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Child Sex-Abuse Charges Against the Pope’s Right-Hand Man Cast a Shadow Over Francis

Cardinal George Pell, the third-highest-ranking Vatican official, is charged with child sex abuse in Australia for alleged crimes more than 40 years …

Why Do More Intelligent People Tend To Be Atheist?

Historical evidence collected over time and data gathered through recent surveys both point to a curious fact: intelligent people tend to be …

More British people identify as nonreligious than Christian, finds report

More Britons say they have no religion than profess to be Christian, according to a new report.<p>According to the British Social Attitudes Survey and …

God and the problem of sincere disbelief

It's a cliche, really. The beginning of the end for my Christian faith was getting an unbelieving girlfriend in my late teens. But it's not exactly …

Faith

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God

It's like going off a drug.<p>My belief in God didn't spontaneously combust—it faded. I lost my virginity at 16. I stopped going to church. I snuck out past curfew. As punishment, my mom made me memorize Bible verses, and I recited them like recipes.<p>I wasn't the only kid who stopped believing. A …

Our Favorite Reader Photos from "The Power of B&W" Assignment

Despite all the advancements in imaging—including the advent of color and the now dominance of digital—there’s something about classic …

Religious people understand the world less, study suggests

Religious people are more likely to have a poorer understanding of the world and are more likely to believe objects like rocks and paper have human …

An Awesome Fire Pit Swing Set DIY Project...

What’s better than sitting around a campfire drinking beer? How bout swinging around a campfire drinking beer? A beautiful summer evening with a …

5 ways electric planes will change how we travel

Get ready, combustion jets may soon be a thing of the past.<p>NASA is currently working on a small, all-electric plane dubbed the X-57 as part of its X-Plane series. The project is part of NASA's 10-year plan to make a large hybrid jet that is greener and quieter than current planes and that has the …

DB-19: Resurrecting an Obsolete Connector

Oh man, this is good! You’re looking at the first DB-19 connector to be made in the 21st century:This is a happy story about the power of global …

Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was defiant to the last | Nick Cohen

There was no deathbed conversion to Christianity, despite the claims of a ‘strange, spiteful book’<p>Only a particular species of creep could persuade me to write to the son of a friend and ask him to describe the death agonies of his beloved father. I typed that he must say “I would rather not talk …

Christopher Hitchens

A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones Outperforming DSLRs

If you’ve ever held a high-quality camera lens, the first thing you notice is the weight. Thanks to layers and layers of thick glass hunks inside, …

Cameras

Rush Limbaugh is a moron: Evolution is false because Cincinnati Zoo gorilla never turned into a human

<b>Rush Limbaugh (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>Limbaugh: “If we were the original apes, then how come Harambe is still an ape” And “didn’t become one of us?”<p>Antoaneta Roussi<p>June 1, 2016 8:37pm (UTC)<p>Rush Limbaugh is baffled by evolution.<p>On his Tuesday show, the right-wing talker claimed that if evolution …

Christopher Hitchens and the Christian conversion that wasn’t | Matthew d’Ancona

A new book suggesting that the author of God is not Great was halfway to Christianity follows a long tradition of appropriation<p>As fans of David Bowie, Prince and Lemmy can attest, death is not the end in contemporary culture. Those who achieve true fame are waved through the pearly gates of …

David Bowie

Had a Rental Car Accident? Here's What You Need to Know

Credit cards only offer coverage for damage to the car you rent, not damage to another vehicle or property. If you don’t have your own auto policy, make sure you get liability coverage.<p><b>Q: In November 2013 I rented a car from National Car Rental at LAX. I was involved in an accident with another</b> …

The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

Religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations<p>The so-called “masters of suspicion”, Nietzsche, Marx and Freud, all thought that religion would wither and die in the 20th century. Others enthusiastically backed the secularisation …

Religion

Leica’s $6,000 M-D camera doesn’t have an LCD screen

Hope you know how to use those settings<p>It's true: Leica is really releasing a high-end, luxury digital camera without an LCD for reviewing snapped photos. The company is breaking away from what's usually seen as a fundamental piece of modern cameras so that it can "bring back the joy and …

Shooting and Developing a 70+ Year Old Roll of Kodak Plus-X

I found them on the bottom of a box in a New Jersey antique shop filled with photographic junk from years gone by. They were just sitting there, four …

Cinematography

6 secret iPhone camera tricks you’ll wish you had always known

Even for its time, the 2 megapixel camera that came with the original iPhone was unremarkable; the captured detail was wanting and the camera …

Flexible lens sheets could change way cameras see

Cameras are already embedded in a lot of devices, but what you could wrap them around things like a "skin?" That's the premise of "flexible sheet cameras" developed by scientists at Columbia University. Rather than having just a single sensor, the devices use an array of lenses that change …

Mars Will Be Closer to Earth Than It Has in a Decade

Go take a look for yourself.<p>Just before midnight tonight, look to the southeast skies to see a bright, red, glowing Mars in the night skies because …

Astronomy

This DIY Apothecary Desk Holds Hidden Chairs

This impressive DIY project offers lots of storage and transforms from a desk with chairs to a neat apothecary cabinet.<p>The middle column is all …

DIY

What you need to know about realistic photo compositing and image manipulation - a primer

Creating realistic photo composites or photo manipulation isn’t as hard as it looks. The steps you have to take to create a good composite are …

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Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

What the iPhone has done to cameras is completely insane

There are many measures you can use to gauge the influence of the iPhone, a gadget that has changed human behavior in ways that few other things could. But a good place to start is by looking at products that the do-it-all smartphone has elbowed aside en route to where it is now (which is …

Planet 9 takes shape: Newfound planet in our outer solar system simulated

Astrophysicists have modeled the evolution of the putative planet in the outer solar system. They estimate that the object has a present-day radius …

Astronomy

NASA Wants You to Design a New Logo

NASA is in the market for a new logo for one of its projects.<p>The space agency has launched a logo-designing contest, open to the public, in …