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102 villagers, 750 refugees, one grand experiment

In the autumn of 2015, Germany designated the hamlet of Sumte as a sanctuary for hundreds of displaced people. What followed was a test of the country’s deepest principles<p>Autumn<p>There is no cinema in Sumte. There are no general stores, no pubs, gyms, cafes, markets, schools, doctors, florists, auto …

Refugees

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.<p>This story appears in the May 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia</b> houses an array of singular medical specimens. …

The Brain

Cassini set for first Saturn gap plunge

BBC Science Correspondent, Vienna<p><b>The Cassini probe is about to make the first of 22 dives in between the rings of Saturn and the planet's atmosphere.</b><p>The orbits represent the last science-gathering phase of this remarkable mission before it ends in September.<p>Passage through the gap, made at more …

Solar System

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests …

Pregnancy

Marijuana and erectile dysfunction: What is the connection?

Erectile dysfunction refers to a man's inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough to have sex.<p>An occasional problem with keeping an …

Wellness

'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his "novelistic autobigraphy," <i>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</i>, died Monday at the age of 88.<p>His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, "after a …

Obituaries

Serena Williams Rallies Back at Ilie Nastase Over 'Racist' Baby Comment

Serena Williams hit back hard at former tennis pro Ilie Nastase over an comment he made about the color of her unborn child.<p>According to ESPN and the …

Serena Williams

Exploring what an Apple medical gadget might entail

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Apple isn’t interested in transforming the Apple Watch into the ultimate health monitoring device, but the company is open to …

Digital Health

So, That Asteroid Didn’t Kill Earth. Bonus: It Delivered Tons of Data

This week, a kilometer-wide asteroid whizzed by within about a million miles of this planet—about four and half times the distance between the Earth …

Space

The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black

The last story you will ever need to read about Rachel Dolezal. by Ijeoma OluoI'm sitting across from Rachel Dolezal, and she looks... white. Not a …

Racism

The Sacred Geometry Behind It All - Sacred Geometry Explained

Hot People Are The Worst At Relationships, Says Science

Pretty hurts.<p>From the time we’re kids, we learn that hot people reign supreme—they’re popular in high school, make loads of money when they enter the …

Behind and Beyond the Return of Religion

by <b>Meirav Jones,</b> <i>University of Pennsylvania</i><p><b>The subtitle of Michael Walzer’s monumental first book published in 1965, The Revolution of the Saints, was</b> …

Religion

Drought-hit Kenyans burn animal carcasses | The Wider Image | Reuters

Story<p>On the southern short of Lake Turkana, famed for the harsh beauty of its landscape, residents are burning carcasses to stop the bodies from infecting water supplies if the rains come.<p>Village elder Lowake Alishu said, "We are collecting the goats around the manyatta (group of thatched huts) to …

Photos of the Day

Rescue on the Mediterranean | The Wider Image | Reuters

Advertisement<p>They were three days of suffering, death and, most importantly, hope. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, I experienced those raw emotions aboard a migrant rescue ship.<p>We saved thousands of migrants, counted the dead, and covered the shivering. All in a day's work for the crew of the …

Refugees

The Largest Tornado Ever Was Terrifyingly Huge

Your regular tornado, while still dangerous, doesn't even dwarf a football field. Now imagine one that could span Central Park with windspeeds of …

AZ-Sen: Watch Jeff Flake (R) Get OWNED By 16-Year-Old Girl On Planned Parenthood At Town Hall

This video has been circulating around the internet over the weekend. If you haven’t seen it, I strong recommend you watch it now:<p>Another thing you …

Republicans

All Sex All the Time

A campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy encourages casual sex.<p>‘Some birth control methods mix better with booze. As in, you don’t have to think in …

Pregnancy

Earth-Sized Telescope Just Took The First-Ever Photo Of A Black Hole: How It Will Test Theory Of Relativity

Astronomers have successfully peered inside a black hole to take an image of its event horizon. What does this new development from the Event Horizon …

CNN’s portrayal of a “cannibalistic” religious sect has exposed the hypocrisy of the Indian diaspora

Several years ago, wandering through Varanasi late at night, I came across a group of ash-smeared sadhus sitting around a bonfire near the banks of River Ganga. I had gone there after spending several months at a Buddhist monastery in Pokhara, Nepal.<p>One of the sadhus beckoned me to join them, …

Religion

First-Ever Image of Dark Matter Released

Researchers have been able to capture the first-ever image of a dark matter web that confirms the existence of invisible matter in the universe. The …

Dark Matter

Life beyond earth? Try Saturn's moon Enceladus

What Does The Inside Of A Black Hole Look Like?

Black Hole Space Engine

George W. Bush Calls Foreign Aid A Moral And Security Imperative

President Trump's budget blueprint is all about "hard power" — increasing the country's military might by slashing foreign aid. The proposed cuts are in contrast to the dramatic boost to foreign aid under President George W. Bush.<p>Bush dedicated billions to combating HIV/AIDS in Africa with a …

Foreign Policy

Astronomers May Finally Have the First Picture of a Black Hole

Westford, Massachusetts<p>Using a massive telescope network, scientists have data in hand that could open new frontiers in our understanding of gravity.<p>For the monster at the Milky Way’s heart, it’s a wrap.<p>After completing five nights of observations, today astronomers may finally have captured the …

Astronomy

Lessons from the No Man’s Land of a Divided America

“I’ll tell you what,” sighed Connie Evans, a longtime friend and respected community member from my hometown of Cartersville, Ga. She’s a rare …

Democracy

NASA, Amazon to Live-Stream First 4K Ultra HD Video From Space

NASA will give Earth dwellers the first live-streaming look at 4K Ultra HD video from space, in an event co-produced with Amazon Web Services.<p>The …

NASA