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Yes, we’ve lost our faith in God, but we’ve lost our faith in reason too | Kenan Malik

Our failure to create social movements that fill the space vacated by the church has left people feeling helpless<p>Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. So runs the inscription above the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno. Through those gates walks Dante with his guide Virgil:<p>Now sighs, loud wailing, …

Faith

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Some experts think commercial fusion reactors could begin operation as soon as 2030.<p>Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and their …

Nuclear Energy

These are the 31 least corrupt countries on earth

Transparency International published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index, a global ranking of fairness around the world.<p>The ranking of 180 countries is based on the level of public sector corruption in 2017, according to businesspeople, journalists, and civic organisations.<p>Higher-ranked …

The biggest space missions and rocket launches we'll see in 2018

There’s a lot going on<p>Next year is already overflowing with exciting missions to space. NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than ever before. And two of NASA’s vehicles already in space will finally arrive at their intended targets: one …

Physics Found Gravitational Waves. Now Come the Existential Questions

On September 14, 2015, at 3:50 AM Central time, a tiny vibration shuddered down the 2.5-mile-long arms of a massive machine in Livingston, Louisiana. …

Dark Matter

10 Space Facts Guaranteed to Make You Sound Smart at Parties

Hurray for having something to talk about!<p>Do you, like me, suck at interacting with human beings? Do you find yourself darting off to the nearest dog …

Voyager 1 spacecraft thrusters fired up for first time since 1980

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a good idea to have a backup plan, especially in interstellar space.<p>NASA scientists needed to reorient the 40-year-old Voyager 1 -- the space agency's farthest spacecraft -- so its antenna would point toward Earth, 13 billion miles away. But the "attitude control thrusters," the first …

Astronomy

A probe detected a mysterious signal that physics can't explain

by Brad Bergan December 1, 2017 Off World 27137<p>China’s Dark Matter Foray<p>Amidst seemingly endless advances in quantum physics and the hunt for dark …

Dark Matter

6 Behaviors That Push People Away From You

While the right people will always accept us for who we are, there are some behaviors we demonstrate that make it difficult for them to do so. …

Self-help

One-off, 10-minute treatment 'cures' most lower back pain

A new 'minimally invasive' treatment provides long-term relief from crippling back pain, according to new research.<p>The majority of patients in a trial were pain-free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for lower back pain and sciatica for just 10 minutes.<p>Lower back …

US Navy pilot pulled off heroic landing that saved 8 after engine failure en route to aircraft carrier

The US Navy has called off its search for three missing sailors after a C-2 Greyhound aircraft crashed on approach to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at sea near Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday — but the plane's pilot has emerged a hero for saving eight of the 11 crew members and passengers on …

'Good' cholesterol might actually be bad

Traditionally, we have been told by physicians not to worry about "good" cholesterol, which is scientifically known as high-density lipoprotein. New …

The 20 Best Documentaries You Can Watch for Free on YouTube

YouTube documentaries are proof that the age-old idiom “the truth is stranger than fiction” often still applies.<p>Documentary filmmaking itself has …

Stephen Hawking

World's first interactive online Quran launched

When Thomas Milo was a young man, he was presented with a page of instructions on how to type in Arabic. He was, to put it mildly, displeased.<p>“I was …

What Do You Know About Islam and Muslims? The Arabic Renaissance

As the persecuted early Muslims began conglomerating outside of Mecca to smaller surrounding Medina’s, which is a word for city, they began to …

Religion

Four Ways Tim Keller’s Gospel Fails to Deliver

In the penultimate chapter of his Reason for God, Tim Keller attempts to pull together all the loose threads strewn about this apologetic work, …

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10 New Tech Inventions You Didn’t Know Existed #2

Bixpy<p>Check out these top 10 new amazing inventions, you didn’t know existed in this technology World. Here we make a list of best new tech gadgets …

US energy shakeup continues as solar capacity set to triple

Solar expected to almost triple in less than three years by 2017 as coal continues to fall, solidifying gas as country’s chief electricity source, reports Climate Central<p>Solar power capacity in the US will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has …

Renewable Energy

The blessing and curse of the people who never forget

A handful of people can recall almost every day of their lives in enormous detail – and after years of research, neuroscientists are finally beginning to understand how they do it.<p>For most of us, memory is a kind of scrapbook, a mess of blurred and faded snapshots of our lives. As much as we would …

5 overlooked LinkedIn tools for higher ed

Promote the Add to Profile button—available as an embedded link for websites and emails—among your student population to make it quick and simple for them to include your university on their LinkedIn Profiles. This also will provide more data for your institution, building a stronger alumni network …

Swap statins for a daily apple to improve heart health, say health experts

The benefits of statins are outweighed by the side-effects, argue two health experts<p>Statins do more harm than good and people would be better of eating an apple-a-day to prevent heart attacks and strokes, health experts have argued.<p>In a debate in the BMC Medicine Journal, consultant cardiologist Dr …

Most of the matter in the universe is missing, but astronomers think they've found some of it

These things seem to be pretty big - roughly the size of Earth's orbit around the Sun - and they could help to explain where a bunch of missing matter in the universe is, known as the missing baryon problem.<p>The detection of these structures was made by astronomers working at the CSIRO's Compact …

Microsoft's new apps may seem silly — but they're part of a much bigger plan

Apps like Mimicker, though, are part of a bigger plan by Microsoft to lure the best and the brightest into the company to work on a hot new trend: artificial intelligence.<p>While the world sees a goofy alarm clock, anyone who works in artificial intelligence understands what the app really is: an …

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …

The One Thing Everybody Should Know About Relativity

Yesterday, I wrote about the core concepts needed to understand quantum physics, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics. The other, of course, is the theory of relativity, the full and complete version of which celebrates its 100th birthday this November (we usually talk about relativity …

Physics

Brain scans of passengers on near-disastrous Air Transat flight studied

Brain scans of passengers who believed they were about to die when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic in 2001 are helping researchers better understand traumatic memories.<p>Air Transat Flight 236, bound for Lisbon from Toronto on Aug. 24, 2001, crash-landed in the Azores after gliding …

Wikileaks docs offer insight into Saudi diplomats’ world

At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they reported anxiously on Iran's military aid to Sudan.<p>Meanwhile the Saudi mission in Geneva was stuck dealing with a multi-million …

Changing a Common Belief About Brain Injury

As a scientist, I am impassioned to share research findings that upend conventionally-held wisdom about the brain - modifying viewpoints that are obsolete, wrong, and disabling.<p>The journal <i>Neuropsychological Rehabilitation</i> has just published the results of a study conducted by our interdisciplinary …

Two billion year old nuclear mega-reactor discovered in Africa | (Grens)wetenschap | Earth Matters

<b>(Zen Gardner) Two billion years ago, parts of an African uranium deposit spontaneously underwent nuclear fission — but the evidence suggests</b> …