Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, By Eric Kaufmann

This may come as a shock to secular sensibilities. Religious fundamentalism is set to bury the ghost of secularism. Secular liberalism is collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions and the fundamentalists are about to take over the world. This is, says Eric Kaufmann, who teaches politics at University of London, not necessarily a bad thing. It may make us more secure, more grounded in our identities and communities, and much happier.

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Utah women may face murder charges after miscarriages

Outrage at bill that could jail women who 'recklessly' endanger unborn children

Colorado students fight for gun rights

University's bid to prevent Virginia-style rampage is stalled by campus opposition

Frederick Morrison: Inventor of the Frisbee

Frisbee. The very word sounds like an onomatopoeic coining redolent of the hiss of a circular piece of plastic as it curves through the air for retrieval by adult, child or intervening dog – whose fang marks can affect the aeronautical precision of an object which, like the yo-yo or hula-hoop, looks so simple, so obvious. The result of two decades' work by Frederick Morrison, the Frisbee owed as much to chance as it did to intention, and, what's more, began as the by-product of a youthful love affair. All of this brought its inventor millions, his own airport, and frequent requests to address crowds for whom the object became the stuff of competition and anorakish tabulation.

Frisbee inventor Walter Fredrick Morrison dies aged 90

Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, died aged 90.

Extreme skiing: No safety bars on the chairlifts and no windows in the dorm – but Alta does have the 'Greatest Snow on Earth'

If God had been a skier, then on the eighth day he might have created the Wasatch Range. Both He and it loom large in Salt Lake City, home to the Mormon Church and what Utah's state slogan calls the "Greatest Snow on Earth". Pacific storms that suck moisture from the lake, having whipped east across bone-dry Nevada, have only one option when they swirl to a halt over this natural snow machine – to dump epic quantities of the kind of feather-light powder off-piste skiers dream about.

Johann Hari: We don't need this culture of overwork

Britain now has the longest work hours in the developed world after the US

Fans refunded for Michael Jordan hoax

An NBA Development League team will refund the ticket prices to the thousands of fans who went to a Utah Flash game and expected Michael Jordan to play in a charity exhibition at halftime.

Meteor turns midnight into daylight sky - Video

A streaking fireball briefly illuminated parts of the Utah sky to daylight-level conditions, surveillance footage shows.

From India's slums to the hell of Utah for Danny Boyle

Director to film story of climber who had to cut his own arm off

Leading article: Chronic neglect

The symptoms are disabling tiredness, irritable bowels, intense headaches, depression and cognitive dysfunction. Yet for years many doctors argued that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome didn't exist. They refused even to dignify it with the name previous sufferers preferred – Myalgic encephalomyelitis. ME, they said, was just "me" writ large and dismissed it as yuppy flu. In the event the flu has lasted longer than the yuppies did. Some four million people suffer from it in the United States alone.

Linux copyright fight headed to trial

A federal appeals court has reversed a judge's decision that granted the copyright of the Unix computer operating system to Novell.

Sharon Stone denies 'air rage' reports

Sharon Stone's representative has denied reports police detained her at an airport.

Antony Beevor: 'History has not emphasised enough the suffering of French civilians during the War'

Poor Doctor Stagg. How tightly the hand of history, for a short time, clasped his shoulder. In 1944, the Scot was Britain's leading civilian weather expert. Suddenly, he had been made a group captain in the RAF, so that he carried the necessary authority to dole out decisive advice on the timing of the invasion of Normandy.

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