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The fatwa hotline: 'We have heard everything'

Can men and women work together? (Yes) Should I fast during Ramadan if I have my period? (No) These are just some of the dilemmas answered by women running a Muslim helpline in Abu Dhabi<p>Sheikha Naeema lifts her glass to take a sip of water, but the large grey telephone on her desk blinks again, red …

Abu Dhabi

Scientists are asking the wrong questions of big data

Big Data has changed all that. These days, tremendous volumes of information are being generated and collected through new technologies, be they large telescope arrays, DNA sequencers or Facebook.<p>The data is vast, but the kinds of data and the formats they take are also new. Consider the hourly …

Big Data

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

People with anxiety fundamentally perceive the world differently, according to a study reported in the Cell Press journal <i>Current Biology</i> on March 3. …

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Papua New Guinea

Atheist Richard Dawkins Reveals the Best Argument He’s Ever Heard for God’s Existence: ‘It’s the Best One Going’

Famed atheist Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist who is known for vocally deriding religion, recently revealed the best argument that he’s ever heard for God’s existence.<p>During a visit late last year to Google’s offices in Kirkland, Washington, Dawkins discussed his memoir, “Brief Candle in …

Religion

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

Biology

Pope Francis: atheists who follow their consciences will be welcome in Heaven

The Pope's message, contained in an open letter, is more directed to the faithful than the nonbelievers, and is a repudiation of millennias' worth of …

Christianity

CRISPR named Science 2015 Breakthrough of the Year

Samantha Lee/Business Insider<p>This year was undoubtedly the one in which CRISPR took over the minds and hearts of science lovers everywhere.<p>On Thursday, Science Magazine announced the gene-editing technique won its Breakthrough of the Year Award, beating out other events such as the discovery of …

Breakthroughs

Why Does Evolution Want Infidelity to Hurt So Much?

Evolutionary psychology has made attempts to understand why humans hate cheaters so much, but no one has come up with an ironclad explanation.<p>At a superficial level, sexual jealousy is arguably one of the most counterproductive emotions we have evolved to experience. Think of all the hours we …

Psychology

Professor explains how his study of the historical Jesus made him leave atheism

Dr. Michael F. Bird has a great article in Christianity Today. I’ve featured his debates with atheist historian James Crossley on this blog before, …

Theology

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Google Analytics

Scientists say this surprising trait could make men more attractive to women

One of the most intriguing pieces of research we came across was a recent small study that found women tend to be more attracted to men who are high in mindfulness, which is the ability to be fully present without judging the difficult thoughts and emotions that arise.<p>For the study, a team of …

Mindfulness

Study: People Who Could See a Baby in This Picture Were More Prone to Experiencing Hallucinations

Take a look at this picture.<p>Image credit: University of Cambridge<p>While the black-and-white image might look like abstract art, it’s actually what British researchers used to study why some people might experience hallucinations.<p>So now, look at this image, which is the full-color version on which …

University of Cambridge

Ben Carson: If You Accept Evolution, "You Dismiss Ethics," Can't Believe In God And Evolution

"You have no reason for things such as selfless love, when a father dives in to save his son from drowning."<p>Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a noted creationist, once said those who believe in evolution "dismiss ethics" and believe you don't have to abide by a …

The Biblical Problem With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

You may have heard that the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional a couple of months ago.<p>I believe at least a couple of news outlets reported on it.<p>Well, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis definitely heard the news and she wasn't happy about. However, unlike many of her fellow …

LGBTQI

My Awakening to the Obvious.

<i>In January 1994, after a contemplative practice of more than two decades, I awoke to the transcendent heart. That fact plus a couple bucks entitles</i> …

I’m raising my children atheist in the Bible Belt

My neighbors can think whatever they like. I don’t need God to teach my children right from wrong<p>My son M, 8 years old, is growing up in Atlanta. This is a fine thing: Atlanta has wonderful food, glorious natural beauty, and some of the most genuinely friendly people you will ever meet.<p>It’s also …

Religion

On talk circuit, George W. Bush makes millions but few waves

Since 2009, the former president has given at least 200 paid speeches, typically pocketing $100,000 to $175,000 per appearance.<p>Toward the end of his presidency, George W. Bush told Robert Draper, reporting for a book called <i>Dead Certain</i>, that he intended after vacating the Oval Office to “replenish …

Government

Bill Clinton Defends His Foundation's Foreign Money

Bill Clinton says he has no regrets about taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation — even though the donations have caused a political headache for Hillary Clinton as she tries to follow him into the Oval Office.<p>In an exclusive interview with NBC News' Cynthia McFadden, the former …

Government