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Phony microchip implant story ignites Christian doomsday Facebook freakout

A phony report on microchip implants has fooled religious conservatives into thinking the end of days is near. The story, “All European newborn Babies will be Microchipped from May 2014,” was posted in January and has been reposted since across social media. “This chip will also be an impressive GPS…

Even other atheists suspect non-believers are more likely to be immoral, study finds

Americans reflexively assume the worst about atheists, according to new research – and even other atheists share the prejudice. Participants in five experiments conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky read a description of a person committing an immoral act and “readily and intuitively assumed that the person was…

Sky-watchers see ‘blood moon’ in total lunar eclipse

Parts of the world saw a rare celestial event on Tuesday when the Earth’s shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange. The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours beginning at about 2 a.m. EDT, when the moon began moving into Earth’s shadow. A little more than an hour later,…

Researchers: ‘Thunder god’ herb better for rheumatoid arthritis than widely-prescribed drugs

A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday said. The herb has long been used in China to treat this potentially crippling autoimmune disease, which typically strikes hand and foot joints. It is known in…

SpaceX cancels space station cargo run after discovering helium leak

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies canceled its planned cargo run to the International Space Station on Monday after a helium leak was found in its rocket’s first stage, NASA said. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule had been…

Neuroscientist: Effects of trauma experienced by father can be passed down to children

In an article published in the April 2014 edition of Nature Neuroscience, Isabelle Mansuy of the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich demonstrated that traumas inflicted upon parents can be transmitted to their children. “There are diseases such as bipolar disorder, that run in families but can’t be…

NASA to go ahead with Dragon capsule SpaceX launch despite glitch

The launch of a SpaceX rocket and its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station will go ahead as scheduled Monday despite a glitch affecting a computer on the station, officials said. The Falcon 9 rocket and its unmanned capsule Dragon is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral…

Science writer rips Jenny McCarthy after she denies being anti-vaccine

Jenny McCarthy doesn’t want you to think she’s “anti-vaccine,” although she hasn’t changed her views nearly as much as she claims. The “View” co-host published an op-ed column Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times that leaves out some of her past claims about vaccines and their disproven link to autism. “I…

Italian women who underwent fertility treatment pregnant with wrong embryos

Italy IVF patient pregnant with wrong embryos: report (via AFP) A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday. Italy’s health ministry said it was launching an investigation into the…

Creationists refute evolutionary ‘myths’ in PBS’s documentary series ‘Your Inner Fish’

The PBS documentary series Your Inner Fish featuring noted paleontologist Neil Shubin premiered this week to much acclaim in the scientific community, but considerably less so in creationist circles. Prominent creationist Elizabeth Mitchell reviewed the show for Answers In Genesis, and she was unimpressed by the manner in which Shubin…

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