The European Space Agency has reported that the historic mission to land a probe on a comet for the first time has passed the point of no return on Wednesday, with the Philae lander having separated from the Rosetta mother ship. The president and CEO of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute has meanwhile said that the mission can help scientists in the search for alien life.
BBC News reported that the robot will attempt to land on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is almost 317 miles away from Earth.
It would be the first time a probe has successfully landed on a comet, and it will seek to explore its composition. more >>
Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.
"Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator."
The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic Church's openness to evolution, added that scientific advancements can be used for the benefit of people. more >>
This white-tailed eagle launches himself off the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, to explore the Trocadero with a camera attached to him. This point of view is breathtaking from start to finish.
A beautiful eagle takes flight from the Eiffel tower and soars into the skies of France. This is almost impossible to explain to someone -- but it is a MUST SEE! As part of the film project, "Freedom," this flight aims to support conservation of eagles born in captivity. It's a film done for a good cause and a video that will have you speechless during the whole flight.
Watch this video of an eagle taking flight below: more >>
A hilarious gig by "Just For Laughs: Gags" in Quebec, Canada shows us a hidden camera prank while investigating a "crashed UFO" site.
As people drive by they see a police officer standing next to an unknown object that happens to be a UFO. Obviously this is just for the prank, but these passerby have no idea. On the side of the road each person gets out of his or her vehicle to come and see what is going on.
When the police as the people to come and view the suspicious aircraft they see something very unimposing and have a close encounter of their own. more >>
Brother Guy Consolmagno, astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, has said that he finds Young Earth Creation theories that run contrary to science "almost blasphemous" in nature. He also argued that the Bible should not be used as a science book.
"It's almost blasphemous theology," Consolmagno told Fairfax Media during a visit to Australia on Wednesday.
"It's certainly not the tradition of Catholicism and never has been and it misunderstands what the Bible is and it misunderstands what science is," he said. more >>
CHARLOTTE — The rise of "scientism," in which science is uncritically treated as a religion, holding the power to decide ethical questions, was predicted by famous 20th century Christian author C.S. Lewis, scholar John West explained at Southern Evangelical Seminary's 2014 National Conference on Christian Apologetics.
Neither he nor Lewis are anti-science, West said, recalling that science produced the cure for his father's cancer. Rather, they are opposed to scientism, which West defined as "the wrong-headed belief that modern science supplies the only reliable method of knowledge about the world, and its corollary that scientists should be the ones to dictate public policy and even our moral and religious beliefs simply because of their scientific expertise."
West is vice president and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a think tank that researches issues related to intelligent design and the role of science and technology in culture and public policy. He previously served as an associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University. He has authored or edited 12 books and numerous articles on the intersection of science, culture and public policy. more >>