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 …

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services
Oct 14, 2014 · 5 

By National Secular Society Secularists have criticised new draft NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith. NHS England is consulting on new chaplaincy guidelines intended to update and improve the provision of chaplaincy and spiritual care across the NHS. The guidance …

The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet
Oct 13, 2014 · 23 

Image courtesy Altaeros By Erik Sofge Nothing about the grooved, inflatable body taking shape inside Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, resembles a wind turbine. It looks more like a jetliner’s emergency ramp, or something you’d tie behind a boat and cling to desperately while bumping across the surface of a lake. But the 14-foot-long structure …

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers
Oct 13, 2014 · 4 

By National Secular Society Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools. Conference delegates however rejected an amendment to ban faith schools from selecting children on the basis of faith. The votes took place in the conference debate …

NASA Is Getting Serious About Space Hibernation
Oct 13, 2014 · 39 

Image: SpaceWorks By Jordan Pearson Trips to other worlds aren’t short, and packing enough food and supplies to keep astronauts alive for months at a time is a major challenge. One proposed solution? Deep sleep, or, more accurately, an induced state of hypothermia resulting in torpor, a kind of hibernation. You know, like bears do. Except in …

Scientists have pinpointed where HIV originated
Oct 11, 2014 · 19 

Image: martynowi.cz/Shutterstock By Fiona MacDonald A team of scientists led by Oxford University in the UK and the University of Leuven in Belgium has reconstructed the genetic history of the HIV-1 group M pandemic, which is the strain that affects the world today. The research has revealed that the common ancestor of the group M strain originated …