Astronomers Find Our Second Interstellar Visitor Looks like the Locals
Oct 4, 2019

By Jonathan O’Callaghan Last month astronomers were thrilled by the confirmation that a second known interstellar object is flying through our solar system. Named 2I/Borisov—after its discoverer, Crimean amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov—it has already attracted huge attention. Countless observatories, from the Very Large Telescope in Chile to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, are studying the object, and plenty …

Ugandan Leader Links LGBTQ+ People to Terrorists
Oct 4, 2019

By Shannon Power Uganda’s minister of defense has called LGBTQ+ people “terrorists” as his government cracks down on supporters of a popular presidential candidate. In an interview on a local news program, Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs Adolf Mwesige, spoke out against the People Power, Our Power movement inspired by popular singer Bobi Wine. The …

Unsupervised accused priests teach, counsel, adopt children
Oct 4, 2019

By Claudia Lauer and Meghan Hoyer Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an …

Judge Tammy Kemp Gives Amber Guyger Bible, Promotes Christianity In Court
Oct 4, 2019

By Michael Stone Abuse of judicial power for Jesus: Judge Tammy Kemp promotes Christianity in the courtroom, gives convicted murderer Amber Guyger a Bible and instructions on being a Christian. In a despicable display of inappropriate judicial conduct in the name of Christian privilege, Judge Tammy Kemp put her religious superstition before her duty as an officer …

These Butterflies Evolved to Eat Poison. How Could That Have Happened?
Oct 3, 2019 · 1 

By Carl Zimmer Monarch butterflies eat only milkweed, a poisonous plant that should kill them. The butterflies thrive on it, even storing milkweed toxins in their bodies as a defense against hungry birds. For decades, scientists have marveled at this adaptation. On Thursday, a team of researchers announced they had pinpointed the key evolutionary steps …

No, Vitamin C won’t cure your cold
Oct 3, 2019

By Madeline Marshall Many people reach straight for the orange juice when they start to get a cold. Or pick up a Vitamin C supplement that claims to boost your immune system. But studies have shown that Vitamin C can’t actually cure your cold. At most, taking 1,000 mg of Vitamin C regularly could reduce …

Virginia teacher sues school after being fired for not using transgender student’s pronouns
Oct 3, 2019

By Minyvonne Burke A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns has filed a lawsuit against school officials and the board. Peter Vlaming, who was a French teacher at West Point High School, said he was fired because he would not use pronouns such as “him” and “his” …

The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts are lobbying against child abuse statutes. This is their playbook
Oct 3, 2019

By Marisa Kwiatkowski, and John Kelly Pennsylvania state Rep. Tom Murt slid into a pew at his childhood church, seeking a break from politics and the stress of work. Instead, Murt got an earful. In his sermon, the priest talked about a bill pending in the state Legislature that would give survivors of child sexual abuse more time …

NASA lander captures marsquakes, other Martian sounds
Oct 2, 2019

By Marcia Dunn CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has captured the low rumble of marsquakes and a symphony of other otherworldly sounds. Scientists released an audio sampling Tuesday. The sounds had to be enhanced for humans to hear. InSight’s seismometer has detected more than 100 events, but only 21 are considered strong marsquake candidates. …

Judge rejects bid to dismiss atheists’ free-speech suit against state senator
Oct 2, 2019

By Linda Satter A First Amendment showdown between an atheist group and Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, can proceed to trial, a federal judge said Monday. In an 81-page order, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker refused to dismiss a Jan. 8 lawsuit alleging that the senator violated the First Amendment rights of atheists who disagreed with …

Alaska shelter can turn away transgender women following city decree
Oct 2, 2019

By Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A faith-based Anchorage women’s shelter claimed victory Monday in a lawsuit against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women. The city has agreed to make permanent a judge’s recent order affecting the downtown Hope Center shelter, conservative Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom and city attorneys …

Arizona man killed a 6-year-old boy trying to ‘cast the demon out,’ police say
Oct 2, 2019 · 4 

By Amir Vera An Arizona man forced hot water down a 6-year-old boy’s throat in an attempt to “cast the demon out” Thursday, police said in a criminal complaint Pablo Martinez, 31, who lives on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation near Tucson, was arrested on a federal charge of first degree murder, according to a …