Internet & TechAugust 26, 2016

Many Americans are wary of using gene editing for human enhancement

A new gene-editing method called CRISPR exemplifies how the technology is rapidly becoming a present-day reality. Yet, Americans are wary of editing embryos, according to a survey on the broader field of “human enhancement.”

ReligionAugust 23, 2016

Choosing a New Church or House of Worship

About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly because they have moved.

ReligionAugust 23, 2016

What do Americans look for in a church, and how do they find one? It depends in part on their age

At least three-quarters of adults under 30 talked to a congregation member or friend during their search, compared with just over half of those 65 or older.

ReligionAugust 12, 2016

Most states allow religious exemptions from child abuse and neglect laws

All states prosecute parents whose children come to severe harm through neglect. But in thirty-four states (as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico), there are exemptions in the civil child abuse statutes when medical treatment for a child conflicts with the religious beliefs of parents.

ScienceAugust 4, 2016

Why Americans are wary of using technology to ‘enhance’ humans

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields may lead to any number of ways people might be able to “upgrade” themselves. But a majority of Americans greet the possibility of these breakthroughs with more wariness and worry than enthusiasm and hope.

ReligionJuly 29, 2016

The religious divide on views of technologies that would ‘enhance’ human beings

Americans are wary of the prospect of implanting a computer chip in their brains to improve their mental abilities or adding synthetic blood to their veins to make them stronger and faster. And this is particularly true of those who are highly religious.

ScienceJuly 26, 2016

American Voices on Ways Human Enhancement Could Shape Our Future

Focus group participants discuss biomedical developments that could boost the performance of people’s bodies and brains

ScienceJuly 26, 2016

Human Enhancement

The scientific and ethical dimensions of striving for perfection

ScienceJuly 26, 2016

U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities

Americans are more worried than enthusiastic about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood to change human capabilities

GlobalJuly 22, 2016

Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world

Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. Here are some questions and answers about their public opinions and demographics.