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Forget the Big Bang, our universe may have formed from a Big Bounce

The universe is in a constant state of expansion and the general consensus is that this began as a ‘Big Bang’ – the universe bursting into existence …

Archbishop John Sentamu: Homosexuality is not a sin, LGBT people were created in God’s image too

The Archbishop of York has said he would “never” describe homosexuality as a sin.<p>Archbishop John Sentamu appeared on Good Morning Britain this …

Is the God of Jews, Christians and Muslims a homophobe?

Here is the plain and dangerous truth facing the cosmopolitan world: In the opinion of many millions of Jews and Christians and Muslims, the Abrahamic God of the desert is a homophobe.<p>Omar Mateen, the nightmare killer of Orlando, Fla., may have been, as his ex-wife tells us now, crazed; he may also …

Here are some of the most mind-blowing facts about the universe

<b>Between the beautiful supermoon last week and Nasa's announcement that strong evidence of flowing water has been discovered on Mars, many of us have</b> …

10 key quotes from the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision

After the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Friday that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, both supporters and dissenters took to social media to share their opinions on the ruling. Inside the high court, passions ran just as deep, as seen in the justices’ responses. POLITICO takes a look at 10 of …

Why Does Time Exist?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Shifting Time<p><b>About Sean Carroll's TED Talk</b><p>Cosmologist Sean Carroll tackles a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.<p><b>About Sean Carroll</b><p>Sean …

Aalto University researchers predicted existence of new quantum matter theoretically

17.06.2015<p>Aalto University researchers have succeeded to predict, in theory, that superconducting surfaces can become topological superconductors …

DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

Scientists now know that our DNA is being altered all the time by environment, lifestyle and traumatic events<p>Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered.<p>Previously large …

Strange behavior of quantum particles may indicate the existence of other parallel universes

Little did Bill Poirier realize as he delved into the quantum mechanics of complex molecules that he would fall down the rabbit hole to discover …

Growing Up McEnroe: The Untold Story

It’s been a long road for the three children of Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe, whose explosive marriage was marred by her addiction battles, his …

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Millionaire mom gets 18 years in jail for killing disabled son, 8, in NYC hotel

A self-made pharmaceuticals millionaire who gave her developmentally disabled 8-year-old son a fatal dose of Ambien and Xanax in February 2010 was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a New York City judge Thursday.<p>Gigi Jordan, 54, claimed that her son, Jude Mirra, had been sexually abused for years …

"Our Invisible Universe" --The Foamy Structure of Spacetime

The artist's illustration above depicts how the foamy structure of space-time may appear, showing tiny bubbles quadrillions of times smaller than the …

The Impact of the Jewish People on Humanity, as Traced by Scholars Throughout Time

When Abraham first discovered the method of connection, he told about it to whomever would listen, and those who joined him became the first truly connected people. Those people then went to Egypt, and finally emerged from it in much greater numbers, an entire nation. That nation received the …

Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells

Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In …

Why your immune system doesn’t eat you alive

New research out of Stanford debunks some of our longest-held ideas about the behaviors of T cells<p>Esther Landhuis<p>May 25, 2015 9:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>For a long time researchers figured the body had a tidy way of dealing with immune cells that might …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Most people don't understand just how little we know about the human brain

That fantastically complex organ is the main focus of several massive scientific research projects right now, including the more than $300 million Brain Initiative and the EU's Human Brain Project.<p>What most people may not realize is how much this research is truly delving into the unknown. As …

10 Intriguing Prehistoric Women

It’s easy to assume we have human evolution pretty much figured out. But new discoveries of human remains often challenge the scientific consensus. …

Human Soul Found? Quantum Theory Of Consciousness ‘Orch OR’ Claims Both Science And Religion Are True

Has the human soul been found by science? A controversial quantum theory of consciousness called “Orch OR” (which stands for “orchestrated objective …

Darren Wilson says he's sorry but his conscience is clear

Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson, in his first interview since he fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, said he's not tormented by that fateful encounter on a street in suburban St. Louis last summer.<p>"I don't think it's haunting," Wilson told ABC News on Tuesday. "It's always …

From Ferguson To Fallujah, The Death of Accountability

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:01 AM<p>A young black man dies from a police gunshot, and a community bursts into presumptuous anger as if it knows racism is …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there's a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It's supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we've never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 …

Bone from human-like hand is 1.4 million years old

Early humans may have developed the hand anatomy to make and use tools more than half a million years earlier than previously believed.<p>Researchers …

Childhood bullying tied to psychosis later

Children who are exposed to bullying—whether as victims or perpetrators—may have an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adulthood.<p>For a new …

Mixing It Up 50,000 Years Ago — Who Slept With Whom?

In a remote cave in Siberia, scientists have found a 50,000-year-old bone from a toe that tells a story about life — and love — among some of the earliest humans.<p>They did it by analyzing DNA from that bone.<p>Back in 2010, scientists stunned the world by retrieving recognizable DNA from a Neanderthal …

New Study Finds Milky Way Has Four Arms, Not Two

Sometimes it’s hard to see the shape of something from the inside.<p>A new study provides evidence that our own home galaxy actually has four major spiral “arms,” instead of two. Can I just point out this is 100 percent more arms than our latest understanding of the shape of the Milky Way?<p>The evidence …

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