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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 …

Scuba Diving

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

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Innovation

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

• Agency responds to questions from Senator Bernie Sanders<p>• Statement cites 'same privacy protections as all US persons'<p>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 …

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

The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.<p>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, …

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

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 trusted, and wondering exactly who else, besides the feds, may be listening in.<p>In the latest revelation about the NSA's activities, …

Privacy

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Geochemist argues that seeds of life originated on Mars and were blasted to Earth by meteorites or volcanoes<p>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 …

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 …