One of the most acclaimed novels of all time, "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy, deals with the all-too-human failure of infidelity.
Tolstoy painstakingly draws out the circumstances and consequences of his characters' failings. And he delves into the interior life of his doomed protagonist. For instance, Tolstoy tells us that the more Anna grew disenchanted with her husband, the larger his ears looked to her.
As it turns out, Tolstoy needn't have bothered with all this detail. All he needed to do was to wait for science to reduce the conundrum of infidelity to a simple acronym: DNA. more >>
The Creation Museum's Ken Ham has accused Google of promoting what he called the "atheistic religion of naturalism" with its front page illustration of evolution on Tuesday.
Google's drawing, or Doodle, featured an illustration of "Lucy," an Australopithecus specimen considered by scientists to be an early human ancestor.
"Google Doodle highlights where our culture is headed. Our supposed evolutionary ancestry is increasingly being celebrated — but it's nothing more than a major tenet of the religion of naturalism," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog in response. more >>
What could be cooler than a tornado? Why a fire tornado of course. And what's cooler than a fire tornado? How about a fire tornado in slow motion!
Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, known collectively as the "Slo Mo Guys," are at it again filming an artificial fire tornado to great effect.
Using 12 box fans in a circle and half an inch of kerosene in a bucket, the Slo Mo Guys create a fire tornado all their own and film it for the Internet community. more >>
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sent humanoid robots to two universities to prepare them for assisting in the journey to Mars and other manned missions.
NASA wants to use humanoid robots as replacement for astronauts in extreme space environments. For this reason, they sent a robot prototype to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts to be trained in the program Robust Autonomy for Extreme Space Environments. Another robot was sent to the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for the program Accessible Testing on Humanoid-Robot-R5 and Evaluation of NASA Administered (ATHENA) Space Robotics Challenge, according to NASA.
The NASA R5 "Valkyrie" robot, which was originally designed for disaster-relief missions, measures 6 feet (1.9 meters) in height and weighs 290 pounds (125 kilograms). Unfortunately, it failed in its original purpose and ranked at the bottom. But the prototype could be studied further to help develop robotic astronauts that could be sent to missions before human astronauts arrive. They could also function as assistant to human crew in space, Gizmag reports. more >>
At first, all is calm along the White Salmon River in Washington State, its roughly 100-year-old Condit Dam doing its job to maintain a reservoir.
Then blaring sirens sound, signaling that the dam has outlived its purpose and river restoration is on the agenda.
With a shout of "fire in the hole" the thundering noise of explosives is heard followed by a cloud of dirt and a rush of water as the reservoir is broken. more >>
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, a Roman Catholic, invited atheist HBO host Bill Maher to come back to the faith during a recent interview, which stayed a humorous tone, but also touched on more serious issues.
The two comedians took jabs at each other over their different worldviews, with Maher beginning the discussion on religion by stating that he and Colbert are "very opposite," because the latter is married and is religious, referring to his Catholic faith.
Colbert affirmed that he "gives religion a shot," stating that "I suck as a Catholic," but insisted that doesn't mean he doesn't keep practicing the faith. more >>