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Quantum Loopholes And The Problem Of Free Will

Last week’s post about dark matter and ordinary atoms was prompted by a question from a colleague in the psychology department. That question, in turn, originated in an argument he was having with someone else, who was arguing that exotic physics could provide justification for “free will.” This is …

Vatican condom row: pope prevails as Knights of Malta chief resigns

Catholic order’s British leader, Matthew Festing, had been in conflict with liberalising pontiff over charity project<p>The head of the Knights of Malta, an ancient Catholic order, has resigned over a dispute with the Vatican about free condoms that has become a battle of wills between the heads of …

Christianity

Marco Rubio's test: Florida senator backs down from threat to defy Trump over secretary of State pick

During his rapid rise, Sen. Marco Rubio has been described in many ways — charismatic, smart and a young political leader in a hurry.<p>But in a defining moment Monday, with his decision to fall in line with President Trump's pick for secretary of State, Rubio risks a less flattering label: someone …

U.S. ‘political’ ambassadors told to quit by Jan. 20

Ambassadors in some of the most desirable foreign capitals such as London and Paris have been told they must end their service on Jan. 20 with “no exceptions,” State Department officials confirmed Thursday.<p>The unusually stern and specific directive to “political” ambassadors — often presidential …

Trump’s criticism of intelligence on Russia is dividing Hill GOP

President-elect Donald Trump’s broadside against the intelligence community is dividing Capitol Hill Republicans, with some ready to pounce on Trump’s skepticism that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections and others urging a more cautious approach.<p>The resulting schism could widen as Congress …

With electoral college vote, Trump’s win is official

Donald Trump clinched the presidency Monday as members of the electoral college cast ballots declaring him the victor, a perfunctory conclusion to the most stunning presidential contest in modern history.<p>Trump became the winner Monday afternoon after electors from Texas cast ballots and put him …

Government

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

You're not young and free forever.<p>Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having …

National Parks

Aleppo: New ceasefire deal reached

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aleppo residents will be allowed to leave on Thursday under a new ceasefire agreement reached overnight, a rebel group said.<p>According to Ahmad Qurah Ali, spokesman for the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, the deal was reached late Wednesday and will permit injured people to be evacuated beginning …

Watch Live: The Geminid Meteor Shower Streaks Across the Sky

One of the year’s biggest meteor showers will streak across the sky starting Tuesday night, according to NASA.<p>The Geminid meteor shower will peak on …

Meteor Showers

Have we been talking about climate change all wrong?

Look back, not forward, to connect with conservatives on climate, new study suggests.<p>Conservatives who dismiss science might see climate change …

Scientists Thought They Saw A Supernova, Was Actually A Black Hole Causing Mass Destruction

Don't get too close.<p>We all make mistakes, even scientists it seems.<p>A team from the European Southern Observatory have revealed that what they thought …

Black Holes

Science, reason and decency all under threat: 5 nightmarish things Donald Trump did just last week

<b>President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)</b><p>The mind reels with the mounting horrors and the sheer pace at which they come<p>Janet Allon<p>December 12, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> …

Donald Trump

Trump draws rebukes after saying U.S. isn’t bound by one-China policy

BEIJING — Donald Trump is talking about Taiwan again — and so is China, in angry and mocking ­comments Monday that questioned whether the president-elect grasps a core ­element of ­relations between the world’s top economic powers.<p>In an interview broadcast Sunday, Trump said the United States would …

China

Trump's threats chill corporate investment plans in Mexico | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s threats to battle Mexico over trade, investment and jobs have pushed a growing number of companies operating in the country to put expansion plans on hold until the president-elect fleshes out his policies, business leaders have told Reuters since the Nov. 8 …

Europe's Future Hangs in the Balance After Elections in Italy and Austria

In a dramatic day of voting that could have major implications for Europe’s economic and political future, citizens from Italy and Austria cast their …

Europe

Rouhani: we won't let Trump tear up US–Iran nuclear deal

Iranian president says 10-year extension of US sanctions could be violation of the accord signed in July 2015<p>The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has said his country will not allow Donald Trump to tear up the landmark nuclear agreement with the west as he warned that an extension of sanctions, …