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The seven countries where the state can execute you for being atheist

The annual "freedom of thought" report from the International Humanist and Ethical Union, an advocacy umbrella group that represents and seeks to protect non-religious people, details laws and practices around the world that punish or restrict atheism. The group presented the report to the United …

Poll shows atheism on the rise in the U.S.

Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll.<p>The poll, called “The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism,” found that the number of Americans who say they are “religious” dropped from 73 percent in 2005 (the last time the poll was …

Scientists Agree On Climate Change, Why Doesn't The Public?

A new study confirms that the vast majority of scientists who research the climate accept that the planet is warming and human beings are largely responsible. Yet a large slice of the American public believes that scientists are deeply split about global warming.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From …

Virgin birth or hanky-panky? Anteater mom sparks a scientific debate

Is it a case of anteater virgin birth, a hormonal quirk or just some desperate hanky-panky? Whatever it is, Armani the anteater's surprising pregnancy has sparked a debate over what animals are capable of when it comes to sex.<p>The story unfolded at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in …

Not Your Grandpa's RV: This Roving Lab Tracks Air Pollution

If you're driving down the road someday and you come across a camper with a 50-foot periscope sticking up into the sky, you just might have crossed paths with Ira Leifer. His quirky vehicle is on a serious mission. It's sniffing the air for methane, a gas that contributes to global warming.<p>Leifer …

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood: Did it Really Happen?

<i>“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great</i> …

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Environmental change 'triggers rapid evolution'

Researchers were surprised how quickly the mites evolved as a result of environmental changes<p><b>Changes to their surroundings can trigger "rapid evolution" in species as they adopt traits to help them survive in the new conditions, a study shows.</b><p>Studying soil mites in a laboratory, researchers found …

Carbon’s role in atmosphere formation

A new study suggests that the way carbon moves from within a planet to the surface plays a big role in the evolution of a planet’s atmosphere. If …

FYI: What Would It Feel Like To Travel At Warp Speed?

It wouldn’t feel like much of anything.<p>If it were really possible to build a warp drive, using it wouldn't make you fly back into your seat as in a science-fiction movie. "Inside the spaceship, it would feel absolutely normal," says physicist Dave Goldberg of Drexel University. "You would be …

US chemistry meeting tackles science of booze

<b>It was a cocktail party of a decidedly muted and academic sort.</b><p>The session called Chemistry at the Bar proved popular with some of the 14,000 scientists at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans - itself the birthplace of some powerful concoctions.<p>And if you've ever made …

Why you better not cry in space

Is there anything Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield <i>can't</i> do? He's the commander of the International Space Station, a guitar-strumming space troubadour, a prolific orbital photographer and a frequent commentator about life in space. Hadfield seems to do it all, but apparently there's at least one …

Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it into a resource for city farmers hard up for fertilizer.<p>After the sewage has been processed …

Science In A Scoop: Making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Robyn Sue Fisher's ice cream shop, Smitten, in San Francisco's Hayes Valley, may at moments resemble a high school chemistry lab, but that's because Fisher uses liquid nitrogen to freeze her product.<p>Nitrogen is "a natural element," she notes. "It's all around us."<p>What makes it essential to Smitten …

Where has all the antimatter gone?

Where has all the antimatter gone? The Universe today is made of matter, but scientists believe that in the beginning, the Big Bang created equal amounts of matter and antimatter.<p>A new discovery at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern means scientists are furthering our understanding of the …

Should we change the Higgs boson's name?

On 4 July 2012, the discovery of a new particle was announced at Cern. It looked like the long-sought-after "Higgs boson", which gives mass to …

Wildlife That Isn't Wild And Isn't Alive

Bit by bit, bot by bot, robots are slipping into the real world. Yes, they are born in science labs, but more and more, they're joining us outdoors, up in the sky as drones or spybots (looking like swifts swooping across a meadow), or swimming in the ocean (looking like sharks). These newborns are …

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals

We shouldn't punish students who are trying to understand how their world works.<p>On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old public school student in Bartow, Florida did what any kid with an ounce of curiosity does: She performed an experiment. Like many acts of science, however, it didn't go as …

Could Titan's Hydrocarbon Chemistry Have Crossed the Chasm to Life? (Today's Most Popular)

Titan, one of Saturn's 60 moons, is the only moon in the solar system large enough to support an atmosphere. Pierrehumbert and colleague Jonathan …

Tesco backtracks on labelling chemistry set as boys' toy

The row over gender-specific toys has taken a new turn after Tesco admitted its description of a children's chemistry set as for boys was incorrect, …

The First Superfly Trailer Features Rick Ross And New Music From Future

Movies<p>The latest movie news, casting updates and rumors, trailer sneak peeks, and expert reviews on MTV.<p>Movies<p>He sustained the injury on the set of …

Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Last week, the mother of a seventh-grader in Northville, Mich., filed a complaint seeking to keep an unexpurgated version of Anne Frank's <i>Diary</i> off of middle school shelves because she felt a passage describing the …

'I Hope He Rots,' Says Brother Of Cleveland Kidnap Suspect

Calling his brother a hateful monster, Onil Castro has told CNN he hopes Ariel Castro "rots in that jail."<p>"I want him to suffer," he said of Ariel, the 52-year-old man accused of holding three young women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade — years in which Ariel Castro allegedly raped …

'Space Oddity' In Space: Yes, Astronauts Are Still The Coolest Humans

This is Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while floating around the International Space Station. You may have last seen the space station team walking around in outer space fixing stuff.<p>Yes, you will never do anything this cool. You could …

Teens Who Text And Drive Often Take Other Risks

Almost half of teenagers cop to texting while driving. And those texting teens are more likely to make other risky moves while in the car, too.<p>That includes not wearing seat belts, drinking and driving, and riding with a driver who's been drinking, a study just published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i> …

Holmes Enters Not Guilty By Insanity Plea In Colo. Shootings

James Holmes on Monday formally changed his plea from not guilty to "not guilty by reason of insanity" for the July 20, 2012, movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and an additional 70 injured.<p>Holmes' lawyers had said last week that the young man would be doing …

Middle East Virus Spreads Between Hospitalized Patients

It's been eight months since a Saudi Arabian doctor described a previously unknown virus related to SARS. And for most of that time only germ geeks paid much attention.<p>But in the past few days the new virus — which some would like to call MERS-CoV, for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — …

Neil deGrasse Tyson's remake of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' headed to Fox in 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking documentary series, <i>Cosmos: A Personal Journey,</i> is finally on its way to television. Fox made the official announcement during its advertising upfront presentation at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Monday, reports <i>The Los</i> …