Neil deGrasse Tyson debates pastor: Killer asteroids and genitalia debunk God as intelligent designer

Neil deGrasse Tyson debates pastor: Killer asteroids and genitalia debunk God as intelligent designer

Travis Gettys Neil deGrasse Tyson debated science, religion and the existence of God with a celebrity pastor Wednesday on “The Nightly Show.” “Any time someone describes their understanding of God, it typically involves some statement of benevolence or some kind of kindness,” Tyson said. “I look out to the universe — and yes, it is

The case of the man who got cancer from a tapeworm

The case of the man who got cancer from a tapeworm

Toronto Star

At first, Dr. Carlos Agudelo saw nothing strange in his new patient, an HIV-positive man who turned up at his clinic in January 2013 with a cough. But when Agudelo found large masses in the man’s lungs and lymph nodes, he ordered biopsies. The results were unlike anything he had seen. “The patient had a cancer,”…

Trevor Noah recovering from emergency appendectomy that knocked him off the air

Trevor Noah recovering from emergency appendectomy that knocked him off the air

Newsweek

The Daily Show’s new host won’t be hosting the program today. Trevor Noah had an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday morning, Comedy Central said in a statement. An appendectomy is “the surgical removal of the appendix” and is “performed to treat appendicitis, an inflammation of the appendix caused by infection,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. The procedure…

Oregon norovirus outbreak may have emanated from Halloween pumpkin-carving party

Oregon norovirus outbreak may have emanated from Halloween pumpkin-carving party

Reuters A pre-Halloween pumpkin carving party may have caused a norovirus outbreak that has sickened more than 100 students, teachers and staff at an Oregon Catholic school, a public health official said on Wednesday. Officials may never be able to definitively determine the cause of the outbreak, which prompted O’Hara Catholic School in Eugene, Oregon,

Climate change is putting our sex lives on ice

Climate change is putting our sex lives on ice

Van Winkle’s It’s early November in New York City, yet it’s 70 degrees outside. The unusually warm autumn has certainly come with perks, such as an extended season for milkshakes and jean shorts, the ability to get fresh air without shivering and fewer people declaring their love of sweater weather. But, when the temperature rises,

‘E.T.’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies at 65

‘E.T.’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies at 65

Washington Times

Melissa Mathison, who wrote the screenplay for the beloved Steven Spielberg film “E.T. the Extra-terrestrial,” died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, Variety is reporting. She was 65. The 1982 film told the tale of a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) who, with his sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore), befriend a kindly creature from another…

Texas Gov. Abbott threatens Dallas sheriff: Crack down on immigrants or lose state grant money

Texas Gov. Abbott threatens Dallas sheriff: Crack down on immigrants or lose state grant money

Reuters Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday threatened to withhold state grant money to Dallas County if the Democratic sheriff there does not detain undocumented immigrants as requested by federal authorities. Analysts said the warning that extended to sheriffs across the state was mostly aimed at placating Republicans, many of whom want a special