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Pope To World: Hell Does Exist

Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.<p>Apparently, the fiery 93-year-old avowed atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari of <i>La Repubblica</i>, set the social media world aflame after writing in Italian that when …

Christianity

The Pope's Mess

Pope Francis's pontificate did not begin with doctrinal controversy. It began with the appearance of an amiable Argentine on the balcony of St. …

Christianity

Where does Catholic thinking on “gender theory” go from here?

ROME – Most of the time when Pope Francis speaks on a social or political concern, one understands immediately what he’s talking about. When the …

Same-Sex Couples

Stephen Hawking Was an Atheist. Here’s What He Said About God, Heaven and His Own Death

For more than 50 years, death was a poignant part of Stephen Hawking’s remarkable life.<p>The physicist, who died Wednesday at age 76, wasn’t expected …

Faith

Please god no, don't revive 'The Office'

As a self-appointed honorary Dunder Mifflin employee I can't believe I'm about to type these words. But please, for the love of all that remains good …

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in …

Telescopes

Making BBQ Ribs Is Finally Easy Thanks To This Genius Hack

It literally cuts hours off the cooking time.<p>Most rib recipes require almost a full day of cooking, whether it's grilled, smoked or baked. Ours takes only 30 minutes—thanks to one brilliant trick.<p>The secret: boil the ribs until tender then throw them on the grill. The simmering part takes just 20 …

BBQ

Hillary Clinton is not a 'Spicy Boi,' and she's not dead either

If you've looked at Hillary Clinton's Instagram account lately, you might have noticed that the comment section is full of people mourning her death, posting "RIP Hillary." They're also writing "spicy boi."<p>So, let's handle the first one: Hillary Clinton is alive and well.<p>Explaining "spicy boi" is a …

Black Lives Matter

State-Mandated Mourning for Aborted Fetuses

A new Indiana law is part of a wave of legislation that requires burial or cremation following abortions. What’s behind it?<p>Here’s what will happen after a woman gets an abortion in the state of Indiana, starting this July. She will be told, verbally and in writing, that she has the right to choose …

Pope to church: Be more accepting of divorced Catholics, gays and lesbians

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines.<p>He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, …

Pope Francis

Serena Williams and Andy Murray back equal pay and wade into Djokovic

Serena Williams waded into the tennis sexism row on Tuesday and urged Novak Djokovic to explain to children why male players deserved more money than their female counterparts.<p>Novak Djokovic apologises for comments over women’s pay in tennis<p>Read more<p>On the day the Indian Wells tournament director …

Tennis

Scientists discovered a potentially life-threatening side effect when you mix these 2 common medications

Mixing two common medications may give you a boost in glucose levels in your blood, which could increase your risk of developing diabetes.<p>That's what researchers at Stanford, Harvard, and Vanderbilt discovered after studying blood-glucose levels in over 230 patients before and after they began …

First OS X ransomware detected in the wild, will maliciously encrypt hard drives on infected Macs [Update: How to fix]

<b>Update</b>: Version 2.92 of Transmission has now been released. This claims to actively remove the ‘KeyRanger’ malware files from the infected Mac.<p>OS X users have today been hit with the first known case of Mac ‘ransomware’ malware, found in the Transmission BitTorrent client released last week. …

OS X

Poll Watch: Trump Tries to Court Hispanic Voters

Donald J. Trump bragged during Thursday night’s Republican debate that he had won almost half the Hispanic vote in the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday. “Nobody else was close,” he said. Looking forward, he said, “I will do really well with Hispanics.”<p>Will he?<p>Mr. Trump’s history of making disparaging …

How Marco Rubio Could Lose Every State on Super Tuesday and Still Win

Marco Rubio has not won a state, a fact that worries allies and pleases skeptics who mock his chances to win the Republican presidential nomination.<p>It doesn’t even sound as if the Rubio team knows when it will win one.<p>Can this strategy really work? Could he really lose every state on Super Tuesday …

Republicans

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive: virtual reality remains so near and yet so far

VR is heralded as the next big thing, but there’s reason to question whether this technology will ever become a must-have<p>This year is being presented as the time that virtual reality (VR) goes mainstream, with consumer pre-orders of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive dominating the headlines at recent tech …

Virtual Reality

New on Netflix: March 2016

Netflix is delivering the goods in March 2016.<p>Mark your calendars: Season 2 of "Marvel's Daredevil" debuts March 18, as does "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." And President Underwood returns March 4 with Season 4 of "House of Cards."<p>And prepare to yell "Khaaaaan!" to your heart's content as "Star Trek II: …

Netflix Original

Apple deems backdoor unnecessary after FBI screwup

After the Department of Justice today issued a motion to compel Apple to comply with its request to build software that could prove integral in unlocking the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, Apple has responded with a statement.<p>Within the statement Apple deemed it unnecessary to cooperate in …

Privacy

Republican presidential candidates must cut a deal to prevent Donald Trump becoming the nominee

The only way to stop Donald Trump becoming the Republican presidential nominee is to pick one alternative candidate now<p>As Donald Trump appears poised to win the Republican primary in South Carolina, the "first in the South" contest, it is, perhaps, time to hit the panic button.<p>For months now, …

Republicans

Scalia remembered as man of faith, family and the law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was remembered Saturday as a man of faith, family and the law in a funeral marked by church …

Christianity

Jared Allen retires from the NFL by riding off on a horse like a boss

One of the more menacing NFL defenders of his generation, Jared Allen announced his retirement from professional football in classic fashion on …

Apple Likely to Invoke Free-Speech Rights in Encryption Fight

Apple will likely seek to invoke the United States' protections of free speech as one of its key legal arguments in trying to block an order to help unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, lawyers with expertise in the subject said this week.<p>The company on Thursday was …

Privacy

Mobile devices will be more powerful than PlayStation 4, Xbox One in 2017, ARM forecasts (update)

AMSTERDAM — That supercomputer in your pocket will soon make Sony’s and Microsoft’s latest home gaming consoles look old and crusty.<p>ARM, the technology design company responsible for the chip architecture in mobile devices, is preparing for another big leap in computational power for smartphones …

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Problems With Private Interpretation

Kanye West wants $1 billion from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

He’s “this generation’s Disney,” and technology leaders like Mark Zuckerberg would be doing the world a favor by investing a cool $1 billion in his …

'The PTSD stems from this dirty work': new film documents regretful drone pilots

We’ve all seen this film before: the grainy black-and-white shot with a crosshair on top. Dark blobs moving across the screen. Then, a pause, an explosion and dust. A few moments later you can make out the bodies. Sometimes you’ll see the injured, dragging themselves out of the wreckage.<p>Whatever …

Foreign Policy