Spirituality
Scientists reveal new fundamental principles governing diving in animals  SCIENCE DAILY · 8 hours
An international team of scientists has examined how metabolic constraints govern the diving performance of air-breathing aquatic species, all of which have evolved to maximise the amount of time they... more
US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified  ABC NEWS · 17 hours
The founder of the Knights of Colombus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood more
Scientists reveal new fundamental principles governing diving in animals  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Diving as a lifestyle has evolved many times in the animal kingdom, and the ecology of all diving animals is essentially shaped by how long they can hold their breaths. more
US warns Nevada governor about in-person worship limits  ABC NEWS · 1 day
The Trump administration is raising concerns that Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions unfairly targets religious gatherings more
Higher spirituality linked to better quality of life for stroke survivors and their caregivers  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Higher spirituality among stroke survivors was strongly linked to better quality of life for them and their caregivers who may... more
AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Instead of mass prayers and family gatherings, millions of Moroccan Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr indoors because of their country’s newly extended coronavirus lockdown more
California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings  ABC NEWS · 2 days
California's churches, mosques and synagogue may get the nod to reopen their doors sooner than expected under new state guidelines more
California issues guidelines for church reopenings  ABC NEWS · 2 days
California says churches can resume in-person services but the congregations will be limited to less than 100 more
The Latest: California has guidelines for church reopenings  ABC NEWS · 2 days
California says churches can resume in-person services but the congregations will be limited to less than 100 and worshippers should wear masks, avoid sharing prayer books and skip the collection plate more
A new Critically Endangered frog named after 'the man from the floodplain full of frogs'  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new species proposed to be classified as Critically Endangered of miniaturised stump-toed frog of the genus Stumpffia,... more
Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown  ABC NEWS · 3 days
On the same weekend that President Donald Trump declared houses of worship are essential, pastors and congregants from some of those churches are cautiously returning to their sanctuaries more
US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns  ABC NEWS · 4 days
With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale more
The world's oldest temple was built along a grand geometric plan  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
The building of Göbekli Tepe was "a deviation from the hunting and gathering way of life." more
The Latest: Minnesota to let churches open at 25% capacity  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is scrapping his 10-person limit on group gatherings and allowing churches to open at 25% occupancy if certain safety guidelines are met more
Alabama coronavirus outlook worsening amid state reopening  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Health officials are worried that Alabama's coronavirus caseload is increasing and residents aren't guarding against COVID-19 as it opens its casinos, church and more more
The Latest: Positive cases after church service in Frankfurt  ABC NEWS · 5 days
A parish leader says several members of a congregation have tested positive for the coronavirus after a church service in Frankfurt more
The Latest: France allowing religious services to resume  ABC NEWS · 5 days
France is allowing religious services to resume starting Saturday after a legal challenge to the government’s ban on such gatherings more
Tanzania says virus defeated through prayer, but fears grow  ABC NEWS · 6 days
On just one day this month, 50 Tanzanian truck drivers tested positive for the coronavirus after crossing into neighboring Kenya more
In reversal, White House tells CDC to post church guidance  ABC NEWS · 6 days
After refusing for weeks to release reopening guidance for churches, the Trump administration on Thursday abruptly changed course — with the president saying he had instructed health officials... more
Structural basis for membrane insertion by the human ER membrane protein complex  Science Magazine · 6 days
A defining step in the biogenesis of a membrane protein is the insertion of its hydrophobic transmembrane helices into the lipid bilayer. The nine-subunit... more
How non-religious worldviews provide solace in times of crisis  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The saying "There are no atheists in foxholes" suggests that in stressful times people inevitably turn to God (or indeed gods). In fact, non-believers have their own set of secular... more
'Invisible demon': Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes  ABC NEWS · 7 days
The coronavirus has swept through Connecticut nursing homes at an alarming rate, no matter how well or poor the care centers were rated by the federal government more
Church suing over virus restrictions burns down  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A church in Mississippi has been destroyed by a suspected arson fire about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic more
India's treatment of Muslims and migrants puts lives at risk during COVID-19  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
In India, the second most populous country in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed pre-existing fault lines of inequality and communalism, exposing current... more
Mississippi church suing on virus restrictions burns down  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A church in Mississippi has been destroyed by a suspected arson fire about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on restrictions amid the coronavirus... more
The Latest: Indonesia virus cases spike ahead of holiday  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Indonesia’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 20,000 as the world’s most populous Muslim nation is entering a critical period in its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak during its most... more
New York opens the door to small religious gatherings  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will allow small religious gatherings starting Thursday more
High-speed video shows every second of a praying mantis's lethal strike  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Researchers captured slow motion video of praying mantis strikes, revealing what makes these insects such effective predators. more
A new tool for cell biologists for creating synthetic cell membranes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a new approach for creating synthetic cell membrane mimics. Using a new approach for... more
USC-Olympus partnership in multiscale bioimaging furthers precision medicine  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
As a global leader in endoscopy and life science solutions, Olympus has long been committed to promoting awareness of cancer screening, prevention and testing. In this spirit, the company recently forged a... more
'Super cyclone' barrels towards Bangladesh, India  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Several million people sheltered and prayed for the best on Wednesday as one of the fiercest cyclones in decades roared towards Bangladesh and eastern India, with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge. more
'Super cyclone' bears down on Bangladesh, India  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Several million people were taking shelter and praying for the best on Wednesday as the Bay of Bengal's fiercest cyclone in decades roared towards Bangladesh and eastern India, with forecasts of a potentially devastating... more
The Latest: Egypt announces more anti-coronavirus measures  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Egypt has announced further anti-virus measures to follow Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan more
Yoga eases depressive symptoms in people with other mental health issues  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Researchers have found that the practice of yoga could help those with mental health problems by easing symptoms of depression effectively. Their study titled, "Effects of... more
Over 180 people exposed to virus at California church  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Health officials say more than 180 people in a rural Northern California county have been asked to self-quarantine after they were exposed to the coronavirus during a Mother’s Day church... more
A week of images from the coronavirus pandemic  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Burlesque performers danced for people watching from their cars in Las Vegas. Moviegoers took in a film from the trunk of their hatchback in a rural part of New York state. Americans... more
The Latest: Mosques reopen in Albania, with restrictions  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Albania’s Muslim community has decided to reopen mosques and resume religious activity, with major restrictions more
Understanding radicalization and building resilience to counteract polarization  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In an increasingly uncertain environment with polarization rising, it's crucial to address challenges associated with radicalization and religious diversity to foster community resilience. A team of researchers involved with the EU-funded projects... more
Priest draws squirt gun in fight against coronavirus  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has taken aim at his parishioners in a bid to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, using a squirt gun to shoot holy... more
The Latest: Churches in Greece open doors after 2 months  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Churches throughout Greece have opened their doors to the faithful after two months more
The Latest: Californian at church on Mother's Day has virus  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A person who attended a religious service on Mother’s Day in northern Caifornia has tested positive for the coronavirus, possibly exposing it to more than 180 members of... more
The Latest: Judge blocks enforcement of restrictions in N.C.  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A federal judge has blocked enforcement of restrictions that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered affecting indoor religious services during the coronavirus pandemic more
Houses of worship gain audience by going online during virus  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
From the Vatican, to the village church, to mosques and temples, shuttered places of worship are streaming religious services for a global audience during the pandemic more
Leopards spotted in Pakistan capital's park as virus clears way  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Leopards, jackals and other creatures living in Islamabad's tree-covered hills have been enjoying a rare respite from the throngs of hikers and joggers that normally pack the trails. more
Montenegro: About 60 detained in clashes over priest arrests  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Police in Montenegro say they have detained around 60 people following clashes during protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests more
Montenegro police break up protests against priest detention  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Montenegrin police have used tear gas to disperse protesters demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests who were detained for organizing a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because... more
Ramadan Lights to pick Detroit area's best-decorated homes  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Three community organizations are teaming up to host a Ramadan Lights challenge in Dearborn, Michigan, calling attention to the local house-decorating practices that make the city and area’s Muslim community so visible... more
How are Americans practicing religion during the pandemic?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An overwhelming majority of people in the United States support restricting or suspending in-person religious services during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new poll from the University of Chicago Divinity School... more
Serbia protests priests' detention in Montenegro  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Serbia has strongly protested the detention of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro after thousands of people attended a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the coronavirus more
The Latest: Catholic celebrations go on without worshippers  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The Catholic shrine at Fatima in Portugal has held its annual celebrations without worshippers for the first time in its more than 100-year history more
The Latest: Priests detained after religious gathering  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Authorities in Montenegro have detained eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests after a few thousand people attended a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the new coronavirus more
Muslim burials in Europe strained by virus lockdowns abroad  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
As measures to stem the spread of the virus ground flights and close borders around the world, it is not only the living whose travels are being curtailed more
Researchers turn algae leftovers into renewable products with flare  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers take waste products from algae-based omega-3 oil production and convert them into valuable and renewable polyurethane foams with a range of of commercial applications -- from flip-flops and running... more
Geometry guided construction of earliest known temple, built 6,000 years before Stonehenge  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The sprawling 11,500-year-old stone Göbekli Tepe complex in southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, is the earliest known temple in human history and one of the most... more
Geometry guided construction of earliest known temple, built 6,000 years before Stonehenge  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have now used architectural analysis to discover that geometry informed the layout of Göbekli Tepe's impressive round stone structures and enormous assembly of... more
The Latest: UN urges religious to fight harmful messages  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The United Nations secretary-general is urging religious leaders to challenge “inaccurate and harmful messages” fueling rising ethno-nationalism, hate speech and conflict as the coronavirus pandemic circles the globe more
Study reveals molecular mechanism of boswellic acid that plays key role in frankincense effect  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Once upon a time, the Three Kings brought precious gifts to the new-born baby Jesus: as well as gold and... more
Market For Blood Plasma From COVID-19 Survivors Heats Up  NPR · 2 weeks
As many firms and academic researchers vie for blood donations from survivors in hopes of isolating components for new treatments, one project is turning for help from 10,000 Orthodox Jewish... more
10,000 liters of NaOClean Asia's disinfectant solution to be donated to nursing homes, churches  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
10,000 liters of NaOClean Asia's disinfectant solution will be donated to nursing homes, senior activity centers and religious organisations in... more
The Latest: Churches in Lebanon welcome worshippers again  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Lebanon’s churches have welcomed worshippers for the first time in nearly two months more
The Latest: Federal judge allows in-person services in Ky.  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A federal court has halted the Kentucky governor’s temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services more
Court halts ban on mass gatherings at Kentucky churches  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A federal court has halted the Kentucky governor's temporary ban on mass gathering from applying to in-person religious services more
To err is human, to learn, divine  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New research describes a new model for how the brain interprets patterns in complex networks. They found that the ability to detect patterns stems in part from the brain's desire to represent things in... more
Virginia defends coronavirus restrictions in church lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Attorneys for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam say an attempt by a Virginia church to prevent the state from barring gatherings of more than 10 people “would seriously undermine” the state’s efforts to deter the... more
Pence: Citation for small church service 'beyond the pale'  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Vice President Mike Pence says it is “beyond the pale” that the pastor of a Virginia church was issued a criminal citation for having 16 people at a Palm Sunday... more
Regularly attending religious services associated with lower risk of deaths of despair, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
People who attended religious services at least once a week were significantly less likely to die from 'deaths of despair,'... more
Carved stone turtle unearthed from Angkor reservoir site  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Cambodian archaeologists have unearthed a large centuries-old statue of a turtle in an excavation at the famous Angkor temple complex in the country's northwest. more
The Latest: Public Masses to resume in Italy during pandemic  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
After an outcry from the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says he will allow the resumption of public Masses during the pandemic more
For better migraine treatment, try adding some downward dogs  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone, according to a new study. The new research suggests yoga may help people with migraines have... more
By video and social distance, Atlanta's archbishop installed  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Atlanta’s new archbishop was installed in a Mass that tweaked Catholic traditions to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic more
Justices wary of 'Obamacare' birth control coverage changes  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The Supreme Court seems concerned about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control... more
Ginsburg, from hospital, joins in on 'Obamacare' arguments  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a dispute involving Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth... more
Atlanta's new archbishop to be installed -- at a distance  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Catholic leaders say Atlanta’s new archbishop will be installed Wednesday in a Mass that will blaze a new path through old traditions more
Why religious freedom stokes coronavirus protests in the U.S., but not Canada  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Religious freedom, cherished as an American ideal, has been frequently invoked in the United States during protests against COVID-19 public health measures. more
Meditation combined with aerobic exercise reduces stress in medical students  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School student Paul Lavadera expected his career would put him on the front lines of dealing with medical emergencies. more
Court allows mass gathering ban on religious services  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Federal appeals court declined to block the Kentucky governor's temporary ban. more
Court weighs in on applying mass gathering ban to churches  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A federal appeals court has declined to block the Kentucky governor's temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services more
Asia Today: Naruhito performs ritual, Beijing reopens parks  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito marked his first anniversary of his enthronement with a prayer at palace shrines for the people’s peace and happiness amid the coronavirus pandemic more
Researchers retrofit diving snorkel mask to make reusable PPE  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study published on the preprint server medRxiv in April 2020 reports an innovative adaptation of a standard snorkel mask with a few custom-built parts and a filter, for... more
NYPD cracks down on another big funeral, stoking tensions  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Tensions between police and members of New York City’s Hasidic Jewish community flared again as officers interrupted a crowded funeral to crack down on social distancing violators more
Pass the plate? Not yet, as churches rethink their routines  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
As states begin to end lockdowns, churches are figuring out what that means for them more
Germany relaxes lockdown for playgrounds, churches and zoos  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
German authorities have agreed to reopen playgrounds, churches and cultural institutions such as museums and zoos that have been shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic more
AP PHOTOS: Images of Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Ramadan is usually a time of togetherness, with Muslims filling mosques for hours of prayer and sharing large, lavish meals with friends and neighbors after days of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But... more
Temple University Hospital is offering COVID-19 clinical trials, investigational treatments options  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Temple University Hospital is now participating in a variety of clinical trials that are testing investigational treatment options for patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, or... more
Ex-congregant charged with breaking into minister's home  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A secretive evangelical church in North Carolina says hysteria over the new coronavirus may have motivated an ex-member with a gun to break into the home of one of the sect’s top ministers more
The Latest: Coalition asks Calif. governor to cut tax on pot  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A coalition of marijuana companies, churches and advocacy groups is asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom for a temporary cut in the state’s hefty pot taxes more
Newly discovered exoplanet dethrones former king of Kepler-88 planetary system  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Our solar system has a king. The planet Jupiter, named for the most powerful god in the Greek pantheon, has bossed around the other planets through its gravitational... more
NYC mayor takes heat after lashing out at Jewish funeral  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio oversaw the dispersal of a large, tightly packed Hasidic Jewish funeral and lashed out at the mourners who had gathered in... more
Computer vision system detects fever remotely to rule out COVID-19  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
People who approach the front desk at Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital (HIAE) in the city of São Paulo have their temperature taken remotely by a computer vision system... more
Ayurveda and yoga could provide an effective, affordable means for COVID-19 prevention  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Experts in Indian traditional medicine, including the chair of the Government of India's committee charged to lead that nation's efforts on the potential uses... more
How the pandemic made this virologist an unlikely cult figure  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Christian Drosten, who has become Germany’s most popular podcaster, warns against reopening the country too soon more
CDC compiles new guidelines to help organizations reopen  ABC NEWS · 1 month
Health officials are compiling guidelines to help businesses, churches and other organizations safely reopen when the time comes more
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