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Five Truths Every Young Man (and Woman) Should Know About the Aaronic Priesthood

<b>Sign up for Meridian’s Free Newsletter, please CLICK HERE</b><p><i>Cover image via LDS.org.</i><p>Many young men receive the Aaronic Priesthood with limited …

Theology

This Medieval Italian Man Replaced His Amputated Hand With a Weapon

Badass.<p>Archaeologists have found a fascinating puzzle in the shape of a man's remains dating back to medieval Italy. It looks like this guy went …

Archaeology

Dangerous ground-shaking TREMORS expected after series of earthquakes hit near 'Ring of Fire' fault line in the US

A series of earthquakes have struck close to a fault line in the US sparking fears of greater tremors around the so-called "Ring of Fire".<p>The …

Geology

Regional tensions soar in Syria as Trump threatens to strike and Iranians die in an attack

BEIRUT — The prospect of a U.S. strike on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack, coupled with a missile raid apparently carried out by Israel that killed Iranian military personnel, has underscored the risk that the conflict is on the brink of a dangerous escalation.<p>Syria and Russia …

White House sends mixed signals on trade fight; markets dive

WASHINGTON (AP) — The trade clash between President Donald Trump and China's government is escalating, with Beijing pledging to "counterattack with great strength" if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods.<p>Trump made his out-of-the-blue …

Donald Trump

Does This Picture Prove God Exposed Himself to Ancient Jews?

A “portrait” uncovered decades ago from a 3,000 year old archeological site in the Sinai Desert provides evidence that early Jewish worshippers …

Archaeology

Big crack is evidence that East Africa could be splitting in two

<b>(CNN) —</b> A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya.<p>The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.<p>The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even …

East Africa

Banish Infection With These 5 Powerful All-Natural Antibiotics

Since the discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s and the development of new products through the 1980s, it has become much harder for scientists to …

Alternative Medicine

Earth's Flip-Flopping Magnetic Field is Screwing with Satellites Over Africa

The "big flip" may be on its way.<p>We foolishly assume some things about the Earth will always be the same. Sure, it’s safe to assume the sky will …

Earth Science

Israel may be facing a five-front war

On Feb. 27, 2018, Iran inaugurated an “Hourglass Festival” celebrating the “immanent collapse” of Israel. According to the Times of Israel, the …

Middle East

Why San Francisco is a nightmare, according to science

San Francisco can be a tough place live for a lot of reasons. Sky-high housing prices can make it nearly impossible to find a place. In February, a 1,000-square-foot home with no working plumbing and a pile of rotting mattresses stacked in the kitchen sold for more than $520,000.<p>Even tech moguls …

San Francisco

WALSH: One Terrible Lie That Is Destroying Christianity In America And Leading Souls To Hell

A vast array of lies and heresies have infected Christianity in America. It is difficult to narrow the list down. Certainly we cannot point to just …

Theology

How to immediately change your life for the better

There’s an old joke where a man says, “I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years–and I’ll be 50 in seven years!” A …

Self-improvement

Is There Non-Biblical Evidence

Is there any evidence outside of the Bible that the Resurrection of Jesus was a real historical event rather than a myth or an …

Theology

How a woman from the 1800s became the first computer programmer

In her recently released book <i>Broad Band,</i> Claire L. Evans wants readers to learn about women who have been forgotten in tech history. Ada Lovelace may not be a household name like Steve Jobs but she is possibly the first computer programmer. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>How A Woman From</i> …

Mathematics

New evidence for plume beneath Yellowstone National Park

A pair of researchers from the University of Texas has found what they claim is evidence of a plume beneath Yellowstone National Park. In their paper …

Geology

What Are Glial Cells and What Do They Do?

You've likely heard of the "gray matter" of the brain, which is made up of cells called neurons, but a lesser-known type of brain cell is what makes …

Pointy Skulls Belonged to ‘Foreign’ Brides, Ancient DNA Suggests

Archaeologists have long suspected that modified skulls in German burials belonged to the Huns. Now genetic evidence may confirm it.<p>During the Migration Age (ca. 300-700 A.D.), "barbarian" groups like the Goths and Vandals roved around Europe, nibbling away at the declining Roman Empire and …

Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and Your Vagus Nerve

This <i>Psychology Today</i> blog post is phase one of a nine-part series called "<i>The Vagus Nerve Survival Guide."</i> The nine vagal maneuvers featured in each …

Yoga

Hidden Records on Ancestry - are you missing a trick?

<b>Hidden Records on Ancestry – are you missing a trick?</b> Did you know that not all the records on <b>Ancestry</b> are indexed? Did you know that Ancestry goes …

NASA says ‘fireball’ that shook Washington coast about the size of minivan

SEATTLE -- The fireball hundreds of people reported over the Washington coast Wednesday night was a meteor entering our atmosphere, NASA scientists …

What Are Morning Pages And Why Should You Do Them? An Explainer

Yes, you really do have to write them *by hand*. No, they aren't just for writers or even for Creative People. Yes, they are pretty great.

Beware 'Disease X': the mystery killer keeping scientists awake at night

Over two days in early February, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable.<p>The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, …

Home remedies to get rid of yellow teeth

It is natural for a person's teeth to become less white as they age. Many people turn to home remedies to try to get rid of yellow teeth. But which …

Japanese volcano erupts, dozens of flights grounded

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan that appeared in a James Bond film had its biggest eruption in years Tuesday, shooting smoke and ash thousands of meters (feet) into the sky and grounding dozens of flights at a nearby airport, officials said.<p>The Meteorological Agency said the Shinmoedake …

Meteorology

What Are We To Make of Jacob’s Apparent Deceitfulness?

<b>Sign up for Meridian’s Free Newsletter, please CLICK HERE</b><p><i>Editor’s Note: The following is an Old Testament KnoWhy[i] for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10:</i> …

Theology

Death Toll Climbs as Aftershocks Rattle Earthquake-Hit Papua New Guinea

One week after Papua New Guinea was rattled by a powerful earthquake, aftershocks have reportedly caused the death toll to rise to at least 67, while …

Natural Disasters

Finding Peace in Imperfection - liahona

One of the misperceptions that we may struggle with during this earth life has to do with the concept of perfection. Many falsely believe that we …

The Best Way to Motivate the Rebellious

<b>Sign up for Meridian’s Free Newsletter, please CLICK HERE</b><p><i>Editor’s Note: The following is part of a series from the book, “Moroni’s War on Addiction,</i> …

Time I

Earthquakes rattle South Pacific, deaths feared

The South Pacific is reeling from another series of powerful earthquakes that rocked the region early Tuesday. Known as the Ring of Fire, the area is home to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.<p>A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck 56 miles from Pogera and Enga province in Papua New Guinea at 3:45 a.m. …

Natural Disasters