The "lunar Bible" taken to the moon in the 1970's was sold at a Dallas auction this week for $15,000 above its estimated auction price, rounding out at $75,000.
The postage stamp-sized Bible sold at an auction for space memorabilia in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday. The relic was estimated to fetch upwards of $60,000. The "Microform Holy Bible," which can be read using a microscope, traveled around the moon on the Apollo 13 trip in 1970, and landed on the moon with Astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1971 as part of the Apollo 14 voyage.
"This tiny microform contains the complete Bible, all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible, both Old and New Testaments," Michael Riley, senior historian for Heritage Auctions, the group that organized Wednesday's space-themed auction, said in a press release. more >>
A recent study from the University of Toronto says it's "perfectly normal" for people to see facial images in inanimate objects, like Jesus' face in a slice of toast, because human brains are "uniquely wired" to recognize faces.
Researchers at the University of Toronto, in conjunction with several universities in China, used brain-scanning MRI machines and computer-generated images on 20 patients to determine the existence of face pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon of seeing faces in inanimate objects. Common faces detected in inanimate objects include the Man in the Moon, seeing a celebrity resemblance in the curves of a potato chip, or seeing Jesus' face on a slice of toast or in the trunk of a tree.
Kang Lee, a developmental neuroscientist at the University of Toronto who led the recent study, told CBC that face pareidolia happens when two parts of the brain, the frontal cortex and the visual cortex, interact. more >>
Among the many virtues of aggressive litigation - in addition, of course, to the fundamental goal of obtaining justice for your clients - is the ability to gain knowledge. Through sworn testimony, compelled document disclosures, and other features of the discovery process, one can learn about institutions and attitudes at a level far deeper than can the typical pundit or journalist.
Such is the case when it comes to understanding the political process of "science."
As I've reported before, at the ACLJ we represent a UCLA scientist who was fired after exposing that the lead "scientist" advancing controversial and draconian new environmental regulations had a fake degree from a fictitious university and after exposing that key members of the state's "Scientific Review Panel" had overstayed term limits by decades. Moreover this UCLA scientist was fired after advancing his own research that contradicted the state (and university) approved apocalyptic warnings about diesel emissions. more >>
Gerald Geralnik, one of the leading pioneers in the theory of mass that led to the discovery of the "God Particle," recently passed away of a heart attack in Providence, R.I., at the age of 77.
Geralnik was one of six physicists who, in the 1960's, co-authored one of three research papers that sought to explain how particles acquire mass. Geralnik's research was later used to discover the Higgs boson, or "God Particle," considered to be a fundamental building block of the universe.
The "God Particle," in its simplest explanation, enables other particles in the universe to acquire mass, therefore allowing atoms and life to exist. Although Geralnik and other physicists introduced the general concept of this theory in the 1960's, their idea was later confirmed using a multi-billion dollar machine, the Large Haldron Colider, to smash atoms into their most fundamental stages. more >>
While more than half of Americans are skeptical of the Big Bang theory, only a quarter question that there is a creator, according to an Associated Press poll.
The poll also found that a sizable minority question evolution, global warming and whether the earth is billions of years old.
The AP poll asked participants to rate their confidence on several statements relating to medicine and science. Fifty-one percent of surveyed Americans said they are "not too/not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." Only 25 percent expressed skepticism that "the universe is so complex, there must be a supreme being guiding its creation." more >>
An evangelical Christian scientist has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world for her work with the environment and advocacy for action on climate change.
"I am honored to be included in the TIME 100 list," Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, scientific adviser to the Evangelical Environmental Network and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, said after the announcement.
"Even more so, I am encouraged to see climate change emerging as an urgent concern. With 97 percent of climate scientists agreeing that climate change is happening due to the choices people make every day, I am a spokesperson with one principal goal – to bring public awareness to the simple truth that the scientific debate is over, and now it's time for all of us to take action. I'm grateful to TIME for bringing further visibility to my work and to everyone who is standing up to climate change around the world," she added. more >>