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What’s a Saint, Anyway?

As the pope canonizes a controversial figure, it’s worth remembering the centuries of controversy surrounding sainthood itself.<p>How does a person get canonized? Or, to be more precise, what is it that distinguishes the 10,000 or so official Catholic saints from the rest of us 1.2 billion Catholic …

Christianity
Coffee

Waking Up Podcast #10 — Faith vs. Fact

<b>Jerry A. Coyne</b> is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He received a B.S. in Biology from the College …

New York Times

16 of the most jaw-dropping space photos of the year

A comet's green tail, the moon above an Italian mountain and dancing green auroras shine brightly in a set of photos shortlisted for an …

How to Set Up Your Own Home VPN Server

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are very useful, whether you’re traveling the world or just using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop in your hometown. But …

VPNs

The Senate's experiment with cannabis

Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot<p>Obamacare. Gay weddings. Now pot?<p>As progressives celebrate a couple of big wins in Washington – the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing same-sex marriage – another issue has remained firmly stuck at the national …

Cannabis

Big Bang Nixed --"Our Universe Evolved from the Black Hole of a Collapsed 4-D Star" (Today's Most Popular)

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

Single-celled plankton evolves tiny, human-like eye

The eye is so complex that researchers originally thought it had come from an animal that the plankton had eaten<p>A single-celled marine plankton has evolved a miniature version of an eye to help see its prey better, researchers believe.<p>The tiny creature, which can only be seen under a microscope, it …