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April 25, 2004

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Religion in the News

America's evangelicals: Survey analysis
It's impossible to measure religious experience, but it is possible to ask people about their beliefs and practices, and we did that in our national survey (Religion & Ethics Newsweekly).

Dobson emphatically endorses pro-family Republican in Penn. Senate primary
Three-term congressman Toomey challenging 'moderate' incumbent Specter (Agape Press).

The Dick Staub Interview: Exegeting U2
Get Up Off Your Knees preaches U2 from Boy to All that You Can't Leave Behind.

'Rapture' rebuts end-time 'Left Behind' theology
Barbara R. Rossing's "The Rapture Exposed" convincingly debunks the methodology of "end times" philosophy and shows why all this is more than just a theological spat in our war-torn world (The Journal Gazettte, Ft. Wayne, Ind.).

Signs and wonders
In The Miracle Detective, a journalist goes on the trail of mystic apparitions (The Washington Post).

Movie Review: Bonhoeffer
This well-done documentary, with only a few minor blips, adequately captures the life—and death—of German theologian and Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Review by Collin Hansen.

Science in the News


Ancient inscribed slab brought to light. Potsdam
A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists working in the Nile Delta has unearthed "quite a remarkable" stele dating back 2 200 years to Ptolemaic Egypt which bears an identical inscription in three written languages - like the famed Rosetta Stone. t shows a royal decree, written in ancient Greek, Demotic and Hieroglyphs, that mentions King Ptolemy III Euergetes I along with the date 238 BC.

Ancient shell jewellery hints at language
Early humans strung shells together at least 75,000 years ago, suggesting advanced concepts of symbolism already existed.

Italian Skeletons Reveal Old World Diseases.

Researchers Find Important Mayan Remains
U.S. and Guatemalan Researchers Find Important Mayan Monuments Covered With Texts.


Finding God in the Heavens
Recent discoveries in space can be cause for praise. By Rob Moll

DELTA Mission Heading To ISS With Dutch ESA Astronaut. Paris (ESA) Apr 19, 2004
The DELTA mission, with European Space Agency astronaut André Kuipers, and the ISS Expedition 9 crew lifted off today in the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft on flight 8S to the International Space Station. The launch took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 09.19 local time (05.19 Central European Time).

Analysis: 'Bounce' rock's cosmic portent.
The main ingredient in Bounce is a volcanic mineral called pyroxene.

'Weird' meteorite may be from Mars moon
The Kaidun meteorite is like no other, including minerals never seen before, but the Red Planet's moon Phobos could provide an explanation.

Researcher Predicts Global Climate Change On Jupiter As Planet's Spots Disappear.

Cometlike Body Vaporized By A Very Young Hot Star. University Park - Apr 21, 2004
Evidence that a cometlike object with a diameter of at least 100 kilometers fell into a massive, very young star has been obtained by a team of astronomers at Penn State using the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas.

Colliding Stars May Form Intermediate Black Holes 
Astronomers have positively identified two types of black holes: the very big, with a mass of millions to billions times that of the sun, and--at least in astronomical terms--the very little, with a mass of about two to 10 suns. But some recent findings point to the existence of intermediate-size black holes equivalent to 100 to 10,000 stellar masses. New research provides insight into how such holes might form.


Memory bottleneck limits intelligence
Single spot in brain determines size of visual scratch pad.  The number of things you can hold in your mind at once has been traced to one penny-sized part of the brain. The finding surprises researchers who assumed this aspect of our intelligence would be distributed over many parts of the brain. Instead, the area appears to form a bottleneck that might limit our cognitive abilities, researchers say.  15 April 2004.

'Virgin birth' mammal rewrites rules of biology
The mouse is the daughter of two female parents, but experts are sceptical that the technique could help two women have a biological child.


Survey: What do you believe?

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IRS Raids Home and Business of Creationist (Kent Hovind)
Compiled by Ted Olsen. See also IRS raids business, home of creationist.

Bible, evolution at odds
You can't have it both ways (Brian Hemen, American News, Aberdeen, S.D.).

Two candidates back study of creationism in schools
Republican gubernatorial candidates Tom Keating and Ken Miller believe creationism should be taught in public schools, while the other four major political party candidates for the office disagree (Billings Gazette, Mont.).

Discovery Offers Clues To Origin Of Life
A new discovery of microbial activity in 3.5 billion-year-old volcanic rock and one of earth's earliest signs of geological existence sheds new light on the antiquity of life, says University of Alberta researchers who are part of a team that made the groundbreaking finding.

Ken Ham and Dr Sarfati live webcast. Mark your calendar to listen to the LIVE webcast on Tuesday, April 27 @ 9 pm EDT!.

Earth Science

Moss Landing Researchers Reveal Iron As Key To Climate Change. Moss Landing - Apr 20, 2004
A remarkable expedition to the waters of Antarctica reveals that iron supply to the Southern Ocean may have controlled Earth's climate during past ice ages. A multi-institutional group of scientists, led by Dr. Kenneth Coale of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and Dr. Ken Johnson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), fertilized two key areas of the Southern Ocean with trace amounts of iron.


Seeking the Densest Matter
Physicists investigating heavy-particle collisions believe they are on the track of a universal form of matter, one common to very high energy particles ranging from protons to heavy nuclei such as uranium. Some think that this matter, called a color glass condensate, may explain new nuclear properties and the process of particle formation during collisions. Experimentalists have recently reported intriguing data that suggest a color glass condensate has actually formed in past work. 

In Search of Gravitomagnetism. Huntsville - Apr 21, 2004
NASA's Gravity Probe B spacecraft left Earth Tuesday in search of a force of nature, long suspected but never proven: gravitomagnetism.