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Teens Prefer Twitter to Facebook

While Twitter has exploded over the last few years, one group of potential users -- teenagers, who were key to the success of MySpace and then …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Pope Francis La Repubblica Interview Rocks Church!

(RNS) Pope Francis has done it again: Just two weeks after the publication of a lengthy, detailed interview in which he expounded on his new vision for the church he has given another interview, this time with the atheist editor of an Italian daily.<p>Francis had recently written an open letter to …

Was Jesus Political? Undoubtedly

Let's get this out of the way right away: Jesus was political.<p>His preaching was tinged with political statements. His healings carried massive political implications for the ways we structure our world and understand our neighbor. His execution was of the kind reserved for acts of political …

Nobel Prize For Physics 2013: Francois Englert And Peter W. Higgs Honored For Higgs Boson Research

Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs won the 2013 Nobel Prize For Physics on Tuesday for their research into the Higgs boson particle, nicknamed the "God particle."<p>The award is given annually for the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics.<p>Englert, a Belgian theoretical …

Bringing the climate fight to the table

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Four steps toward a climate-friendly diet

One of the biggest contributors to global warming is the food-supply system, from the fertilizer and gas used to cultivate farms to transportation and storage to what we throw away at the end of a meal. We won’t stop climate change through individual action alone, but together, we can make a real …

Health of oceans 'declining fast'

<b>The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating even faster than had previously been thought, a report says.</b><p>A review from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), warns that the oceans are facing multiple threats.<p>They are being heated by climate change, turned slowly less …

Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

I Flew 75,000 Miles Last Year—and I'm Never Flying Again

It's just not worth the cost to our planet.<p>Last week, when a panel of the world’s best scientists issued a new report on climate change (pdf), I did my best to read it like a meteorologist. The facts led to a simple conclusion: Humans cause global warming. And without an immediate and dramatic cut …

I Need Thee Every Hour - This is One A Capella Hymn You HAVE to Listen to - You'll Be Stunned

Is early adversity embedded in our biology?

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> Forget nature versus nurture. A growing body of evidence suggests early experiences and biology interact to shape human …

Biology

Three mighty rivers once flowed through the Sahara

The world's most famous desert isn't always quite so dry as it is now—thanks to the Earth shifting on its axis, the Sahara's climate gets gradually …

The Bubble At The Edge Of The Solar System

Science at its most fundamental level is not made of experiments or math, copper tubing or silicon chips. Science, at its most fundamental level, is made up of stories because that's how human beings understand themselves and their place in the cosmos.<p>As you read this the Voyager spacecraft, …

Dear Parents With Young Children in Church

You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.<p>I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as …

Unpaid Pastors May Be 'Future Of The Church' For Protestant Congregations

(RNS) The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest.<p>One reason for the excitement? They won’t have to pay him.<p>A 57-year-old fly fishing guide, Marmon, whose wife is a lawyer, says he doesn’t want or …

World's most vulnerable areas to climate change mapped

Using data from the world’s ecosystems and predictions of how climate change will impact them, scientists have produced a roadmap that ID's the …

Chicken is killing the planet

Processed chicken is already bad for the environment, workers and consumers — and it’s about to get a lot worse<p>Earlier this month, while you were busy sneaking out of your empty office, hoping nobody would notice your starting the holiday weekend early, the USDA was also doing something it was …

PHI publishes research on passive house in tropical climates

<i>Here's some more detail on the research from the Passive House Institute:</i><p>Whether in India, Singapore or Brazil – passive house principles also work …

ScienceCasts: The "Sleeping Giant" in Arctic Permafrost

10 Things Christians Should Say More Often

I had a series a while back about the Christian Cliches that we should drop from our lexicon, and since then I've had people ask what they should be saying instead. So here's a list of handy phrases to help bring followers of Jesus into a post-Christendom, 21st-century world.<p><b>"I'm Sorry."</b> - There's …

Nadia Bolz-Weber — Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace

<i>October 23, 2014</i><p><b>KRISTA TIPPETT, HOST:</b> The church Nadia Bolz-Weber founded is called the House for All Sinners and Saints. At six feet tall with spiky …

Coptic Christians In Egypt Still Persecuted, Still Hopeful

(RNS) Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams took Britain’s Christian community to task last month when he said that Western Christians need to “grow up” and stop claiming they are persecuted just because they are sometimes made to feel uncomfortable about their faith.<p>“When you have any …

10 Thoughts on Tyler Perry and Bishop Jakes, Evangelicals, and Money

I finally got the strength to watch the viral video of Tyler Perry and Bishop Jakes recently. I then had conversations about it with Christians and non-Christians in coffee shops and on phone conversations. While usually I can write paragraphs and paragraphs of analyses, my thoughts about what I …

Buddhist Monks And Snow Leopards Become Surprising Allies

<i>By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer:</i><p>The endangered snow leopard has some allies in unexpected places.<p>The leopards are being protected by hundreds of Buddhist monasteries on the Tibetan plateau, new research suggests.<p>The scientists, who detailed their study last week in the journal Conservation …

The Ten Commandments of Talking to Friends in Mourning

Recently, there was a tragic death in my community. A beloved man went on a morning bike ride with his wife and didn't come back.<p>The pain of the tragedy was deep and pervasive throughout the community: He was young, healthy, and active; he had a vibrant marriage, a strong relationship with his son, …

Yom Kippur: You Can't Atone On Facebook

Social media plays a huge role in my life, but not on Yom Kippur -- the day of atonement. As Jews worldwide mark the holiday that begins at sundown, my Facebook feed has been filling up with "friends" issuing blanket apologies to me and the rest of the Facebook for however they may have offended us.<p>…

Keeping Alive The Big Questions

Twenty years ago, Evgenia Cherkasova and Elena Kornilov were doctoral students in their mid-20s, living in the same housing complex at Penn State University. As they pursued their degrees -- Cherkasova in philosophy, Kornilov in physics -- both started families, and to take a break from studying …