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May 9, 2004

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Religion in the News

When Mother's Day Is Hard
Taking solace in Scripture's difficult and unsentimental image of motherhood. By Jenell Williams Paris.

'Frontline' explores Bush's faith, its role in U.S. politics
Now, with a "born-again" Christian in the White House, many people are focusing on the role of faith in governing a democracy. (Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky).

America's Evangelicals
What does it mean to be an evangelical? Is George W. Bush an evangelical? Here are the views of Wheaton College historian Mark Noll; Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals; Steve Waldman, editor-in-chief of Beliefnet; and Amy Black and Alan Jacobs, professors at Wheaton College. (Frontline, PBS).

Catholic candidates' faith on trial
The question of how Catholic politicians should balance their faith's demands and their public responsibilities has taken on new life this year with the presidential candidacy of Democrat John Kerry, a Catholic who backs abortion rights, and a pivotal Senate race in Colorado that includes three Catholic candidates. (Denver Post).

Catholic Life Group to Spend $500,000 Denouncing Kerry-friendly Bishops
Plus more articles from online sources around the world. Compiled by Rob Moll.

Is the National Day of Prayer Too Political?
Plus: Babies born for stem cell use, faith-based prisons, Frank Schaeffer on the military, censoring films, and more articles from online sources around the world. Compiled by Rob Moll.

Blessed Are the Lukewarm
Religion is okay with the courts, so long as it doesn't mean anything. A Christianity Today editorial.

Orthodox Church split with Greece
The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians has suspended relations with the head of Greece's Orthodox Church -- a move that could lead to severed ties between the two churches. (Turks.US).

Proposed SBC resolution calls for abandoning public schools
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will consider a resolution next month urging parents to pull their children out of public schools and educate them either by home schooling or sending them to Christian private schools. (Raleigh Biblical Recorder, NC).

Buffy's got the muscle to inspire our spiritual side
Time and again Buffy had to sacrifice her own desires to save humanity and the planet. And that is what Jesus Christ wants us to do, too, Kuykendall told the teens. (Salt Lake Tribune).

Hollywood riled up over ClearPlay $70 DVD player can filter movie content
A new DVD player —slim, black, looking much like all the rest —is just starting to show up on Wal-Mart's shelves. But this one has Hollywood spinning in anger. The $70 player from a company called ClearPlay has built-in ''filters'' (USA Today).

Amazing Sin, How Deep We're Bound
Finding the courage to trust in grace. By Mark R. McMinn.

America's Christians launch assault on The Da Vinci Code
The staggering success of The Da Vinci Code, the quasi-historical thriller which claims that Jesus was a mere mortal and Christianity a sexist conspiracy to exclude women from positions of power, has spread panic among the clergy who fear that people will literally take what they read as Gospel. (Telegraph, UK).

Scholarship or heresy?
They call it the Jesus Seminar on the Road. Others might call it a heresy-fest or even blasphemy-palooza. Robert Funk, a highly controversial Bible scholar, and Bishop John Shelby Spong, the even more controversial former Episcopal leader of New Jersey, came by Grace Episcopal Church yesterday to gently, and not so gently, tear down the fundamental stories of the Christian faith. (White Plains Journal News, New York).

Optional Gospels Pagels: Gnostic Gospel of Thomas is 'compelling'
Elaine Pagels, a religion professor and author of "Beyond Belief," rides a crest of interest in "lost," noncanonical gospels (The Oregonian).

The 21 gospels
Twenty-one and counting. That's how many gospels, or written accounts of Jesus' life and sayings, that Bible scholars can count so far (The Oregonian).

Prescription for health: Forgive freely
In late life, people fare best when they shed grudges and hurts of the past, says U-M researcher (Ann Arbor News, Michigan). 

Science in the News


Scientists to search for Noah's ark on Turkish mountain
Expedition will study 'man-made object' shown by satellite photos (The Guardian, UK).

Four-Horned Altar Discovered in Judean Hills
Yoel Elitzur and Doron Nir-Zevi - A stroll on the West Bank leads to a remarkable find: a Biblical-era stone altar for animal sacrifice.

Oldest Evidence of Bedding Found. May 5, 2004
An Upper Paleolithic camp, once submerged by the waters of the Sea of Galilee, has yielded the world's oldest evidence of bedding, according to Israeli archaeologists.

Colonizing Cretans.
Europe's oldest civilization, the Minoans of ancient Crete, were also the continent's first colonialists, according to investigations in Turkey and elsewhere. While archaeologists have long been aware of Minoan . trading activity along the Anatolian coast, excavations at Miletus in southwest Turkey are revealing how 3,700 years ago they expanded to the Asian mainland to set up at least one permanent colony. The discoveries lend credence to an ancient Greek myth of a Minoan colony there.


Big discovery redraws map of the Milky Way. Paris (AFP) May 05, 2004
A 50-year-old map of the Milky Way will have to be redrawn after Australian astronomers made the astonishing discovery that our spiral galaxy has a huge, outflung arm, New Scientist reports in next Saturday's issue.

First Data From Deep Underground Experiment Narrow Search for Dark Matter. Batavia (SPX) May 04, 2004
With the first data from their underground observatory in Northern Minnesota, scientists of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search have peered with greater sensitivity than ever before into the suspected realm of the WIMPS.

Mars Rover Arrival At Deeper Crater Provides A Tempting Eyeful
Scientists and engineers celebrated when they saw the first pictures NASA's Opportunity sent from the rim of a stadium- sized crater that the rover reached after a six-week trek across martian flatlands. Multiple layers of exposed bedrock line much of the inner slope of the impact crater informally called "Endurance."

Cassini's First Glimpses Of Titan. Boulder (SPX) May 07, 2004
The veils of Saturn's most mysterious moon have begun to lift in Cassini's eagerly awaited, first glimpse of the surface of Titan, a world where scientists believe organic matter rains from hazy skies and seas of liquid hydrocarbons dot a frigid surface.

NASA Genesis Spacecraft On Final Lap Toward Home Pasadena CA (SPX) May 06, 2004
NASA's Genesis spacecraft flew past Earth on Saturday in a loop that puts it on track for home ­ and a dramatic mid-air recovery Sept. 8. The Genesis mission was launched in August of 2001 to capture samples from the storehouse of 99-percent of all the material in our solar system ­ the Sun.

Study May Cast Doubt On Some 1996 Evidence Of Past Life On Mars. Houston TX (SPX) May 06, 2004
The scientific debate over whether a meteorite contains evidence of past life on Mars continues to intensify, with colleagues of the team that announced the possibility in 1996 revealing new findings that may cast doubt on some of that earlier work.

Hubble Captures Bug Nebula. May 3, 2004
The Hubble Space Telescope image of the "Bug Nebula" reveals never-before-seen details of one of the brightest known plantary nebulae.

NASA Technology Enhanced For Use In Private Sector. Moffett Field (SPX) Apr 29, 2004
NASA software created to help scientists search and organize their research documents is now available to the general public to help organize complex computer data.


Newly-described Route To Cancer Solves A Mystery In Lung Cancer
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are describing an entirely new way by which cells can become cancerous. And they say their finding provides an answer to a mystery in lung and other cancers.

Insulin-producing Pancreatic Cells Are Replenished By Duplication.
Researchers at Harvard University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have discovered that insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas that are attacked in type 1 diabetes are replenished through duplication of existing cells rather than through differentiation of adult stem cells.

Scientists 'See' Effects of Aging in the Brain
For many people, increasing forgetfulness is an unwelcome side effect of growing old. But just how the human brain reacts to aging, independent of specific diseases such as Alzheimer's, has proved difficult to discern. A recent report identifies a specific section of the brain that is most vulnerable during the twilight years.

Brain Cells Show Gender Difference. TUESDAY, May 4 (HealthDayNews)
Injured brain cells die differently in females and males, and that means the two genders may need different treatments for brain injuries, says a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh study.

Scientists Uncover How Brain Retrieves And Stores Older Memories
Scientists at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) and UCLA have pinpointed for the first time a region of the brain responsible for storing and retrieving distant memories.


Struggles in science
Arizona educators revisit controversy over evolution (The Arizona Republic).

The latest news on evolution education in public schools. Consult NCSE's web site:

Life In The Universe Could Be Just About Everywhere Denver CO (UPI) May 06, 2004
The chemistry that underlies life on Earth is abundant throughout the universe -- in comets, in the interstellar medium, in the atmospheres of planets, in the outer solar system bodies and in living organisms, an astrophysicist told United Press International.

Surprising 'Ultra-conserved' Regions Discovered In Human Genome
Researchers comparing the human genome with the genomes of other species have discovered a surprising number of matching DNA sequences in a variety of vertebrate species, including the mouse, rat, dog, and chicken.

Answers in Genesis: AnswersLIVE: Refuting Compromise’ Audio (scroll down to April 27, 2004).

Earth Science

Snakehead Fish Reveal Ancient Climate Shifts. May 5, 2004
The infamous, crawling, air-breathing, predatory snakehead fishes that are making headlines by invading U.S. lakes may be indicators of ancient climate shifts elsewhere in the world.


Trade Secret of Sticky Spiders Revealed
For an arachnophobe, the sight of a spider making its way up a wall sparks fear. For a materials scientist, however, it can provide inspiration. New findings unravel just how a spider manages to stick to ceilings in apparent defiance of gravity. The discovery could point the way to novel adhesives.