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What to Know About Meat and Cancer

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Nutrition

Water Is Flowing on Mars

In a major scientific finding, researchers confirm briny water flows seasonally on the Red Planet.<p>Right now, 140 million miles away, somewhere on the frigid surface of Mars, there is water forming. Scientists announced they have strong evidence that briny water flows on the planet, a critical step …

'It's classic Putin': Russia's big move in the Middle East goes beyond Syria

The announcement came amid reports that Russian, Syrian, and Iranian military advisers had begun building a coordination cell in Baghdad in an effort to bolster the Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq.<p>As Russia builds up its military presence in Syria, its …

Middle East

Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical …

Religion

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

We can only save nature by using it – Responding to Ecomodernism

Last night saw the UK launch of the ‘ecomodernist manifesto’, produced by the US Breakthrough Institute. The manifesto calls on environmentalists to embrace technology in order to save nature. Professor Georgina Mace was one of the speakers. Here, she summarises her argument.<p>It is refreshing and …

Ecology

A Dirty Little Secret -- The 'Boy Toys' of Afghanistan

This is a form of institutionalized child sex slavery that we hear little about. It is called "bacha bazi" or "boy play" and in countries like Afghanistan it is not only acceptable it is a culturally sanctioned status symbol...every male leader must have his "boy toy" or several of them.<p>We read …