I’m very mixed on the notion of religion. Very keen on the idea of ethics and virtue but puzzled by just how twisted things become when different flavours of God come into play. \n\nChristmas is ostensibly a religious festival to commemorate the birth of Christ but it seems to have become blotted out by booze and presents and confused by Santa and mistletoe. \n\nThe good news is the tiny vestige of spirituality that can still be found if you look hard enough.\n\nI’m prepared to celebrate the birth of anyone who comes into the world simply to do the right thing. And so are all my Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist friends (or any other flavours that I have left out).\n\nWouldn’t it be sublime if, this Christmas, we could share the stories of all the great religious leaders. And let’s pray that everyone listens. So that next year we can live in a more tolerant and diverse world. A place where barbarism, justified in the name of God, is a thing of the past.\n\n
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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