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Moving Beyond A Human Image Of God

Jeffrey Small | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

The view of God as a supernatural being like us, only more powerful, is one of the principal reasons behind the rise of atheism in the Western world and the spiritual apathy of many people today.

Teen Selfishness Only Temporary, Brain Scans Show

LiveScience | Jeanna Bryner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

So he failed to hold the door for you -- he's a teen, what do you expect? Scientists and the average adult have known young adolescents to be selfish....

America's "Can't Do" Attitude

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

Today's youth are building new things. Look at Facebook or Google. But maybe that's a problem: too many of them are.

SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn't utter the two words "climate change" once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention "clean energy" several times. But what does that even mean now?

Coal Fires May Have Caused Biggest Mass Extinction Ever

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

250 million years ago was not a fun time to live on earth. Studies now suggest that around this time, volcanic eruptions sparked coal fires that may h...

Alarming Results In Nation's Report Card

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Very few students have the advanced skills that could lead to careers in science and technology, according to results of a national exam released Tues...

Betty White And Science Education: Taking Steps For A Healthier Future

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Clergy from a host of religions have decided to declare the war between religion and science over. Their deeply held faith is not challenged by the findings of modern science.

Extra Sleep On Weekends Cuts Kids' Risk Of Obesity

WebMD | Salynn Boyles | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Children who get too little sleep and have irregular school-day sleep schedules are more likely to be obese, especially if they don't make up for lost...

Want To Remember That New Fact? Take A Quick Nap

AFP via Google News | Marlowe Hood | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The best way to not forget a newly learned poem, card trick or algebra equation may be to take a quick nap, scientists surprised by their own findings...

Awesome Foundation Grows Globally, Spreads Micro-Grants for Genius

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexander Howard

The growth of the Awesome Foundation has been a net positive for many recipients of its "micro-grants" that leads to some improvement in a given community.

When Hope Trumps Reason: The Science Of Irrational Optimism

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientists are very interested in irrational optimism because it shapes our decisions in consequential realms like finance, romance and health care.

Weather

AP | STEPHANIE REITZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HARTFORD, Conn. — In Rhode Island, a mayor tells parents of snowbound schoolchildren to "hang in there." Atlanta has blown nearly all the money ...

Will Our Species Survive Another Century?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig K. Comstock

Assume further that, even if authorities acted intelligently, with foresight and courage, it's too late to save the species: How then should we live?

Second Sun Paves Way for Jersey Shore Season

Pablo Andreu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Pablo Andreu

"Waaaaaaa," cried Snookie after learning of the potentially apocalyptic event. "At least we'll get really tan."

How A Rapper's Brain Works

healthland.time.com | Michelle Castillo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Dr. Charles Limb has spent more than 10 years studying the brain activity of musicians as they improvise. In previous experiments, the auditory surge...

Smokers' Brains React To On-Screen Smoking In Surprising Way

TIME | Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

When Don Draper lights up a Lucky Strike, the smokers in the "Mad Men" audience are simultaneously -- and likely unconsciously -- planning the actions...

A Teen Drinking Gene?

Yahoo! | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Genetics appear to play a role in teens' use of heavy drinking to cope with negative feelings, a new study suggests....

Understanding Oprah's Mac-and-Cheese Binge From an Evolutionary Perspective

Thea Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thea Singer

That we reach for greasy gloppy goodies when we're stressed is an evolutionary necessity, wired into our brains to ensure our survival as a species. But now, "comfort food" is so accessible that the circuit has gone haywire.

And The Winner Is...

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences has awarded Finnish scientist Ilkka Hanski the 2011 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences for his...

Life at the SETI Institute: Darlene Lim -- Exploring the Watery Depths of Limnology

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Dr. Darlene Lim is a geobiologist and limnologist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute. Her ...

Updating Your 'Old Time' Religion

Thomas Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Thomas Moore

We have a problem. We can't go back to old-time religion in familiar ways, and we can't go on bowing down before the scientific method. What is a person to do?

ESP: Heresy or Scientific Breakthrough?

Christine Bronstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Bronstein

When a respected psychology professor presents a scientific paper attempting to prove that we somehow know what is going to happen before it does, it releases a hellfire of outrage.

A Perfect Storm: Global Shifts in Venture Capital and Science Funding

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lucy P. Marcus

Partly a consequence of the global financial crisis, unprecedented change in venture capital and the science sector is on the cards. And it has additional consequences too.

Do Your Genes Choose Your Friends For You?

TIME Healthland | Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A new study suggests that when it comes to certain genes, friends of a feather flock together--but with others, opposites attract. The research offers...

Baby Black Hole Photos Show Universe From The Ultimate Edge

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Astronomers may have lucked into the ultimate in cosmic baby pictures: a voracious black hole fresh from its violent birth. After ...