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Domestication Made Dogs’ Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans
Jun 18, 2019

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By Jim Daley In the celebrated Claymation series Wallace and Gromit, loyal dog Gromit is silent yet highly expressive, often making his thoughts known with pronounced eyebrow movements. Although they are exaggerated on the clay pup for comedic effect, any real dog’s owner will confirm these animals do seem to have highly communicative faces. A pooch’s raised …


Atheist nurse’s fight against mandatory AA will go before B.C. Human Rights Tribunal
Jun 18, 2019

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By Bethany Lindsay A B.C. nurse who lost his job when he refused to attend a 12-step program for addiction will get a chance to argue he was discriminated against as an atheist. Byron Wood contends Alcoholics Anonymous’s emphasis on placing your life in the hands of a higher power simply won’t work for someone …


Cassini’s Breathtaking Final Images Reveal Never-Before-Seen Shapes in Saturn’s Rings
Jun 17, 2019

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By Michelle Starr In its final year, Cassini plunged where no spacecraft had plunged before, down in the space between Saturn and its rings. Again and again it dove, for a total of 22 orbits. In the data collecting during those breakneck dives, astronomers have just found new information about the way tiny moons sculpt …


China announces hefty fines for unauthorized collection of DNA
Jun 17, 2019

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By David Cyranoski China this week announced a new law restricting the collection and use of genetic resources from people in the country — including biological samples that yield DNA, such as blood, and data gleaned from sequencing them. There will be hefty fines for unauthorized collection or use of genetic material. The law, which …


The Twisted Life and Death of a Predator Priest With a Wrestling Fetish
Jun 17, 2019

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By Pilar Melendez As a New Jersey priest in the 1970s and 1980s, John Capparelli liked to arrange wrestling matches for parish boys. He gave them skimpy Speedos to wear, took pictures of them grappling, and even joined in—using the rough-housing as an excuse to sadistically grope the kids. “Capparelli kind of played the role …


6 things I wish people understood about atheism in America
Jun 17, 2019

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By Jay Wexler The first time I remember openly identifying as an atheist was when I announced to my high school freshman English class that I didn’t believe in God. Later that day in gym, I broke my collarbone playing dodgeball. Was it God’s revenge for my blasphemy? I didn’t think so, but for a …


Breaks in the Perfect Symmetry of the Universe Could Be a Window Into Completely New Physics
Jun 14, 2019

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By Paul Sutter The bible of particle physics is dying for an upgrade. And physicists may have just the thing: Some particles and forces might look in the mirror and not recognize themselves. That, in itself, would send the so-called Standard Model into a tailspin. Just about all fundamental reactions between the universe’s subatomic particles look the …


Small, furry and powerful: are mouse lemurs the next big thing in genetics?
Jun 14, 2019

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By Leslie Roberts Onja is struggling tonight — her hands keep slipping off a miniature grip bar used to measure her strength. “Come on, you can do better,” coos Zeph Pendleton, who is gently supporting the mouse lemur as she tries to get a firm hold. Finally, the animal gets her fingers around the bar …


Secularism is on the rise, but Americans are still finding community and purpose in spirituality
Jun 14, 2019 · 10 

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By Karen Turner American secularism is on the rise. Twenty-four percent of Americans don’t affiliate with any religion, according to a 2016 Public Religion Research Institute survey, which is up 8 percentage points in the past five years. Nowhere is the trend away from religion greater than in younger generations, where more than a third of …


New York, epicenter of measles outbreak, bans religious exemptions for vaccines
Jun 14, 2019

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By Eli Rosenberg New York officially ended religious exemptions for school vaccines Thursday as the state grapples with its largest measles outbreak in years. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) signed the legislation into law Thursday evening after it passed in the state’s Senate and Assembly, ending years of gridlock over the issue. “We’re putting science …