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NASA finds ‘water ice’ just below the surface of Mars
Dec 13, 2019

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By Georgina Torbet To explore the solar system beyond our planet, one important factor is the ability to locate water which can be used for drinking and for creating rocket fuel. To assist in the hunt for water on neighboring Mars, NASA has released a “treasure map” of potential ice locations on the red planet. …


The decline of religion in American family life
Dec 13, 2019

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By Daniel A. Cox Most Americans today continue to be raised in a religious denomination or tradition. Only 12 percent of Americans report being raised outside a formal religious tradition. Half (50 percent) report being raised Protestant, close to three in 10 (29 percent) say they were raised Catholic, and significantly fewer Americans were brought …


India just redefined its citizenship criteria to exclude Muslims
Dec 13, 2019

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By Sigal Samuel India is home to 200 million Muslims. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they have faced mounting threats to their status in the majority-Hindu country. And on Wednesday, they were walloped by a new worrisome development: The upper house of India’s Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The legislation turns religion into a …


She needed to fill her prescription for the morning-after pill. The pharmacist refused because of his ‘beliefs.’
Dec 13, 2019 · 1 

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By Katie Shepherd A severe snowstorm was brewing in McGregor, Minn., when Andrea Anderson called her doctor after a condom mishap left her in need of an emergency contraceptive to prevent an unwanted pregnancy last January. “The next morning, I got up and said, ‘We can’t roll the dice,’” she told KSTP. Her gynecologist told the 39-year-old mother …


Is this cave painting humanity’s oldest story?
Dec 12, 2019

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By Ewen Callaway A cave-wall depiction of a pig and buffalo hunt is the world’s oldest recorded story, claim archaeologists who discovered the work on the Indonesian island Sulawesi. The scientists say the scene is more than 44,000 years old. The 4.5-metre-long panel features reddish-brown forms that seem to depict human-like figures hunting local animal …


Trump Asks Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going to Hell To Speak at Hanukkah Reception
Dec 12, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta In a bizarre moment during the White House’s Hanukkah Reception yesterday, Donald Trump invited Pastor Robert Jeffress — Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress — to address the crowd. In case you’re not familiar with him, that would be the same Robert Jeffress who once said “you can’t be saved being a Jew” during a rant in which he also …


Atheist nurse wins fight to end mandatory 12-step addiction treatment for health staff in Vancouver
Dec 12, 2019

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By Bethany Lindsay Health-care professionals who work in Vancouver-area hospitals and medical clinics will no longer be required to attend 12-step programs if they want to keep their jobs after being diagnosed with addiction. The change comes as a result of a settlement between public health authority Vancouver Coastal Health and former nurse Byron Wood, …


Suspect in Jersey City Linked to Black Hebrew Israelite Group
Dec 12, 2019 · 1 

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By Michael Gold and Ali Watkins An assailant involved in the prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, was linked on Wednesday to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, and had published anti-Semitic posts online, a law enforcement official said. The violent rampage on Tuesday took place largely at …


We Just Got an Updated Estimate For The Age of The Milky Way
Dec 11, 2019

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By Matt Williams Like many other spiral galaxies in the Universe, the Milky Way Galaxy consists of two disk-like structures – the thin disk and the thick disk. The thick disk, which envelopes the thin disk, contains about 20 percent of the Milky Way’s stars and is thought to be the older of the pair …


NY Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Calling Vaccine Mandate ‘Religious Discrimination’
Dec 11, 2019 · 1 

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By Michael Stone Good News – Science and Secularism Wins: In good news for public health and the cause of reason, a New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit by anti-vaxxers claiming the state’s law mandating vaccines for school children constitutes “religious discrimination.” The lawsuit objected to a new state law in New York …