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December 21, 2003

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Religion in the News

Iraqi Christians Celebrate Saddam's Capture
Chaldean Christian communities in the U.S. call arrest a Christmas present. Complied by Rob Moll.

Doing Tolkien Justice
The Christian virtues of humility and sacrifice filter through a tarnished triumph. By Jeffrey Overstreet.

Where to Go for All Things Tolkien
The best sites on the Internet about the man, his faith, his books, the Inklings and the movies. Compiled by Rob Moll.

The Lure of the Obvious in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King
The film adaptations of a 1,200-page novel required making significant changes to the story. But at what cost? By Ralph C. Wood.

Hanukkah celebration will begin Friday
According to the tradition, after ousting the Greek-Syrian occupiers, the Maccabees cleaned the temple and re-dedicated it. They found only a small amount of oil with which to light the holy lamps. But it miraculously lasted eight days. (Indianapolis Star)

Science in the News

Science News of the Year 2003.
A review of important scientific achievements reported in Science News during the year 2003.

Science's Breakthrough Of The Year: Illumination Of The Dark, Expanding Universe
In 2003, new evidence cemented the bizarre idea that the universe is made mostly of mysterious "dark matter," being stretched apart by an unknown force called "dark energy." This set of discoveries claims top honors as the Breakthrough of the Year, named by Science and its publisher, AAAS, the nonprofit science society.


Genome scan shows human-chimp differences
Variations hint at how our lifestyle is reflected in our genes.

Chimp genome draft completed
Closest relative's code will highlight human qualities.

The American Society of Human Genetics has instituted a series of articles on evolution in the "educational resources" portion of its web site. The first two articles are "Tinkered Masterpieces or Master Tinkerer" by Charles R. Scrivner and "Genetic Variation and Human Evolution" by Lynn B. Jorde.

Dr. Phillip Johnson is World Magazine's "Daniel of the Year"

Oldest evidence of photosynthesis.
Scientists claim to have found the oldest evidence of photosynthesis - the most important chemical reaction on Earth - in 3.7-billion-year-old rocks.

Intelligent Design: Key Organizations

Young Earth Creationists: Key Organizations

Old Earth Creationists: Key Organizations

Theistic Evolution: Key Organizations

Evolution: Key Organizations


Oldest sculptures unearthed.
A set of ivory figurines found in southwestern Germany add to a growing cache of the oldest art known. The 30,000-year-old carvings underline the remarkable creativity of our earliest European ancestors.

A Big Inca Discovery, or Not?
There's no need for Indiana Jones with stories like the rediscovery of Llactapata near Machu Picchu.

Bookish Math: Statistical tests are unraveling knotty literary mysteries.
Statistical tests and computation can help solve literary mysteries surrounding the authorship of well-known works.

Who Built the Pyramids?

Archaeology-related TV shows


Saturn To Ring In The New Year. Huntsville - Dec 14, 2003
When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31st, heralding the start of 2004, dash outside and look up. Directly overhead you'll see a yellow star outshining the others around it. That star is a planet: Saturn, having its closest encounter with Earth for the next 29 years.

Recycling keeps planets' rings going
Give and take with moons means debris halos can last forever.

UK Scientists All Set For New Year Encounter With A Comet. London - Dec 17, 2003
On January 2nd 2004 the NASA space mission, Stardust, will fly through comet Wild 2, capturing interstellar particles and dust and returning them to Earth in 2006. Space scientists from the Open University and University of Kent have developed one of the instruments which will help tell us more about comets and the evolution of our own solar system and, critical for Stardust, its survival in the close fly-by of the comet.

Dust explains shooting stars' twin streaks
Rise and fall makes some meteors leave two trails in night sky.

Beagle 2 Landing Site In 3D. London - Dec 17, 2003
As the time for Beagle 2 separation approaches a 3D representation of the landing site is available for download. Keyhole is a revolutionary software product that enables computer users to interact with a 3D model of a planet directly on the own PC.

Has ESA's Xmm-Newton Cast Doubt Over Dark Energy? Paris - Dec 17, 2003
ESA's X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has returned tantalising new data about the nature of the Universe. In a survey of distant clusters of galaxies, XMM-Newton has found puzzling differences between today's clusters of galaxies and those present in the Universe around seven thousand million years ago. Some scientists claim that this can be interpreted to mean that the 'dark energy' which most astronomers now believe dominates the Universe simply does not exist?

An Odyssey Of Mars Science: Part 1. Sacramento - Dec 18, 2003
This year's meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences -- the Solar System-related branch of the American Astronomical Society provided the most detailed reports yet on Martian science using data from the Odyssey and Surveyor missions. SpaceDaily's Bruce Moomaw attended the 2004 DPS meeting and in a series of reports over coming weeks Moomaw will provide readers with an overview of the latest science from Mars.

Spitzer's IRAC Camera Snaps Spectacular First Images. Washington - Dec 18, 2003
NASA released Thursday the first spectacular images from the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) instrument on board the Spitzer Space Telescope. The pictures, taken at infrared wavelengths of light, revealed remarkable details in objects ranging from nearby star formation regions to distant spiral galaxies. The images are but a taste of what will come from IRAC, which was developed for NASA by a team led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), with Giovanni Fazio as the Principal Investigator.

Spitzer Detects Organic Chemistry In Highly Luminous Galaxy.


Mutant worms withstand boozy bender
Single gene linked to alcohol tolerance.

Popular Anti-epileptic Drug Also Effective In Controlling Debilitating Symptom Of Multiple Sclerosis.

The Common Cold As Cancer Fighter? ST. LOUIS
Can the common cold ever be a good thing? It is if you've figured out a way to genetically engineer the virus so that it fights and kills cancerous cells - while leaving healthy cells intact.

Earth Science

Man has been changing climate for 8,000 years
Agriculture may have released huge amounts of greenhouse gases into atmosphere.

Radioactive Potassium May Be Major Heat Source In Earth's Core. Berkeley - Dec 17, 2003
Radioactive potassium, common enough on Earth to make potassium-rich bananas one of the "hottest" foods around, appears also to be a substantial source of heat in the Earth's core, according to recent experiments by University of California, Berkeley, geophysicists.


Einstein Makes Extra Dimensions Toe The Line In Time. Greenbelt - Dec 17, 2003
Scientists say Albert Einstein's principle of the constancy of the speed of light holds up under extremely tight scrutiny, a finding that rules out certain theories predicting extra dimensions and a "frothy" fabric of space.


Secret of 'strained silicon' chips revealed
Intel has taken the wraps off a secret technique it is using to increase the speed of its Pentium and Centrino chips.