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‘We Will Not Bow Down Nor Will We Be Silent’: Baptist Leader Gets Standing Ovation and Cheers During Speech About God and Gay Marriage

Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court issues its landmark decision on gay marriage, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s second largest Christian denomination, vowed never to perform same-sex nuptials, and encouraged other pastors to take a stand.<p>The Rev. Ronnie Floyd of …

The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?<p>Societies living off-Earth sounds like a concept from science fiction. We spend our lives pinned to the planet. In half a century of human space flight, fewer than 600 people have traveled to low Earth orbit, and just 12 have stood …

Space Travel

5 Facts About M.C. Escher That Will Bend Your Mind

M.C. Escher is well known for his surreal, reality-warping engravings -- two hands drawing each other, infinite staircases, fish changing into birds and back again. Never an art-world celebrity, he was nonetheless beloved by everyone from counterculture youth to mystics and scientists.<p>As a result, …

What Is the Smallest Thing in the Universe?

The answer to the enduring question of the smallest thing in the universe has evolved along with humanity. People once thought grains of sand were …

Physics

Engineers Stumble on a Whole New Method of Laser-Based Spacecraft Propulsion

Are graphene light-sponges the new solar sails?<p>A team of Chinese physicists has developed a new variety of light-based propulsion system with the ability to harness much greater forces than a conventional solar sail. The key, according to the Nankai University-based group, is in swapping out the …

Urthecast unveils 1st full-color HD videos of Earth from Space Station

An HD camera mounted to the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) has just beamed down its first videos of Earth from space, and they are …

5 completely insane things Christian fundamentalists are teaching their kids

<b>(Jaroslav74 via Shutterstock)</b><p>This stuff is in <i>schoolbooks</i><p>Jonny Scaramanga<p>June 17, 2015 7:00am (UTC)<p>Accelerated Christian Education is a fundamentalist school curriculum used in a claimed 6,000 schools and 145 countries. Despite the name, education is actually second to its stated primary purpose, …

NASA’s ‘Flying Saucer’ Lander Is Going For A Test Spin Today

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator will help the space agency slow its roll<p><i>Update: The test was rescheduled until later this afternoon, and will take place from 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.</i><p>Perhaps the most iconic symbol to emerge from the science fiction genre over the last century is …

TestFlight

Month in Space: See a Black Sun and a Rocket's Red Glare

Space

NASA’s new ion engine is already in space and could someday be used on a mission to Mars

The NASA spacecraft Dawn has spent more than seven years traveling across the solar system to intercept the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Now in orbit around Ceres, the probe has returned the first images and data from these distant objects. But inside Dawn itself is another first—the …

Engines

World War I’s Lost Generation and Nazism

‘The Fox in the Attic’ was a remarkable portrait of Hitler’s rise to power and a great example of fiction’s power to shed light on reality.<p>Because of …

Boeing's 'plasma shields' would block explosion shockwaves

"Captain, magnetic seals in the anti-matter chamber are decaying!" "Shields up!" Now that we have <i>that</i> out of our systems, let's start by saying that unlike a <i>Star Trek</i>-style deflector, Boeing's plasma "shield" could never block shells or bullets, let alone anti-matter explosions. But if its patent …

When Christians Love Their Religion More Than Their God

Instead of promoting Christ, Christians often promote …<p><i>their</i> theology<p><i>their</i> culture<p><i>their</i> values<p><i>their</i> creeds<p><i>their</i> traditions<p><i>their</i> spiritual</i> …

Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures by Jennifer Townley Fuse Mathematics and Art | Colossal

<p>Although powered by simple rotary engines, these kinetic sculptures by Netherlands-based sculptor Jennifer Townley are dizzying in complexity. …

Do These 9 Things And You'll Never Need Couples' Therapy

Marriage counselors spill their secrets (and save you a fortune on therapy bills).<p>The honeymoon may be over, but there are ways to keep the good feelings and fun times rolling—and to weather the inevitable storms without totally sinking. We talked to relationship experts who have tons of experience …

NASA Hiding Evidence Of Alien Life On Dwarf Planet Ceres? Dawn Spacecraft In Orbit 10 Days But NASA Silent

The Dawn Spacecraft has accomplished something amazing: It is the only spacecraft to ever orbit two extraterrestrial destinations. Dawn finally …

Astronomy

Seeing is the Essence of Photography, And You Can Learn to Do It Better

Photography is an analytic art form. We aim our lenses to specific parts of the world around us to pick a frame because, in our analysis, that …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

The new MacBook's single port comes with a major security risk

After years of development, USB Type-C is making a very big debut. Last week, Apple announced its new MacBook would come with just a single Type-C plug for both power and data, a move that allowed for the slimmest MacBook ever. A few days later, Google unveiled the new version of its flagship …

SXSW 2015: AeroMobil Says It Will Put Its Flying Car On The Market In 2017

And once that's done? A self-flying car<p><i>Updated 3/16/2015, 4:33 p.m. ET.</i><p>In October 2014, Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled a prototype vehicle that exhilarated <i>Back To The Future</i> fans, as well as pretty much everyone else: the long fantasized flying car. Dubbed AeroMobil 3.0, the car/plane hybrid …

Roadsters

Microsoft reveals how it will make money giving away software

It's all about getting you hooked<p>Microsoft has been doing some surprising things with software over the past year. Free Windows and Windows Phone licenses for PC and phone makers, free Office for iOS and Android, and acquisitions of free mobile apps all come to mind. While Microsoft has been …

“Mini Supernova” Explosion Could Have Big Impact

In Hollywood blockbusters, explosions are often among the stars of the show. In space, explosions of actual stars are a focus for scientists who hope …

​How solar sailing could impact the future of space exploration

<b>SAN FRANCISCO --</b> In a laboratory, time lapse video shows a tiny satellite opening a huge sail that could carry it deep into space. Launched on a …

April 2015

Don't want NSA to spy on your email? 5 things you can do

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government's digital spies prying into their emails, texts, search …

Yahoo Invites Hackers Everywhere To Target Smartphones

The world is awash with stories about how mobile devices are a major vector for security breaches. It was, after all, only a few months ago that the Jennifer Lawrence photo-hacking story shone a light on consumer security generally. You’d have thought in light of this that every vendor under the …

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31): Location, Characteristics & Images

The Andromeda galaxy, our Milky Way's closest neighbor, is the most distant object in the sky that you can see with your unaided eye — but only on a …

SpaceX says boosting output, on track for 13 rocket launches this year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is rapidly increasing production of the engines that power its Falcon 9 rocket and expects to meet its target of 13 launches and two test flights this year, President Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters.<p>The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, …

Space Travel