Michael O'Hara

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Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars don't think so

<i>This story first appeared at AlterNet</i>.<p>Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they …

Behold, atheists' new Ten Commandments

What if, instead of climbing Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, Moses had turned to the Israelites and asked: Hey, what do you guys think we should do?<p>Considering the Hebrews' bad behavior in the Bible, what with the coveting of neighbors' wives and murdering their own brothers, …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Breast Cancer

This treadmill lets you walk in any direction

No, that's not a detached tank tread you're looking at, it's a treadmill -- and it doesn't care which direction you're walking. It's called the Infinadeck, and we found it hiding in a dark corner of the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo. Each of its tank-like treads is covered in a moving belt …

Robotic blocks can morph into any type of furniture

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne<p>I live in a 350 square foot apartment. As a result, my small dining table …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Al Gore

Stars beyond counting: A peek into the Mily Way's heart.

Look. I’m an astronomer, and a science communicator. I think about this stuff a <i>lot</i>, and it comes up in my life all the time. I’m also an amateur …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Engineering

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Why it is not possible to regulate robots

There's an old joke about the sciences: biology is just applied chemistry, chemistry is just applied physics, and physics is just applied maths. It's really a neat little quip about essentialism and reductionism. While it's true that biology can be accurately described as "applied chemistry," …

Atheists have their number: How the Christian right is hastening religion’s decline

Research suggests Americans raised in Christian households are increasingly shunning the faith of their parents<p>Of those aged 18 to 35, three in 10 say they are not affiliated with any religion, while only half are “absolutely certain” a god exists. These are at or near the highest levels of …

Opinion

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Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.<p>Your goal: to observe a meteor shower. You read an article about an upcoming meteor shower, and you …

Astronomy

Computer gets smarter by looking at online pics 24-7 - Futurity

A computer program named NEIL is running 24 hours a day, searching the internet for images, and gaining common sense on a massive scale.

Mellon

My Son Wears Dresses; Get Over It

A lot of marriages don’t survive raising a gender-creative son who is, statistically speaking, most likely going to be gay or transgender as an adult. I wish I could to talk to those men. I wish I could be there for their kids.<p>I've been a police officer for more than 15 years. I've been a detective …

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

<b>1. Tucking them into bed at night.</b> Someday, they'll be too big and I won't get that moment back. Saying goodnight, pulling up the covers and kissing their heads is a gift.<p><b>2. Telling them I love them.</b> Start this when they're young. "I love you" is a powerful three-word phrase that matters.<p><b>3.</b> …

20 Things Your Child Needs From You When Things Change

We all know the old adage, "The only thing permanent is change," and it is doubly true for families. Inside that constantly rolling ball of family transitions tumbles around changes in the stages, needs and roles of each family member's life, as well as the dynamics of the family unit as a …

Associated Press News

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

20 of the Most Beautiful Children's Books in the World

Forward-facing book displays are being found in more and more children's spaces. They not only entice little ones to pick up a book, but also help …

Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime Into Dream Adventures (Updated)

Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully? Queenie Liao, a free-lance artist and mother of three boys living in California, has …

Fairy Tales

Phablets: Should Your Next Phone Be Bigger Than Your Hand or Face?

They can be about the same size as a 6-inch Subway sandwich, pickles and honey mustard included, of course. Samsung's Galaxy Mega, in particular, is …

Blog Crush: Mr Printables

When you’re on the hunt for a quick & easy paper craft for the kids to tackle, it doesn’t get much better than Mr Printables. The freshly redesigned …

13 Sesame Street Characters Making a Difference in the World

<i>Sesame Street</i> is all about teaching important life lessons to kids. But some of our favorite Muppets on the show have stepped up to deal with major …