NASA has released a new color image of Pluto's jumbo moon named Charon, which provides fresh details about the history of the tiny planet's system.
Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, is the subject of the new enhanced-color and high-resolution photos released by NASA recently. The photo serves as an additional source of information about Charon's surface and is useful in the study about the mysterious dwarf planet, according to The Verge.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, has commented on the recent NASA discovery that suggests there might be flowing water on Mars, by stating that finding alien life could paint a different picture to who God is for Christians.
"The important thing is to recognize that the universe is created by God, and however God did it tells us something about God's personality," Consolmagno said, according to Vatican Radio.
"If God chose to make a universe where we are the only creatures, that is interesting, that tells us something about God and us," he added. more >>
The final president of the once prominent ex-gay organization Exodus International has released a book detailing his personal journey about faith and sexual orientation.
Alan Chambers, a former proponent of ex-gay therapy, documents his experiences both in his personal crisis of identity and the eventual shutting down of Exodus International in My Exodus: From Fear to Grace.
Released Tuesday and with a few chapters authored by Chambers' wife, Leslie, My Exodus goes from Alan's childhood, his seeking out and receiving therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction, his marriage, including a description of his honeymoon, and eventually the closure of Exodus International. more >>
A new study purports to show that those who hold traditional views about marriage are psychotic. Will studies like this lead to more Christians being punished for their views?
The study by Giancomo Ciocca et. al., "Psychoticism, Immature Defense Mechanisms and a Fearful Attachment Style are Associated with a Higher Homophobic Attitude," was published in the September 2015 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
It claims to find that "homophobia" is associated with psychosis and other forms of mental illness. more >>
A supermoon lunar eclipse will make a rare appearance on Sunday night to make a spectacular sky show for those living in the Western Hemisphere.
On the night of Sept. 27, the moon will appear 14 percent larger and will be red-tinged during the rare eclipse. The "Blood Moon" eclipse, which last occurred in 1982, will happen again in 2033, according to Live Science.
The reddish color of the moon is the effect of refracted light from sunsets and sunrises, NASA explains. Those located in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and some parts of eastern Pacific and western Asia will be treated to a clear view of the rare sky show on Sunday night, the report details. more >>
More scientific progress? In the wake of news videos about slicing up and testing the remains of aborted babies, leave it to leading scientific researchers to continue to push the envelope.
The Hinxton group (a group of stem cell researchers, policy wonks, and bioethicists) is calling for reopening the debate over altering the DNA of embryos. They stop short of advocating tweaking children before birth, but only just barely. In fact, scientist and Hinxton member Robin Lovell-Badge argued for allowing even this direct genetic tinkering with our children:
"By [banning genetic modification], you make people who are doing stuff that's relevant, do so behind closed doors.... You could think about making disease resistance for a variety of infectious diseases, even influenza.... When you talk to people and say, 'Would you like to have children who are resistant to a range of different diseases,' most people would think, 'Well maybe that's not such a bad idea.' That's the acceptable form of enhancement." more >>