How Wheel Damage Affects Mars Rover Curiosity’s Mission
Jul 22, 2014 · 5 

By Leonard David   If there were mechanics on Mars, NASA may have taken the Curiosity rover into the shop by now. The 1-ton robot has accumulated quite a bit of wheel damage since touching down inside Gale Crater in August 2012 to investigate Mars’ past and present potential to host microbial life. “They are taking damage. That’s the surprise …

Imperiled Amazon Indians Make 1st Contact with Outsiders
Jul 22, 2014 · 7 

By Megan Gannon   Indigenous people with no prior contact to the outside world have just emerged from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and made contact with a group of settled Indians, after being spotted migrating to evade illegal loggers, advocates say. The news, which was released yesterday (July 2), comes after sightings of the uncontacted …

Imperiled Amazon Indians Make 1st Contact with Outsiders
Jul 22, 2014

By Megan Gannon   Indigenous people with no prior contact to the outside world have just emerged from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and made contact with a group of settled Indians, after being spotted migrating to evade illegal loggers, advocates say. The news, which was released yesterday (July 2), comes after sightings of the uncontacted …

Inexpensive Alzheimer’s tests offer promise
Jul 22, 2014 · 3 

By Karen Weintraub   To confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s today, a patient either needs a painful spinal tap or a costly brain image. But several detection tools under development offer the promise of at least ruling out Alzheimer’s easily and inexpensively in a doctor’s office. In new research to be presented this week at …

Discrimination Is Un-Christian, Too
Jul 22, 2014 · 21 

By Kathryn Pogin Much to the chagrin of women’s rights advocates, Hobby Lobby has won its legal battle — but claims of “victory” for religious freedom must be emended. Make no mistake: This is no victory for the freedom to exercise Christian principles. Though employers like Hobby Lobby are now free to deny women access …

Atheist gives ‘historic’ invocation in Greece
Jul 22, 2014 · 14 

By Meaghan McDermott   Before a room full of cameras and reporters Tuesday, Dan Courtney of Hamlin became the first atheist to deliver a secular opening invocation before the Greece Town Board. The national spotlight — reporters representing Reuters and The Associated Press were among those present — was prompted by a a U.S. Supreme …

Shocking Film Reveals Horrific Abuse at Christian Indoctrination Camp
Jul 22, 2014 · 5 

By Dan Arel   What began as a student project about a Christian boarding school in the Dominican Republic turned into a horror story when the young filmmaker Kate Logan uncovered the real story happening inside. Ms. Logan who herself in an evangelical, wanted to create a positive documentary about Escuela Caribe, a now defunct school that …

Transiting exoplanet with longest known year: 704 Earth days
Jul 22, 2014 · 4 

By Science Daily Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days. Most of the 1,800-plus exoplanets discovered to date are much closer to their stars and have much shorter orbital periods. “Finding Kepler-421b was …

BHA welcomes Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines on gender segregation
Jul 21, 2014 · 6 

By British Humanist Association The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have today published new guidelines on gender segregation in meetings and events after Universities UK (UUK) were forced to pull guidance they had issued which endorsed gender segregation at university events. The new guidance ‘Gender Segregation at Events and Meetings: Guidance for Universities and …

Stephen Hawking: Why I support Assisted Dying
Jul 21, 2014 · 29 

By Fergus Walsh   Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking is backing the Assisted Dying Bill which is being debated by peers on Friday. The 72-year-old cosmologist said it was “discrimination against the disabled to deny them the right to kill themselves that able bodied people have.” He said safeguards would be needed to ensure the person truly …

Marmoset sequence sheds new light on primate biology and evolution
Jul 21, 2014

By Science Daily   A team of scientists from around the world led by Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis has completed the genome sequence of the common marmoset — the first sequence of a New World Monkey — providing new information about the marmoset’s unique rapid reproductive system, physiology and …

Malaysia Airlines Disaster Could Be Setback for AIDS Research
Jul 21, 2014 · 4 

By Rachael Rettner and Bahar Gholipour   The HIV/AIDS research community expressed sadness today over the loss of prominent AIDS researchers and activists who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, saying that the tragedy could also be a setback for research in the field. The flight, which was carrying nearly 300 passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala …