Atheism and Religion:
Apparently, there is one thing that Chuck Norris can't round house kick into oblivion: facts.
Greta Christina laments the falling of heroes as new allegations surface of sexual misconduct of some prominent atheist/skeptics.
Ally Fogshows the “startling facts of female sexual agression.”
Richard Carrier goes in depth with objective moral truth. It's a long read.
A tree showing the branches of many if not all of the world's religions, religious orders, and theological beliefs.
Oral arguments recently started in the Massachusetts case against the use of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Hemant Mehta has a list of 15 things you should never say to an atheist.
100,000 attended Peace Vigil held by Pope.
The Vatican's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic was officially recalled and removed from his position by the Pope after a year long investigation into child abuse. Another priest was also “expelled from the church” and sent back to Poland.
Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two takes flight, bringing us one step closer to commercialized space flight.
The stellar winds outside of the solar system have shifted over time.
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer launched Friday.
Physics and Technology:
Physicists have devised a new way at looking at space from the quantum to the macro level which using a mathematical approach was able to derive Friedman equation. In a nutshell, they might be onto a theory that connects the General Theory of Relativity and quantum mechanics.
Not only does the NSA have supercomputers capable of cracking most all encryption, but they were also working with computer security developers to influence international encryption standards so they could have a “backdoor.”
Japan's new Maglev train reaches 310 MPH.
A chemical engineering professor at Stanford proposes using DNA to “grow” ribbons of graphene to use for transistors.
Warming oceans will negatively impact phytoplankton further disrupting the movement of carbon out of the atmosphere into the oceans.
Chemicals from prescription drugs are found in high concentrations in Lake Milwaukee.
Radiation has been increasing around the Fukushima reactor due to leaks in the water containment.
This fenced cocoon was found in the Peruvian Amazon and no one seems to know what it is.
What could potentially be one of the largest volcanoes in the solar system was discovered under the Pacific Ocean.
Health and the Brain:
A study into betrayal shows that trust is a habit we create which can lead us to continue trusting people who act against us.
Turns out there may be something to some of these “brain trainer” video games.
REM sleep increases the production of myelin, which protects nerve cells.
False denials are more easily forgotten than fabrications.
A new study says that teens aren't just being rebellious. Harsh verbal discipline creates a downward spiral of poor behavior.
Biologists are discovering how bacteria in the gut relates to obesity.
A video explaining the effects of addiction on brain development. (It's an hour long.)
New excavations give some clues to “King Solomon's mines.”
On a Lighter Note:
Ghost hunting is becoming so popular that they are starting to fall prey to infighting.
(Thanks to Cesar Deicide and Melvinotis for some links)