This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants
Apr 16, 2019 · 1 

By Adam Popescu If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of flagrant typecasting. That’s because Dr Joanne Chory is too perfect for the role to be believable. The esteemed scientist – who has long banged the climate drum and now leads a project that …

Astronomers Have Found Potential Life-Supporting Conditions on The Nearest Exoplanet
Apr 16, 2019 · 1 

By Matt Williams In August of 2016, astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced the discovery of an exoplanet in the neighboring system of Proxima Centauri. The news was greeted with considerable excitement, as this was the closest rocky planet to our Solar System that also orbited within its star’s habitable zone. Since then, multiple …

Justice Thomas Fails on Religious Test Answer
Apr 16, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel It’s amazing how much a Supreme Court justice can get wrong in one answer. And how little that Supreme Court justice—an originalist at that—seems to know about the origins of our Constitution. Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at Pepperdine Law School a few weeks ago. Pepperdine is of course a Christian school with a religious …

Michele Bachmann: Trump is the Most “Godly, Biblical” President We’ve Ever Seen
Apr 16, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann said on the show “Understanding the Times” with host Jan Markell over the weekend that Donald Trump was the most “biblical president” she’s even seen. (You can hear it around the 33:32 mark of the audio.) … I will say to your listeners, in my lifetime, I have never seen a more biblical president than I …

World Health Organization decides against declaring Ebola emergency as outbreak worsens
Apr 15, 2019

By Amy Maxmen Despite a spike in Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past few weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the outbreak there is not a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO decided against declaring the emergency on 12 April because the outbreak is …

Republicans’ Near Total Abortion Ban Is Dead in South Carolina—for Now
Apr 15, 2019

By Auditi Guha South Carolina Republicans’ near total ban on abortion likely won’t pass through the legislature this year, advocates told Rewire.News. Introduced in January, the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat Protection From Abortion Act” is an attempt to criminalize abortion six weeks into pregnancy, before many know they are pregnant. The legislation is part of a nationwide GOP effort to …

Mike Pence’s Upcoming Commencement at a Christian Univ. is Already Causing Chaos
Apr 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A week after Mike Pence delivers a commencement address at Liberty University (where else?), he’ll be giving another one at Taylor University, a small Christian school in Upland, Indiana. That doesn’t sit well with everyone at the school, though. They have no problem with an evangelical Christian speaker, of course, but unlike Liberty, they have …

Why Are There Religious Exemptions for Vaccines?
Apr 15, 2019

By Ginia Bellafante This week the City of New York declared a public health emergency because of a measles outbreak that had been escalating since the fall in ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn and finally reached the point of crisis. In December the Health Department had made an effort to contain the disease, ordering yeshivas and child …

What a Year in Space Did to Scott Kelly
Apr 12, 2019

By Marina Koren In the debate over whether human beings should set off to other worlds beyond Earth, one of the most compelling cons is this: Our bodies don’t like it. Few people know this better than Scott Kelly, the NASA astronaut who spent nearly a year on the International Space Station from 2015 to …

Moon Landing by Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Ends in Crash
Apr 12, 2019

By Kenneth Chang A small spacecraft that has captured the imagination and excitement of people in Israel and around the world appears to have crashed into the moon on Thursday. “We had a failure in the spacecraft,” Opher Doron, the general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ space division, which collaborated on building the spacecraft, said …

Women Sexually Abused By Catholic Nuns Speak Up: She Told Me It Was ‘God’s Love’
Apr 12, 2019

By Carol Kuruvilla and Jessica Blank The predator nun walked into Trish Cahill’s life straight out of the blue, on a busy summer day in the late 1960s. Cahill was a teenager back then, wire thin with long, chestnut brown hair framing her face. She was babysitting her cousins in Glen Rock, New Jersey, and …

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence on church’s sex abuse crisis and blames the sexual revolution and liberals
Apr 12, 2019 · 6 

By Delia Gallagher Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence in a rare essay on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, claiming that it was caused in part by the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the liberalization of the church’s moral teaching. In the 11-page analysis published today in a German magazine …