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May 16, 2005

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New Biblical Recreations from the IBSS Gift Shop!

I have been busy making molds and casts. Here are some new inscriptions related to the Bible: The Tel Dan inscription that mentions the "house of David," see Tel Dan Inscription Recreation, the Gezer Calendar from the time of Solomon, see Gezer Calendar Recreation, the ivory pomegranate from Solomon's Temple, see Ivory Pomegranate Recreation, and Bullae from the Kings of Judah, see Biblical Bullae: Kings of Judah.

Religion in the News

Deadly Riots Over Reported Qur'an Desecration See also Newsweek Apologizes for Quran Story Errors By DINO HAZELL, Associated Press Writer. NEW YORK - In an apology to readers this week, Newsweek acknowledged errors in a story alleging U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran. The accusations, which the magazine vowed to re-examine, spawned protests in Afghanistan that left 15 dead and scores injured.

Baptist Pastor Accused of Expelling Kerry Voters Quits
After national media attention over a confrontation with church members who supported Democrat John Kerry for President, East Waynesville (N.C.) Baptist Church pastor Chan Chandler resigned yesterday.

U.S. and Vietnam Reach Agreement on Religious Freedom
Hanoi promises privately to lift restrictions on Christians.

Sharon meets 'Jews for Jesus' follower
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, interested in shoring up his standing in the influential US Evangelical Christian community, met eight leading Evangelical figures Tuesday, including Jay Sekulow, a high profile Messianic Jew (The Jerusalem Post).

Pope puts John Paul on fast track to sainthood
In a surprise announcement to priests in Rome, the Pope told them he had dispensed with Church rules that impose a five-year waiting period after a candidate's death before the procedure that leads to sainthood can even start (Associated Press).

Religion Today: Who is James Dobson?
These are heady times for Dobson, who turned 69 last month and still puts in 12-hour days at the ministry he founded in 1977 (Associated Press).

Prayer effective as painkiller?
More than half of those who responded to a USA TODAY/ABC News/Stanford University Medical Center poll released Monday say they use prayer to control pain. Of those, 90% say it worked well, and 51% say "very well." (USA Today).

New York's Museum of Biblical Art opens
The Museum of Biblical Art, one of the few in America to explore the theme, opens Thursday with a striking show of works on scriptural motifs by self-taught, Southern folk artists (Associated Press).

144 Million Pound British Creationist Christian Theme Park to Be Built, called "HolyLand."

Star Wars Spirituality: Part 1
In his book, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies, author Roy M. Anker writes about finding meaning and morality in the intergalactic saga.

In Search of the Real Balian
In the movie Kingdom of Heaven, Sir Ridley Scott turns Balian of Ibelin into an agnostic, but what do we know of the Balian of history? By Steven Gertz.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe trailer arrives at last.

Science in the News


Garden of Eden
The latest research on its location by Walter Mattfeld.

Gangrene Felled King Tut May 11, 2005
Egyptian scientists have finally lifted the veil of mystery surrounding famed pharaoh Tutankhamun's death, saying he died of a swift attack of gangrene after breaking his leg, and reconstructing his face.

King Tut's New Face:8 Amazing Photos
See the new, lifelike reconstruction of Tutankhamun—made using technology straight out of CSI.

Early African migrants made eastward exit
Travellers hugged the coast as they wandered the world.

Cave Housed Neanderthals, Humans, Hyenas May 2, 2005
A single cave in France was home to Neanderthals, modern humans, and hyenas at roughly the same time 40,700 years ago, according to a new study. 


First Extrasolar Planet Photo Claimed May 2, 2005
Astronomers believe they have for the first time taken a picture of a planet in another solar system, European scientists said on Saturday. The planet, known as an exoplanet, is five times bigger and 10 times hotter than the biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter.

Saturn Moon Phoebe Adopted.
The scientists believe that Phoebe, an odd, small moon of Saturn, was captured by the planet's gravity from the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune where frozen rubble left over from the formation of the solar system resides. The Kuiper Belt is the birthplace of comets and other icy objects. 

Have we cracked Saturn's walnut?
Its moon Iapetus is darker on one hemisphere and boasts a huge ridge at the equator on that side - the two phenomena may have a single cause.

Cassini Finds New Saturn Moon That Makes Waves Pasadena (JPL) May 11, 2005
In a spectacular kick-off to its first season of prime ring viewing, which began last month, the Cassini spacecraft has confirmed earlier suspicions of an unseen moon hidden in a gap in Saturn's outer A ring.

Swift satellite spies cosmic crash
Massive energy burst supports theory of neutron star collisons.

Stars spotted on the edge of a massive black hole
A group of young stars has been sighted dangerously close to the giant black hole at the centre of our galaxy - the second such group known.

First-Ever Infrared Flash Challenges Notion Of Nature's Biggest Bang Mauna Kea HI (SPX) May 12, 2005
The W. M. Keck Observatory has helped confirm a big discovery by an unassumingly small robotic telescope in Arizona.

Young Sun's X-ray flares may have saved Earth
Titanic flares may create turbulence in the swirling dust discs around young stars, preventing nascent planets from spiralling in to their destruction.


Silencing a Key Cancer Gene. MONDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News)
Scientists say they've developed a method of inhibiting a mutant gene found in nearly a third of human tumors.

Insulin itself may spark Type I diabetes
The hormone becomes the target of friendly fire from the immune system, new studies show - the discovery may lead to preventative treatments.

Mouse Research Bolsters Controversial Theory of Aging
Aging is a process we humans tend to fight every step of the way. The results of a mouse study underscore the potential of antioxidants as a weapon in that battle: animals genetically modified to produce more antioxidant enzymes lived longer than control animals did. They also exhibited fewer age-related health problems overall.


"Polonium Haloes" Refuted: A Review of "Radioactive Halos in a Radio-Chronological and Cosmological Perspective" by Robert V. Gentry.
Professional geologist Tom Bailleul takes a second look at Gentry's claimed polonium haloes, arguing that there is no good evidence they are the result of polonium decay as opposed to any other radioactive isotope, or even that they are caused by radioactivity at all. Gentry is taken to task for selective use of evidence, faulty experiment design, mistakes in geology and physics, and unscientific principles of investigation and argument style. 

Dino-Blood Redux by Gary Hurd.
On 24 March 2005, a team of paleontologists lead by Mary Higby Schweitzer published their discovery of dinosaur soft tissues recovered from the cortical bone of a T. rex femur.

Washington Post's editorial "Kansas evolves back."

Salon's "A real monkey trial."

Creationism vs. Intelligent Design Is there a difference? (Daniel Engber, Slate)

'Jurassic' Tree Planted in London Park.  May 11, 2005
A "Jurassic" tree dating from the dinosaur age and long thought to have been extinct for 200 million years was planted Tuesday at a park in London by British wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough. One of the rarest trees in the world, the Wollemi Pine was found in Australia by a national parks officer, David Noble, in 1994. The discovery astonished botanists worldwide who had thought the tree died out millions of years ago. 

Earth Science

"Bizarre" New Dino May Be Missing Link.
First noticed by a black market fossil dealer, a new species may be a missing link in dinosaurs' trend toward vegetarianism.

Hadean times - were they really hell on Earth?
Early Earth was supposed to be a seething inferno of molten magma. So how come a bunch of crystals are telling a different story? The red rocks of the Jack Hills in Western Australia have an incredible story to tell. Here, deep in the ancient heart of Australia, lie some of the oldest rocks ever found on Earth - up to 3.7 billion years old.

'Dragon-Like' Dinosaur Discovered May 3, 2005
A new "dragon-like" dinosaur that used its flat head to slam into rivals has been discovered in the United States, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis announced.

Earth Holding On to Sun's Heat, Study Suggests
The earth is retaining more of the sun's energy than it is sending back into space, scientists say. That is the conclusion from a new simulation that takes into account such climate forcing variables as greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations, land use and surface reflectivity, and that calculates global temperatures and other climate values for the atmosphere and the oceans. And a decade of measurements of the ocean's heat content confirms the model's predictions.


Quantum Black Holes
Ever since physicists invented particle accelerators, nearly 80 years ago, they have used them for such exotic tasks as splitting atoms, transmuting elements, producing antimatter and creating particles not previously observed in nature. With luck, though, they could soon undertake a challenge that will make those achievements seem almost pedestrian. Accelerators may produce the most profoundly mysterious objects in the universe: black holes.


Alcohol may hit women's brains harder
Do women pay a higher price for alcohol abuse than men?

Angry heart flutters prove most dangerous
Heightened emotion linked to premature cardiac contractions.

Decipher your Dreams

Pheromone attracts straight women and gay men


Lungless Salamander Turns Up in Asia. May 5, 2005
A type of lungless salamander thought to be confined to the Americas and parts of Italy and Sardinia has been found in Asia, according to the current issue of Nature. The startling discovery has been likened to finding a panda in California or a kangaroo in Argentina.