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If atheists do have values, what are they?

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by Julian Baggini. Now that nearly half of Britons say that they have no religion, he observes, some believers are saying that atheism is also a sort of faith. Though an atheist, he is not of the Dick Dawkins school, and so does not respond with …

College Students Tell Us What Their Dorm Sex Lives Are Like

Thin walls, rumors, shitty roommates, and the ability of a nasty STI to wipe out an entire floor all make quick dorm hookups a bit of a minefield.<p>For most people who had to jump through the mental gymnastics clusterfuck of sneaking people into their parent's house during their teenage years, dorm …

Relationships

4 Women with 4 Very Different Incomes Open Up About the Lives They Can Afford

From a single mother just above the poverty line to a real-estate millionaire.<p><b>Over her lifetime</b>, the average American woman can expect to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a man with similar credentials and employment. For women of color, that pay gap looks more like a chasm. And …

College prep algebra textbook will convince you that the Matrix is real

There are only a few things on the Internet that are so incredible, so improbable, so mind-blowing that they can stop you right in your tracks.<p>One of …

College Prep

80 Percent of Americans Want to Label Food That Contains DNA

You might have heard that Americans overwhelmingly favor mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. That's true, …

Astronomers Just Discovered a Rare Dwarf Galaxy That's Loaded With Precious Elements

Stars packed with gold, platinum, and silver.<p>Scientists have been searching for the origin of some of the most precious metals on Earth - including …

Universe

Neuroscientists Have Recorded The Brain Activity of a Man at The Exact Moment He 'Saw God'

A serious case of epilepsy gave him a 'religious experience'.<p>Medical case reports are incredible things. Like real-life episodes of <i>House</i>, they offer …

Teahupo’o From Below - Images from the underwater world of Tahiti. Photos by Ben Thouard

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Why does gravity move at the speed of light?

Newton thought it was instantaneous, but the story is much richer than that!<p><i>“The fact that gravitational damping is measured at all is a strong</i> …

Fan throws golf ball with earplug attached at Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler

Quail Hollow presents enough challenges as is for the Wells Fargo Championship field. But Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler had to battle another opponent on Thursday:<p>A hurled golf ball from the gallery.<p>On the sixth hole, a fan threw an object towards Fowler and McIlroy on the tee. The item flew by …

Making invisible physics visible: New sensor technology captures nanoscale images with high spatial resolution and sensitivity

New sensor technology captures nanoscale images with high spatial resolution and sensitivity<p>Physicists create a radically new sensor technology that …

200 years after Darwin, this is how the iconic Galapagos finches are still evolving

When Darwin watched his famous finches flit about the craggy cliffs and lush forests of the Galapagos, he observed that something essential was at work in this remote part of the Pacific — some force of nature that, over the course of millennia, pushed each type of bird to become perfectly suited …

Birds

Somaliland to Ivy League: How one African school gets kids into top U.S. universities

A small high school in Africa seems to have figured out a formula to get kids into top U.S. colleges and Ivy League universities on full scholarships.<p>Nearly 60 students who studied at Somaliland's Abaarso School have been accepted to American and international universities since 2013, including …

College & University

British woman killed in ski accident in France

A 53-year-old British woman who was skiing in the French Alps was killed on Wednesday in a collision with a snowboarder.<p>The accident happened about 1pm at the Flaine resort in the Savoy region, rescue workers said.<p>They did not give the victim’s name.<p>The snowboarder’s wrist was “slightly injured,” …

This online game gave scientists new insight into quantum computing strategies

Video game strategies may have given quantum researchers a new insight into a crucial problem facing quantum computing, according to a new article in <i>Nature</i>. The research focused on a game called <i>Quantum Moves</i>, which is designed to mimic neutral atoms in an optical lattice. Facing a time limit, …

Scientists Just Got The First Direct Proof of Stable Carbyne - The World's Strongest Material

40 times stronger than diamond.<p>Elemental carbon is extremely versatile, and scientists have long been able to create new carbon allotropes that make …

Nanotech

NASA's Cassini Reveals The Full Glory Of Saturn's Rings

Saturn is remarkable in a number of ways; among all the planets we know of, it’s the <i>least</i> dense, and also the only one with a spectacularly visible set of rings.<p>Composed of icy, dust-like material, these rings aren’t solid, but made up of particles that pass each other, sticking together briefly …

Astronomy

No Man's Sky Lets You Explore a Universe-Sized Universe

If you budget just one second for each planet in Hello Games’ imponderable <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, you’ll still spend 585 billion years visiting them all. In …

No Man's Sky

Scientists Find Gigantic Black Hole Way Out in the Cosmic Backwater

One of the biggest black holes ever found sits in a cosmic backwater, like a towering skyscraper in a small town.<p>Astronomers have spotted a supermassive black hole containing 17 billion times the mass of the sun — only slightly smaller than the heftiest known black hole, which weighs in at a …

10 Stunning Pictures from NASA's Release of 3 Million Images

We pored through the massive set of images of Earth from space to show you some of our favorites.<p>NASA has made nearly 3 million images taken by ASTER—a Japan-U.S. instrument aboard NASA's flagship Terra satellite—freely available to the public.<p>The massive photo dump, announced on April 1, gives …

Harvard, Stanford, and 20 other colleges that are worth the money

"College is one of the biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime, so it's important to think of its financial implication," Aubrey Bach, PayScale's head of alumni analytics, tells Business Insider. "PayScale's College ROI Report gives students and their families access to this exact …

Essay About Love for Costco Wins Student Admission to Five Ivies

A college essay about one teen's drive to explore life — as well as her deep and abiding love for Costco — has won over admissions counselors at six of the most prestigious schools in the U.S.<p>Brittany Stinson, an 18-year-old senior at Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware, found out last week …

9 physics concepts every time travel enthusiast should master

Ask a child how to travel through time and you'll get a simple answer: Use a time machine.<p>Ask a physicist, and suddenly you'll start hearing …

Time Travel

Scientists just discovered a new state of matter

Quantum spin liquid, a state of matter predicted over forty years ago, has finally been discovered by a team of researchers.<p>The matter, which has …

Quantum Physics

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Scientists at Fermilab Are About to Start Shooting Neutrinos Through the Earth

Fermilab outside Chicago will soon begin its Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), and what it hopes to accomplish is as brilliant and …

ALMA's Stunning Image Of A Protoplanetary Disk Sheds Light On Planet Formation

For hundreds of years after realizing that the Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun, humanity has puzzled over the question of how they came to be. Since our Solar System has been around for over four billion years, we can’t truly know the story of our formation by looking at what we have …

Universe

Teenagers have built a summary app makes studying easier

Three teenagers have built a nifty summary tool that could potentially help high-school students study more efficiently and save hours of reading.<p>Available for iOS, Summize is an intelligent summary generator that will automatically recap the contents of any textbook page (or news article) you take …

14 difficult questions companies like Google and SpaceX have asked job candidates during an interview

Some companies are asking far more challenging — an in many cases, oddball — questions of job candidates, like "How many basketballs would fit in this room?" and "How would you sell hot chocolate in Florida?"<p>Job site Glassdoor recently combed through its tens of thousands of interview questions …

A student asks a teacher if she believes in God. What is the right response?

It’s not uncommon for curious elementary, middle and high school students to ask questions about their teachers’ lives — including their religious beliefs.<p>Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Do you worship Allah? Are you Jewish?<p>Such questions can be challenging for teachers, especially those working in …

Pedagogy