Anxiety May Be at Root of Religious Extremism, Researchers Find
ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — Anxiety and uncertainty can cause us to become more idealistic and more radical in our religious beliefs, according to new findings by York University researchers, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology...
You Say God Is Dead? There's an App for That
New York Times
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and author of “Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New ...
Eleebana mum's scripture fight
Ms Cooksey, an atheist, said she was spurred into action after her seven-year-old daughter, Zoe, who does not attend scripture, came home in tears because ...
Julia offers rule without religion
"In countries that profess a real separation of church and state, this would not be the case." Pemberton, from a slightly different perspective, ...
Atheists gather for a holiday they can believe in: Independence Day
The trouble with most major holidays in the United States, if you're an atheist, is that it's difficult to ignore the "holy day" etymology, ...
BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
Movie review: "Mormon Proposition" details church's role in California gay ...
(Red Flag Releasing ) Consider "8: The Mormon Proposition" to be daunting evidence that the principle of separation of church and state is being contested ...
Letters from an old contrarian: Hitchens' revealing new memoir
He is or was friends with Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie (the target of an infamous Islamist death sentence who opined that the title of Hitchens' atheist ...
The Outsider Interviews
(Thanks to "Friendly Atheist" Hemant Mehta for alerting me to The Outsider Interviews. Hemant is doing a giveaway on his blog if you're interested. ...
by Allen Wilcox Embattled on cable television and embroiled in public debate, Christopher Hitchens is perhaps the world's most conspicuous atheist in a ...
EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Tibetan DNA study reveals human evolution
By the CNN Wire Staff Tibetan herders: A study suggests Tibetans have evolved to live at high altitudes in less than 3000 years. ...
Tibetans' genes have quickly adapted to high altitude
Los Angeles Times
By Rachel Bernstein, Los Angeles Times The Tibet plateau is a land of yaks and sherpas — and rapid evolution. Over a mere 3000 years — a blink of an ...
Men 'like women with small feet'
Times of India
... which most men find more attractive. The research was reported at a meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon...
Evolution 'Doesn't Make Any Sense': A Scene From a Classroom
The most frustrating part is that the students appear to have genuine confusion over evolution and are struggling to understand it. ...
How Rules of Physics in Quantum World Change When Applied to Classical World
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — Dartmouth researchers have discovered a potentially important piece of the quantum/classical puzzle -- learning how the rules of physics in the quantum world (think smaller than microscopic) change when applied to the classical world (think every day items, like cars and trees)...
People With Depression Eat More Chocolate, a Mood Food
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that women and men eat more chocolate as depressive symptoms increase, suggesting an association between mood and chocolate...
Genetic Signatures of Human Exceptional Longevity Discovered
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — While environment and family history are factors in healthy aging, genetic variants play a critical and complex role in conferring exceptional longevity, according to a new study by a team of researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the Boston Medical Center...
New Drug Restores Hearing After Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Rats
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have discovered that a potent new drug restores hearing after noise-induced hearing loss in rats. The landmark discovery found that injection of an agent called 'ADAC', activates adenosine receptors in cochlear tissues, resulting in recovery of hearing function...
Feathered Friends: Ostriches Provide Clues to Dinosaur Movement
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — Once thought to be "evolutionary leftovers," new research has shown that ostriches in fact use their feathered forelimbs as sophisticated air-rudders and braking aids...
Can Money Buy Happiness? Gallup Poll Asks, and the World Answers
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — A worldwide survey of more than 136,000 people in 132 countries included questions about happiness and income, and the results reveal that while life satisfaction usually rises with income, positive feelings don't necessarily follow, researchers report...
World of Lights in the Microcosmos
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — Light-emitting diodes are gaining ground: They are now being used as background lighting for displays. But the manufacturing of complex LED optics is still complex and expensive. A new technology is revolutionizing production: Large-scale LED components can now be manufactured cost-effectively...
X-Ray Satellite Homes in on a Black Hole's Jets
ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) — For decades, X-ray astronomers have studied the complex behavior of binary systems pairing a normal star with a black hole. In these systems, gas from the normal star streams toward the black hole and forms a disk around it. Friction within the disk heats the gas to millions of degrees -- hot enough to produce X-rays. At the disk's inner edge, near the black hole, strong magnetic fields eject some of the gas into dual, oppositely directed jets that blast outward at about half the speed of light...
SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
Italian group calls for referendum on school crucifixes
During the appeal hearing Lautsi's lawyer said her client was not atheist but wanted her two children to be educated according to the principle of ...
God's place in Charter challenged
“From an atheist's perspective, what happens to those who don't believe God exists?” asks Justin Trottier, executive director of the Centre for Inquiry ...
Courthouse Panel Again Urges Holiday Display Prohibition
Tarnishing the positive nature of this holiday and our community's celebration of it with cries of "free speech", "separation of church and state", ...