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Christopher Hitchens: an impossible act to follow

Christopher Hitchens, the influential writer who died last year, approached the end with his customary wit and charisma intact – and his wife always by his side. Carol Blue recalls their final months together.<p>Onstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow.<p>If you ever saw him at the podium, you …

Literature

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Why Atheists Laugh at Religion

Saudi Arabian woman dies after male medics stopped from entering female-only university campus

The family of a female Saudi student who died from heart failure said authorities at her university prevented medics from getting to her in time …

Saudi Arabia

Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," and Ken Ham "Answers in Genesis" squared off Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The debate between the two men on the origins of the universe had been highly-anticipated.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>A famous trial in the 1920s tested the question of …