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Why atheism is surging around the world

For Professor Owen C. Thomas, a former physicist and current president of the American Theological Society, atheism is experiencing what he refers to …

The world’s oceans are warming much faster than we thought

US scientists discovered that much of the extra heat in the ocean is buried deep underwater, with 35% of the additional warmth found at depths below 700 meters. This means far more heat is present in the far reaches of the ocean than 20 years ago, when it contained just 20% of the extra heat …

Climate Change

We Know Exactly Where all the Heat From the 'Global Warming Hiatus' Went

You might remember hearing about the global warming “hiatus” a few years back—a pause in Earth’s inexorably rising temperature, which some used as …

Price War Brings Gas to Less Than 50 Cents a Gallon

As gas prices fall across the country, some Michiganders look like they’re getting the best deal.<p>In what appeared to be a price war between two gas …

Customers

How the Iron Pipeline funnels guns into cities with tough gun laws

The gun market is thriving like never before, which means more traffic for the Iron Pipeline.<p>The Iron Pipeline refers to the I-95 corridor connecting New York City, which has strict gun laws, to the Southern states that have relatively lax gun laws. It also refers to Chicago and its proximity to …

Guns

The Supreme Court will drop an immigration blockbuster right in the heat of the election

The high court announced Tuesday that it would hear a case brought by Texas and cosigned by 25 states on the administration's programs to shield millions of immigrants who are living in the US without permission from being deported, allowing many to qualify for legal work status.<p>If the court rules …

Immigration
Asteroids

These 6 Technologies Will Define 2016

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve. And as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same curve, so we are seeing exponential advances in technologies such as sensors, …

Artificial Intelligence

Japan's WWII Paratrooping Rifles Had Some Major Flaws

Turns out sawing a rifle in half and adding a hinge looked better on paper.<p>Did you know that Japan had a paratroop corps during World War II? They trained and equipped this group in the late 1930s—with technical assistance from Germany, in fact. During their first combat drop onto Sumatra, the …

World War II

AirMule 'drone ambulance' makes first untethered flight

An unmanned air ambulance has been filmed taking off, untethered, for the first time.<p>The AirMule, developed by Tactical Robotics and long proposed as …

Drones

Two Letters to President Obama on Gun Control

Dear President Obama,<p>I respectfully ask that you take no action to further limit Americans' right to own firearms. I make this request not so much to protect my right to own guns, but because, like millions of my fellow Americans, I am afraid. I am afraid of the seemingly endless ways the …

Guns

Managers in Texas Walmarts Now Have to Check for Gun Permits

Following a new law in Texas this week that allows licensed people to carry handguns openly in public, Walmart (wmt) store managers there have a new …

Guns

North Korea claims hydrogen bomb test

North Korea claims to have carried out its first successful test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device.<p>The announcement on North Korean state television followed the detection of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake at the Punggye-ri site in the north of the isolated country. It’s where Pyongyang has …

Cars Will Be the Talk of CES This Year

If it wasn’t obvious this year, 2016 should erase any doubts that CES has turned into a major auto show. Nearly a decade ago, Ford became the first …

Artificial Intelligence

Drone delays Heathrow flight as MPs say they back expansion of airport

Drone delays Heathrow flights as new poll finds majority of MPs back the expansion of the airport<p>A flight was delayed at Heathrow Airport on Saturday after a drone was flown over one of its runways.<p>The departure runway was closed for seven minutes between 12.45 and 12.52pm – delaying at least one …

The ‘silencing of Christians’ in the public sector

Christianity being subtly ‘squeezed out’ of public life by Civil service culture where officials keep their faith a virtual secret, reveals former top Whitehall Mandarin<p>Christianity is being subtly “silenced” within the public sector in the UK because of a civil service culture which treats …

Families are taken into custody as push to deport immigrants denied refuge begins

The detentions of at least 11 families across the country marked the first day of an effort by the government to find and deport Central American migrants who sought refuge in the U.S. and stayed illegally, immigrant advocates said Saturday.<p>Unlike a string of immigration raids in the mid-2000s, …

1,600 'potentially hazardous' asteroids could strike Earth — here's how NASA plans to protect us

An impact by one could mean anything from broken windows to global extinction, which is why scientists are working hard to find and, if necessary, deflect or destroy these rogue space rocks.<p>Though a big strike has a low likelihood of happening, the consequences would be enormous, according to Nahum …

Asteroids

After the French 9/11, Le Patriot Act

LYON, France — The visible signs of change here at the merciful close of France's annus horribilis are subtle to the American eye. Travelers arriving by air from other European countries no longer encounter an automatic "hurry along" at the passport booth. More tricolors than usual are draped …

This is the fuel NASA needs to make it to the edge of the solar system — and beyond

Just in time for the new year, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have unveiled the fruits of a different kind of energy research: For the first time in nearly three decades, they’ve produced a special fuel that scientists hope will power the future exploration …

Nuclear Energy

Emanuel's police plan calls for every street cop to be equipped with Taser by summer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce changes in tactics and training for Chicago police on Wednesday, including a goal for every officer on street duty to be equipped with a Taser by summer.<p>A few details of the announcement were released late Tuesday night, and they seemed aimed at addressing …

Sick of El Niño? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Warns NASA

The El Niño currently wreaking havoc around the world is forecast to only worsen in 2016 — and NASA experts fear it could get as bad as the most destructive El Niño ever.<p>A new satellite image of the weather system "bears a striking resemblance to one from December 1997" — the worst El Niño on …

Weather

The coolest military tech coming in 2016

Military

New data shows tens of thousands of officials were caught up in China's anti-corruption drive

The only tangible way we have seen the government's anti-corruption drive is within the depressed earnings of Western companies that sell luxury goods. Gambling revenues in Macau are down 32%, according to Bloomberg. Prada, Mulberry, Remy Cointreau, Diageo, LVMH, and the high-end car and watch …

China
Terrorism

A year after Congress voted to end war on medical pot, raids continue in California

When Congress effectively lifted the federal ban on medical marijuana a year ago, Californians drove the landmark change, which was tucked into a sprawling spending package by a liberal lawmaker from the Monterey peninsula and his conservative colleague from Orange County.<p>A year later, marijuana …

Congress Wants NASA To Create A Deep Space Habitat By 2018

The next big step towards sending humans to Mars<p>NASA may dream of sending humans to Mars in the coming decades, but the fact remains that nobody's really sure how we'll survive the journey or set up camp on the red planet.<p>The Orion spacecraft that will drive astronauts to Mars has a diameter that's …

Space Science

Meet Nadine, the world's most human-like robot

The world's most human-like robot has begun work as a university receptionist as scientists predict the new technology will eventually provide childcare and offer friendship to lonely elderly people.<p>With her soft skin and flowing brunette hair, Nadine does not only meet and greet visitors, smile, …