Steffan Hellman

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Star-Studded Images From the Hubble Space Telescope

Images of outer space from the Hubble Space Telescope, entering its 25th year in orbit<p>Twenty-five years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit—an event NASA has called “the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.” Since then, speeding around the Earth at …

Telescopes

Higher Perspective

When a person dies, many things can happen to them. I choose to believe that a deceased person has the ability to come back to Earth without taking a …

Self-help

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Physics

Enlightened Sex

So many of us are on a spiritual path. You can see images of people meditating while they are protesting down at "Occupy Wall Street". For the …

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 …

11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

Let’s Stop Being Embarrassed by Spirituality

Daily Beast columnist Jay Michaelson has written a new book called The Gate of Tears, but he isn’t sure he wants the rest of us to know about it.<p>Let …

5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

Judges may take up cases on abortion and immigration.<p>After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor …

Obama Administration

Check this map to see if you can watch the 'supermoon' total lunar eclipse on Sunday

But not everyone will be able to see the rare astronomical event, which will culminate with a moon that appears larger than usual and blood red.<p>The map below shows the areas of the globe that should be able to see it (barring cloudy weather).<p>Regions in white can see all phases of the eclipse, but …

Supermoon

The Latest: Afghan leader calls on Pakistan to stop attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Developments as the United Nations General Assembly marks its 70th year and world leaders debate issues gripping the global …

Geopolitics

Press Agents I Have Known

The little fellow climbed upon my lap and tugged me gently by the beard. “Tell me, grandfather,” he said, “about your first press agent.”<p>I gazed into the fire. Unknowingly, the child had touched a tender spot. It had been years since I even thought of the affair. But now something within me …