By Rachel Treisman The first all-female spacewalk in NASA’s 61-year history is finally happening and will even take place a few days ahead of schedule. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who were initially supposed to venture beyond the International Space Station on Oct. 21, are now slated to make their historic excursion this Friday. …

By Emma Green One of the persistent disappointments of media coverage in the Trump era is how the eye-popping daily headlines about the president obscure slower-moving, equally important developments at all levels of government. This term, the Supreme Court is set to consider cases that could have momentous implications for the future of abortion and LGBTQ rights. …

By Lee Davidson The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday opposed a proposed rule that would ban Utah-licensed mental health professionals from using conversion therapy — such as trying to turn a gay child straight or alter a minor’s gender identity. “The church is concerned that the proposed professional licensing rule is ambiguous in …

By Marc Santora The man immediately struck the bartender as a bit off. His beard was disheveled, he was in a daze, and his clothes seemed straight out of the 1980s. It was near closing time at Chris Westerbeek’s small pub in a rural Netherlands village, Café De Kastelein, and he sent the stranger away. …

By Adam Levy In the depths of winter, water temperatures in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean can sink below zero. That’s cold enough to freeze many fish, but the conditions don’t trouble the cod. A protein in its blood and tissues binds to tiny ice crystals and stops them from growing. Where codfish got this talent …

By Jeff Taylor A spokesperson for Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said the country has no intention of bringing back a bill that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality. Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said last week the government planned to reintroduce the legislation, colloquially known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, which …

By Yaron Steinbuch Ron Reagan crashed the Democratic presidential primary debate Tuesday night with a plug for an atheist group that turned his name into the top trending search on Google – as he declared that he was “not afraid of burning in hell.” “Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist,” the 61-year-old son of …

By Kyle Mantyla Former Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on Jan Markell’s “Understanding The Times” radio program last weekend, where she urged pastors to start preaching the “truth” from their pulpits that climate change represents no threat to humanity because God said in the Bible, after Noah’s flood, that he would never again destroy the world with …

By Becky Ferreira All around the world, radio antennae in remote landscapes are scanning the sky for the same faint signal from the “cosmic dawn,” a time when the first stars shone more than 12 billion years ago. If detected, the signal will shed light on some of the most enduring mysteries about the origins …

By Megan Hamilton The U.S. State Department has apparently gone full Christian. At least that’s how it appears if you click on the website’s homepage, where you’ll find a photo of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo above the headline “Being A Christian Leader.” If that isn’t creepy, I don’t know what is. Replace “Christian” with any other …