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The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

Though some people are born with natural talents, artistic, athletic, even mathematical, it seems that all people are born with a propensity to become religious. In his new book “Born Believers” author and researcher Justin Barrett argues that the way our brains naturally develop, make us prone to believe in a complex system of beliefs [...]

Report reveals frequent emergency services users cost cities millions

Report reveals frequent emergency services users cost cities millions

A patient talks with nurse in the Emergency Room at Central Montgomery Medical Center December 10, 2004 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images This week a joint venture between the San Diego Union-Tribune and USC’s Center for Health Reporting gives us a new use of the term “frequent flyers” – this time as [...]

A scientific look at the risks and rewards of yoga

A scientific look at the risks and rewards of yoga

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and The Rewards In their quest for fitness and spiritual bliss, yoga devotees twist themselves into various poses like Downward Facing Dog, Warrior II and Crow. But what do the millions of modern practitioners of this ancient practice really know about what yoga can and can’t do to heal [...]

‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner takes us back in time

‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner takes us back in time

The cast and crew of ‘Mad Men’ including Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty [...]

One month later, the facts in the Trayvon Martin story still unclear

One month later, the facts in the Trayvon Martin story still unclear

A man joins nationwide protests in memory of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on March 26, 2012 in downtown of Los Angeles, California. Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images As new evidence of 911 calls and eye-witness testimonies trickle in, new questions arise about the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. What we do know is [...]

Could there be life sans individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act?

Could there be life sans individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act?

The west front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today is the last of three day the high court set to hear arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At the core of the Affordable Care Act is the [...]

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare, day 3

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare, day 3

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 26: Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant in outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Today, the last of the three days considering the Affordable Care Act, the [...]

One month later, the facts of the Trayvon Martin Case are still under question

One month later, the facts of the Trayvon Martin Case are still under question

A man joins nationwide protests in memory of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on March 26, 2012 in downtown of Los Angeles, California. Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images While new evidence of 911 calls and eye-witness testimonies trickle in, it’s the definitive stances that people all across the country have taken that are the only sure [...]

Affordable Health Care: “It’s not your free choice,” according to Justice Ginsburg

Affordable Health Care: “It’s not your free choice,” according to Justice Ginsburg

Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant in outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court, which has set aside six hours over three days, will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the act. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Welcome to [...]

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare – Day 2

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare – Day 2

Attorney for the Solicitor Generals Office (R) speaks to the media after attending a hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the second of three days of hearings [...]