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At last, celebrity women in lesbian relationships are no big deal

Model Cara Delevingne and musician St Vincent were pictured sitting lovingly together at London fashion week, without any titillation or shock at their union in the media. It’s a joy to see<p>When is a lesbian relationship between two high-profile celebrities not cause for salacious and intrusive …

London Fashion Week

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality" -Carl Sagan<p>It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information …

Consciousness

Intersex Surgeries Are A Human Rights Violation, Says U.N. Group

But some doctors and bioethicists argue that calling intersex surgeries "torture" could end up doing more harm than good for kids born with ambiguous genitalia.<p>This week the United Nations convened its first meeting to address the issue of human rights violations against people with ambiguous …

South Korea

Ruling sides with same-sex couple turned away by bed-and-breakfast

Public businesses in Illinois cannot refuse to serve same-sex couples based on religious beliefs, a judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission has ruled, siding with a same-sex couple denied access to a downstate bed-and-breakfast in 2011.<p>The ruling, the first of its kind in the state, will …

Child molester given longer sentence as victims are Asian

Judge right to give West Yorkshire paedophile tougher sentence as Asian sex abuse victims suffer more than those who are white, Appeal Court rules<p>A child molester who abused two Asian girls was rightly given a longer sentence than if his victims had been white because Asian sex crime victims suffer …

Four California Cops Slam Crying Black Teen to Ground for Jaywalking

On Tuesday, a Facebook user in Stockton, California uploaded a disturbing viral video showing a large group of police officers violently forcing a …

Quantum "Weeping Angel" Effect Freezes Atoms in Place

The paradox of Schroedinger’s Cat famously demonstrates that a quantum cat sealed in a box is both alive and dead at the same time until we look …

What Is Ransomware? A Guide to the Global Cyberattack's Scary Method

Ransomware is malware that locks your keyboard or computer to prevent you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom, usually demanded in …

Things to Remember if You Love a Person with Mental Illness

How often do we hear someone say “I’m so depressed!” Or “I’m so ADD!” Usually, people are using these terms in a casual fashion to refer to a …

Astronomers Have Already Made Shocking Discoveries About Pluto

Really, that was not supposed to happen.<p>On Wednesday afternoon, NASA released a hi-res photo of a tiny fraction of Pluto, taken by the New Horizons probe, that made everyone re-evaluate their understanding of the universe: Pluto has mountains—big ones, the size of the Rockies—and in the absence of …

Solar System

Why Do Solids Have Energy Bands?

One of the most obviously quantum features of our universe is the discrete emission spectra we see from atoms. Every element in the periodic table absorbs and emits light of very particular frequencies, and these unique spectral lines are regularly used to identify the composition of various …

Quantum Mechanics

God V. Gays Is a False Narrative

In the days since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, a number of false narratives have started dominating our airwaves and social media.<p>People of faith are pitted against the LGBT community, which is positioned as both godless and faithless. Let's be …

LGBTQI

Anxious brains are inherited, study finds

The brain function that underlies anxiety and depression is inherited, a new study finds — but there is still plenty of space for experience and environment to reduce the risk of a full-blown mental disorder.<p>The research focused on rhesus monkeys. Like humans, some young rhesus monkeys have what's …

Monkeys

Buddhism and the Brain: Mindfulness in Modern Times

Philosophy professor and Buddhist scholar Evan Thompson discusses the concepts behind his latest book, <i>Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness</i> …

Consciousness

Report: The Ups And Downs Of U.S. Solar Investments

A 4-day solar energy conference in San Francisco kicks off today. Intersolar comes with a large exhibition hall that showcases all sorts of solar energy equipment from manufacturers around the world.<p>The solar energy market is maturing, and as a result, we are seeing more projecting financing and …

Solar Power

The Supreme Court Case That Proves the Antebellum South Wasn’t Really Concerned With States' Rights

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress<p>Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress<p>Library of …

Art

Artificial DNA acts just like the real thing. Does that mean we should we make it?

10 Ways to Achieve Cold Brew Coffee Greatness

From better ice cubes to DIY flavored syrup, here are 10 simple, awesome ways to make cold brew iced coffee even better.<p>There are three things that iced coffee should be: strong, bracingly cold, and in your hand as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive, so we're big fans of DIY …

Coffee