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Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions, Vatican decrees

The Vatican has said the church cannot bless same-sex unions, as God "does not bless sin", dashing the hopes of gay Catholics.

Researchers have grown ‘human embryos’ from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by "reprogramming" cells from human skin.

The Catholic Church and contraception

Much of the papal document Humanae Vitae was written by the future pope John Paul II, and Paul VI later came to regret the text.

Brain-controlled computers are becoming a reality, but major hurdles remain

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening.

How Humans Cause Mass Extinctions

This is an existential threat. Mass extinctions will deprive us of many of the ecosystem services on which our civilization depends.

Going Interplanetary – How Can We Build a Lunar Colony?

In so many ways, a permanent human presence on the Moon could open the door to the entire Solar System.

Artificial intelligence will be here soon

Over the last few years I have gone from an AGI skeptic to being significantly worried about how soon it will likely come to exist.

U.S. Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

The religious landscape of the US continues to change at a rapid clip. Americans who believe in God are in decline.

Human Numbers Are Affecting Everything Including World Peace and Survival

The rule seems to be never mention human numbers as a factor in loss of democracy, decent livelihood, environmental protections, etc.

The Case for Colonizing Mars

Mars is singular in that it possesses all the raw materials required to support not only life, but a new branch of human civilization.

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