Wikipedia editors have removed references to evidence that famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson uses fake quotes, including one that he attributed to former President George W. Bush, in his speeches.
The controversy began with an article by The Federalist's Sean Davis pointing out that Tyson, host of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" and director of the Hayden Planetarium, confused the mean, or average, of a set of numbers with the median, or midpoint, of a set of numbers in one of his presentations. Tyson may have also used fabricated quotes for unnamed members of Congress and journalists. (Davis could not find the quotes on LexisNexis.)
Tyson responded to the criticism in the comment section by saying Davis misunderstood the context of the speech because he was not there for the whole speech. more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million people could be infected by the deadly Ebola outbreak by January if it is not contained. Although the World Health Organization confirmed 5,800 cases earlier this week, which has led to 2,800 deaths, health experts agree the numbers are highly under-reported.
"If conditions continue without scale-up of interventions, cases will continue to double approximately every 20 days, and the number of cases in West Africa will rapidly reach extraordinary levels. However, the findings also indicate that the epidemic can be controlled," states the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released on Tuesday.
The report also noted that cases in Liberia are doubling every 15-20 days, while those in Sierra Leone and Guinea are doubling every 30 to 40 days. The outbreak has also spread to Nigeria and Senegal, but there have only been select few cases reported so far. more >>
The new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation has said that it is only a matter of time before alien life forms are discovered, which will pave the way to questions about God's relationship to intelligent beings outside our planet.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno speculated that the general public will not be too surprised when life on other planets is eventually discovered, and will react in much the same way it did when news broke in the '90s that there are other planets orbiting far off stars.
Consolmagno, a planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids as an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory since 1993, told Catholic News Service that discovery of alien life will not prove or disprove the existence of God, but will pave the way to questions on salvation and how it relates to intelligent species. more >>
A majority of Americans consider Barack Obama's presidency a "failure," according to a new poll.
Conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, the poll found that 52 percent of respondents considered Obama's presidency to be more a failure than a success, versus 42 percent who thought the opposite.
As expected, political affiliation contributed to the overall likelihood of a respondent considering the Obama presidency to be a success or failure, noted Aaron Blake of Washington Post. more >>
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle," is capable of destroying the universe if it happens to become unstable and thereby cause a "catastrophic vacuum decay" leading to the collapse of time and space.
In his preface to a new book, Starmus, which is scheduled to be released next month, Hawking, however, underlines that the possibility of the God Particle wiping out the universe is highly unlikely, according to U.K.'s The Sunday Times.
The Higgs boson is the particle, scientists say, that is responsible for mass in the standard model of physics. more >>
The latest discoveries surrounding the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ, are set to be discussed by a host of international experts at a gathering in St. Louis, Oct. 9-12.
"I'm particularly excited that we have many new presenters since the last USA Conference in 2008," said Conference chair and sindonologist Joe Marino in a news release.
Over 30 shroud experts, representing diverse fields such as archeology, physics, iconography and theology, will gather for the first conference of its kind in the U.S. since 2008. more >>