Naomi Shackleford

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Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Atheism

Standards Of Beauty Sound Even More Ridiculous When They're Said Aloud

Just imagine a salesperson saying, "If you buy this top, you will appear thin and consequently be beautiful and well-liked." Sounds ridiculous, right?<p>But that's what it might sound like if people actually verbalized society's unrealistic beauty standards for women.<p>The folks at BuzzFeed depicts this …

How to Convince Your Kids to Eat 'Scary' Foods

Chefs and parents share their experiences and know-how on getting kids to eat scary, intimidating foods<p>Some foods we adults love are completely intimidating to the younger set. <b>Kids, picky or not, are the ultimate food snobs.</b> Dishes that look weird, smell odd, or require special tools or preparation …

Kids

The Big, Unanswered Questions About Ebola

While some accuse the media of fanning the flames of fear, it does seem reasonable for the press and others to be asking these larger questions of the social and economic impact of a potential epidemic, even if it is still fairly remote.<p>Beyond the medical questions about transmission, treatment and …

Ebola

Why My Miscarriage Was a Miracle

Most of the things you aren't supposed to say are the things that made me feel better. After reading that, I thought for a moment, Maybe things don't happen for a reason... then what the heck is going on?<p>It's about to get really personal up in here. I feel really called to share something that …

Can farmers outsmart climate change?

Attention, farmers of the world! Here’s a question for you: How do you feed a world with 9 billion people? Furthermore, how will you do so while …

Apple and Facebook are now paying for women employees to freeze their eggs

Attempt to delay childbirth and recruit a more diverse workforce is both encouraging and dystopian<p>It sounds like a plot out of a <i>Gattaca</i>-like dystopian movie: giant corporations that pay for the women on their workforces to freeze their reproductive eggs, allowing them to spend more of their most …

'Massacre' threat forces Anita Sarkeesian to cancel university talk

Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular <i>Tropes vs. Women</i> video series, is at the center of yet another death threat. The <i>Standard Examiner</i> reports that the director of Utah State University's Center for Women and Gender, along with several other people, received an email promising a mass shooting if …

13 Types of Sex Everyone Should Have at Least Once

And maybe a dozen more times. Or never again.<p>Throughout your life, you're probably going to have a lot of different types of sex. There will likely be Nicolas Sparks-worthy passion, a few regrettable decisions, experiments that don't turn out as planned, and all of the good, bad, and ugly in …

Extreme Sports