Annie Steiner

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Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome<p>Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, …

Friday essay: The Qur’an, the Bible and homosexuality in Islam

Neither the Bible nor the Qur’an (Koran) has a lot to say about homosexuality, and what they do say relates only indirectly to contemporary …

What It's Like to Be Gay and Muslim in America

Double or triple minorities, LGBTQ Muslims struggle with discrimination in many forms—and Orlando might make it worse.<p>Gay Muslims tend to be virtually invisible in the United States.<p>In a culture that has been alternately skeptical of and downright hostile toward Muslim Americans, coming out as …

Two bishops urge clerics to rethink 'interpretations' of the Bible which condemn homosexuality

Two leading bishops from the evangelical wing of the Church of England are urging fellow clerics to be willing to rethink traditional “interpretations” of the Bible which condemn homosexuality as a sin.<p>The Rt Rev Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool, said it was time for a “reconsideration” of the …

Why Do Our Minds Wander?

Sometimes the mind wanders. Thoughts pop into consciousness. Ideas or images are present when just a moment before they were not. Scientists recently have been turning their attention to making sense of this.<p>One natural picture of the phenomenon goes something like this. Typically, our thoughts and …

Consciousness

The Internet Is Rallying Behind Sarah, a Teen Forced to Undergo Gay Conversion Therapy

Internet users around the world are rallying online to help a 17-year-old Texas teen named Sarah, whose parents sent her to an East Texas Christian …

LGBTQI

These (anime) eyes have seen a lot of love, but they've never looked as good as this

Getting the eyes right for an anime character might be hard, but this girl is absolutely nailing it.<p>Most people will see a character they love and …

A handy guide to the best feminist teaching tools online

Everyday Feminism's on-point breakdown on the absurd way society treats sexual consent. <i>Photo: everydayfeminism.com</i><p>One of the questions I'm frequently …

The scale of the solar system comes down to Earth in this video

The scale of the solar system is truly mind boggling.<p>Earth alone is more than 92 million miles from the sun, but even on a smaller scale, the moon is …

Two Black Holes are About to Smash Into Each Other

Three and a half billion light years away in the Virgo constellation, two supermassive black holes are on the verge of smacking into one another. In …

After 5 years of practicing mindfulness meditation, I've realised why people think it's impossible

I started practicing mindfulness meditation five years ago, when I was an English teacher living in Seoul, South Korea.<p>I’d sit cross-legged and try …

Church in Britain cancels 'gay conversion' conference following online petition

LONDON — A church in London has cancelled a conference for "people who have struggled with same-sex attraction" after an online petition against it …

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

New measurements from the Gale crater contradict theories that the planet is too cold for liquid water to exist, but Mars still considered hostile to life<p>Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.<p>Until now, scientists had thought that …

Mars Rover

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Albert Einstein

Dead girls, killer ratings: “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective” and TV’s epidemic of violence against women

<b>Emilia Clarke in "Game of Thrones" (HBO/Macall B. Polay)</b><p>In a culture besieged with violence against women, it’s imperative to think about the shows we choose to watch<p>Anna March<p>April 14, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Rumpus.<p>When I was a child in the ’70s I used to fight with …

Feminism

The surprising downsides of being drop dead gorgeous

Good looks can get you far in life, but psychologists say there are unrecognised pitfalls for the beautiful. David Robson reports.<p>Can you be too beautiful? It is hardly a problem that most of us have to contemplate – as much as we might like to dream that it were the case.<p>Yet the blessings and …

What Would Happen If You Fell into a Black Hole?

Black holes are without question some of the strangest places in the universe. So massive that they hideously deform space and time, so dense that …

Facts do not matter: The depressing science that explains vaccine trutherism

<b>Jenny McCarthy (Reuters/Fred Prouser)</b><p>Eye-opening new research reveals we’re predisposed to ignore truths that contradict our most cherished beliefs<p>Troy Campbell • Justin Friesen<p>March 5, 2015 9:15am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>“There was a scientific study that …

Critical Thinking

Kansas GOP Wants To Make Teaching 'Harmful' Books Illegal

As it turns out, Ray Bradbury may have been more prescient when he wrote “<i>Fahrenheit 451“</i>?than even he could have imagined. Bradbury’s classic novel …

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

Jet Lag

Heal Your Lower Back Pain With These 5 Yoga Poses

<b>In the United States lower back pain is one of most common complaints.</b> The Mayo Clinic states that most people will experience low back pain at some …

This is your brain on anti-vaxxing: Science explains the cognitive biases at work

<b>(Reuters/Brian Snyder)</b><p>The vaccine blame-game that the brain plays explained by SciShow<p>Sarah Gray<p>February 25, 2015 8:16pm (UTC)<p>A helpful video released recently by SciShow wades into the science behind why parents choose not to vaccinate their kids.<p>SciShow does not pose the action of getting a …

The Brain

Earth's other 'moon' could reveal mysteries of the solar system

We all know and love the moon. We're so assured that we only have one that we don't even give it a specific name. It is the second-brightest object …

The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

GalleryThe Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>A grilled cheese is a grilled cheese, right? I mean, it's the first meal that most of us learn how to cook at home by ourselves. …

88 quotes to help you finish your novel

Writing a novel through the Now Novel system makes it easy to structure your work and keep track of where you are in telling your story, yet even …

Writing

Filmmakers look to world’s loneliest whale

The whale sings in a sound frequency that is so unusual, no other whales will respond. Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Adrian Grenier want to find it, and …

The 3 ways the universe will end… and how our destruction has already started!

Having a bit of a mid-week slump? Feeling like it’s all meaningless?<p>Here’s something to put it all in perspective.<p>Munich information designers …

Human Soul Found? Quantum Theory Of Consciousness ‘Orch OR’ Claims Both Science And Religion Are True

Has the human soul been found by science? A controversial quantum theory of consciousness called “Orch OR” (which stands for “orchestrated objective …

Consciousness