‘Trojan Horse’ whistleblower: The BHA’s faith schools campaigner helped me tremendously – and now I’m asking you to help him
Oct 17, 2014 · 20 

By BHA The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today launched a fundraising drive in order to be able to continue to employ its Campaigns Officer on Faith Schools and Education in 2015. The BHA’s Campaigner, Richy Thompson, is the only dedicated individual working against ‘faith’ schools in the UK, and the BHA is asking the public …

New records set for silicon quantum computing
Oct 16, 2014 · 7 

Credit: Stephanie Simmons, UNSW By Science Daily Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits, or “qubits” — the building blocks for quantum computers — …

Ebola Update: Only 1 Person Had Contact with Infected Nurse
Oct 14, 2014 · 22 

Credit: Texas Health Resources By Bahar Gholipour Only one person has had contact with the second person to develop Ebola in Texas during the time when she might have been contagious, health officials said today (Oct. 13). The second person with Ebola in Dallas is a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She was involved in caring …

Moon Witnessed Volcanic Lava Eruptions in Last 50 Million Years
Oct 14, 2014 · 3 

Credit: Commons By Doug Horn Geologists at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration have discovered that the moon witnessed small but widespread volcanic lava eruptions during the last 50 million years. The team identified around 70 small volcanic features that are now scattered across the moon’s dark volcanic plains, or maria. The team found …

Prehistoric Paintings in Indonesia May Be Oldest Cave Art Ever
Oct 14, 2014 · 45 

Credit: Kinez Riza By Megan Gannon Paintings of miniature buffalos, warty pigs and human hands covering the walls and ceilings of caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds. The paintings — some of which might be more than 40,000 years old — challenge …

Making the long trip to Mars? Let NASA put you in a deep sleep
Oct 14, 2014 · 25 

Image: Fox By Anthony Domanico As many Doctors from the BBC science fiction series “Doctor Who” have so eloquently put it, humanity has an inherent desire to look up toward the sky with dreams of exploring to the ends of the universe. And while our space programs are in many ways in their infancy when it …

Warming oceans pushing fish poleward, study warns
Oct 14, 2014 · 1 

Photo Credit: Jim and Becca Wicks -/CC BY 2.0 By FIS Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, as it is found by a new University of British Columbia study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. The study identified ocean hotspots for local fish extinction but also found that …

Alaska Town Affirms Right Of Satanists And Atheists To Offer Invocations At Council Meetings
Oct 14, 2014 · 13 

CREDIT: AP By Jack Jenkins A small Alaska town has become the latest flashpoint in America’s ongoing debate over the definition of religious freedom, with a city assembly struggling to discern who gets to be included in efforts to expand “religious liberty.” On Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly of Ketchikan, Alaska, voted to approve an ordinance that allows their …

Iranian atheist begs: ‘Don’t send me back home … I’ll be killed’
Oct 14, 2014 · 8 

By The Herald Scotland The nephew of a former Iranian deputy defence minister who has become a prominent and outspoken atheist in Scotland has made a desperate appeal not to be returned to his homeland, claiming his life is now at risk as he will be seen as a “traitor of Islam”. Ramin Forghani, the …

Atheists tweet more often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, study shows
Oct 14, 2014 · 7 

Photo courtesy of Lu Chen By Kimberly Winston What does a map of the U.S. religious landscape look like in 140 characters? A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one. The study examined people whose Twitter profiles …

Opponents are Reacting to the ‘Atheist Lobby’
Oct 14, 2014 · 16 

Photo credit @MichaelRuyle, via the Friendly Atheist By Dave Niose Two occurrences last week demonstrate how the growing secular demographic is influencing policy discussion in the United States. Religious conservative backlash is on display in both instances, and can be understood as a reaction to the increased visibility and activism of the secular movement. In Illinois we see …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arms that work in daily life are now a reality
Oct 14, 2014 · 2 

By Chalmers University of Technology In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct connection to bone, nerves and muscles. An article about this achievement and its long-term stability is now published in the Science Translational Medicine journal. “Going beyond the lab to allow the …