South Carolina Bill Would Inject “Creation Science” Into Public Schools
Feb 7, 2019 · 6 

By Hemant Mehta Some state legislators try to push Creationism into science classrooms by using coded language. For example, they say they want schools to teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of various scientific ideas. But South Carolina Republican Reps. Dwight A. Loftis and James Mikell “Mike” Burns never got that memo. They’re the sponsors of House Bill 3826, …

Earth Once Swallowed Its Own Superocean. Could It Happen Again?
Feb 7, 2019

By Stephanie Pappas The ancient supercontinent of Rodinia turned inside out as the Earth swallowed its own ocean some 700 million years ago, new research suggests. Rodinia was a supercontinent that preceded the more famous Pangea, which existed between 320 million and 170 million years ago. In a new study, scientists led by Zheng-Xiang Li of …

Trump to the National Prayer Breakfast: “I will never let you down. I can say that. Never.”
Feb 7, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer Since his campaign, President Trump has taken a page from President Reagan’s playbook. “I know you can’t endorse me,” Reagan famously told a room full of evangelicals in 1980. “But . . . I want you to know that I endorse you.” Whenever he takes the stage in front of …

VA Lawmaker Behind Bible Bill Says He Wouldn’t Support Similar Qur’an Bill
Feb 7, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Virginia State Sen. Charles Carrico is one of several Republicans across the country to introduce a Project Blitz-inspired piece of legislation to push the Bible in public schools. His bill, SB 1502, would force public school districts in the state to offer Bible courses to students. While the bill calls for religious neutrality, forcing such classes on …

Bizarre Space Object ‘Oumuamua Could Be a Monstrous Corpse of Comet Dust
Feb 6, 2019

By Meghan Bartels ‘Oumuamua, the first known visitor from beyond our solar system, is long gone, but it’s still leaving scientists guessing. A new explanation proposes that the strange object was a “monstrous fluffy dust aggregate” — that’s a technical term, apparently — produced by a busted-up comet. That’s the explanation laid out by Zdenek Sekanina, …

The magnetic North Pole is quickly moving toward Siberia — and no one knows why
Feb 6, 2019

By Brian Resnick If you take out a compass and follow the needle north, it won’t take you directly to the North Pole — or 90 degrees north latitude. Instead, your long journey by land and sea and ice would currently take you to a spot in the Arctic Ocean a few hundred miles away …

Pope Acknowledges Nuns Were Sexually Abused by Priests and Bishops
Feb 6, 2019

By Jason Horowitz and Elizabeth Dias ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church had faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the issue. Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent …

Trump Called for a ‘Late-Term’ Abortion Ban in the State of the Union. Abortion Rights Advocates Are Pushing Back
Feb 6, 2019

By Katie Reilly President Donald Trump called for a federal ban on “the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb” during the State of the Union address on Tuesday, doubling down on his criticism of a new law expanding abortion rights in New York. “To defend the dignity of every …

New Star Map Reveals the Milky Way Is Warped
Feb 5, 2019

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum A new analysis of pulsing stars has revealed the Milky Way’s twisted shape. Scientists have known since the 1950s that the spiral-shaped Milky Way’s disk is warped, bending by thousands of light-years at its outskirts. Now, researchers have created a map of stars called Cepheid variables in order to create a 3D map of …

The Mythology of a Cross: A Dozen Bladensburg Claims Debunked
Feb 5, 2019

By Monica Miller 1. Myth: The Bladensburg cross was originally placed on private property. Fact: The cross was built on the Town of Bladensburg’s land with the approval and involvement of the town’s commissioners in 1919. The Town of Bladensburg gave American Legion Post 3 the “care” of the land and the cross after it was …

Legislative Lowlights: Missouri Conservatives Won’t Stop Introducing Anti-Choice Restrictions
Feb 5, 2019

By Brie Shea Rewire.News tracks anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ legislation as it works its way through state legislatures. Here’s an overview of the bills we’re watching. A Republican in Missouri wants to criminalize abortion and substance abuse during a pregnancy, another state wants fetal “personhood” on the ballot, and lawmakers in South Dakota continue to target trans kids. Arkansas Last …

An asteroid could destroy humanity like it did dinosaurs. A Hopkins team has a plan to save the world.
Feb 5, 2019

By Tim Prudente A team of scientists, astronomers and engineers meets weekly in a conference room on a Howard County, Md., research campus and plans to save the world. “Keep calm and carry DART,” reads a poster on the wall. DART — the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — is their plan to avert catastrophe. It’s …