coming weeks of the 2019 Idaho Legislature. “You know what? Forget I said ‘maybe.’ It can’t be ‘maybe’ anymore. It …


Indiana GOP Legislator Sponsors Bill to Teach Creationism in Public Schools
Jan 15, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta Indiana State Sen. Dennis Kruse is one of the most anti-science, pro-forced Christianity legislators in the country. This is a guy who co-authored a bill to require recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools, wanted Creationism taught in science classrooms, and tried making it illegal for kids to learn sex ed in school without their parents’ permission. He’s just full …


Faith on the Hill
Jan 15, 2019

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By the Pew Research Center The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.1 There has been a 3-percentage-point decline in the share of members of Congress who identify as Christian – in the 115th …


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Jan 14, 2019


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Astronomers Glimpse a Luminous Object Born From a Star’s Death
Jan 14, 2019

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By Marina Koren Working the night shift can be pretty boring, even if you’re a telescope. You stare at the same section of sky for hours. Every night, you take in light from the same distant points in the abyss. There’s that asteroid you observed last night, and the night before that, and before that. …