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Evolution and Faith in Harmony at BioLogos Conference

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Photo courtesy of BioLogos
Photo courtesy of BioLogos

Are the biological sciences and religion in perpetual conflict with one another? Not necessarily, some believe, although the question remains a challenging one. Yet, this did not stop over 400 people who gathered to explore and discuss the topic in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and online from June 30-July 2 for the Evolution and Christian Faith Conference, the culmination of a 3-year program supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

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An App to Boost the Imagination

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An app under development promises to improve creativity and nurture the imagination. The app is the work of Sophie von Stumm, director of the Hungry Mind Lab at Goldsmiths, University of London, whose initiative is one of 16 proposals that have been selected through a grant competition from the Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

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2015 World Science Festival Explores the Big Ideas

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Photo courtesy of the World Science Festival
Photo courtesy of the World Science Festival

This year marks the centenary of Einstein’s discovery of the general theory of relativity, an anniversary that was celebrated at the 2015 World Science Festival. The debates, talks, and presentations that were held in New York City from May 27-May 31, which can now be viewed online, opened with a sound and light spectacular. Professor Brian Greene, who serves as chairman of the festival board, deployed special effects and orchestral music to open up the mysteries of Einstein’s insight to a sold-out audience.

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Liberty Bell Rings for Winners of SELMA Speech and Essay Contest

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Finalist Evan Lehmann, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, finalist Edan Armas, Youth Service America President and CEO Steve Culbertson, and finalist Ifeoma White-Thorpe. Photo courtesy of the NLM.
Finalist Evan Lehmann, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, finalist Edan Armas, Youth Service America President and CEO Steve Culbertson, and finalist Ifeoma White-Thorpe. Photo courtesy of the NLM.

The winners of the National Liberty Museum’s SELMA Speech and Essay Contest, supported by the John Templeton Foundation in partnership with Paramount Pictures, were announced on April 21, 2015. In the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, the top prize was awarded jointly to two teens, who each received the $5,000 Grand Prize at a ceremony in Philadelphia.

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The Great Math Mystery

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Is mathematics deeply ingrained in the structure of the universe? Or is the case that the universe can be modeled remarkably well by mathematics? Is math a human invention, or is it the language of the universe? The Great Math Mystery, broadcast on April 15 as part of the NOVA series on PBS and supported by the John Templeton Foundation, explored precisely these questions.

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