While many Christians revere the Shroud of Turin to be the burial linen of Jesus Christ, a recent study conducted by scientists at a public university in Italy suggests that the cloth's unique image was created by neutron emissions from an earthquake that occurred around the time of Jesus' death.
Italian scientist Alberto Carpinteri led a group of scientists at the Politecnico di Torino University in Torino, Italy, in their study, recently publishing their findings in the journal Meccanica. In their abstract statement, Carpinteri and his colleagues suggest that neutron emissions from an earthquake caused the image on the shroud to look like Jesus' face.
The scientists also suggest that the emissions could have caused a change in the shroud's radiocarbon levels, therefore inaccurately dating it, as the shroud was once accused of being a forgery from the medieval times. more >>
An Iraqi suicide bomber instructor set off his own explosives during a training on Monday, ending the lives of himself and his pupils.
The instructor, who was teaching a class at a camp in the Sunni region of the country, north of Baghdad, accidently detonated his bomb, killing 21 other would-be suicide bombers. The casualties were part of a group formerly linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group.
The ironic incident is a brief moment of respite for many Iraqis who have been forced to ensure years of violence and killing in the country; in 2013, nearly 9,000 people were killed. Thus far, 2014 has not been anymore hopeful; roughly 1,000 Iraqis were killed last month. Meanwhile, suicide bombers have made themselves an ever present menace in Iraqi civilian life, relentlessly targeting markets, mosques, sporting events and funerals. more >>
Franklin Graham and his missionary organization Samaritan's Purse will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Fox Files," which will take a look at Syrian refugee camps in Iraq and the important work being done to help the suffering people there.
Samaritan's Purse said that millions have fled the civil war-torn country, where over 100,000 people have been killed, according to U.N. statistics. Refugees have spread across neighboring countries, many in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
"Samaritan's Purse has rushed to the aid of these desperate people by providing them with food, blankets, diapers, shoes, warm winter coats, and kerosene heaters," the organization said. "In one camp, we also started a sewing project and built a playground and soccer field for the children." more >>
A hardline rabbi group said in an open letter that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has declared a war on God through his recent peace talk efforts between Israel and Palestine.
The letter was sent to Kerry this past Sunday by the Rabbis from the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel, an activist group that opposes any diplomatic talks between Israel and Palestine that involve territory concessions. The letter states that Kerry's recent mediation efforts between Israel and Palestine will only result in "heavenly punishment" for all parties involved.
"Your incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas's terrorist gang, amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe! For God awarded the entire Land of Israel to our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in order that they bequeath it, as an everlasting inheritance, to their descendants, the Jewish people, until the end of all time," the letter reads. more >>
A set of Israeli archeologists have claimed that despite the mention of camels in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, the animals were not domesticated in Israel until the 9th century B.C.
According to a university statement, "In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes."
The Old Testament contains myriad mentions of camels as domesticated beasts, starting in Genesis' accounts of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph, which have traditionally been placed between 2000 and 1500 B.C. more >>
Actress Scarlett Johansson announced Thursday she left her role as an ambassador for the humanitarian group Oxfam International, a position she held for eight years. Her ad campaign for SodaStream, which will air during Sunday's Super Bowl, was at odds with Oxfam's policies regarding business deals with companies that do business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
"Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years," a spokesperson for the actress said. "She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam."
Johansson has recently been in ads for SodaStream, a company that makes at-home soda machines. The company has a factory in Ma'aleh Adumim, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. more >>