Tennessee Governor Vetoes Bill Making Bible State Book – Accused of ‘Doing the Devil’s Work’ (VIDEO)

(Courtesy: ABC News) From WKRN: Governor Bill Haslam vetoed the bill that would make the Holy Bible the state book of Tennessee. In a letter to House Speaker Beth Harwell, the governor cites the Attorney General’s opinion given last year that says it would violate the First Amendment of the Tennessee Constitution, which states “no[…]

#Confirmation Trending on Social Media in Response to HBO Special

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas addresses the Federalist Society in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, where he spoke about his new book and took questions from the audience. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) HBO aired Confirmation tonight, and social media is buzzing   By Dr. Michael O’Malley and Dr. Suzanne Smith Professors of History and Art History[…]

Hubble Peers into the Mouth of Leo A

Edited by Ashley Morrow / 04.15.2016 At first glance, this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image seems to show an array of different cosmic objects, but the speckling of stars shown here actually forms a single body — a nearby dwarf galaxy known as Leo A. Its few million stars are so sparsely distributed that some[…]

Coffee Lovers Take Heart – We Have a Gene for the Bean!

A 2014 Harvard press release provides some insightful information for coffee lovers around the world.  Hey, it’s not our fault!  It’s in the genes!  Hey, it still applies in 2016! A new, large-scale study has identified six new genetic variants associated with habitual coffee drinking. The genome-wide meta-analysis, led by Harvard School of Public Health[…]

Ahead of UN Summit, Global Leaders Call for End to ‘Disastrous’ Drug War

The signatories are urging UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to usher in “real drug reform policy.” (Photo: Reuters) Over 1,000 signatories, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, say it’s time for drug reform based in “science, compassion, health, and human rights” By Nadia Prupis More than 1,000 world leaders, celebrities, and other societal figures have[…]

10 Rules for Being Human

If life is a game, these are the rules When you were born, you didn’t come with an owner’s manual; these guidelines make life work better. Although there’s no formula to help you win the game of life, Dr Chérie Carter-Scott’s rules for being human convey a universal wisdom that, once understood and embraced, can[…]

Homesick in the Modern World

© Samuel Bradley What does it mean to be homesick in 2015, and does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out. By John Osborne I’m standing outside a cottage in the Vienna woods. It’s where I used to live and this is[…]

A Vietnamese-American Man Captures the US Immigrant Experience in Poetry

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong was born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Credit: Peter Bienkowski By Joyce Hackel / 04.16.2016 Listen to Hackel’s Story from PRI.org Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong remembers the start of his immigrant experience, when on his first night in America he squeezed into a tiny, unfurnished Connecticut apartment with six relatives and[…]

Environmental History: Between Science and Philosophy

By K. Jan Oosthoek Associate Member, Centre for Environmental History Australian National University First Published on Environment History Resources Introduction The Environment has been a prominent part of the political agenda since the 1960s. The expansion of the consumer society after the Second World War in North America and Europe increased the pressure on the environment[…]

When Faith Kills

From / 04.15.2016 There once was a little girl who lived in Ontario, Canada. Makayla. She was just eleven years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. As horrifying as this diagnosis sounds, doctors were quite hopeful that the girl would survive, giving her a seventy-five percent chance of beating the disease. As prescribed, the young girl[…]

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda

A middle-aged book collector in Mali helped keep the fabled city’s libraries, books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists Abdel Kader Haidara with ancient family-owned manuscripts, Timbuktu, Mali, 2007. Photo: Ami Vitale/PANOS   From Joshua Hammer at the Wall Street Journal / 04.15.2016 For custodians of the ancient heritage of the Middle East and North[…]