Tom Skorupski

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Ambient TV lighting system

As well as reducing eye strain, the ambient TV lighting surrounding Jimmy White’s goggle-box is rather eye-catching. AmbientLightServer software …

Malaysia's atheists fearful following calls by a minister to ‘track them down’

KUALA LUMPUR: Some Malay atheists in Malaysia are worried and fearful – in recent days there was a call by a minister “to track them down” while a …

A Picture of Malaysian Atheists Has Led to a Government Crackdown on Ex-Muslims

August 6, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p>Atheist Republic, an online Facebook group with more than 1.7 million followers around the world, frequently holds …

Religion

Malaysian Government Official: “We Need to Hunt Down” Atheists

August 8, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p>The other day, I posted about how a picture of atheists at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia went viral, leading to …

Religion

Pakistan’s secret atheists

<b>Being an atheist in Pakistan can be life-threatening. But behind closed doors, non-believers are getting together to support one another. How do they survive in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?</b><p>Omar, named after one of Islam's most revered caliphs, has rejected the faith of his …

GOP lawmaker: The Bible says ‘if a man will not work, he shall not eat’

<i>This story’s headline has been corrected. A quote from Rep. Jodey Arrington’s remarks at a congressional hearing has also been added.</i><p>One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) recently quoted the New …

Income Inequality

Anti-abortion lawmaker: Rape, incest "will of God," but God can "bring beauty from ashes"

A male Republican lawmaker has suggested that rape and incest are not simply crimes that often devastate their victims, but sometimes also the "will …

Feminism

Indian court bans politicians from using religion, caste to win votes | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s top court on Monday prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their strategy in upcoming elections.<p>Rescued cattle are seen at a "goushala", or cow shelter, run by Bharatiya Gou Rakshan …

Data, Bias and Poisoning the Well

Dear Reader, I did it again.I could say that I’m blogging this because it could be used in the classroom. (It could, as a discussion about using data …

HOW TO CONVERT AN ATHEIST (and how NOT to) - Sapient Saturdays

Puerto Rican Gubernatorial Candidate Alexandra Lúgaro Proudly Proclaims Her Atheism in New Video

November 3, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Next week, while we’re fretting about the presidential election, Puerto Rico will be voting for its next governor. …

A film on brave people who escaped Islam

I remember saying to my mum, ‘I don’t think I believe in God any more,’ And her saying, ‘You can’t tell anybody else because they’ll kill you, we are …

Islam

Abortion could soon be banned in Poland, and women are fighting back | VICE News

Women across Poland went on strike Monday as part of ongoing protests against proposed legislation that would effectively ban abortion. Current law allows terminations only in cases where the mother or the fetus is at high risk, or in cases where the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.<p>The …

Here's What an Astronaut Thinks of Elon Musk's Plan to Colonize Mars

Retired NASA astronaut Tom Jones has some opinions about Musk's grand vision.<p>Elon Musk is an ambitious visionary, a disturbingly hard worker, and a master of hype. But is he a realist?<p>On Tuesday, the entrepreneur laid out a wildly aggressive vision for beginning a colony on Mars. The plan entails …

Elon Musk

MIT researcher develops a machine that can read a closed book

A research scientist at MIT has developed a machine which can read the pages of a closed book.<p>Barmak Heshmat says the scanner uses terahertz waves - a type of radiation situated on the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared light - to read a stack of papers with a single letter …

Muslim schoolboys who refused to shake hands with female teachers lose appeal

A 15-year-old Muslim schoolboy studying in Switzerland has been told he must agree to shaking hands with female teachers or face being fined and …

Formlabs Brings Low-Cost SLA 3D Printing to China

The desktop 3D printing industry is now in full-on expansion mode, with every manufacturer from MakerBot to Ultimaker to Leapfrog bringing their …

Fabrication

Jimmy Carter, After Visiting Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter: “I Believe in Evolution”

June 11, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Yesterday, former <b>President Jimmy Carter</b> made a visit to <b>Ken Ham</b>‘s Noah’s Ark theme park. It was an odd pairing since …

In God We Don't Trust: Growing American Secular Movement Rallies in D.C. Today (Live Video)

They may be the most invisible interest group in American politics: secular Americans who now make up nearly a quarter of the American population, according to recent Gallup and Pew Research polls. But attendees of the "Reason Rally" at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, where as many as 30,00 …

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue is Angry That “Good for Nothing” Atheists Are Gathering in D.C.

June 2, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>When the Catholic League’s <b>Bill Donohue</b> is having an aneurysm at your expense, you’re probably doing something right.<p>In …

Atheist Group To Run Newspaper Ads Showing How the Bible Isn’t “Pro-Life” At All

May 13, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>This Sunday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation will be running full-page ads in two newspapers — the <i>Tulsa World</i> (OK) …

Religion Declining, Secularism Surging

An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline. From Scandinavia to South America, and from Vancouver to Seoul, the world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of secularization. Indeed, as a recent <i>National</i> …

'Friendly Atheist' Video on Why Mother Teresa Shouldn't Be a Saint

World Religion News<p>‘Friendly Atheist’ Video on Why Mother Teresa Shouldn’t Be a Saint<p>Posted by Corey Barnett<p>By Suma Iyer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], …

Pope insists pedophile criminals be 'severely' punished

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that pedophiles who abuse children be severely punished.<p>Speaking to faithful in St. Peter's Square …

How to: Build a 50-Ton, Hand-Placed Stone Wall

In the 1990's Craig Bernhardt came across a pamphlet for Rockwater Ltd., a company that specialized in building gorgeous stone walls and benches. He …

Fox News Host: The “National Day of Reason” Resolution Shows the “Downward Decline of This Nation”

April 14, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>The pundits at Fox News Channel are furious that legislators have proposed a purely symbolic resolution calling for a …

Religion

Another Atheist Hacked to Death by Radical Muslims in Bangladesh

April 6, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>For the first time this year, and the first time in several months, an atheist has been slaughtered in Bangladesh.<p>Last …

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Dan Barker)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Dan Barker's new book (titled after the famous Richard Dawkins quote) doesn't exactly …

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Talk To Anyone But Your Husband And Be A Woman?

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Talk To Anyone But Your Husband And Be A Woman?<p>January 27, 2016 by Suzanne Calulu<p><i>by Larry Solomon from Biblical Gender</i> …

Spirituality

DIY Arduino Battery Spot Welder

An Arduino Nano based Spot Welder for battery welding This Spot Welder can be used to weld 18650 batteries. It needs a 7-12V power source (12V …