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Millennials leaving church in droves

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Religion

Space geckos show their playful side on zero-gravity mission

They can walk on walls with ease and shed their tails when they find themselves in a tight spot, but the one thing geckos were thought to lack was a capacity for playfulness. Now, a space experiment has overturned the view that geckos are entirely serious creatures, showing that they are open to a …

Zoology

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

The media’s illness blind spot: What CNN and more get so maddeningly wrong about Germanwings

Anxiety and depression do not a mass murderer make, but that won’t stop outlets from stigmatizing the conditions<p>On March 24, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps. All 150 people on board were killed.<p>Though the story is still developing, some of the chilling facts leading to this …

This colorful hack-and-slasher puts a blend of Pokemon and Diablo in your pocket

It sounds like a bit of an absurd proposition: Take <i>Diablo 2,</i> layer on optional multiplayer in a massive online world and the gotta-catch-'em-all mentality and variety of Pokemon and wrap in a Pixar-like aesthetic.<p>Oh, did I mention that this is a mobile free-to-play game designed to make you not …

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

Optical Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

Color us impressed!<p>A few years ago, artist Natalie Fletcher moved to Bend, Oregon, and came across an ad for a body painter when she was looking to …

Art

Job site Glassdoor raises $70 million from Google Capital and others

Glassdoor, a job site perhaps best known for its anonymous employee reviews, has raised $70 million in funding to continue building out job search …

Employment

How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time

It’s hard to be efficient.<p>Sometimes it feels like the world doesn’t make any sense. Sometimes youdon’t make any sense. And sometimes it feels like …

Speculation Begins on Amazon, S&S Deal

When Amazon and Simon & Schuster confirmed on Tuesday that they had reached new sales terms on the publisher's print and digital titles, scant …

Wall Street

Bill Nye Fights Back

How a mild-mannered children’s celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.<p><i>Photographs by F. Scott Schafer</i><p>Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell,” Bill Nye said. He was prepping for a Super Bowl party and making pizza dough from a recipe given …

Does This New Book Hold the Secret to Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload?

My organizational style as a freelance writer resembles that of an absent-minded professor. I get excited about pivot tables, but I’m constantly …

Thousands of spiders 'bleed out of the walls' and force family from home

A family was driven from their suburban St Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.<p>Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007. Soon after that, they …

How Neil Gaiman Stays Creative In An Age Of Constant Distraction

“Those 2 million followers are not going to do anything to get my stories written for me.”<p>The great German writer and realpolitik statesman Goethe once said “talent is nurtured in solitude.” The only way to achieve true creativity, then, was to become “a child of solitude.”<p>But in our culture of …

The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To “Blade Runner” Designer Syd Mead

Mead chats with us about the Apple Watch, Glassholes, and Daft Punk copying one of his designs.<p>If anyone can call himself a “visual futurist” with a straight face, it’s Syd Mead, the legendary concept artist behind <i>Blade Runner</i>, <i>Tron</i>, and <i>Aliens</i>. I could think of no one better qualified to critique …

It's 2014 and we still don't have a real Note alternative

When the original Galaxy Note was released by Samsung in October 2011 it was widely criticized for being too big. Questions about whether it was a tablet or a phone gave rise to the universally hated word “phablet”. The vast majority of reviewers wrote it off as another failed offshoot of Samsung’s …

Patient with possible Ebola symptoms in isolation unit at Hawaii hospital

Hawaii health officials said late Wednesday that a person showing possible symptoms of the Ebola virus is currently undergoing testing in an isolation unit at a Honolulu hospital.<p>KHON reported that the person has not yet been tested specifically for the virus.<p>"We are early in the investigation of a …

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Middle Grade and YA: Where to Draw the Line?

Since Harry Potter first hit these shores in 1998, there’s been confusion over where best to shelve it: put it where most kids look for it, in middle …

Alexander the Great-Era Tomb Will Soon Reveal Its Secrets

As archaeologists continue to clear dirt and stone slabs from the entrance of a huge tomb in Greece, excitement is building over what excavators may …

I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity.

<i>a hopeful look at what happens when you quit the Like</i><p>On August 1st, 2014, I announced that I was going to quit liking things on Facebook. At the …

Social Media

The 7 Weirdest Things About Working From Home

<b>1. You talk and sing to yourself</b><p>I found myself doing this surprisingly quickly. Working from a cafe or bar where there’s too much white noise can be …

Mortgage from the blood bank? Make your best offer on Dracula's Castle

Goths and vampires looking for a new home might consider making an offer for Dracula's Castle in Romania. Just be careful with any contract you sign.<p>The real estate market can be a bloodthirsty business, especially when a castle named after a famous vampire is potentially up for grabs. Dracula's …

DailyThem.es Wants To Make English Writing Practice Fun

DailyThem.es is a social writing platform that wants to help English learners improve their language skills in an enjoyable and non-intimidating way. The concept behind the site is simple. Each day, users are encouraged to write 100 words about any subject they want, and then exchange feedback with …

Tiny planet extends the borders of our Solar System

Orbit diagram for the outer solar system. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are shown by solid purple lines, while the Kuiper belt is depicted by …

Astronomy

Pew pew! Scientists hatch plan to laser-blast space junk

Scientists have come up with a very video game-like way to take out orbiting space debris using ground-based lasers.<p>It's a junkyard out there. Reserchers estimate that at least several hundred thousand pieces of space debris are stuck out in orbit around the planet, creating hazards for satellites …

Upskirting Voyeur Didn't Violate Peeping Tom Law

The Boston man arrested in 2010 for using a cell phone camera to take pictures and video up women’s skirts on the subway did not violate …

Hayao Miyazaki offers anime enthusiasts a final flight of fancy

It seems like yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki, the master of Japanese anime, was making his US debut with The Princess Mononoke, a lush, deeply imagined environmental allegory. That 1997 movie was the first time many American filmgoers entered Miyazaki's world of myth, magic and lyrical, finely …