Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the rapid rise of artificial intelligence could bring about the end of humankind.
"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," the atheist professor told BBC News, while discussing the technology that allows him to verbally communicate.
The physicist added that artificial intelligence programs have proved useful for people so far, but claimed that the next steps in their evolution could prove dangerous. more >>
The Bible has been crowned the book "most valuable to humanity," beating out Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and George Orwell's 1984.
In a survey of 2,044 British adults, 37 percent of respondents named the Bible most valuable, versus 35 percent for Origin of Species.
Conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Folio Society, other literary works ranked included Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (17 percent), Albert Einstein's Relativity (15 percent), Orwell's 1984 (14 percent) and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (10 percent). more >>
A recently released study has shown that there is a connection between marijuana usage and the volume of gray matter a person may have.
Published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was overseen by researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas, The Mind Research Network of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, and Advance MRI, LLC of Frisco, Texas.
"…we measured gray matter (GM) volume via structural MRI across the whole brain by using voxel-based morphology, synchrony among abnormal GM regions during resting state via functional connectivity MRI, and white matter integrity (i.e., structural connectivity) between the abnormal GM regions via diffusion tensor imaging in 48 marijuana users and 62 age- and sex-matched nonusing controls," read the abstract. more >>
The European Space Agency has reported that the historic mission to land a probe on a comet for the first time has passed the point of no return on Wednesday, with the Philae lander having separated from the Rosetta mother ship. The president and CEO of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute has meanwhile said that the mission can help scientists in the search for alien life.
BBC News reported that the robot will attempt to land on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is almost 317 miles away from Earth.
It would be the first time a probe has successfully landed on a comet, and it will seek to explore its composition. more >>
Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.
"Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator."
The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic Church's openness to evolution, added that scientific advancements can be used for the benefit of people. more >>