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Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

<b>(Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Katie Engelhart<p>September 22, 2013 10:59am (UTC)<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist …

Why Is Merkel Still So Popular?

The chancellor looks like she's headed for a third term. Here's why Germans love her.<p>BERLIN—Germans reaffirmed their faith in Chancellor Angela Merkel during the country’s elections today, with her supporting center-right Christian Democratic Union garnering 41.7 percent of the vote—8 percent more …

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Argentina arrests teen hacker who netted $50,000 a month

<b>Police in Argentina have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of heading a gang of hackers who targeted international money transfer and gambling websites.</b><p>Dubbed "the superhacker", the teenager was making $50,000 (£31,500) a month, working from his bedroom in Buenos Aires, police say.<p>The arrest …

US Navy sexual assault reports rise 50%

<b>The number of sexual assaults reported to the US Navy rose dramatically over the last year, officials have said.</b><p>The Navy puts the rise down to sailors' growing comfort reporting incidents of sexual assault and to their belief that authorities will take action.<p>The Navy says about 1,100 assaults were …

Challenging Obama, Putin Appeals Directly To Americans On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people Wednesday night to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria, using an op-ed in <i>The New York Times</i> to counter many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the …

Oxfam warns on European poverty and says 'Greece is in a terrible state'

Europe faces a "lost decade", with the number of people trapped in poverty across the continent set to rise by up to 25 million by 2025 unless austerity policies are reversed, according to a damning new report from aid agency Oxfam.<p>The charity, which is better known for delivering relief programmes …

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Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn

Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain, warn the US scientists who blew the whistle on corn syrup in soft drinks a decade ago.<p>Barry Popkin and George Bray pointed the finger at high fructose corn syrup in …

Regulators to weigh bitcoin donations in politics

WASHINGTON — Will digital dollars soon fund U.S. political campaigns?<p>If a conservative political action committee has its way, supporters will be able to donate to federal elections using bitcoins, a relatively new form of virtual currency.<p>The Conservative Action Fund PAC this week asked the …

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Study reveals 'true' material cost of development say researchers

<b>Current methods of measuring the full material cost of imported goods are highly inaccurate say researchers.</b><p>In a new study, they found that three times as many raw materials are used to process and export traded goods than are used in their manufacture.<p>Richer countries who believe they have …

Ancient Samson Mosaic Uncovered In Israeli Synagogue; Beautiful Art Fascinates Scholars (PHOTOS)

Beautifully preserved mosaics unearthed in a fifth-century Israeli synagogue have intrigued religious scholars with their depictions of both Biblical and possibly non-Biblical figures.<p>The stunning artwork was discovered as part of an ongoing excavation at a synagogue in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish …

How to Get $280 from Apple for Your old iPhone Right Now

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Today, Apple is launching its long-awaited iPhone trade-in program, meaning you could get up to $280 …

Scientists confirm existence of new, super-heavy element 'ununpentium'

A heavyweight contender for the periodic table<p>Swedish scientists have confirmed the existence of a new super-heavy element, temporarily dubbed ununpentium for its position at the 115th spot on the periodic table. First proposed by Russian scientists back in 2004, the new element was created by a …

Brazil's doctors jeer at Cuban medics arriving to work in rural health scheme

Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian president, has accused the nation's doctors of "immense prejudice" towards their Cuban counterparts after the first medics to arrive from Havana were greeted with jeers.<p>The Cuban doctors have been invited to work in Brazil to support the fragile health system – one of …

The US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers

<b>Farming has always been a hard way to make a living.</b><p>Now, a small but - anecdotally - growing group of Americans are leaving the structure and security of an office job for the gruelling, yet rewarding work of earning money from the land.<p>Some want to be a part of improving the food supply for …

Amazon petitions Supreme Court to free it from collecting New York sales tax

More than a year after Amazon began collecting sales tax on sales in states like Texas and California, it’s mounting a legal offensive against a requirement to do the same thing in New York, taking its argument to the US Supreme Court. And the <i>Financial Times</i> writes that the company has hired one of …

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Burning Man becomes a hot spot for tech titans

Like moths to a flame, Burning Man is drawing more CEOs and venture capitalists to the playa for high-powered networking. Welcome to the business bacchanalia.<p>Serial entrepreneur and Haight district resident Richard Titus was trying to finish a deal last year between his company and Yahoo, but he …

Scan Reveals If Your Civet Poo Coffee Really Comes From Civet Poo

Because that's what you want, right?<p>When you pay $150 to $230 for a pound of exotic coffee, you want to know it's the real deal. Now, a team of chemists say they've developed a way to verify that beans labeled as "civet coffee" are authentic.<p>What is civet coffee and what makes it so expensive? …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

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Bitcoin now 'unit of account' in Germany

Germany's ministry of finance has formally recognised the digital currency Bitcoin as a "unit of account" which can be used for private transactions – meaning that the ministry will now be able to tax users or creators of the four-year-old virtual money.<p>However, companies wanting to use it for …