With Live+3 ratings showing 3.5 million total viewers tuned into the miniseries' premiere, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" marked the fourth most-watched telecast of all time for the NGC US network and its highest total viewership in 2016 to date.
The premiere aired Sunday, April 3, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Beyond Death." In episode one, Freeman explored the afterlife: how beliefs in the afterlife developed, how our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live, and the rapid advances science is making for a "digital resurrection." The episode garnered a 3.0 HH rating and 1.1 P25-54 (Live +3). more >>
The scientific community needs to get a grip on its bias. Thankfully, the Creator gave them wonderfully-designed hands.
In his book, "Darwin's Doubt," Dr. Stephen Meyer quotes Chinese paleontologist J. Y. Chen: "In China," Chen says, "we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin."
A couple of Chinese researchers recently found this out the hard way when they published a paper on the workings of the human hand in the science journal PLOS ONE. Their title was innocuous enough: "Biomechanical Characteristics of Hand Coordination in Grasping Activities of Daily Living." more >>
Socrates said that wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing. If that's true, a few of our brightest scientists need some enlightenment.
The popular "Existential Comics" Twitter page appeals to a segment of the population most of us avoid at dinner parties. It's humor at its most esoteric. But Existential Comics recently posted a real zinger that cuts scientific hubris down to size.
A scientists asks why philosophy matters. The philosopher counters and asks "Why does science matter?" The scientist thinks for a moment before replying that science matters because … And here, the philosopher interrupts him and says. "You're doing philosophy." more >>
The alleged existence of the so-called "Planet X" is a long-standing theory that many scientists, space enthusiasts, and astronomers seems to believe in. As a matter of fact, there is a bunch of people out there that dedicate their entire lives tracking this celestial body that orbits the sun on the outskirts of the solar system. However, no one is really more into it than Daniel Whitmire.
The name may not ring a bell, but he is largely responsible for the term "Planet X." He coined the term in a paper that was published in Nature back in 1985, when he was still a mathematics instructor at the University of Arkansas. At that time, there was a buzz about the hypothetical celestial body called "Planet 9" that could be in collision course to the Earth sometime in the future. But Whitmire is making headlines once again, revealing a new theory that this planet may have been responsible for the previous mass extinctions our planet experienced in the past through massive comet showers.
According to Whitmire, via Discovery News, Planet X, just like Earth and the rest of the planet in the solar system, is orbiting the Sun. While its behavior appears normal, there is one thing it does every 27 million years that affects the Earth: it passes through the Kuiper belt and disturbs the comets that on their way to the Sun, and in the process, some of them collide with Earth. more >>
Imagine a world other than ours where there are lakes and rivers. Now that should be something worthy of tingling one's interest, right? While NASA, its legion of space experts, and amateur astronomers are going farther and farther in search for new worlds, it also can be fun when we hear something new about our close neighbors.
During a news conference held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, scientists from NASA provided a much closer look at Pluto, the dwarf planet that was one declassified as a planet and was again named as one. Of all the new scientific findings presented, nothing was more remarkable than the possibility that the planet may have been home to flowing lakes and rivers. The space agency speculated that there actually might still be remnants of liquid nitrogen that's currently flowing underneath the surface.
Alan Stern, leader of the New Horizons team, said during the news conference (via Washington Post), that his team might have seen something like a "former lake." His team believes that the planet's mountainous terrain was formed by water ice that froze and became as hard as bedrock. It was then carved and shaped by flowing liquid nitrogen. They also contend that because of the extremely awkward seasons in Pluto, the conditions may still allow liquid nitrogen to remain in its state. The flat areas on the surface are most likely caused by still liquid but the grooves and rough terrain were made by the rivers of nitrogen. The drastic changes in the planet's climate allowed the frozen nitrogen underneath to thaw while some remain, covering the crust. more >>
What's the difference between a pet Burmese Python and a human baby? Nothing. Or everything. It depends on your worldview.
Americans have a thing for the exotic, no matter how costly it may prove to other people. For instance, the Florida Everglades are home to, among other species, Nile crocodiles, green anacondas, and most famously, tens of thousands of Burmese pythons.
As words like "Nile" and "Burmese" suggest, none of these species are native to Florida or even to this continent. Their presence in the Everglades, and the damage they're causing to that fragile ecosystem is the result of people indulging their desire for exotic pets and then dumping them when they become inconvenient. more >>