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In world first, Bermuda repeals its same-sex marriage law

Less than one year after legalizing same-sex marriage, Bermuda has repealed the Supreme Court ruling that authorized gay marriage.

People wave gay rights movement rainbow flags during the gay pride rally in Saint Petersburg, Russia on August 12, 2017. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

Less than one year after legalizing same-sex marriage, Bermuda has repealed the Supreme Court ruling that authorized gay marriage in May 2017. It is the first nation in the world to grant same-sex couples the right to marry, only to revoke it.

In December 2017, a bill to ban same-sex marriage and replace it with a Domestic Partnership Act was passed by the Bermudan parliament, and on February 7, 2018, it received royal assent from John Rankin, the Governor of Bermuda. Bermuda has been heavily criticized by human rights groups and LGBTQ supporters for its decision, as has the UK for its passive sanction of the repeal.

British Labour MP Chris Bryant called the bill a “deeply unpleasant and very cynical piece of legislation" during a debate in the UK's House of Commons last month, and tweeted the following when the repeal was given royal assent:

So @BorisJohnson has granted permission to Bermuda to abolish same sex marriage. This totally undermines UK effort to advance LGBT rights.

— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) February 7, 2018

Is the universe a graveyard? This theory suggests humanity may be alone.

Ever since we've had the technology, we've looked to the stars in search of alien life. It's assumed that we're looking because we want to find other life in the universe, but what if we're looking to make sure there isn't any?

According to the Great Filter theory, Earth might be one of the only planets with intelligent life. And that's a good thing (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team [STScI/AURA]).
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Here's an equation, and a rather distressing one at that: N = R* × fP × ne × f1 × fi × fc × L. It's the Drake equation, and it describes the number of alien civilizations in our galaxy with whom we might be able to communicate. Its terms correspond to values such as the fraction of stars with planets, the fraction of planets on which life could emerge, the fraction of planets that can support intelligent life, and so on. Using conservative estimates, the minimum result of this equation is 20. There ought to be 20 intelligent alien civilizations in the Milky Way that we can contact and who can contact us. But there aren't any.

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Study details the negative environmental impact of online shopping

Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.

A truck pulls out of a large Walmart regional distribution center on June 6, 2019 in Washington, Utah.

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  • A new study shows e-commerce sites like Amazon leave larger greenhouse gas footprints than retail stores.
  • Ordering online from retail stores has an even smaller footprint than going to the store yourself.
  • Greening efforts by major e-commerce sites won't curb wasteful consumer habits. Consolidating online orders can make a difference.
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Childhood sleeping problems may signal mental disorders later in life

Chronic irregular sleep in children was associated with psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to a recent study out of the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology.

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  • We spend 40 percent of our childhoods asleep, a time for cognitive growth and development.
  • A recent study found an association between irregular sleep patterns in childhood and either psychotic experiences or borderline personality disorder during teenage years.
  • The researchers hope their findings can help identify at-risk youth to improve early intervention.
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