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Escape From A Black Hole? Not In This Universe

By definition, black holes are objects that have so much matter concentrated in a single point that nothing — not even light — can escape from within a certain region of space around them. This was a feature of Newtonian gravity; it’s a feature of Einstein’s General Relativity; and when we have a …

Black Holes

Parents Across the Internet Let Daughters Stay Up to See Historic Clinton Speech

As Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night as the first female major-party nominee, she sought to position the achievement within history, …

Hillary Clinton

The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor

In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel, a researcher at Stanford University, invited several hundred children to participate in a game in which they were given a choice: They could eat one sweet right away, or wait and have two a little later. Initially, the goal was simple: to see how and why people …


Retro Baby Name Ideas: Most Popular First World War Inspired Names For Boys And Girls

Parents-to-be looking for a retro baby name will find plenty of inspiration in this list inspired by the First World War.<p>The National Archives …

World History

Religion vs Science: A Call to a Higher Standard

In my inbox a few days ago was a report from Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture on whether young people are losing their faith because of science. The report starts by mentioning a young college student named Jesse who had been brought up in a devout evangelical home, and grew up …


Dear Ms Morgan: religious education must include atheism and humanism

Schools cannot prepare pupils for modern life by excluding secular beliefs from GCSE religious studies<p>There are many people in England who organise their lives without making any reference to a supernatural being. We may or may not call ourselves atheists, humanists or non-believers. Names, labels …


Fear, faith and the rise of Ben Carson

MONTROSE, Ala. — She had known exactly what Ben Carson meant when he spoke of leaders who are trying to “destroy America.” That meant President Obama. She had understood perfectly when he spoke of all the “secular progressives who don’t like ­Judeo-Christian values” and “want to destroy your …

Ben Carson

Polls: Americans believe in evolution, less in creationism.

Few issues have divided the American public as bitterly as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Since <i>On the Origin of …


Religious violence flares in Indonesia as mob torches Aceh church

Muslim vigilante is shot dead as small Protestant house of worship attacked and authorities move to ‘ensure security’ – by demolishing more churches<p>Indonesia is struggling to live up to its national motto “unity in diversity” after a mob attack on a church left one dead and the authorities …


The 25 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix for Halloween

But there are a lot of choices. So to make the rest of your October movie-watching easier, here are the 25 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix right now.<p>Grab a friend and come on in.


Dr. Brantly Asks For 'Immediate Action' to Fight Ebola

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Iran detains UK citizen over ban on women watching sports alongside men

Amnesty International says Ghoncheh Ghavami is 'a prisoner of conscience' being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison<p>Earlier this summer, Ghoncheh Ghavami stood outside Tehran's majestic Azadi (freedom) stadium, wearing a white scarf and holding up a placard.<p>With Hassan Rouhani promising a more …

4 million fewer uninsured as Obamacare kicks in

The ranks of the uninsured plummeted in early 2014, as millions gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, new government data released Tuesday found.<p>There were 41 million Americans lacking coverage in early 2014, down from 44.8 million last year, according to the National Health Interview …

Pol tries to turn tables on Bill Maher

Minnesota Rep. John Kline is fighting back after being targeted by Bill Maher in his “Flip a District” campaign.<p>“As promised, Maher is turning his liberal guns on our districts and using his TV megaphone and million-dollar war chest to defeat me in November,” Kline, a Republican, wrote in an email …