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Jihadism is not nihilism: What everyone gets wrong about ISIS

<b>(Reuters)</b><p>Religious fanaticism is a consequence of faith, not of losing faith. It’s important that we make the distinction<p>Marty Kaplan<p>November 24, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>Extremist jihadism is a consequence of faith, not a consequence of losing faith. In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic …

Religion

Midday open thread: The page who busted Foley; Indians keep making legislative inroads in MT

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Home of the brave:<p>What you may have missed on Sunday Kos …<p>I was a congressional page in 2001 and 2002. During that …

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

The still-mysterious ecosystem of bacteria living inside you determines an incredible amount about your health–and your personality.<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to stay alive, like the rest of us.”<p>So begins the …

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Genetics

Earth Could Be Surrounded By Long Hairs of Dark Matter

Our planet may be surrounded by filaments of dark matter stretching away from its surface, according to a new study published by NASA researchers.<p>In …

Dark Matter

Storing solar, wind, and water energy underground could replace burning fuel

Using wind, water, and solar electricity for everything, instead of burning fuel, with resulting improved energy efficiency, means you need much less …

This is why they’re deniers: The science that goes deep into the anti-climate-change brain

<b>(AP/Reuters/Joshua Lott/David Becker/Chris Keane/John Minchillo)</b><p>Climate change is obviously a real concern. So how do deniers close their minds to reality? A scientist explains<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>October 7, 2015 4:42pm (UTC)<p>Over the past two decades, the phenomenon of climate denial has come into focus …

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below), consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule, to the edge of space at a suborbital altitude of …

Black Lives Matter protestors shot near Minneapolis police station

Three masked men opened fire on Black Lives Matter activists late Monday night not far from Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct police station. Approximately …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Largest animal cloning factory can save species, says Chinese founder

The scientist behind plans to build the world’s largest animal cloning factory in China has hailed the venture as an “extremely important” contribution that could help save critically endangered species from extinction.<p>Xu Xiaochun, the chief executive of BoyaLife, the company behind the 200m yuan …

China

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?

Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and maybe even …

What else is possible if space and time can change?

<i>Editor’s note: Scientists said today that after more than a half-century search, they have finally detected gravitational waves — the ripples in the</i> …