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Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?
Jul 19, 2019

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By Eric Berger The 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic landing on the Moon—this Saturday, July 20th—provokes a decidedly bittersweet feeling. Certainly, this marks an appropriate time to pause and celebrate a singular moment in our shared history, the first time humans ever set foot on another world. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins really …


Trump’s USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan
Jul 19, 2019 · 4 

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By Helena Bottemiller Evich The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how to respond to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. Staff members across several USDA agencies drafted the multiyear plan that outlines how …


Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers ‘dramatic decline’
Jul 19, 2019

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By Gabriella Swerling Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise. Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists. Of …


The chaplain of the U.S. House ‘cast out all spirits of darkness’ in his chamber prayer amid racism fight
Jul 19, 2019

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By Michelle Boorstein The chaplain of the House of Representatives said in his opening prayer Thursday that he would “cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber,” reflecting the dramatic moral terms in which many Americans see our political climate. The Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest, later told CNN that the idea for …


Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening
Jul 18, 2019

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By Scott Neuman The Apollo program conjures images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and the massive team effort involved in getting him there. But a fundamental decision that led to the successful lunar landings came largely as a result of one man’s determination to buck the system at NASA. That man was John …


Facing financial boycott, West Virginia’s Catholic diocese agrees to hire new auditor and make findings public
Jul 18, 2019

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By Michelle Boorstein A few days before protesting West Virginia Catholics were to begin withholding financial giving over alleged misconduct, diocesan leaders agreed to some of their demands, including hiring a new auditor and making that person’s findings public, an organizing laypersons’ group said Wednesday. That would give West Virginia Catholics the first look at …


This gay teen’s earlobe was cut off by his family to ‘mark’ him
Jul 18, 2019

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By Joe Morgan A gay teen says his family cut off his earlobe to ‘mark’ him as an abomination. Modou, a 19-year-old from The Gambia, is seeking asylum in the Netherlands on the basis of his sexual orientation. Homosexuality is punished with life imprisonment in The Gambia. Former President Yahya Jammeh threatened to ‘cut the …


Confessions of a Former Anti-Vaxxer
Jul 18, 2019

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By Gwenna Laithland I knew going into my first marriage that the man I was about to call my husband had absolutely zero interest in having children. I wasn’t outright opposed to kids, but it was still a faraway idea. I was just 22 years old; I had a lot of living left to do. …


How fast is the Universe expanding? Cosmologists just got more confused
Jul 17, 2019

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By Davide Castelvecchi For much of this decade, the two most precise gauges of the Universe’s rate of expansion have been in glaring disagreement. Now, a highly anticipated independent technique that cosmologists hoped would solve the conundrum is instead adding to the confusion. In results unveiled1 on 16 July and due to appear in the Astrophysical Journal, a team …


Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore Isn’t Raising Much Cash for His Senate Campaign
Jul 17, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta Poor Roy Moore. The alleged child molester and Christian supremacist famously lost his race for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama last year, and he recently announced he’s running again, even though no one really wanted him to. (Except, maybe, every Democrat.) According to his latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, he’s raised less than $17,000 for his …