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Big in Europe: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Though Pastafarianism was founded to critique organized religion, it’s now an organized movement.<p>This spring, the Infrastructure Ministry in Brandenburg, Germany, found itself litigating what counts as religion. The ministry typically concerns itself with worldly issues like road signage. But then …

Religion

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

Biology

The Bizarre Attempt to Excuse Donald Trump's Misogyny With Racy Lyrics

Beyoncé and Jay Z might use lewd language, but they don't condone sexual assault.<p>On CNN, the conservative pundit Betsy McCaughey was asked about the Republican politicians distancing themselves from Donald Trump after a tape leaked of him talking about grabbing women “by the pussy.” McCaughey …

Donald Trump

Animal-Rights Groups Are Targeting a Jewish Ritual on Yom Kippur

A lawsuit in California and violent protests in Brooklyn have focused on the practice of ritual chicken slaughter. Is this anti-Semitism?<p>Every year, on the day before Yom Kippur, a small number of Jews in the United States participate in a ritual called <i>kaporos</i>. They swing chickens around their …

Israel

Trump says shackles are off as GOP support peels away

Obama says Trump unfit to work at 7-Eleven; Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of Russian propaganda after latest leak; North Carolina floodwaters still rising<p>Trump unleashed becomes a party of one<p>Donald Trump’s war with his own party, which he called disloyal and unable to win, is intensifying with any …

Government

Ryan Lochte Dropped by Ralph Lauren, Speedo After Rio Olympics Incident

He has two more endorsement deals remaining<p>The Olympics end and the Lochtefreude begins.<p>Related<p>Watch John Oliver's Takedown of 'America's Idiot Sea …

Hundreds of tiny Montserrat tarantulas hatch in zoo

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1255000/1255871_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522271324_33a942d36923c31ea3ba969e967490bf<p><b>A clutch of about 200 Montserrat tarantulas has hatched at Chester Zoo - the first time this rare spider has been bred in captivity.</b><p>Very little is …

Zoology

The Atlantic Daily: Trump's Triumph, Shooting in Munich, Drugs of the Future

Donald Trump accepted his party’s nomination, attackers killed 8 near a German mall, researchers found a new way to treat pain, and more.<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Quiet in Cleveland:</b> The Republican National Convention ended last night with a speech from Donald Trump, who accepted his party’s nomination …

Democratic National Convention

Gatwick flight to Crete turned back due to strong 'cannabis smell' in cabin

British Airways plane met by fire crews on return to London after cabin crew reportedly fell ill due to ‘pungent’ odour<p>A British Airways flight to Crete was forced to make an unscheduled return to Gatwick after an overpowering smell similar to that of cannabis filled the cabin.<p>Passengers on …

Airplanes

Police seek to unlock murder victim's phone using 3D replica of fingertips

Lab printed prosthetic digit to help police try and unlock a murder victim’s smartphone, protected by a fingerprint scanner instead of a password<p>Computer science professor Anil Jain spends most of his time researching and improving biometric systems, like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition …

Privacy

Trump: 'I alone' can fix dark, violent, weak America

Republican presidential nominee casts himself as ‘law and order’ candidate; Roger Ailes bows out at Fox News in disgrace amid sexual harassment claims; search for MH370 to be suspended after two years<p>Trump accepts Republican nomination<p>Donald Trump went big and bad, painting a portrait of a lawless, …

Donald Trump