‘What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?’
What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?
The title page from the first edition of A Christmas Carol.
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In attempting to capture a new spirit of Christmas, Dickens reminds us of the power of the past and the future to change the way we see the present.
Love is for everyone.
How Paul Dirac, a brilliant but lonely man, found something new and wonderful that had been missing his entire life: love.
The conflict mineral provision has hurt the victims of the violence more than the perpetrators.
Congress tasked the SEC with reducing violence in Congo through Dodd-Frank's conflict minerals provision. A laudable goal, but the SEC can't achieve it.
A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation’s largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle, Washington.
Why have the demographics of heroin use changed so much? For that, we can look to dramatic increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Vicodin.
Should states test homeschoolers?
Homeschooling regulations vary from state to state. And loopholes in these regulations could excuse parents from actually reporting the results.
Palestinian men pray in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-amid.
Religion and modernity need not be at odds with one another, and many leading Muslim thinkers are plumbing early texts to promote progressive ideas.
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John Kerry and 20 diplomats came together Saturday to seek a way toward peace in Syria. A former Indian ambassador to Syria believes good progress was made.
Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen looking into an X-ray screen placed in front of a man’s body and seeing the ribs and the bones of the arm.
Wellcome Library, London
November 8 marks the anniversary of Roentgen’s discovery of the X-ray. Its revolutionary impact represents one of science’s greatest stories.
Road to nowhere?
Obama will decide on the Keystone pipeline before he leaves office, but despite marginal voter interest, it's an issue politicians on all sides will not let die.
Blood is just one of the body fluids we need to survive.
Blood bag via www.shutterstock.com.
By learning a bit more about these body fluids, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our own biology.
Looking to the cosmos to find our place in the universe.
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Proponents of Big History say science provides a better sacred story for humanity than traditional faiths. Will this lead to an era of better stewardship of the environment?
Justin Trudeau displaced Stephen Harper, an avowed friend of the fossil fuel industry, as Canada’s prime minister.
Two politicians known to oppose action on climate change – Canada's Stephen Harper and Australia's Tony Abbott – have been displaced. What does this say about climate as a voter issue?
Hearing it from supporters: attendee at Clinton rally in New Hampshire expresses opposition to Keystone pipeline.
Hillary Clinton's opposition to construction of the Keystone pipeline has little effect in the short term but reflects building "supply side" strategy of environmentalists to limit fossil fuel development.
Brian Williams will be a breaking news reporter for MSNBC.
In the years after a traumatic news event, we're prone to confuse things we saw on TV with what we witnessed in person.
People wait in line for Stephen Colbert’s debut on The Late Show.
In shedding the caricature of a conservative pundit, Colbert can have more substantive conversations with his guests, while still employing his unique brand of satire.
Researchers pored through 70,439 New Yorker cartoons.
Some might say we're in the age of the 'priceless' child, but The New Yorker certainly doesn't think so.
Compression of the long-leaf form of
The fossilized plant Montsechia relied on water to disseminate its genetic material and may rewrite the book on when and how the first flowering plants evolved.
University of Havana.
The US Embassy is open in Havana. Now American academics can begin strengthening ties with their counterparts in Cuba.
Off to another gig
Stewart's final message to viewers – "the best defense against bullshit is vigilance. If you smell something, say something" – were true to his unique brand of political satire.