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 >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis organization has hit back against accusations by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that many Christians find creationist beliefs to be "crazy," and that Ham was relatively unknown until his public debate with Bill Nye the Science Guy in February.
"Tyson's assertion that no one had heard of Ken Ham before Bill Nye came along is laughable. Answers in Genesis has a long track record as a world-recognized creation ministry, reaching people around the world through the website, social media, highly qualified speakers, books and DVDs, radio programs, magazines, and so forth," AiG's Elizabeth Mitchell wrote on Saturday.
"The Nye-Ham debate did of course attract a lot of attention. In fact, according to Associated Press writer Dylan Lovan, Bill Nye reported he was surprised at the interest in the debate, as it was so much greater than the interest ordinarily shown in his college campus appearances," it added. more >>
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who presented the TV series "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" earlier this year, claimed in an interview last week that Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham's beliefs are "even crazy to many Christians."
Tyson, who is the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, spoke with AlterNet about the success of the 13-part "Cosmos" TV series, which won four Emmy Awards but was criticized by creationist groups like Ham's Answers in Genesis.
"You have to ask yourself, what are the numbers behind the people making these claims?" Tyson said about the backlash. "Someone like Ken Ham has beliefs that are even crazy to many Christians." more >>