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Meet the 22-year-olds tackling our plastic waste

When they were not yet 20 years old, Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao came up with a scientific breakthrough to solve one of the most stubborn …

I Reject Christianity Because _______________

<i>Don't impose your exclusive views on me.</i><p><i>How can you believe in a God who'd allow so much senseless evil and suffering?</i><p><i>On what basis do you believe</i> …

A Brief History of Genome Island, Second Life’s First Genetics Lab

Over a decade later, Genome Island continues to prove that online educations don’t have to be boring.<p>It all started with <i>World of Warcraft</i>.<p>The year was 2004, and Mary Anne Clark, a professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University, had logged into the massive online role playing game for the first …

Swallowing the Red Pill: a journey to the heart of modern misogyny

How shitty are men really? The question hung in the air, invisible but omnipresent, like the smell of a garbage fire from a nearby town. By 2016, a series of catchphrases had come to dominate the chaotic state of gender politics – “male privilege”, “rape culture”, “men’s rights” – but confusion …

Feminism

Of Science And Faith, As Discussed By A Physicist And A Cardinal

Many of my non-believer colleagues would think it foolish to step onto a stage with a high-ranking Vatican cardinal to discuss science and religion.<p>They would claim it to be a waste of time, and the more extreme ones would say that doing this gives religion a credibility it doesn't deserve. Given …

Orthodox Judaism

How Tom Bissell's lack of belief compelled him to write 'Apostle'

The life and legacy of the apostle Thomas were a shimmer of myth and fact that sent Tom Bissell across oceans and down alleys; he scribbled notes with a high fever and cried with dysentery and diarrhea in a church bathroom on a mountaintop in India.<p>In researching his new book, "Apostle," Bissell, a …

Theology

March 2015

Diversity

Inside the $5 Billion Company That Will Launch Your Business

Why is it easier than ever to get a business off the ground? Ask the wunderkind founders of Stripe.<p>Dale Nirvani Pfeifer wants to save the world. A Kiwi academic with an infectious laugh, she spent years and flew thousands of miles searching for a philanthropic project she could believe in, moving …

Why Bible believers are not really Bible believers

A good number of evangelical Christians self-identify as Bible believers. It’s a peculiar way for a Christian to self-identify when you think about …

Theology

Celebrating Faith in China's Underground Churches

Parishioners clutch fir branches in place of palm fonds as they pray at an underground Palm Sunday service run by dissi<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Adam Dean—Panos<p>1 …

The enormous carbon footprint of food that we never even eat

Discussions about how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions frequently center on clean energy, more efficient transportation and sustainable agriculture. But research suggests that if we really want to pay attention to our carbon footprints, we should also be focusing on another, less-talked-about …

Agriculture

Why a 50,000 year old crater-lake in Maharashtra may not last another 50 years

The environment ministry has reduced the eco-sensitive zone around Lonar lake from 500 metres to 100 metres.<p>A rare lake in Maharashtra created by a …

3tags.org

We Could Have a Moon Base for As Little as $10 Billion

A big increase in a NASA budget could put a permanent base on the moon in six years.<p>Everything has a price, and the one for getting a moon base going might not be as much as you'd think. A group of NASA researchers, Google Lunar X Prize foundation leads, and other stakeholders assembled in secret …

God Is No Thing by Rupert Shortt review – an excellent response to New Atheism

In one of his letters, CS Lewis repeats the story of an earnest atheistical school teacher instructing her young charges that all forms of animal life derived from the higher apes, under the impression that she was teaching them Darwinism. The anecdote is probably too good to be true, but it is a …

Faith

Morgan Freeman on Religion, Science, and the Story of God

Host Morgan Freeman on National Geographic Channel’s Story of God and its quest to understand how different faiths answer our biggest questions—and …

Morgan Freeman

Watch Out Humans, Manta Rays May Be Self-Aware

Very few animals are capable of recognizing themselves in the mirror. New research suggests that manta rays are capable of this unique cognitive …

Your next alternative power source: Tomatoes

Every year, the state of Florida throws out nearly 400,000 tons of tomato waste.<p>The sludge is a mixture of damaged or worm-eaten tomatoes as well as unwanted skin and seeds from processed products like ketchup. It goes into landfills where it can produce dangerous methane gas, or ends up in waste …

Wastewater

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …

Education

GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries

Two big problems have been vexing environmental scientists for decades: How to store solar energy for later use, and what to do with CO2 that's been captured and sequestered from coal plants? Scientists from General Electric (GE) could solve both those problems at once by using CO2 as a giant …

Clean Energy

The mercury doesn't lie: We've hit a troubling climate change milestone

Thursday, while the nation debated the relative size of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the northern hemisphere, the …

Climate Change

The newest fad in education — and why some teachers find it troubling

It’s called “competency-based learning” and its the newest thing in education. What is it? Who likes it? Who doesn’t and why?<p>On its face, competency-based learning sounds good. Students learn material and move on when they have mastered the material, going at their own pace. But how exactly do …

Pedagogy

White Americans are nearly as blind to their racism as ever before

Along time ago, after a church service on a bright Sunday morning in the small town where I grew up, I heard one of the deacons tell another that he didn't believe colored people really wanted civil rights and integration. "If God had meant white people and black people to mix he would have made …

Black History

Why Science Is Ultimately Spiritual, and Vice Versa

Despite attempts to reconcile science with the long history of spirituality, a gulf still exists between them--a totally unnecessary one. There is only one reality, and science differs from spirituality only in its style of describing what is real. If this is true, then it's not simply an option to …

This Idea Could Prevent Campus Rape, And Maybe Stop Mass Shootings Too

Some experts worry that we aren't taking advantage of the opportunity to talk about the role of masculinity in college sexual violence.<p>Siavash Zohoori was out on his bicycle in Isla Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara campus where he goes to school, when he saw people 20 feet …

Middle School