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Big Bang Blowup at Scientific American

The February 2017 issue of <i>Scientific American</i> contains an article by three prominent theoretical physicists from Princeton and Harvard who strongly …

Physics

The corrosive effect of Darwin

In his 1995 book <i>Darwin’s Dangerous Idea</i>, Daniel C. Dennett invoked a metaphor that I have found quite helpful. He said that the idea of evolution by …

Biology

Lowly Plankton Packs High-Caliber Heat

Plankton is the general name for the tiny creatures that drift with ocean tides and currents and form the basis of the ocean’s food chain. …

Biology

What is Quantum Entanglement? Part 1: Waves and particles

If you follow science, or science fiction, to any degree, great or small, you’ve probably heard the term “quantum entanglement” before. You may also …

Physics

The Double-Slit Experiment Cracked Reality Wide Open

The double-slit experiment seems simple enough: cut two slits in a sheet of metal and send light through them, first as a constant wave, then in …

Quantum Mechanics

DNA Variation Widens Human-Chimp Chasm

Over the past 20 years, DNA sequencing technology has improved regarding the bulk amount of sequence it can produce. However, the length of the DNA …

Genetics

Man pranks wife into thinking their son shaved his head, and she was not having it

A parent and serious Photoshop skills can be a lethal combination.<p>Rayena Wesson left her husband Bobby in charge of their son while she worked as a …

Photoshop

For The People Who Say “The Moral Laws In The Old Testament Still Apply To Us”

Anyone who has ever read the Old Testament knows there’s a lot of laws listed in those books– over 600 to be exact. In many circles of Christianity …

Theology

Oxford’s Denis Noble Advocates “Fundamental Revision” in “Reductionist…Neo-Darwinism”

Here is a new book from Oxford University biologist Denis Noble, <i>Dance to the Tune of Life: Biological Relativity</i>. He is one of the Third Way of …

Fun-Da-Mental

Stop calling it the 'Old Testament'

Recently, in an episode of the popular American television program Dateline NBC, veteran journalist Dennis Murphy repeated a stale anti-Jewish …

Refuting BioLogos: Do Japanese Lake Varves Prove an Old Earth?

In 2010, the BioLogos Foundation published an article by old-earth geologists Gregg Davidson and Ken Wolgemuth presenting four supposedly …

Earth Science
Israel

The uneasy truth about human-animal hybrids

Merging animal and human forms brought terror to our ancestors – and this fear persists right the way into our modern age.<p>In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a goat emerging …

Biotechnology

This powerful goo promises to make your iPhone screen indestructible

Phone displays are super fragile. And the only way to protect your phone's display is to apply an ugly screen protector on top of it.<p>But what if you …

How to Reduce Stress Like a Navy SEAL

These are stressful, uncertain times. How are we supposed to be calm and productive workers amid all this chaos?<p>There is one simple way to cage the …

Military

20 Mysteries That Absolutely No One Can Solve

We think we've got history figured out. And we also like to think we're pretty good at solving mysteries. But things get dicey when you combine the …

Cinematography

Archaeology supports the Bible

How archaeological evidence shows the Bible is a reliable record of real history.

Archaeology

Human-pig 'chimera embryos' detailed

<b>Embryos that are less than 0.001% human - and the rest pig - have been made and analysed by scientists.</b><p>It is the first proof chimeras - named after the mythical lion-goat-serpent monster - can be made by combining material from humans and animals.<p>However, the scientific report in the journal Cell …

Genetics

Why So Many Americans Don't 'Believe' In Evolution, Climate Change And Vaccines

The U.S. has a science problem. Around half of the country’s citizens reject the facts of evolution; fewer than a third agree there is a scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, and the number who accept the importance of vaccines is ticking downward.<p>Those numbers, all gleaned from …

Critical Thinking

Actress Ashley Judd became the breakout star of the Women's March on Washington

Crowds went berserk for the big-screen actress as she waxed poetic in R-rated language on women's rights and the perceived threat the new administration poses to those liberties.<p>Judd read a poem from 19-year-old spoken word poet, Nina Donovan. The actress shared a video of Donovan to her Facebook …

Women's March on Washington

A new theory challenges everything astronomers thought they knew about how the Moon was created

Yet new research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has put forward a theory that the Moon may have actually formed from a series of large impacts, rather than just one.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, explains why the Moon appears to be made mostly from …

Astronomy

17 EVIDENCES AGAINST EVOLUTION

Various modern flying birds such as the hoatzin have similarly shallow breastbones, and this does not disqualify them from being classified as birds. …

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics

Innovative underwear may solve a daily problem dudes love to complain about

If you're struggling to find a useful holiday gift for the dude in your life, we may have the perfect suggestion. But only if you're <i>really</i> …

New York City

6 Ways To Beat Game Bosses That The Designers Didn’t Intend

The truly great video game bosses are ridiculously unkillable monstrosities that exist only to laugh at your clumsy blows. They shrug off all manner …

Metal Gear

Times I Have Actually Used Math Since High School

My family and I are at an amusement park when a large crowd suddenly surrounds us. I frantically reach for my children—are they still here?! I count them: one, two. They are both here. Thank God for math.<p>The local grocery store offers an annual membership for fifteen dollars, which would qualify me …

Mathematics

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, explained:<p><b>1. God as an old white man in the sky is unconvincing</b><p>Depictions of God as a humanoid (this is called 'anthropo-morphism' = in human form) …

Faith

43 Scientific Lie Detection Technique Tips to Become an Expert

How To Know if Someone is Lying To You?<p>We all are fascinated by the ability of mentalist to read other’s mind accurately. There are scientific …

How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind

I'm going to explain the Donald Trump phenomenon in three movies. And then some text.<p>There's this universal shorthand that epic adventure movies use …

David Letterman