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,”…

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,

Labs make new, dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

Labs make new, dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

The Conversation XLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB. These are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death. For instance, AB-FUBINACA was responsible for a spate of recent poisonings at Wesleyan University. And MAB-CHMINACA was associated with more

Surprise! Science proves kids with religious upbringings are less generous — and so are adults

Surprise! Science proves kids with religious upbringings are less generous — and so are adults

Medical Daily

Instilling a strong sense of religious faith in your children probably won’t turn them into saints. If anything, it might make them less altruistic than kids who grow up in a nonreligious home. That’s the perhaps counterintuitive conclusion reached by a new study published Thursday in Current Biology. Testing over 1,000 kids from a diverse variety…

Breakthrough: Scientists use ‘designer’ immune cells to reverse 1-year-old girl’s cancer

Breakthrough: Scientists use ‘designer’ immune cells to reverse 1-year-old girl’s cancer

Agence France-Presse A one-year-old girl in Britain has become the first in the world to be treated with “designer” immune cells genetically engineered to reverse her cancer, doctors said. Layla Richards was suffering from leukaemia, but was cured after scientists used a new gene-editing technique to manipulate cells to fight the disease at Great Ormond

Astronauts carry out marathon spacewalk to recharge space station cooling system

Astronauts carry out marathon spacewalk to recharge space station cooling system

Reuters Two U.S. astronauts spent nearly eight hours spacewalking outside the International Space Station on Friday, grappling with an escape of potentially hazardous ammonia as they switched out a cooling system, NASA said. Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren left the station’s airlock around 6:30 a.m. EST for what turned out to