Scientists Create Synthetic Bacteria With Only 473 Genes

Photo credit: Shutterstock A team, led by synthetic biologists at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California, have come up with an answer...

Psychiatric detention and charges against atheist show “Soviet era abuse of psychiatry, apparently alive...

An atheist in Russia, Viktor Krasnov (38) faces the threat of jail time for saying online that, “There is no god” and the Bible is...

Freedom of Thought Report 2015

Today the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is launching the Freedom of Thought Report 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels, and around the world via freethoughtreport.com. The 2015 edition of the report documents how persecution of the non-religious has escalated in the past year. There has been a rise in extrajudicial violence, and in several states harsher [...]

Creationism is dead in Iceland

0.0% of Icelanders aged 25 or younger believe that “God” created the world, according to a new poll. The finding comes from a survey commissioned by the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association,  Siðmennt, (an IHEU Member Organization). The poll found that 93.9% of young Icelanders assent to the Big Bang theory. 6.1% weren’t sure, or had other ideas, and 0.0% of respondents [...]

In the News: Defend Salman Rushdie Against Iranian Fatwa and Bounty

In Defence of Salman Rushdie, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), 2016-02-25 We […] are outraged to learn that forty state-run media outlets in Iran have raised $600,000 (£420,000) to add as bounty to Ayatollah Khomeini’s death fatwa on the...

$250,000 Shark-Spotting Drone Debuts In Australia

Photo credit: Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock A great white, one of the types of shark spotted off the coast of New South Wales. Although the chance of dying...

Arctic Sea Ice Sets New Record Low For This Time Of Year

Photo credit: tuthelens/Shuttersock The arctic is warming much quicker than the rest of the planet. Last year it was reported that the Arctic is warming twice as...

Gene That Allowed Life To Evolve Beyond Bacterial Slime Identified

Photo credit: Creations/Shutterstock An ancestral gene coding for the synthesis of enzymes called kinases played a vital role in the evolution of all complex life...

Watch Physicist Brian Greene Explain Gravitational Waves To Stephen Colbert

Theoretical physicist Brian Greene makes an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the two banter about the historic discovery of gravitational...

Dinosaur Survived A Record Number Of Bone Fractures

Photo credit: Leandra Walters An artist's impression showing the multiple injury points. You should have seen the other guy! Two paleontologists have uncovered evidence that a...