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God Didn’t Write a Book

The Bible is a book—God’s book. Even a child knows this, right? Except that the Bible isn’t a book. Not really.The Bible was at first oral …

Theology

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the ancient Greeks

From the true identity of the poet Homer to the elephants used as the first weapons of mass destruction, there is much to fascinate in the stories of …

Infections during pregnancy may help autism develop—and scientists are finally figuring out why

Our immune systems aren’t perfect.<p>The immune system is a complex beast. It often does a fantastic job of fighting dangerous pathogens, preventing microbes from infecting and harming you. But it’s not infallible. Cancer cells can squeeze past undetected, for example. And sometimes the immune system …

Immune System

IBM makes breakthrough in quantum computing

Big Blue simulates molecular reaction and structure<p>Scientists working at IBM have developed new algorithms to help improve knowledge of complex …

Could your child be a psychopath? Six signs to watch out for

Around one in a hundred children display psychopathic traits, an expert has warned, but what are the signs you should watch out for?<p>Professor Stephen Scott, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, says one per cent of children display callous-unemotional traits, a condition he …

Mental Health

Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation?

WHEN WE THINK OF ARTIST residencies today, we think of the MacDowell Colony, in the woods of New Hampshire, and of the Skowhegan School, in Maine. There’s the Rome Prize fellowship, at the city’s American Academy, and Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation, in Marfa. To be an ­artist in residence means …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Much ado about nothing: ancient Indian text contains earliest zero symbol

Exclusive: one of the greatest conceptual breakthroughs in mathematics has been traced to the Bakhshali manuscript, dating from the 3rd or 4th century<p>Nowt, nada, zilch: there is nothing new about nothingness. But the moment that the absence of stuff became zero, a number in its own right, is …

Mathematics

11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us that “Less is More”.

So, what is the difference? If the instruction in secondary mathematics is the same or sometimes worse than those found in the US, why are Finnish …

Teaching

Find out where Maria, Prophet Mohammed’s Coptic Christian wife, was born

Some 400 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, there is the village called “Sheikh Ebada” near Mallawi center in Minya governorate.<p>The …

Abdul Aziz

There may be something weird going on with Western men's sperm

The little swimmers that weren't.<p>In Gilaed, the fictional nation at the heart of Margaret Atwood’s "The Handmaid's Tale," children are scarce. A loss of fertility brought about by some nebulous mix of environmental pollutants is to blame. In Gilaed, women are the focus of the infertility. But it's …

Sperm

A Team Of Surgeons Removed 27 Contact Lenses From A Woman's Eye

If putting in contacts ever gives you a fleeting feeling of panic that the lens will get stuck under your eyelid, then look away now — because this …

Worried about dementia? Hearing and language problems could be forerunners of cognitive decline

Scientists have traced the roots of<p>dementiaback to midlife, a time when hearing loss and changes in speech patterns may signal the onset of cognitive decline.<p>In research presented Monday at the Alzheimer's Assn.'s annual international conference in London, investigators also reported that for …

Dementia

4,200-Year-Old Egyptian Temple Discovered to Have Remarkably Well Preserved Artwork

There are multiple temples across Egypt that is known for the rich splendor and underlying significance. One such temple that is that is highly …

Ancient History

Neuroscientists Are Searching for God in Our Gray Matter

Neuroscientists have long been curious about the neural basis of faith.<p>Between 1967 and 1970, neurologist and Korean War veteran William Caveness started an unusual collection. He gathered information on roughly 2,000 Vietnam War soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries during combat, …

Physicists Just Found One of The Forces Holding The World Together Can Also Push It Apart

No, seriously, we really will need to update the textbooks on this one.<p>A type of force that makes molecules briefly stick to one another has been …

Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe

When we look out at the Universe today, highlighted against the vast, empty blackness of the sky are points of light: stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Yet there was a time in the distant past before any of those things had formed, just after the Big Bang, where the Universe was still filled with …

Dark Matter

Women Absorb And Retain DNA From Every Man They Have Sex With, Study Shows

<b>Women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they have sexual intercourse, according to a new study by the University of Seattle and</b> …

Finsbury Park mosque attack: Imam 'protected van driver' from angry public after crash

An imam reportedly saved the van driver involved in the suspected Finsbury Park terrorist attack from being attacked by members of the public in the …

Can you solve it? Pythagoras's best puzzles

Three teasers from the vaults from the great Greek mathematician and philosopher<p>UPDATE: The solutions are now up – see them here<p>Hi guzzlers,<p>The most famous theorem in maths is named after the Greek thinker Pythagoras. So is the most famous recreational mathematics publication in the</i> …

Greek Philosophy

Buddhism in Ancient Japan

Buddhism was introduced to ancient Japan via Korea in the 6th century CE with various sects following in subsequent centuries via China. It was …

Architecture 101: 10 Architectural Styles That Define Western Society

Throughout history, architecture has been used as a creative, functional outlet that often heralds the cultural depth of society. In fact, a scroll through the basics of important architectural movements is a window into art and culture during any given time period.<p>Often, architectural styles build …

Time does not mend a broken heart as scientists find condition causes long-term damage

Songwriters, poets and novelists have long mused over whether time truly heals everything.<p>Charles Dickens toyed over whether the bitter Miss Haversham would ever recover from being jilted at the altar, and for many historians, Queen Victoria's black dress came to symbolise her irreparable suffering …

Medicine

This New Explanation For Dark Matter Could Be The Best One Yet

Has it been shifting forms this whole time?<p>It makes up about 85 percent of the total mass of the Universe, and yet, physicists still have no idea …

Dark Matter

Terrorism: A history of violence

Politicians of all parties and many countries have sought to persuade their societies that terrorism is a unique and special form of crime.<p>They place …

How Many Muslims Are In The World? Islam To Overtake Christianity As Most Popular Religion

Muslims are on track to be the fastest growing major religious group in the world and will overtake Christianity in terms of sheer numbers by 2050, …

Improving critical thinking

<b>Posted:</b> October 21, 2015 | <b>Author:</b> Greg Ashman | <b>Filed under:</b> Uncategorized |8 Comments<p>A few months back, I jumped into a discussion of this article in …

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Ice Age

Aurangzeb Alamgir -The Greatest & Invincible Mughal Emperor 1618-1707

Aurangzeb Alamgir