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The Worst Thing About Suicide Squad Is This Jared Leto, Rick Ross, and Skrillex Video

See if you can sit through the whole "Purple Lamborghini" video.<p>Back in 2002, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger penned the song "Hero" for the <i>Spider-Man</i> soundtrack. While the song doesn't specifically mention Spider-Man, it is impressively filled with every possible Nickleback and superhero cliché. The …

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10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Looked at the World

The most important images in history<p>Whether it was a drawing or photograph, these images changed the course of human understanding, and science itself, forever.

How clinical trials are turning homeless people into lab rats

Drugs need to go through a lot of testing before they actually make it to market, but that testing isn't all occurring in quite as ethical of a way as we might hope. Over at Medium, Carl Elliott describes the growing use of homeless people as test subjects in drug trials. Homeless shelters have …

Why the things we choose seem better than the rest - Futurity

Brain research suggests why people often value rewards they choose themselves over rewards they just receive, even when the two are actually …

IVF technique that tests embryos for genetic disorders has first success

Doctors in London have reported the first pregnancy in Europe from a new IVF procedure that checks embryos for genetic disorders before they are implanted.<p>The technique allows doctors to select embryos that are free of dangerous mutations carried by one or both parents even if the precise nature of …

Sisters killed in Pakistan for video of dancing in rain

Two teenage sisters have been shot dead in Pakistan for allegedly dancing in the rain.<p>Sisters Noor Basra, 15, Noor Sheza, 16, and their mother, …

Israel Violence Rises After Palestinian Teen Found Burned to Death

Genetically Altered Bacteria Prevent Mice From Getting Fat

The microbes appear to live in the gut and prevent obesity for up to four weeks.<p>By feeding mice a genetically modified version of <i>E. coli</i>, a bacterium that naturally lives in human and mice guts, scientists were able to prevent the animals from gaining as much weight as mice not given the treatment. …

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Forget Christopher Hitchens: Atheism in America is undergoing a radical change

<b>Christopher Hitchens (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)</b><p>Having a conversation about atheism today by talking about Hitchens and Dawkins proves you aren’t paying attention<p>Chris Hall<p>June 5, 2014 12:25pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It's surprising just how much media analysis, both …

Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban

<b>Worshippers outside of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Associated Press)</b><p>In the “cradle of Islam,” a growing number of people are quietly declaring themselves nonbelievers<p>Caryle Murphy<p>June 12, 2014 11:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In this …

Life in the Most Religious States

I recently came across a list of the ten most religious states in America. They are, in order: Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Oklahoma.<p>One might assume that life in the most religious states in the nation would approximate the …

Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'

Scientists are using hypnosis to understand why some people believe they’re inhabited by paranormal beings. To find out more, David Robson discovered what it’s like to lose his mind.<p>I am lying on my back and trapped in a gleaming white tunnel, the surface barely six inches from my nose. There is a …

The Brain

Do we have the right to shape human evolution, wonders Robert Winston – livestream

Watch the IVF expert deliver the Physiological Society summer lecture, 'Shall we be human in the next century?'<p>Tonight, Prof Robert Winston ponders our "post-human" future. The question he will address is whether scientists should be given free rein to use advances in molecular biology – in …

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

Report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities tackles question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing<p>It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing …

Scientists Figured Out How Magic Mushrooms Alter The Mind -- And It Has To Do With Dreaming

Thomson Reuters<p>LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays …

Sojourners Head Drafted Letter Urging Obama To Support "Strong" Religious Exemption In Order

Draft circulated Wednesday by progressive religious leader Jim Wallis urges Obama that "the state should not require faith-based organizations to violate [their] beliefs [about marriage] in order to receive government contracts or grants." Now, the letter might not even be sent.<p>WASHINGTON — A …

LGBTQI

Ebola Is 'Out Of Control' Across West Africa

West Africa's Ebola epidemic is completely "out of control", with more than 60 outbreaks across three nations and doctors overwhelmed by the number …

An Indiana Police Officer Pushed A Man In A Wheelchair Into The Street

The officer pushed the man into the street and was later punished with a 30-day suspension.<p>The incident happened Oct. 1 and was captured on video by a police dash camera. The Layfette Police Department released that video Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.<p>Davidson filed a …

Crime

Sexting in middle school linked with real-life sex, study finds

Sexting is not a harmless activity that younger teens see as a substitute for real sex. A new study of Los Angeles middle school students finds that those who sent or received sext messages were significantly more likely than their non-sexting peers to be sexually active.<p>Indeed, the study found …

Middle School

Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul as Iraq’s Christians Flee

The advance of ISIS has ended over a thousand years of Christian worship in Mosul—the latest chapter in the long decline of Christianity in the …

Millions of tons of ocean plastic have gone missing

New study suggests animals are eating our garbage<p>For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean "gyres" — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according …

Exclusive: U.S. government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting tests to see whether the procedure they followed to kill anthrax, though flawed by their own standards, may nevertheless have killed the potentially deadly pathogen before it was sent to less-secure …

Here's What It Will Take to Contain the Worst Ebola Outbreak in History

The “perfect storm” analogy is often over-used when it comes to disease outbreaks–all the elements that you don’t want to see converge to make …

Victoria Wilcher, 3-Year-Old Mauled By Pit Bulls, Allegedly Told To Leave Restaurant (UPDATE)

A 3-year-old girl recovering from a severe pit bull attack was allegedly asked to leave a Jackson, Mississippi KFC because her face was scaring customers.<p>Victoria Wilcher's family was outraged by the alleged incident and took to Facebook to share their mistreatment.<p>"Does this face look scary to …

Build Your Own Electric Car: Now All Of Tesla’s Patents Are Open Source

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has never been one to shy away from controversy, or grandiose gestures (see: the Hyperloop project). After hinting at the news this past weekend, Musk announced today that all of Tesla’s patents are now open source.<p>In a blog post on the Tesla website, Musk explained his …

Opinion

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Physics envy: Do ‘hard’ sciences hold the solution to the replication crisis in psychology?

Psychology is evolving faster than ever. For decades now, many areas in psychology have relied on what academics call “questionable research practices” – a comfortable euphemism for types of malpractice that distort science but which fall short of the blackest of frauds, fabricating data.<p>But now a …

Turing Test: Computer Program Convinces Judges It's Human

Judges in England were fooled into thinking the computer program they were conversing with was a human on Saturday — making it the first to pass the 65-year-old Turing Test.<p>"Eugene Goostman" is not a 13-year-old boy, but 33 percent of the people who partook in five minute keyboard conversations …

Alan Turing