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Imprisoned As I Lay Dying singer claims Christian rock bands fake faith

Tim Lambesis, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill his estranged wife, says his band lied about their faith to win fans<p>• As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis jailed for murder plot<p>Tim Lambesis, the As I Lay Dying frontman who was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiring to kill his …

Russell Brand: my life without drugs

The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday. I had received "an inconvenient truth" from a beautiful woman. It wasn't about climate change – I'm not that ecologically switched on – she told me she was pregnant and it wasn't mine.<p>I had to take immediate action. I put Morrissey on in my …

Science has a formula for when you can tell jokes about tragedy

Have you ever made a wisecrack about something terrible that just happened, and been greeted with dead silence instead of a laugh? Not a great …

Discovery of Oldest DNA Scrambles Human Origins Picture

Scientists reveal the surprising genetic identity of early human remains from roughly 400,000 years ago in Spain.<p><b>New tests on human bones hidden in a Spanish cave for some 400,000 years set a new record for the oldest human DNA sequence ever decoded—and may scramble the scientific picture of our</b> …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

Big Pic: Submerged Navy Submarine Launches Drone

Zero to "oh my god did that drone just come from under the water" in seconds.<p>Getting aircraft into the sky typically requires a dedicated launching area—usually a flat, sturdy surface. These are hard to come by in the middle of the ocean. Aircraft carriers are one way to bring runways to the sea, …

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U.S. Scientists Convert Algae to Crude Oil in Less Than an Hour

By Tim Radford<p>U.S. scientists believe they may have cracked one of the great biofuel conundrums. They have turned a thick soup of algae into a mix of …

2013 was a lost year for tech

All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by financial engineering, mergers and acquisitions, and evasion of regulations. Not a single breakthrough product was unveiled—and for reasons outlined below, Google …

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

<b>Listen · 4:34</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When President Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April, he promised to give scientists "the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action."<p>An early version of one of those tools already exists, scientists say. It's a …

Water's speed in cells may hold clues to Alzheimer's - Futurity

Water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, say …

11 Obscure References in Classic Songs— Explained!

We've all heard these classic pop and rock hits a thousand times. But even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?<p>1. "You’re So …

'The Wire' Creator Penning Musical Based on the Pogues' Music - Report

David Simon was reportedly working on it with the group's now-deceased guitarist<p>David Simon, creator of the TV series <i>The Wire</i> and <i>Treme</i>, has …

Sarah Silverman On Finding The Flow In “We Are Miracles”

Sarah Silverman talks about inspiration, segues and the process of creating her new HBO special, We Are Miracles.<p>Without so much as a how do you do, Sarah Silverman gets right to it in her new HBO special when she walks on stage and announces, “I occasionally watch porn on my phone.” By the time …

Pop culture wines: Reviews of Duck Dynasty, Downton Abbey, Fifty Shades of Grey, and other fine branded wines.

Apparently, wine pairs well with pop culture. If you like a particular TV show, movie, or band, odds are there’s a branded wine you can consume along …

Tupac Broadway Musical Set to Open in Summer

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' will debut at the Palace Theater in June<p>The long-awaited Tupac Shakur musical finally has an opening date. <i>Holler If Ya Hear …

TV Shows We Can't Wait to Watch in 2014

As temperatures plummet, it's not all doom and gloom – midseason TV offers plenty of reasons to tune in<p>The Midwest is currently so cold, boiling …

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston Want to Join 'Better Call Saul'

'Breaking Bad' star Paul also talks about Jesse's fate<p>When the <i>Breaking Bad</i> spinoff <i>Better Call Saul</i> finally starts production, Aaron Paul and Bryan …

James Vincent McMorrow streaming 'Post Tropical,' announces North American tour (2 NYC shows included)

by <b>Andrew Sacher</b><p><b>James Vincent McMorrow in Chicago in 2011</b> (more by Ben Rodig)<p>Dublin singer/songwriter <b>James Vincent McMorrow</b> first surfaced in 2010 …

Atmospheric observations could reveal mass of Earth-like worlds

Astronomers in the US have unveiled a new way of measuring the mass of an exoplanet by studying several different parameters of the body’s …

Our first glimpse of the dusty remnants of an exploding star

See that reddish cloud inside this supernova's shockwave? It's a massive plume of dust that formed shortly after the star ripped itself to shreds. …

The Year’s Most Beautiful Photos From Space

Cosmic photography is always breathtaking, so a full year’s worth of images provides plenty of choices. Here are some of 2013’s highlights.

Rebel Wilson: "I say the C-word a lot"

Katy Perry's Killer Queen Campaign

Congressional Democrats make fun of Republicans for being terrible at connecting with women

A derisive memo from female members of Congress highlights the GOP’s ongoing “woman problem”<p>One way <i>not</i> to connect with young women voters is to kick off the new year with a measure that would saddle them with a financial penalty if they want to have insurance coverage for abortion care.<p>A group of …

Unseasonably harsh weather kept a quarter of a million Americans home from work last month

And that was before the polar vortex<p>Delving into December's jobs report, Quartz notes that the month's nasty weather kept an unusually high number of people home:<p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 273,000 people couldn’t work during the month December due to cold, the most in the month …

An atheist finally finds someone to take his money

Hemant Mehta wanted to be generous. That’s when the trouble started<p>You wouldn't think it'd be a challenge to give away $3,000. Yet as Hemant Mehta recently revealed, "I can't believe how hard it is." Now, after two months of trying and two high-profile refusals, he's found somebody to take the …

Gas pump warning labels would caution drivers to fill up at the planet’s risk

A new campaign aims to drive home the connection between gas use and climate change<p>If we can put labels on cigarettes warning users about the risks of smoking, why not do the same for gasoline? An environmental group is campaigning to slap warning labels on California filling stations, SFGate …