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Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment

CIDSE, international alliance of Catholic social justice groups, follows Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical by calling for action against global warming<p>More than a dozen Catholic organisations will on Wednesday launch a campaign calling on people to make radical changes to their lifestyle …

Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.<p>The group said it sent back the money in late May after the donor had asked that the gift be returned unless the group …

Hubble spots a high-speed collision in an extragalactic jet

A high-speed, extragalactic jet of high velocity plasma has grown brighter over the last 20 years, and now scientists know why.<p>Using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers were able to show that over the last two decades one glowing knot of material in the jet slammed into …

Astrophysics

Sun and moon halo

Composite image of a halo around the sun and, within 10 hours, a nearly full moon.<p>Göran Strand in Östersund, Sweden captured the two images in this …

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The secrets of slot machines

The best of the week’s long reads in science and technology, including the psychology of price tags and how technology has made us gamble.<p><b>AI</b> | Artificial intelligence: Rise of the machines<p>A smart robot may take your job, but it is highly unlikely to take over the world, at least given foreseeable …

Richard Dawkins

Ebola Changed This Doctor's Eye Color

He was given a clean bill of health, but the virus was still lurking in his eyeballs<p>Two months after he was discharged from the hospital after a grueling fight with Ebola, Dr. Ian Crozier was back in the hospital with searing eye pain. When doctors looked closer, they were astounded to find cells …

Solar Plane Set for 5-day “Earhart Leg” of Epic Flight

Swiss pilot has little room for error during a long journey over Pacific<p>Wedged into the tiny cockpit of the Solar Impulse 2, an airplane powered entirely by sunlight, a Swiss adventurer will soon begin an unprecedented journey across the Pacific Ocean.<p>André Borschberg will take off from a runway in …

Solar Impulse

Scientists Figure Out Why Your Knuckles Crack

Short answer: gas bubbles<p>Whether it’s a nervous habit or done just by accident, most people crack their knuckles every once in a while. But the reason why joints crack at all (and the long-term effects of cracking) has been the subject of much debate in the scientific community. With the help of a …

Celebrate 25 years of Hubble Space Telescope

NASA has a whole slate of cool-looking activities in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, starting on Monday, April …

Astrophysics

Aluminum-Ion Batteries Are Flexible, Fast-Charging, And Won't Catch On Fire

But don't expect to find them in Costco just yet<p>Almost all of the electronic devices that we carry around with us all day now rely on one key, but increasingly antiquated, technology: the lithium-ion battery. A mainstay of rechargeable power for the last couple decades, this battery technology has …

1,000 Year Old Remedy May Cure MRSA, Still Faces Market Hurdles

A plant-based ointment recipe pulled from a 1,000-year-old manuscript is spiking excitement about what historical knowledge and traditional remedies can do to defuse the antibiotic crisis. At the same time, it’s highlighting how difficult it can be to move any compound—natural or synthetic, ancient …

Medicine

Job openings hit 14-year high but hiring slows

The number of job openings in the U.S. reached a new 14-year high in February but hiring slowed slightly, the Labor Department said Tuesday.<p>Openings increased by 168,000 to 5.1 million, highest since January 2001, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).<p>The past couple of …

The Wells Fargo employee who emailed the CEO asking for a $10K raise for his colleagues has quit

"After 7 years last Friday was my last day with Wells Fargo," Tyrel Oates wrote on Facebook attaching a copy of the letter he sent to John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo (See below).<p>His decision to leave appears to be a personal one.<p>He continued: "Unfortunately, school has gotten to the point where …

Finance

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.<p>For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for …

Health Care

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy