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For the first time, scientists detect the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe
Nov 25, 2020


By Tom Metcalfe In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside the sun. It’s a landmark finding that confirms theoretical predictions from the 1930s, and it’s being hailed as one of …


How can you be LGBTQ+ at an evangelical university? In secret
Nov 25, 2020 · 1 

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By Soo Youn It took one weekend to leave Tessa Russell truly exposed. On 6 April 2019, her girlfriend Ash Ables traveled to Liberty University in central Virginia to surprise her. They had been dating for four months, but it was her first time visiting Russell on campus. The two were eating pizza in front …


Indian state criminalises religious conversions by marriage
Nov 25, 2020

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By Al-Jazeera India’s governing Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed on Tuesday and follows a …


Scotland Will Finally Remove Unintentional Blasphemy Law In New Hate Crimes Bill
Nov 25, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta Earlier this year, Scotland was on the verge of banning the “crime” of blasphemy. The nation had proposed a new Hate Crimes Bill, designed to modernize the law, that included a clause abolishing “blasphemy” as a crime. That was great news! But the draft bill included a section that criminalized “stirring up hatred” against various groups… …


Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too
Nov 24, 2020

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By Jon Cohen and John Travis A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate has convincing evidence that it works, and it may be easier to distribute and cheaper than the two other vaccines already shown to protect people. Developed by the company AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford, the vaccine had an average efficacy of …


Why the Partisan Divide? The U.S. Is Becoming More Secular—and More Religious
Nov 24, 2020

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By Spencer James, Hal Boyd, and Jason Carroll From a global pandemic and nationwide protests to a contested presidential election, this year seems tailor-made to expose America’s partisan fault lines. Those hoping for a blue or red wave to unite the country on election night were undoubtedly disappointed. What the returns revealed instead was a …


I Grew Up Surrounded By Religious Fanatics. Here’s What I Know About Trump Supporters.
Nov 24, 2020

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By Olivia Christensen During the days immediately after the election, most of which I spent doomscrolling through social media on my phone in a kind of trance, my childhood best friend sent me a clip. Her caption was simple: “When people ask me why I don’t go to church anymore.” I gave the wry chuckle …


Christian couple who said they would try to “cure” a gay kid sues foster agency for denying them
Nov 24, 2020

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By Bil Browning Byron and Keira Hordyk, an Australian evangelical Christian couple who applied to be foster parents, are suing for “religious discrimination” after they were denied. They say the foster agency’s decision wasn’t based on whether or not they can provide a loving home to a child but instead on their anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs. The couple …


Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?
Nov 23, 2020

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By Dennis Overbye Once upon a time, Albert Einstein described scientific theories as “free inventions of the human mind.” But in 1980, Stephen Hawking, the renowned Cambridge University cosmologist, had another thought. In a lecture that year, he argued that the so-called Theory of Everything might be achievable, but that the final touches on it …


Conservative Christians Reject Science, Ignore Holiday COVID Restrictions
Nov 23, 2020 · 1 

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By Michael Stone Anti-Science: Conservative Christians are rejecting science and choosing to ignore holiday COVID restrictions, placing themselves, those they love, and everyone else at risk. For example, Trump-loving megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress says he will ignore the scientists advice about Thanksgiving gatherings, declaring: I’m Listening to God, Not the WHO Newsweek reports: Pastor Robert Jeffress, …


Trumpism After Trump? How Fox News Structures Republican Attitudes
Nov 23, 2020

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By PRRI Staff In the wake of President Donald Trump’s 2020 electoral loss, one key question is what kind of future the unique style of politics he carved out has in the Republican Party. Colloquially, this question is often put this way: What becomes of Trumpism after Trump? To answer that question, it is important …


Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Satanists’ Faith-Based Abortion Case
Nov 23, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta This morning, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear a case brought to them by Satanists who were hoping to overturn Missouri’s medically unnecessary abortion laws. There was no explanation offered with the dismissal, as is typical. There simply weren’t enough judges who wanted to hear this case. Here’s the backstory: As the law stands …