This is the world that Associated Press photographers captured in 2020, a world beset by every sort of catastrophe -- natural and unnatural disaster, violent and non-violent conflict … Continue readingIn 2020, AP Photographers Captured a World in Distress
For decades, we’ve commonly believed the further two people were apart physically and organizationally, the lower their estimation of one another was likely to be … Continue reading No One is Talking About the Real Problem With Working From Home
While it's not news that a variety of communication happens between non-human elements of the natural world, the idea of mycelia (the main body of fungi, as opposed to the more well-known fruiting bodies - mushrooms) acting as a sort of old-school planetary internet is still a fairly recent one, and may serve as a spore … Continue reading Trees Talk to Each Other & Recognize Their Offspring
I have never seen as much anger in the United States as I am seeing right now, and that greatly saddens me. No matter what happens, we should always love one another. Unfortunately, most Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are seething with hate right now.Leading up to the election in November, the left and the right were primarily attacking each other with angry … Continue reading The Only Solution To America’s Problems Is Jesus
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon breaks 12-year record, as administration focuses on industry --- A total 4,281 square miles of forest were cleared in the 12 months leading to August.Despite the pandemic, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil reached a dire record: a 12-year high … Continue reading Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Breaks 12-Year Record
The fighting between Ethiopia’s federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) wasn’t a surprise to Tigrayans living in Addis Ababa: They had seen it coming for years. What they didn’t expect was to be living in fear so far away from the front lines. Speaking with The New Humanitarian in a series of interviews over the past month, half a dozen … Continue reading Ethnic Profiling of Tigrayans Heightens Tensions in Ethiopia
Here comes the next recessionas nearly one-third of small businesses in New York and New Jersey remain closed since the virus pandemic began earlier this year. The NYPost outlines small business data from Opportunity Insights and New Jersey Business & Industry Association paint a troubling outlook … Continue reading It’s Really Bad” — Almost One-Third Of Small Businesses In NY, NJ Have Closed
Scientists found microplastics in razor clams from the coast of Washington ... Whether we realize it or not, microplastics are creeping into every place and organism in the world. These very small pieces of plastic are all over the place, with scientists finding them even in the most remote regions of the world … Continue reading Ate Any Clams Recently? You’ve Might Have Also Had a Side of Microplastics
One day recently I did a search for ‘Messianic Worship’ on YouTube and the first video (1) to come up was one I had not seen before. Curious, I clicked on it and it began to play. I did not recognize any of the songs. The words were in unaccented, perfect Hebrew but the cadence of the music was not Hebraic. It seemed like the lyrics must have been translated from another language. It all appeared a bit odd so I began to pay attention … Continue reading Church of the Almighty God
Israel has earned the nickname Start-Up Nation, with thousands of active start-up companies and a thriving economy defined by technology and innovation. With a growing population of more than 9 million people within a small area, Israel has the highest concentration of startups per capita in the world. There is one startup for every 1,400 people – roughly one new business venture … Continue reading Israeli Innovation Bringing Light to the World
Tribes mount organized responses to COVID-19, in contrast to state and federal governments. As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on different populations … Continue reading Tribes Mount Organized Responses to COVID-19
Do a search on the internet for prayer and medicine, and you'll find plenty of scientific studies that confirm what the Christian community has known for thousands of years…that prayer works. Doctor Michael Haglund of Duke University is considered one of the top cervical surgeons in the country. He also enjoys another distinction … Continue reading The Praying Surgeon: 'Lord...We Need You to Do a Miracle'
It was clear before the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season started that it was going to be busy. Six months later, we’re looking back at a trail of broken records, and the storms may still not be over even though the season officially ended on Nov. 30. This season had the most named storms, with 30, taking the record from the calamitous 2005 season that brought Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans … Continue reading The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Was a Record Breaker
British mathematician Alan Turing designed the curiously named Bombe machine during the early stages of World War II. A forerunner to the computer, the Bombe was able to rapidly intercept messages, quickly decode them, and thereby allow allied forces to react within hours rather than weeks … Continue reading Decoding The Economic & Contagious ‘Enigma’ Of COVID-19
Descriptive terms which people use are often quite misleading. In talking about modern captains of industry and leaders of big business, for instance, they call a man a "chocolate king" or a "cotton king" or an "automobile king." Their use of such terminology implies that they see practically no difference between the modern heads of industry and those feudal kings, dukes or lords … Continue reading What "Capitalism" Really Means
In April, a month after the pandemic hit the United States, Cliff Hodges was one of millions of small business owners teetering on the brink. Hodges, who ran a small outdoor wilderness club in Santa Cruz , California, a beach town 75 miles south of San Francisco, applied … Continue reading We Asked Small Business Owners How They've Weathered the Pandemic
On Dec. 15, 2020, various conservative news outlets published stories reporting that public schools in San Francisco were set on changing the name of Abraham Lincoln High School in the city’s Sunset District because Lincoln “didn’t show Black lives mattered to him … Continue reading Is SF Changing the Name of a School Because Lincoln Didn’t Show ‘Black Lives Matter’?
The NYPD has unveiled a new dog-like robot it says it will use to fight crime and “save lives,” but some netizens see the gadget as another step toward high-tech tyranny, reminiscent of dystopias from ‘RoboCop’ to ‘Black Mirror’. Dubbed the “Digidog,” … Continue reading ‘You Have 15 Seconds to Comply’: NYPD says New Robotic Cop Dog Will ‘Save Lives’ as Netizens Warn of Sci-Fi Dystopia
Sweden is looking to revamp its Parental Code, making it more gender-neutral. The legislation, based on the traditional family, is largely obsolete because modern families “look different,” the country’s equality minister claims. Stockholm has commissioned a special inquiry … Continue reading Father & Mother No More? Sweden Considers Introduction of Gender-Neutral Terms for Parents to Suit ‘Rainbow Families’
Britain’s Armed Services Memorial is a silent, haunting place. Set in the rural beauty of Staffordshire, in an arboretum of some 30,000 trees and sweeping lawns, its Homeric figures celebrate determination and sacrifice. The names of more than 16,000 British servicemen and women are listed. The literature says they “died in operational theatre or were targeted by terrorists”. On the day I was there, a stonemason was adding new names to those who have died … Continue reading The Most Lethal Virus is Not COVID. It is War!
There have been many studies that show being in nature is good for your health. Walking in the woods boosts your well-being. Living near trees can help you live longer. Being around water can improve your mood. But when you go for a walk in the woods … Continue reading Are Birds the Reason You Feel Good in Nature?
Suspected Russian hackers who broke into US government agencies also spied on less high-profile organizations, including groups in Britain, a US internet provider and a county … Continue reading Hackers’ Broad Attack Sets Cyber Experts Worldwide Scrambling to Defend Networks
A wolf pup thought to have lived about 57,000 years ago and found perfectly preserved in Canadian permafrost has provided researchers with a wealth of information about its life … Continue reading 57,000-Year-Old Mummified Wolf Pup Discovered in Canadian Permafrost
Scientists at an Australian observatory have been studying a radio signal that appears to originate in Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the sun, to see if it may be a sign of intelligent life. A narrow beam of radio waves was detected over a period of 30 hours … Continue reading Scientists Looking for Alien Life are Intrigued by a Weird Radio Ssignal From a Nearby Star
A December 10 Reuters piece written by Nidal al-Mughrabi rightly draws attention to the plight of Christians in the Gaza Strip. Yet the writer comes down with a case of selective amnesia, neglecting to note the history of persecution of this tiny minority by Gaza’s rulers … Continue reading Reuters Blames Israel for Plight of Gaza Christians, Ignores Hamas Persecution
A viable quantum internet — a network in which information stored in qubits is shared over long distances through entanglement — would transform the fields of data storage, precision sensing and computing … Continue reading Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation Achieved for the First Time
If we were to create a time capsule of objects that captured life in 2020, what might we choose? The eyes of future historians are on us now. The year 2020 has been tumultuous, disruptive, exhausting, and pivotal … Continue reading Time Capsule 2020: The 37 Objects That Defined the Year