Who’s Afraid of a (Mostly) Fictional Bible?
Sep 3, 2014 · 18 

By Herb Silverman   A recent OnFaith piece by an anonymous pastor at a mainstream evangelical church asked, “Who’s Afraid of a (Partly) Fictional Bible?” I understand why the pastor might have wanted anonymity. See, for instance, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, where clergy reveal in confidential interviews how their lives of service are overshadowed by …

A women’s rights victory as California nixes an attack on abortion coverage
Sep 2, 2014 · 4 

By Michael Hiltzik   With minimal fanfare, California state officials have nixed an underhanded effort by two Catholic-affiliated universities and their insurers to deprive the universities’ employees of insurance coverage for abortions. The move by the Department of Managed Health Care is one of the strongest statements in favor of women’s reproductive health rights you’re …

Justices’ Rulings Advance Gays; Women Less So
Sep 2, 2014

By Adam Liptak   When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflects on the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, she sees an inconsistency. In its gay rights rulings, she told a law school audience last week, the court uses the soaring language of “equal dignity” and has endorsed the fundamental values of “liberty and equality.” Indeed, a court …

An atheist for Congress?
Sep 2, 2014 · 14 

By Carlos S. Moreno   This fall, for the first time in U.S. history, an openly atheist candidate is running for Congress. James Woods is fighting an uphill battle as a Democrat seeking to represent the very Republican 5th Congressional District in Arizona. There are now no openly atheist members of Congress, even though nearly 20% of Americans report having …

The Ebola Outbreak Started Way Earlier Than You Thought
Sep 2, 2014

By The Huffington Post   The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is currently decimating West African nations’health care systems and sparking concern across the globe that the virus will continue to spread. But what has been seemingly overlooked in the past month’s torrent of news coverage is that the current incarnation of the virus actually started …

Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells
Sep 2, 2014

By The Guardian   Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time. British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune system “nerve centre” located near the heart. The technique, so far only tested on mice, could provide replacement …

A Touch to Fear: Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby
Sep 2, 2014 · 13 

By Clay Jones   A significant part of my job as a pediatric hospitalist involves caring for newborns. It is arguably the best thing that I get to do as a physician, even if I do at times prefer the increased intellectual stimulation of the ill hospitalized child. While seeing newborns, I am almost always …

Mosque Mess: U.S. Government Sues Minn. Town Over Islamic Center Rejection
Sep 2, 2014

By Sarah Jones A Minnesota town is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for denying a zoning permit to a mosque. Members of the Abu Huraira Islamic Center claim they were unconstitutionally denied the permit by the city of St. Anthony in 2012. On Wednesday, the DOJ agreed. Speaking at a press …

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago
Sep 2, 2014 · 25 

By Open Culture In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, professor …

New type of cell movement discovered
Sep 1, 2014

By Science Daily For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body. In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists …

5 Ways Gut Bacteria Are Good for More Than Just Your Gut
Sep 1, 2014 · 3 

By Deborah Enos Exercise may improve more than just the look and diameter of your gut, according to a recent study. It may also increase the bacterial diversity within it, the study published in June in the journal Gut showed. But is having more gut bacteria a good thing? To give you an idea of the importance …

5 Ways Gut Bacteria Are Good for More Than Just Your Gut
Sep 1, 2014

By Deborah Enos Exercise may improve more than just the look and diameter of your gut, according to a recent study. It may also increase the bacterial diversity within it, the study published in June in the journal Gut showed. But is having more gut bacteria a good thing? To give you an idea of the importance …