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When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.


Americans Intuitively Judge Atheists as Immoral

New research finds a link between disbelief and unethical behavior is strongly lodged in Americans’ minds.


What’s a Religious Experience?

Despite a belief in the supernatural being ever-present among Americans, the unknown remains a topic we rarely discuss.


From Gay Marriage to Birth Control, the Fight Over Religious Exemptions Is Heating Up

Nina Martin talks with a leading expert on the historic tension between civil rights and religious freedom.


The Perks of Being a Fire Walker

Those who participated in a fire-walking ritual felt happier and less fatigued afterwards than close relatives who spectated.

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Chaos, Democracy, and Religion in the Pokémon World

How the live-streaming, crowd-sourced gameplay of a 15-year-old game captivated millions and generated its own set of religions.

(Photo: James Wong)

Is Religion Secularizing? Trends in Opposition to Pornography

At least when it comes to pornography, one sociologist found, religious leaders are relying on other authorities to back up their points of view.


The Church of the Paranormal

Despite our reputation as a science-minded superpower, America has always had a predilection for the unseen.


When Did Americans Start Trusting in God?

It all goes back to the Cold War.


Forgiveness in the Abortion Clinic

Religion and abortion can and sometimes do mix.


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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014