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NASA Goes Looking for Tiny Ancient Martians
Aug 4, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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 …


‘Thanks for Flying SpaceX’: NASA Astronauts Safely Splash Down After Journey From Orbit
Aug 3, 2020

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By Kenneth Chang The first astronaut trip to orbit by a private company parachuted to a safe conclusion in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. It was the first water landing by NASA astronauts since 1975, when the agency’s crews were still flying to and from orbit in the Apollo modules used for the historic …


Liberty University Poured Millions Into Sports. Now Its Black Athletes Are Leaving.
Aug 3, 2020

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By Joel Anderson In mid-June, as the pandemic surged across the country, hundreds of students were living on Liberty University’s campus. Tayvion “Tank” Land was one of them, taking a summer math class with about 10 other students—half of them his football teammates. One Thursday morning, class was partway through when the instructor told one …


The Supreme Court’s Religious Crusaders Take On the Pandemic Response
Aug 3, 2020

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By Linda Greenhouse I know I should be jaded by now by the persistence of the Supreme Court’s conservative justices in seeking to elevate religious interests over those of secular society. After all, in the closing days of the court’s term, religious employers won the right to withhold from female employees the contraception coverage to which federal …


Atheists start an international community-building project: #oneATHEIST
Aug 3, 2020

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By RNS Press Release Distribution Service On Saturday International Association of Atheists (IAA) announced their newest initiative, #oneATHEIST, an effort to build a positive, outspoken community under the label atheist and remove the stigma. “Atheists have struggled with the stigma associated with being non-religious for far too long. It’s time to prove to the world what I know …


Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader
Aug 3, 2020

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By Associated Press California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts. Also charged were Susana Medina Oaxaca …


OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2020
Aug 1, 2020 · 30 

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