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The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers
Sep 19, 2019

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By Jeff Tollefson Bruno Rodriguez is only 18, but he has seen enough in his time on Earth to know that he must to do something for the planet. Inspired by the student climate strikes in Europe, he founded Youth for Climate Argentina in his home country. The group drew more than 8,000 demonstrators to …


Something Is Killing the Universe’s Most Extreme Galaxies
Sep 19, 2019

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By Toby Brown In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why. The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world’s leading telescopes is hoping to do just that. The new program, called the Virgo Environment Traced …


Lowndes County Schools to allow prayer at Friday football games
Sep 19, 2019

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By Emma Wheeler The Lowndes County Schools Board of Education announced a new policy for student-led prayers before Friday football games. On Monday, the Board of Education had its first reading of a new policy allowing students to lead a prayer before the football games. The new policy comes after administration did not allow the prayer …


Pennsylvania state senator, charged with possession of child pornography, resigns
Sep 19, 2019

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By Lateshia Beachum Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer has resigned after being charged with possession of child pornography on Tuesday night. Authorities said they discovered images of child pornography on his cellphone. The Patriot-News reported that the charges against Folmer (R), 63, include sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication …


Secular Identity, Belief in God, and 2020 Preferences
Sep 18, 2019

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By Socioanalitica Research Introduction This post is part of a series of short reports about secular Americans and the 2020 Elections based on the Secular Voices Survey. Socioanalitica Research conducted the survey on July 11, 2019, among a representative sample of 520 nonreligious Americans. For the survey topline and methodology visit this link. Secular Identification According …


Economists calculate monetary value of ‘thoughts and prayers’
Sep 18, 2019 · 2 

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By Ian Sample All things have a price – and if not, economists will find one. Researchers have calculated the going rate for thoughts and prayers offered in hard times. Rather than settling on one price for all, the study found the value of a compassionate gesture depended overwhelmingly on a person’s beliefs. While Christian …


The Clergy Project has 1000 Participants!
Sep 18, 2019 · 1 

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By Linda LaScola Wow! I must say I never thought this day would come. The Clergy Project, that I helped to found, along with Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, Carter Warden (formerly known as “Adam Mann”) and “Chris”, now has 1000 participants. This comes after starting as a private website in 2011 with 52 people, …


Same-Sex Couple Demands Action After Alleged Attack By Oklahoma Church Group
Sep 18, 2019

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By Aaron Brilbeck BLACKWELL, Oklahoma – A same-sex couple said they were attacked at a Blackwell church and one was held down, while church goers tried to, quote, “pray the gay away.” Gary Gardner of Blackwell said he and his boyfriend, Sean Cormie, were invited to The First Assembly of God Church by Cormie’s family. Gardner …


How Does the New Interstellar Object Differ From ‘Oumuamua?
Sep 18, 2019

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By Ryan F. Mandelbaum The second interstellar object on record has visited our solar system, according to astronomical observations made in recent week. But how does this new visitor differ from ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar object? Scientists have been eager to learn more about Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) since amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov first spotted …


Mormon Church Reaffirms Opposition to Marriage Equality
Sep 18, 2019

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By Jacob Ogles In case anybody forgot, the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints made clear in a speech the institution remains opposed to marriage equality. But at least it stopped punishing children for the supposed sins of their parents, he said Church president Russell Nelson told students at Brigham …