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Black church fires raise fears; crime data suggest blazes are not unusual

Thousands of social media users are tweeting the same question: Who is burning black churches?<p>Fires at six black churches in the South over the last 10 days have stirred fears that racial violence on houses of worship is making a comeback — perhaps as a backlash to criticism of the Confederate flag …

Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways

A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.<p>If you’re a Republican and a fan of Sean Hannity, global warming is a scam. If you’re a Rachel Maddow-watching Democrat, you …

Pluto’s Black Spots and Charon’s Dark Pole Grow in New Horizons View

NASA's New Horizons mission is kicking off its climactic month of July with amazing views that clearly show Pluto's black spots and Charon's dark pole growing in the spacecraft's virtual windshield.<p>After traveling for nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons probe is less than two weeks and …

Solar System

Collinsium Was One Prickly Invertebrate

The Cambrian was the Age of Weird. True, this is a bias that stems from considering the modern world’s organisms as “normal”, or at least familiar, but it’s difficult to look at some of the world’s first animals without seeing evolutionary oddities that held the potential for an array of unrealized …

iPhone 6S said to deliver faster Web speeds, better battery life

A core component in the rumored next iPhone will be a new Qualcomm-developed LTE chip that doubles its maximum potential Web-connectivity speeds, according to a new report.<p>Apple's next iPhone could offer faster Web connectivity and better battery life, all thanks to one component, according to a …

Mobile Technology

Google engineer apologizes after Photos app tags two black people as gorillas

Google came under fire this week after its new Photos app categorized photos in one of the most racist ways possible. On June 28th, computer programmer Jacky Alciné found that the feature kept tagging pictures of him and his girlfriend as "gorillas." He tweeted at Google asking what kind of sample …

Gorillas