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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · More than 500 people may have traveled from the U.K. to Syria to fight in its civil war. Arun Rath talks to Jessica Stern, author of Terror In The Name Of God, about how it's drawing Westerners.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Aug 28, 2014 — Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.
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Aug 13, 2014 — Life doesn't necessarily lead to intelligence. So, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, the fact that we are thinking, molecular machines should mean something — and redefine the way we relate.
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Jul 13, 2014 — The endless debate over the relationship between science and religion in the United States ignores the thinking of much of the rest of the world, says commentator Adam Frank.
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Apr 18, 2014 — In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one's family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.
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Apr 15, 2014 — The human experience of sacredness transcends debates about atheism and religion, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. So where does the sacred live and what does it point to?
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Feb 19, 2014 — The whole debate between science and religion is hitched to the wrong tree, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Common ground exists: each is a manifestation of humanity's attraction to the mysterious.
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Feb 10, 2014 — Last week's debate on evolution vs. creation attracted millions of viewers. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes on Ken Ham's assumptions about science and belief.
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Dec 13, 2013 — An article by our fellow blogger Tania Lombrozo is named one of the best published in the Boston Review this year! Congratulations, Tania!
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Nov 13, 2013 — A chance encounter forces commentator Marcelo Gleiser to reconsider his view of the relationship between science and religion. It's a life-changing experience that has driven him to dedicate his life to spreading the gospel of science education.
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Sep 23, 2013 — People get worked up about this question because something about the relationship between science and religion seems to be at stake. Commentator Tania Lombrozo maps out the possible answers before turning the tables on this seemingly intractable argument.
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