Satanic display rejected at Florida Capitol.
Display from Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster allowed. read more
Quartz, a business and marketing website, recently released data on the Facebook dating app Are You Interested, which connects single people with others within the confines of their Facebook networks. Quartz' data are based on a series of yes-or-no questions about who users are interested in, as well as response rates between users, once notified of a potential suitor. The data show that white men and Asian women receive the most interest, whereas black men and women receive the least amount of interest. read more
A small percentage of Americans are claiming that they had virgin births, according to a new paper published in a respected medical journal. In the longitudinal study of adolescent health, 0.5% of the 7,870 female respondents consistently affirmed their status as virgins, yet reported a virgin birth without the use of reproductive technologies. "It wasn't a programming error, that is how they responded," said Amy Herring, lead author of the study published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journals. "They did say, 'I am a virgin,' and they did say 'I have had a pregnancy.'" read more
Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they have created a process that takes an enriched stew of algae and turns it into crude oil in minutes -- rather than millions of years. In a press release, PNNL stated, "In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor. Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae."
The U.S. economy simply isn't investing enough to ensure that there will be enough good paying jobs for our children and our children's children. Net investment -- the amount of capital added to our stock -- remains at the lowest levels since the Great Depression.
Net investment measures the additional stock of buildings, factories, houses, equipment, software, and research and development -- above and beyond the replacement of worn-out capital. In 2012, net fixed investment totaled $485 billion, only about half of the $1.1 trillion invested in 2006 read more