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Right-Wing Activists: Yep, ‘Religious Freedom’ Protects Discrimination Against Jews

In two separate incidents, conservative activists have been unable to explain why their desired ability to discriminate against gays wouldn’t also …

13 ways Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmos” sent the religious right off the deep end

The series will be watched in classrooms around the world — much to the chagrin of science-denying Evangelicals<p>One of the most anticipated shows of 2014 was Fox’s "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by notable astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and produced by Seth McFarlane and Ann Druyan, the …

Income Inequality and the Creation of Dynastic Wealth

Ryan Avent and Megan McArdle debate Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.<p>Thomas Piketty’s controversial book <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i> argues that we’re seeing an accumulation of dynastic wealth that will persist indefinitely. Here Ryan Avent of <i>The Economist</i> and Megan McArdle of Bloomberg …

You Can't Escape Chemicals

They surround us, and usually that's OK.<p>It's easy to believe that a mix of white vinegar, salt, and dishwasher liquid soap is somehow different from a nasty chemical-y weedkiller.<p>But, as comedian and writer Glen Tickle's Twitter joke, seen above, makes plain: everything we use is made of chemicals. …

Daniel Muessig video: This is either the best or worst lawyer commerical ever made.

If you’re a [<i>cough, cough</i>] completely innocent resident of Pittsburgh who’s been [<i>exaggerated wink</i>] “wrongly” accused of a crime, Daniel Muessig is …

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Discussion, podcast, and book club guide.

This month <b>Slate</b>’s Audio Book Club hits the road for a live show at Town Hall Seattle. Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and special guest star Hugh Howey (<i>Wool</i>) …

Here's The Tea Party's Version Of The Ellen Oscar Selfie

Everyone is getting in on the action of replicating Ellen Degeneres' record-breaking Oscars selfie last weekend.<p>The Conservative Political Action Conference's version of it came courtesy of the Tea Party Express, which Photoshopped a bunch of attendees here into one conservative star-studded selfie.<p>…

Ben Carson at CPAC: LGBT people “don’t get extra rights”

“I hate political correctness,” says the celebrated former surgeon and current Fox News contributor<p>Speaking before a standing-room-only audience at CPAC on Saturday afternoon, Dr. Ben Carson — the former award-winning surgeon and current darling of the conservative movement — defended some of his …

Gang Rape Survivor In India Gang Raped Again While In Police Protection

The two police officers in charge of protecting the woman were eating dinner when it happened.<p>On Tuesday, March 4, a 22-year-old woman — who was gang raped in November 2013 — was kidnapped from her house and allegedly gang raped, strangled, and dumped in the fields of a district in the north Indian …

Uttar Pradesh

New Study Analyzes Transmission Risk Among Couples With Differing HIV Statuses

A new study on the risks of HIV transmission between partners -- where one is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive but has the virus suppressed with antiretroviral therapy -- is providing glimpses of good news.<p>A team of researchers from institutions including University College London, the …

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

Aviation

J Craig Venter sequenced the human genome. Now he wants to convert DNA into a digital signal

J Craig Venter has been a molecular-biology pioneer for two decades. After developing expressed sequence tags in the 90s, he led the private effort …

Stephen Hawking: physics would be 'more interesting' if Higgs boson hadn't been found

World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle's discovery<p>Physics would have been "far more interesting" if scientists had been unable to find the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The cosmologist was speaking at an event to mark …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Physics

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

Cancer Immunotherapy Named Science 'Breakthrough of the Year'

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 12/19/2013 02:12 PM EST on LiveScience<p>A type of cancer treatment that directs the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells has been named as the "breakthrough of the year" by one of the world's top science journals.<p>The journal Science said today …

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

4 Ways That IBM’s Watson Could Transform How Humans Think And Make Decisions

Watson may have won Jeopardy, but the supercomputer’s real-world uses–in medicine, education, and beyond–are only now coming into play.<p>Terrell Jones, the founder of Travelocity and the founding chairman of Kayak.com, let the world in on a secret yesterday: “The guy that started the online travel …

New DNA supercomputer promises radically cheaper genome tests

A new DNA supercomputer is promising to deliver radically cheaper genome sequencing, a shift that could spur research and broader adoption of the tests. Illumina's latest model is designed to process 20,000 samples a year, with costs potentially as low as $1,000, a milestone the genetics industry …

Supercomputer Takes 40 Minutes To Create Super-Detailed Model Of 1 Second Of Brain Activity

The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.<p>Futurists have long talked about the day when computers become as powerful and versatile as the human brain. A recent simulation shows that day is not exactly imminent. In one of the most accurate simulations of the human brain to date, …

Singularity

Caffeine Enhances Memory

That morning cup of coffee or lunchtime soda might serve a purpose beyond giving you a jolt of energy. According to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, caffeine enhances memory.<p>Participants in the study took placebos or 200-milligram caffeine tablets—the same amount of the …

Coffee

Study links DDT exposure to Alzheimer's disease

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Alzheimer's Disease

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

Acid technique could lead to new era in regenerative medicine<p>A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be …

Promising cancer therapy treatment: Vitamin C

Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of<p>chemotherapy.<p>But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the …

What Should You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser? Study Proteins, Naturally

Forget about making James Bond wince or shooting down drones, scientists have found a much more appropriate use for the world’s most powerful laser — …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, review

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain<p><b>Quadriplegics move artificial limbs with the mind</b>. Video games are directly controlled by the power of thought. A monkey’s brain connected to the internet can control an avatar on a video screen or a robot half a world …

Physics