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April 11 2004

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Religion in the News

What Makes This Week Holy?
Jewish and Christian celebrations this week aren't just springtime rituals. By Timothy George.

Holy Weeklies After The Passion
Time does the atonement,  and The New Yorker breaks the bone box. Compiled by Ted Olsen.

Christian History Corner: Why does Easter's date wander?
And why the Eastern Orthodox Church is nearly two weeks behind schedule. By Farrell Brown.

Jesus and Paul: Looking at a Journalistic Approach to Christianity's Beginnings
A full review of ABC's Jesus and Paul: The Word and the Witness By Darrell L. Bock.

Kerry's communion controversy
It is unclear where Sen. John Kerry will take communion this Easter Sunday, amid questions of how enthusiastically Catholic leadership will respond to the pro-choice Democratic nominee (CBS News).

Jehovah's Witnesses join religions facing child-abuse cases
Richard N. Ostling is a national religion reporter for the Associated Press NASHVILLE - It's an all-volunteer organization with little money. It mustered only two dozen attendees at an inaugural national meeting two weeks ago. But the group, called silentlambs, has gained visibility in its campaign to change the abuse policies of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The road to understanding for Christians, Jews
As we Christians and Jews celebrate Passover and Easter this year we might take a moment to pray that understanding among Christians and Jews continues to grow, so that generations to come shall not be enslaved by hostility and ignorance and instead find new life in friendship and understanding (Robert Leikind and Philip A. Cunningham, The Boston Globe).

'God bless atheism'
It is only in dialogue with others that our faith is tested, our ideas made explicit, our errors corrected (E. J. Dionne Jr, The Washington Post).

Science in the News

Internet2 May Change The Way Scientists Conduct Research. Narragansett - Apr 07, 2004
When Dr. Robert Ballard went on a scientific expedition to Black Sea this past summer, he was able to take with him virtually any scientist or student who wanted to go. With the capability of Internet2 and a high bandwidth satellite link, scientists, for the first time, were able to work on the ocean floor from the comfort of their university laboratories.


Controversy revisits Shroud of Turin By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
A documentary on the Shroud of Turin suggests the cloth, a religious relic once believed to be the burial shroud of Christ, might be authentic, and some archaeologists are crying foul.

Jewish remains give clues on crucifixion.
Jesus is the best known victim of crucifixion. But thousands of other Jews were put to death on the cross by the Romans, trying to quash Jewish rebellions in the Holy Land in the first century.  Yet strangely the remains of only one victim have ever been found. He was Yehohanan Ben Hagkol, a Jewish man whose heel bone, excavated by archaeologists near Jerusalem in 1968, still had a nail embedded in it. "It is the only case ever found in the world where there is indisputable evidence of crucifixion," said Joe Zias, a physical anthropologist who examined the remains of Yehohanan Ben Hagkol.

Builders Of Ancient Tombs And Temples Followed Sun And Stars. Milton Keynes - Apr 01, 2004
Two studies of ancient monuments in southwest Europe reveal the influence the Sun and stars had on their builders according to Dr Michael Hoskin, a historian of astronomy at Cambridge University.

NASA Radar Aids High-Tech Digs. Pasadena CA - Apr 08, 2004
History can be hard to find. A forgotten letter molders in an attic. An ancient temple hides beneath jungle greenery. Even knowing that something is there doesn't necessarily make it easier to find - the classic needle in the haystack.


New 3-D Map Offer Animated View Of Local Cosmo Stockholm - Apr 07, 2004
For the first time, we now have a three-dimensional map of our closest cosmic neighbourhood which shows not only how our nearest neighbour stars are distributed today - it also shows precisely how fast each of them moves, and in which direction.

Two Storms Caught In The Act On Saturn
Three months before arrival at Saturn , the Cassini spacecraft caught two storms in the act of merging into one larger storm. This is only the second time this phenomenon has been observed on the ringed planet.

Titan Casts Revealing Shadow. Cambridge MA - Apr 06, 2004
A rare celestial event was captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as Titan -- Saturn's largest moon and the only moon in the Solar System with a thick atmosphere -- crossed in front of the X-ray bright Crab Nebula. The X-ray shadow cast by Titan allowed astronomers to make the first X-ray measurement of the extent of its atmosphere.

The star-formation history of the Universe from the stellar populations of nearby galaxies 


Headaches Don't Have to Rule Your Life
By Rita Mullin. Minor occasional headaches happen to most of us, but serious, regular headaches are another matter altogether and can seriously interfere with your enjoyment of life. Here are ten tips for reducing your headache risk.

Zinc Supplements Could Help Treat ADHD
An article published in BMC Psychiatry this week shows that zinc supplements could increase the effectiveness of stimulants.

Clemson Research Advances Progress Toward Bone Therapies, Replacements, Materials
The latest issue of Science reports a discovery by a Clemson scientist that challenges 40 years of marine biomineralization.

Brains like feeling fat
Mapping mental responses to texture could lead to designer foods. 5 April 2004.

Appetite may be hard-wired
Our future weight could be set in first weeks of life. 2 April 2004.

Quick test to diagnose deadly infections
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be pinned down in hours. 1 April 2004.

Liquorice extract sweetens old age
Carbenoxolone could aid verbal memory. 30 March 2004.

Diet of worms can cure bowel disease
Successful trials mean a drinkable concoction containing thousands of pig whipworm eggs could soon be launched.


It's life, but not as God planned it
Attempts to create synthetic life in a laboratory are no longer science fiction (The Guardian, London).

Ga. school-evolution debate goes to trial
A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a school district's practice of posting disclaimers inside science textbooks saying evolution is "a theory, not a fact" (Associated Press).

Evolved DNA stitches itself up
Could DNA have kick-started life on Earth instead of RNA? 31 March 2004.

Mutations in the gene encoding filamin B disrupt vertebral segmentation, joint formation and skeletogenesis.

Scientist: Chimps, Humans Use Different Genes. April 7, 2004
Chimps and humans differ by only a tiny percentage in their genetic make-up, but the reason why they're in trees and we're not lies in who has the most active genes, a leading scientist said Monday. Svante Paabo, who has been helping to decipher the genetic code of chimps, said the key lies in the degree to which genes are used in each species.

Birds Share 'Language' Gene with Humans
The process by which baby birds learn to sing shares a number of traits with that by which toddlers learn to talk. Now researchers have identified a common gene between birds and people that underlies both abilities. The discovery marks the start of an effort to explore the genetic underpinnings of vocal learning.

Proof and evolutionary analysis of ancient genome duplication in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae 

Emergence of cooperation and evolutionary stability in finite populations 

Earth Science

Possible Answer To Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal Arlington VA - Apr 08, 2004
Earth's magnetic field reverses every few thousand years at low latitudes and every 10,000 years at high latitudes, a geologist funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded. Brad Clement of Florida International University published his findings in this week's issue of the journal Nature. The results are a major step forward in scientists' understanding of how Earth's magnetic field works.

Dependence of the duration of geomagnetic polarity reversals on site latitude

Ice Melt May Dry Out US West Coast. London - Apr 08, 2004
By mid century cities and towns along the American west coast could be suffering serious water shortages in response to climate change. As Arctic sea-ice melts, annual rainfall is forecast to drop by as much as 30 per cent from Seattle to Los Angeles, and inland as far as the Rocky Mountains reports New Scientist.

In Solving An Ancient Whodunit, Geologists Conclude That Even In The Miocene, The Rhino Reigned Supreme. BUFFALO, N.Y.
Lions may get all the good press about being "king of the jungle," but the modern animal that has no predators in the wild, except for man, is the rhinoceros and that probably was the case as long as nine million years ago, recent University at Buffalo research demonstrates.

Barren Siberia, Of All Places, May Be Original Home To Animal Life GAINESVILLE, Fla.
Trilobites, the primitive shelled creatures considered by many to be among the first animals to appear in the fossil record, may have originated in a place known today largely for its barren lifelessness: Siberia.


World's Most Precise Gyroscopes Ready To Test Einstein Theory Vandenberg AFB - Apr 05, 2004
NASA's Gravity Probe B mission, also known as GP-B, will use four ultra-precise gyroscopes, orbiting the Earth in a unique satellite, to experimentally test two extraordinary predictions of Einstein's 1916 theory that space and time are distorted by the presence of massive objects.


Surprises Found In Gene Variation Associated With Schizophrenia
Approximately 2 percent of Caucasians have a gene segment variation that can cause a certain form of schizophrenia.


Aerogels: 'Solid Smoke' May Have Many Uses. Davis - Apr 05, 2004
It looks like glass and feels like solidified smoke, but the most interesting features of the new silica aerogels made by UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are too small to see or feel. Lighter than styrofoam, this strange material is riddled with pores just nanometers in size, leaving it 98 percent empty.