Joe Biden at the National Prayer Breakfast

How the National Prayer Breakfast became an opportunity for presidents and faith leaders alike to push their political agendas

Feb. 5, 2021

Since Eisenhower, every sitting U.S. president has attended the breakfast at least once during his term.

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From Biden’s giant Bible to Christian flags waved by rioters, ‘religion’ means different things to different people and different eras

Jan. 21, 2021

A similar complexity appears in the history of early Christianity in how religion functioned, both in terms of rituals and in the use of the Latin term it derives from.

Exit, stage religious right. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

In Mike Pence, US evangelicals had their ‘24-karat-gold’ man in the White House. Loyalty may tarnish that legacy

Jan. 6, 2021

Pence’s religious and political biography mirrors key political and religious shifts over the past 40 years.

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Marine protection falls short of the 2020 target to safeguard 10% of the world’s oceans. A UN treaty and lessons from Antarctica could help

Dec. 14, 2020

Stronger Antarctic leadership is urgently needed to safeguard the Southern Ocean—and beyond. Two-thirds of the world’s oceans fall outside national jurisdictions – they belong to no one and everyone. These international waters, known as the high seas, harbour a plethora of natural resources and millions of unique marine species. But...

Remote church service

COVID-19 has shone a light on the millennia-old balance between public and private worship

Oct. 23, 2020

As religious services went online to protect congregants from the coronavirus, a paradox emerged: Worshipers were connected via the internet to a potentially wide community, but it felt like a more private affair.

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Humans threaten the Antarctic Peninsula’s fragile ecosystem. A marine protected area is long overdue

Oct. 19, 2020

Protecting the peninsula is the most pressing priority due to rising threats Antarctica, the world’s last true wilderness , has been protected by an international treaty for the last 60 years. But the same isn’t true for most of the ocean surrounding it. Just 5% of the Southern Ocean is...

Civil unrest

A justification for unrest? Look no further than the Bible and the Founding Fathers

June 4, 2020

Martin Luther King did not call for violence, but said “peace is not merely the absence of this tension, but the presence of justice"

Person in a facemask

Flattening the mental health curve is the next big coronavirus challenge

May 29, 2020

We know the virus has a deadly impact on the human body. But its impact on our mental health may be deadly too.

Lasers

Pairing lasers with microwaves makes mind-bogglingly accurate electronic clocks

May 28, 2020

Armed with this level of performance, a new generation of microwave timekeeping opens the door for many scientific and technological advances Time and frequency standards are a key part of technologies we have come to rely on in our daily lives, from GPS navigation and cellphone networks to the electrical...

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