Pope Francis is extremely opposed to people checking Instagram and texting while sitting down for a meal with there family and friends. This week, while speaking to young people at a college, he used a dramatic analogy to warn about the death of face-to-face conversations. He said,
When we're at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it's the start of war because there is no dialogue.
He also encourage people to be nicer to strangers, even in a culture where online interactions can quickly become hostile, saying
We need to lower the tone a bit, speak less and listen more … dialogue which brings hearts closer together [is] a medicine against violence.
If you’ve been on Facebook this morning, you’ve likely seen images of friends’ hands with large red Xs drawn on them accompanied by the hashtag #endit. Today, Feb. 23, anti-human trafficking advocates join to together for the End It Movement’s “Shine a Light on Slavery” campaign, raising awareness about the staggering reality of modern-day slavery.
Today, slavery exists in 167 countries, and an estimated 20 million are trapped in it. Many of them are children.
End It Movement works with a coalition of partners—including International Justice Mission, World Vision, Not for Sale, World Relief and others—to help victims of slavery and partners with government officials and law enforcement to stop it.
Along with financially supporting organizations fighting slavery, drawing the X and posting a selfie also helps to make a difference. As this video from Sen. Bob Corker explains, the massive online campaigns helps lawmakers see how important anti-human trafficking measures are to voters.
A street artist who goes by the name “Plastic Jesus” has unveiled a new piece that’s creating a bit of a stir: It depicts Kanye West as a giant gold Jesus being crucified. According to the artist, the piece—called “False Idol”—is meant to be commentary on pop culture’s worship of flawed human celebrities.
Just 20 years ago, scientists thought only the Sun had planets orbiting it. Since then, scientists have learned that there's around five thousand planets that are about the size of Earth's and that every star in the galaxy has planets that orbit around it.
According to the new study published in Nature, after six years, scientists have found at least seven Earth-like planets—meaning small-ish, rocky and orbiting their star at the optimal distance for water to exist—just 39 light years away, which is very close.
Theoretically all seven planets could sustain life, but that's no indicator of if they do.
"The planets form a very compact system," said Michael Gillon, one of the leaders of the research. "They are very close to their star and are reminiscent of the system of moons that orbit Jupiter. They could have liquid water and life."
Scientists wouldn't be able to send spacecraft to find out if there was life on the planets because in the best case scenario, it would take 39 years just to get there. Telescopes instead would do the work and look for a mixture of chemicals in the atmosphere that's close to Earth's. Discuss