Mystery ancestor mated with ancient humans. And its ‘nested’ DNA was just found.
Aug 6, 2020

By Stephanie Pappas Today’s humans carry the genes of an ancient, unknown ancestor, left there by hominin species intermingling perhaps a million years ago. The ancestor may have been Homo erectus, but no one knows for sure — the genome of that extinct species of human has never been sequenced, said Adam Siepel, a computational biologist …

Study: Christian Nationalism is “Leading Predictor” of Negligent COVID Response
Aug 6, 2020

By Val Wilde At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a story we saw over and over: Christian pastors like the notorious Tony Spell defiantly announcing their intention to continue gathering in large numbers, sans masks, claiming precautions against spreading disease infringed on their religious liberty. So it’s a fair question to ask: Does Christian belief lead people to disregard COVID-19 precautions …

Researchers reveal patterns of sexual abuse in religious settings
Aug 6, 2020

By Geoff McMaster A recent literature review by a University of Alberta cult expert and his former graduate student paints a startling and consistent picture of institutional secrecy and widespread protection of those who abuse children in religious institutions “in ways that often differ from forms of manipulation in secular settings.” It’s the first comprehensive …

Trump attacks faith of Catholic Biden: ‘He is against the bible’
Aug 6, 2020

By Justin Vallejo Donald Trump, who has been courting religious voters ahead of the 2020 election, said on Thursday that Catholic rival Joe Biden is “against the Bible”. During a wide-ranging radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, Mr Trump honed in on Mr Biden’s religion even as the president himself has faced criticism for using the …

Exploding stars created the calcium in our bones and teeth, study says
Aug 5, 2020

By Ashley Strickland The calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from stars exploding in supernovas and scattering this mineral across the universe in massive quantities, according to a new study. We truly are made of star stuff, as famed astronomer Carl Sagan once said. In fact, half of the calcium in the universe …

Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic
Aug 5, 2020

By Claire Giangravé An article in a Jesuit magazine describing alleged exploitation of nuns in Catholic convents has been criticized as an attempt to silence members of women’s religious orders who have begun to speak out against sexual abuse by priests. “I think there is a possibility of a revolt of religious sisters,” said Lucetta Scaraffia, the …

Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo
Aug 5, 2020 · 1 

By J. Edward Moreno Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a staunch evangelical ally of President Trump‘s, came under scrutiny Tuesday from other conservatives after a photo surfaced of him on a yacht with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman. The photo appeared to be posted on Falwell’s Instagram account, but has …

Iranian Metal Band ARSAMES Arrested, Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For “Playing Satanic Music”
Aug 5, 2020

By Robert Pasbani The government of Iran is continuing its crusade against heavy metal music in the country, trying to censor bands and imprison them for the crime of… playing heavy metal. The latest band is notable Iranian death metal band Arsames. Earlier this month, members of the band was arrested. Metal Injection has seen the …

NASA Goes Looking for Tiny Ancient Martians
Aug 4, 2020

By Marina Koren The very first time NASA put a robot on Mars, it was looking for one thing: life. When scientists examined the mission’s early findings, they sent for champagne. They were convinced they’d discovered proof, quietly metabolizing, in the soil. But the data turned out to be muddled, and one experiment designed to …

Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project
Aug 4, 2020

By Sharon LaFraniere, Katie Thomas, Noah Weiland, Peter Baker, and Annie Karni In April, with hospitals overwhelmed and much of the United States in lockdown, the Department of Health and Human Services produced a presentation for the White House arguing that rapid development of a coronavirus vaccine was the best hope to control the pandemic. “DEADLINE: Enable …

The Problem With the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition’
Aug 4, 2020

By James Loeffler Last week, the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights issued its draft report on the global status of human rights. The report, which resulted from a year of cerebral discussions with a carefully curated set of scholars and activists, brought the conversation back to where it started: an impassioned celebration of religious …

The “Spiritual Warfare” Worldview of Trump’s Conspiracy Doctor is Part of a Transnational Movement
Aug 4, 2020

By André Gagné Dr. Stella Immanuel received considerable attention after President Donald Trump retweeted a video where she recommends the use of hydroxychloroquine and asserts that masks are unnecessary to halt the transmission of COVID-19. More information about the actors who funded the video retweeted by Trump has also been uncovered. But what’s been a major source of …