Why the Catholic Church bans gluten-free communion wafers

A worshipper receives Communion.Amr Nabil/AP PhotoA recent letter from the Vatican reminded the world’s Catholic bishops of a rule mandating the use of wheat gluten for the celebration of the Eucharist, a Christian liturgical service called the Mass by Catholics. Reactions were immediate. Cat...

Sharkathon 2017 is here: How to watch it like a scientist

Hey, what about us? Whale shark (spotted) and manta ray, a close shark relative.Justin Henry , CC BYJust when you thought it was safe to turn on your television, the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and National Geographic Wild’s SharkFest are hitting the air with competing daily programmi...

Both franchisees and franchisors benefit from company-owned stores

Do company-owned stores really compete with franchisees?ShutterstockSome franchisees of hardware chain Mitre 10 are calling for an end to “company-owned” stores. These are stores owned and run by Metcash, which owns the Mitre 10 brand and is a supplier to the franchisees. But research sh...

Who's avoiding sex, and why

More women than men avoid sex, but the reasons for both genders vary. PKPix/www.shutterstock.comSex has a strong influence on many aspects of well-being: it is one of our most basic physiological needs. Sex feeds our identity and is a core element of our social life. But millions of people spend at ...

The Supreme Court made it harder for states to ban sex offenders from social media. Here’s why

Kostasgr/Shutterstock.comUntil recently, North Carolina law prohibited registered sex offenders from using various social media sites, such as Snapchat, Twitter and LinkedIn. In June, a landmark Supreme court decision in Packingham v. North Carolina overturned that law. The result is important for t...

The Georgia peach may be vanishing, but its mythology is alive and well

Anton Wattman/Shutterstock.comThis is a tough year for the Georgia peach. In February, growers fretted about warm winter temperatures, which prevented some fruit from developing properly. They were more discouraged in March after a late freeze damaged many of the remaining fruit. By May they were pr...

How some rich people are trying to dismantle inequality

Members of Patriotic Millionaires, whose privileged members advocate for higher taxes on the rich, met with lawmakers in this 2015 photo to discuss legislation to close the carried interest loophole.Senate Democrats, CC BY-SAAmple research indicates that the growing problem of wealth and income ineq...

Vital Signs: the RBA's still longing for Goldilocks growth

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global economies.This week: has the Reserve Bank of Australia made the right call...

The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here's why it matters

The Library of Congress is in Washington, D.C.Valerii Iavtushenko/Shutterstock.comImagine you wanted to find books or journal articles on a particular subject. Or find manuscripts by a particular author. Or locate serials, music or maps. You would use a library catalog that includes facts – l...

Explaining the rise in hate crimes against Muslims in the US

Muslim women hold signs to express opposition to hate crimes and rhetoric.AP Photo/Seth WenigHate crimes against Muslims have been on the rise. The murder of two samaritans for aiding two young women who were facing a barrage of anti-Muslim slurs on a Portland train is among the latest examples of b...

How Lula evolved from Brazil's top politician to its most notable convict

Brazilians watched along with the rest of the world as one of the country’s leading federal judges ruled that its most popular political figure is a criminal. On July 12, Sergio Moro, the federal judge leading Brazil’s massive “car wash” investigation, convicted former two-te...

Can Trump use the presidential pardon to thwart the Russia investigations?

Speculation is mounting that President Donald Trump could issue a pardon to members of his family and close associates who are suspected of colluding with Russia in the 2016 campaign.Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, recently cautioned about “the possibil...

Why the US doesn't understand Chinese thought – and must

Plato, Confucius and Aristotle. Ancient Greek philosophy is widely taught in American universities, but classes in Chinese philosophy are few and far between.Public domainThe need for the U.S. to understand China is obvious. The Chinese economy is on track to become the largest in the world by 2030...

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NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part II

NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part II

Balkans Post: How do you see the consequences of Montenegro’s membership in NATO for the broader region?NATO continues to creep ea...

When Your Strategy Doesn’t Work Check Your Tactics

When Your Strategy Doesn’t Work Check Your Tactics

The Republican House voted more than fifty times to repeal Obummercare. Even the Republican Senate did the same thing a few time...

NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part I

NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part I

What's up with NATO these days?In 2009, NATO celebrated its 60th anniversary. With its recent deluge of new member states, it need...

Exposing the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR Cartel

Exposing the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR Cartel

Recent revelations by the last investigative reporter in America, James O’Keefe the founder of Project Veritas, expose the Corpo...