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The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind

Some religious beliefs may alter brain function, making us more prone to anxiety and depression<p>“<i>I am 30 years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp) and different churches in different cities, I am a</i> …

'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …

NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress

The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US …

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was “absolutely” surprised when he discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks.<p>“It was, ‘Huh, hello? What are we doing here?’” said Geoffrey Stone, …

After NSA encryption-cracking revelation, can we trust Internet security?

Blue LEDs on a row of servers indicate that everything is running smoothly, at the Google data center in Douglas County, Georgia.<p>News that the NSA can break or bypass a variety of digital encryption tools has researchers second-guessing the strength of Internet security products they previously …

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the red planet.<p>Professor Steven Benner, a geochemist, has argued that the …

This Pulsing Earth

It's breathing, he thought. "All of a sudden I see a thing with a heartbeat."<p>John Nelson is a designer, well known for tracing complex weather patterns or cultural information on maps, so considering what he usually does, this was easy. NASA's Visible Earthteam publishes pictures of our planet …

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …