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Religion in the News

Three Three Christian Activists Rescued in Iraq. A coalition force on Thursday freed three Christian peace activists taken hostage in Iraq, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street.

Christian ministry will donate to atheist group in exchange for church attendance
The Wall Street Journal's front-page report Thursday on atheist Hemant Mehta's eBay auction, where he sold willingness to attend church services, is getting a fair bit of attention. The $504 winner was Jim Henderson of the evangelistic ministry Off the Map. But "I'm not trying to convert you," Henderson told Mehta when they met. Instead, he was hiring Mehta to visit and write about 10 to 15 church services. "You're going there almost like a critic," Henderson said. "If you happen to get converted, that's off the clock." The $504 went to Mehta's Secular Student Alliance. The Journal goes into some detail about Henderson's motives, but you'll probably also want to read a brief article on Henderson from our sister publication, Building Church Leaders. The article describes Henderson's approach as shifting evangelism "from sales to service."

Judge Says Afghan Convert 'Must Get the Death Penalty'  It doesn't look good for Abdul Rahman. The judge in his case says the 41 year old clearly violated Islamic law by converting to Christianity. "If he doesn't regret his conversion, the punishment will be enforced on him," the judge said. "And the punishment is death."  

Science in the News

Archaeology/Anthropology

Satellite sleuth closes in on Noah's Ark mystery  High on Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey, there is a baffling mountainside "anomaly," a feature that one researcher claims may be something of biblical proportions (Space.com/USA Today).

Davidís palace in Jerusalem may have been found
A prominent Israeli archeologist claims to have uncovered the ancient palace of King David near the Old City of Jerusalem. See also King David's fabled palace: Is this it? and King David palace may have been found and A debate of biblical proportions and View image of archaeologist and ruins and King David's Palace Is Found, Archaeologist Says.

Tunnels Used by Ancient Jews Discovered
Underground chambers and tunnels used during a Jewish revolt against the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago have been uncovered in northern Israel, archaeologists said Monday.

Ron Wyatts Discoveries Exposed. New web article debunking Wyatt's wild Exodus claims.

Astronomy

Cassini Finds an Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon ...
The Cassini spacecraft has revealed that Saturn's icy
moon Enceladus has a significant atmosphere. ...
www.space.com/scienceastronomy/enceladus_atmosphere_050316.html For photos see http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html

WMAP Detects Universe's Oldest Light
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 16, 2006 - Scientists said Thursday they have compiled
the best evidence yet that the phenomenon called inflation occurred during an
astoundingly brief interval about 13.7 billion years ago, growing the universe's
three-dimensional space from the size of a marble to astronomical dimensions in
less than a trillionth of a second.

NASA's Stardust Comet Samples Contain Minerals Born in Fire
By Tariq Malik. Pieces of a comet returned to Earth by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft apparently formed near the Sun or around another star altogether before being flung to the outer edges of the Solar System, mission scientists said Monday. Olivine, a mix of iron and magnesium that appears green on some Earth beaches, is one of the several surprising compounds found in the Wild 2 samples. See http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060313_stardust_update.html 

Astronomy illuminates the glory of God  Astronomy has transformed the simple-minded, life-averse, meaningless Universe of the sceptical philosophers (John D Barrow, The Telegraph, London)

Biology

Scientists Discover That Widely Available Drug Also Helps Fight Kidney Disease A widely available drug may be effective in treating kidney disease, report scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Salmonella Caught Red-handed: Research Provides Clues To Antibiotic Development Infection biologists and proteomics researchers have now identified all the proteins involved in Salmonella metabolic paths during an infection.

Creation/Evolution

Darwin smacked in new U.S. poll
Whopping 69 percent of Americans want alternate theories in classroom. See
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49153  

Schweitzer's Dangerous Discovery. She found soft, fresh-looking tissue inside a T. rex femur. She is also an evangelical Christian. See April issue of Discover maganize at www.discover.com.

Unintelligent Design By Charles Siebert
Viruses have long been regarded as lowly evolutionary latecomers, genomic scraps that fell on the floor back when life assembled itself into more complex arrangements. A debate still rages about whether these strange biological shards can even be considered alive. But the recent discovery of the monstrous and biologically complex Mimivirus, which is unlike anything virologists previously encountered, suggests that viruses may have been the precursors of all life on Earth.

The 2% Difference (between man and monkey). By Robert Sapoisky. See April issue of Discover maganize at www.discover.com.

Earth Science

Relic Of Life In That Martian Meteorite? A Fresh Look Since the mid-1990s a great debate has raged over whether organic compounds and tiny globules of carbonate minerals imbedded in the Martian meteorite Allan Hills 84001 were processed by living creatures from the Red Planet. The materials have been under intense scrutiny ever since.

Physics

New State Of Matter Observed As Predicted In 1970
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/New_State_Of_Matter_Observed_As_Predicted_In_1
970.html

New Wrinkle In The Mystery Of High-temperature Superconductors In the twenty years since the discovery of high-temperature (Tc) superconductors, scientists have been trying to understand the mechanism by which electrons pair up and move coherently to carry electrical current with no resistance.

Psychology

Researchers Find 'Switch' For Brain's Pleasure Pathway Amid reports that a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease has caused some patients to become addicted to gambling and sex, University of Pittsburgh researchers have published a study that sheds light on what may have gone wrong. 

Scientists Discover The Part Of The Brain That Causes Some People To Be Lousy In Math Scientists Discover The Part Of The Brain That Causes Some People To Be Lousy In MathMost everyone knows that the term "dyslexia" refers to people who can't keep words and letters straight. A rarer term is "dyscalculia," which describes someone who is virtually unable to deal with numbers, much less do complicated math.

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Biblia y Ciencia

A Spanish translation of Dr. Steven Meyers' article "Bible and Science" is now available at Biblia y Ciencia. Special thanks to Felipe, a biochemist from Chile, South America with Corporación Cristiana Anabaptista "Puerta del Rebaño," for his translation of my article.

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The Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies is a non-profit tax-exempt organization interested in the areas of Bible and science. The goals of the Institute are to educate people about Bible and science and to do research in Bible and science. The president of our Institute is Dr. Arlton C. Murray and the vice-president is Dr. Stephen C. Meyers. More information is available about our Board Members and the Doctrine of the Institute.