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Scientists discover 10,000 black holes hiding at centre of Milky Way

Scientists have discovered not one but 10,000 black holes at the centre of our galaxy , the Milky Way.<p>The idea that a plethora of smaller black holes …

Something is flashing brightly in deep space and scientists have no idea why

Scientists searching the sky for supernova explosions recently got something they truly didn’t expect. Hoping to observe the long, sustained pulses …

Compare and constrast: American Atheists from two different perspectives

I was reading Gretchen Koch’s review of the American Atheist convention in Oklahoma city (net positive), and she links to a Christian pastor’s review …

Religion

Sinclair’s pro-Trump news is taking over local TV. See if they own your station.

This map says it all.<p>The Sinclair Broadcast Group is likely the most powerful media company most people hadn’t heard of — that is, until last week, when a viral video showed one way the company could carry out its agenda.<p>The video, from Deadspin’s Timothy Burke, shows local anchors around the …

'Nightmare Bacteria' Are a Real and Growing Threat in the U.S., CDC Warns

It’s no secret that scientists are worried about the spread of so-called “superbugs”—germs that are resistant to antibiotic treatment and therefore …

Scientists Make Enormous Map of the Early Universe to See What Our Galaxy Looked Like as a Baby

How do we find a tiny shred of self-understanding in this vast universe? More simply: how did we get here? A proper map could help us answer this …

St. Pete Family Horrified As Otters Kill Treasured Pet Dog

Marilyn and Jack Frieman of St. Petersburg never imagined that the otters behind their home could be a threat to their Papillon dog.<p>ST. PETERSBURG, …

Is Atheism Just Another Religion?

As one who writes and teaches a lot about secularism and humanism, lectures a lot about atheism and agnosticism, and directs a secular studies …

Religion

Can There Be an Atheist Novel?

The Hungarian philosopher György Lukács called the novel “the epic of a world that has been abandoned by God.” Other forces played more obviously …

George Eliot

Local Man Identifies As A Second Commandment Atheist

April 1, 2018 by Andrew Hall<p>After spending two days at the American Atheists Convention in Oklahoma City, a local man and professional curmudgeon …

I'm atheist, my husband's Catholic - how should we raise our kids?

As I sat in church looking at my eldest son Charlie standing before the gold altar, clutching a candle at his Holy Communion, I let the priest’s words wash over me. ‘Nothing,’ he said, ‘will ever be more important than going to church.’<p>I glanced at my husband Dominic, who was beaming at the priest …

Parenting

Religious freedom: It’s a core American principle, and it doesn’t mean what right-wingers want it to mean

<b>George Washington; Barack Obama; Thomas Jefferson (Wikimedia/AP/Desmond Boyland/Salon)</b><p>Although the latter-day GOP has tried to pervert this critical idea, it’s not about selling cakes to gay couples<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 17, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>Forget the “War on Christmas.” Religious Freedom Day, …

Religion

Las Vegas shooter described as 'unstable' sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas

The Las Vegas shooter sent tens of thousands of dollars “overseas,” federal law enforcement officials told Fox News Tuesday, revealing new information that could shed light on what sparked him to unleash the deadly massacre.<p>The revelation came amid questions about the whereabouts of Stephen …

Squirrels Are Hardwired to 'Dance' When a Car's Coming

You might be familiar with the moment: You're driving down the road — perhaps one lined with autumn's trademark crimson, gold and amber foliage — and …

Scientists now think they know how life as we know it began

Humanity has long wondered where we came from, or why life itself even exists in the first place. It’s the ultimate question for many, and countless …

Potato-Crusted Pork Chops with Pesto Sauce

Prepare the pork: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pulse the herbs, garlic, lemon zest and potato chips in a food processor until coarsely ground. …

8 Healthy Ways to Keep Your Self-Reflection Positive

Have you been working toward a big goal, like starting a business or forming a healthy new habit? We bet you’ve found it ultra-helpful to track your progress and regularly evaluate how you can continue to inch closer to making it happen. Though it’s easy to forge ahead when things feel good, it’s …

Tom Petty’s best quotes on fame, greed and the state of rock ‘n’ roll

Tom Petty, who died at 66 after suffering cardiac arrest, was never at a loss for words. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who ran up the charts as the frontman of The Heartbreakers in the '70s and later as a solo artist, sat down with USA TODAY a half-dozen times in his career. The best lines from …

Music

Everything You Need to Know About the Orionid Meteor Shower

Shooting stars will rain down all month long.<p>Halley's Comet won't grace Earth's skies again until 2061, but its enormous cloud of debris arrives tonight in the form of dozens of shooting stars darting above the horizon.<p>The Orionid meteor shower occurs every October as the rocky particles break away …

Tom Petty, Rock Icon Who Led the Heartbreakers, Dead at 66

Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, died Monday. He was 66. Petty’s death was confirmed by Tony …

6 Planets That Might Support Aliens: Comparing The Coolest Habitable Exoplanets

The universe is practically bursting with stars and planets but some exoplanets are more important than others, particularly when it comes to the …

The Future Of The Sun: Massive Black Holes Dwarf The Entire Solar System

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matthew Clifford.</i><p>This is a comparison of the Sun’s diameter versus the diameter of Earth.<p>The …

You Can Still Have Your Dream Job With Bipolar Disorder

It is entirely possible to have your ‘dream job’ even while having bipolar disorder. The key lies in establishing an effective wellness plan.<p>Ever …

Mental Health

Blue whale devours massive krill patch in a single gulp; rare video

Blue whale makes a krill patch disappear.The blue whale is the planets largest creature, measuring to about 100 feet and weighing as much as 200 …

In A First, Gravitational Lens Reveals Magnified And Multiplied Images Of A Type 1a Supernova

Astronomers have, for the first time, detected a gravitationally lensed type 1a supernova — objects that always explode with the same brightness, and …

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

How the left brought down Bill O’Reilly: The activist campaign that toppled Fox News’ biggest star

<b>Bill O'Reilly (AP/Frank Franklin II)</b><p>Using both old and new activist techniques, progressive organizations knocked off a right-wing media titan<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>April 21, 2017 8:59am (UTC)<p>During his long career in television, Bill O'Reilly has been the quintessential survivor. In large measure, this …

Media Industry

Giant otters roamed world six million years ago

Giant otters the size of wolves lived in prehistoric waters six million years ago, scientists have discovered.<p>US paleontologists discovered the biggest otter that ever lived while excavating an ancient lake bed in Shuitangba, in the Yunnan Province in Southwestern China.<p>The species, called <i>Siamogale</i> …

Fact-checking President Trump’s inaugural address

By Glenn Kessler<p>, The Fact Checker<p>Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>, Reporter<p>Generally, inaugural addresses are not designed to be fact-checked. But President Trump’s address was nothing if not unique, presenting a portrait of the United States that often was at variance with reality. Here’s a guide to …

Income Inequality

'God Bless America': A Twitter hashtag for all inauguration emotions

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When it comes to politics, God is invoked in so many different ways.<p>The Brits want God to save their queen. Which is odd, as she's always seemed quite self-sufficient to me.<p>Americans, on the other hand, …