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How to Buy a Slave Girl From ISIS

Thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by ISIS. Does paying their captors for their freedom fund the terrorist organization?<p>ERBIL, Iraq — In a …

Islam

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

SEO

A man built a Twitter bot that automatically entered and won 1,000 contests

Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are often used for marketing, and many accounts hold contests to generate buzz around a product or event. …

Fashion Week

RNA Spray Could Make GMOs Obsolete — NOVA Next | PBS

As Scotland moves forward to ban genetically modified crops, Monsanto is developing a way to alter crops without touching their genes.<p>Through RNA …

Genetics

The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality. Why Does Franklin Graham Not Get This?

<i>The word "homosexuality" didn't even show up in English translations of the Bible until 1946, so why do we say the Bible condemns it?</i><p>Billy Graham's son is terrified that President Obama and a whole host of us have chucked out our Bibles in order to support marriage equality. This week he was at it …

Bernie Sanders Has a Secret

Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today.<p>One morning last month in Burlington, Vermont, at the law office of John Franco, one of Bernie Sanders’ best friends since the 1970s, Franco talked to me at length about Sanders’ commitment and his …

Middle-class

Why the Bible Is Not the Word of God

Perhaps it should be first noted that I am a licensed minister in the Missionary Baptist tradition. I believe in preaching the word of God. I believe in the saving of souls from the clutches of dark forces. I believe that God is all-loving and all-powerful, and that his son, Jesus of Nazareth, was …

The raging hypocrisy at the center of the Christian right’s persecution complex

The religious right has convinced itself that it’s the target of liberal persecution. There’s just one problem…<p>It’s been interesting to witness the public conversation going on among religious conservatives in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage last week. As Derek …

15 Questions for Someone Religious Struggling With Gay Marriage

I recently had a woman (who was supposedly strong in her Christian faith) grab a dollar from my hand as I was attempting to offer it to a homeless young man. "You know these people make almost $30,000 a year this way, right?" I told her that I was impressed in their economic prowess as I grabbed …

The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice

Municipal court in the US works like this: the accused stands with his attorney in front of the bench, looking up at the judge on high. The accused is effectively invisible, a bystander to the back-and-forth between judge, prosecutor and defence attorney, who speak in jargon that ordinary people do …

Crime

Why Catholic Americans are rejecting the Pope: They worship the free market now

Hopes is slim that the Pope’s historic climate message could actually change attitudes in the U.S.<p>Pope Francis’ much-anticipated climate change encyclical, released last week, is every bit as strong as environmentalists and other proponents of dramatic action on climate change had hoped. The …

Americans Were Asked if God Gave the U.S. a Special Role in Human History. Here’s the Result.

Despite notions of rising secularism and dwindling faith in the USA, the majority of Americans still see divine intervention at play when it comes to the United States’ role in the world, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute.<p>Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>In fact, 62 …

The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well

The world has been clamoring for a super-battery.<p>Since about 2010, a critical mass of national leaders, policy professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and writers have all but demanded a transformation of the humble lithium-ion cell. Only batteries that can store a lot more energy for a …

Energy

Scientists find evidence of key ingredient during dawn of life

Before there were cells on Earth, simple, tiny catalysts most likely evolved the ability to speed up and synchronize the chemical reactions necessary …

The Bible’s racist monstrosities: How the “word of God” has been — and still is — used to oppress

Conservative Christians have always found something in the Bible to justify all kinds of hate and evil. A history<p><i>White folks and colored folks, you listen to me. You cannot</i> <i><br>run over God’s plan and God’s established order without</i> <i><br>having trouble. God never meant to have one race. It was not</i> <i><br>His purpose</i> …

Apple made a tiny change that could bring about the 'app Renaissance'

Apple didn't say anything about it on stage at WWDC, its annual developer conference, but it has tweaked Xcode to allow users to "sideload" apps.<p>9to5Mac explains that sideloading is where people download or build an app, then put it directly on their phone. You used to have to be a fully fledged …

Play the PC game Elon Musk wrote as a pre-teen

It's a far cry from Fallout<p>Elon Musk is obsessed with space. At age 30, he founded SpaceX. At age 41, he oversaw the first cargo mission to the International Space Station by a private company. And at age 12, as a kid living in South Africa, he made a space-themed PC game called <i>Blastar</i>. Now, thanks …

Planarian Regeneration Model Discovered by Artificial Intelligence

<b>Robot science does more than just crunch numbers.</b><p>An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration …

Bioengineering

Pluto’s Moons Raise New Puzzles for NASA’s New Horizons Mission

For a long time, Pluto was considered an oddball planet — and although that perception has changed, astronomers now report that its tiniest moons rank among the oddest in the solar system.<p>"The Pluto system is more interesting than we thought," said Mark Showalter, a planetary scientist at the SETI …

Solar System

Superwolves, new butterflies, and all the hybrid species evolving before our eyes

Native wolves had been eradicated and the forests of the eastern United States long cut down when residents of western New York first began to notice the arrival of coyotes in the 1940s.<p>The coyotes of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains were lithe and quick, usually weighing less than 30 pounds. …

Wildlife

Ministry Responds to Firestorm Over Famed Megapastor’s Quest for Coveted $65 Million Private Aircraft: ‘We Plan to Acquire a Gulfstream G650 Because It Is the Best’

Just weeks after Pastor Creflo Dollar, founder of World Changers Church International, offered a fiery defense of his controversial campaign to raise millions for the purchase of a high-end aircraft, the board of his ministry is apologizing over the “confusion” that was created by a video appeal …

Business Jet

This home science experiment lets you trap a particle in a beam of light

If you have a Sharpie and a laser pointer, you can conduct a pretty cool home science experiment — trapping a tiny particle of marker in a beam of light.<p>Engineer Joseph Colosimo made the fascinating video above, and describes the experiment in more detail on his blog. To do it yourself, you need to …

Congress passes NSA surveillance reform in vindication for Snowden

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, ushering in the country’s most significant surveillance reform since 1978 two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations to the Guardian.<p>Senators voted 67-32 to pass the USA …

Surveillance

Activist Punks Saudi Arabia With Gay Rights Party

"Prosecuting and imprisoning people for homosexual conduct are flagrant human rights violations," remarked Scott Long, of Human Rights Watch in April of 2005. "Subjecting the victims to floggings is torture, pure and simple."<p>His remarks came after the government of Saudi Arabia sentenced dozens of …

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind …

Surveillance

'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1170000/1170975_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524615008_7bae7818eba5d980a57ad28259744ef4<p><b>Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species.</b><p>The discovery suggests …

The Church Of George Church

From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?<p>A few years ago, George Church was peer-reviewing a paper for the journal <i>Science</i> when he got an idea. The paper’s authors had encoded their names and a string of famous quotes into a …

Genetics

​When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?

Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our …

Stunning 3-D Models Reveal Bizarre Double Star Acting Up

The star system Eta Carinae sends out the brightest flares yet recorded.<p>SEATTLE—Armed with a 3-D printer, a supercomputer, and several space telescopes, astronomers have gotten their best look yet at one of the galaxy's biggest, weirdest double star systems.<p>Surprising new observations of the …

Duolingo For Schools Is Free, And It May Change The EdTech Market

Duolingo for schools offers a window into the future of education technology. It shows us how interactive digital technologies can be used to create a more equitable educational landscape, not just in the U.S., but globally. It reminds us why we all bought into these networked technologies in the …

Language Learning