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“Alternative” medicine’s toll on cancer patients: Death rate up to 5X higher | Ars Technica

Researchers hope the data will guide patients to effective treatments.<p>Unproven alternative treatments are clearly risky. Some carry the risk of …

The Sam Harris Outrage Industry - Areo

It started for me (and for many) with the angry words frothing out from above that famous cleft-chin. The one which now resides — at least …

Religion

Facebook Blocks Posts From Atheist, Ex-Muslim Pages

Some were subjected to repeated attacks<p>It’s been a tough year for Facebook—the site was accused of spreading fake news during the election, and it’s …

If ghosts were real, Brian Cox claims CERN would have found them by now

There are countless conspiracy theories surrounding ghosts and paranormal activity, and while it shouldn't need explaining to anyone who has a …

Amazing

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

A hedge fund wrote a letter to investors explaining why they should read a classic book about cognitive biases

Instead, the fund's managers looked internally, and wrote a nine page letter drawing upon Nobel Prize in Economics laureate Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," and how it shapes the culture and investment process at the firm.<p>The book focuses on inherent human biases and irrational …

Self-improvement

Peter Higgs Says He Wouldn't Have Predicted The Higgs Boson in Today's Academic Climate

Times are tough for young researchers.<p>On the eve of receiving his 2013 Nobel Prize, famed physicist Peter Higgs told <i>The Guardian</i> that he wouldn't be …

In Two Minutes Sean Carroll Nails Everything

Thai Green Chicken Curry - Hifow - Quick & Easy Recipes

<b>1 Toast the spices for the curry paste:</b> Set a small skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander seeds and toast, shaking the pan often …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Hotels in Florida and Las Vegas are rethinking these age-old policies.<p>1:32 p.m. Jan. 1, 2018<p>After years of helping, this daughter has redrawn the …

Germany polygamy: Minister says migrants must abide by the law

<b>Germany will not recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors, Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said</b><p>"No-one who comes here has the right to put his cultural values or religious beliefs above our law," he told Bild.<p>In some Islamic countries, men are allowed to take up to four wives, but in …

North Africa

NASA Is Funding A Concept To Turn Asteroids Into Spaceships

So we can mine them<p>American companies are itching to get their hands on the gold, platinum, and other minerals that asteroids are thought to contain. But although the U.S. has laid the legal groundwork for asteroid mining, the technological challenges are still significant.<p>One of those challenges …

UCLA Shows Life-Supporting Planet 1,200 Light Years Away From Earth

Artist’s perception of Kepler 62f (Source: NASA)<p>A research team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently revealed the findings of …

Universe

This Star Wars pug parade proves Jedis can be cute

If you didn't think Star Wars could be cute, these pugs have proven you wrong.<p>16th annual Pug Crawl in Portland, Oregon was Star Wars themed, and pug owners seemed serious about getting the costumes right.<p>The Pug Crawl is focused on beer, dressing up pugs and helping shelter animals.<p>There were a …

Sea otters are giant assholes in the animal kingdom

I’m putting an end to the ongoing trend of how cute and innocent sea otters are. I mean, they are definitely cute, but they can also be incredibly …

Seals

New research suggest that free will might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

In each case, we conceive of ourselves as free agents, consciously guiding our bodies in purposeful ways.<p>But what does science have to say about the true source of this experience?<p>In a classic paper published almost 20 years ago, the psychologists Dan Wegner and Thalia Wheatley made a revolutionary …

Consciousness

Undercover squad may mean more covering up for Tehran women

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip casually down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These days, the 22-year-old with a taste for bold makeup makes sure to pull it tightly over her dark hair, fearful of running …

Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Criticism of Islam Angers Western Liberals

She courageously battles the Left's comfortable narrative of the Muslim world<p>Ayaan Hirsi Ali can recount in virtual slow motion the events of …

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

<i>Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered. I wasn’t really aware of him before last fall, when I</i> …

Quantum Computing

Denied medical care because of religion, she now wants her parents prosecuted

Mariah Walton grew up struggling for every breath. Now 20, she awaits a heart and lung transplant, in part because of a congenital heart defect she said could have been fixed — if her parents had only taken her to a doctor.<p>Her parents refused to seek medical care because they believed she could be …

22 Science Jokes Only Smart People Will Understand

Old statisticians never die. They just get broken down by age and sex.

Should naturopaths be restricted from treating children after tragic death of Alberta toddler?

Before her creeping uneasiness with naturopathic medicine finally drove her from practice, Britt Marie Hermes says she watched colleagues deliver …

Naturopathic Medicine

Researchers show fracking's impact to drinking water sources

Only one industry is allowed to inject toxic chemicals into underground sources of drinking water – hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Concerns …

Stuck On Earth: The U.S. Innovation Deficit

On July 8, 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis rumbled off its launch platform and rose skyward, marking the last time we sent Americans into space using our own rockets launched from our own soil.<p>Since then, our access to orbit (and the Space Station) has come via tickets bought on Russian rockets in …

Space Exploration
Crime

Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. …