The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, Calif., has removed a donor's plaque referencing "God's creatures" after receiving a complaint from an evolution professor and outspoken proponent of atheism.
The museum's Nature Lab previously included a plaque with a quote attributed to an anonymous donor that read: "The Nature Lab is a gift to Los Angeles to celebrate all of God's creatures and enable [Natural History Museum] to broaden our understanding of the natural world through the process of scientific discovery." The Nature Lab allows visitors of all ages to participate in hands-on science projects and multimedia exhibits.
The plaque was reportedly removed Monday, according to Southern California's KPCC public radio station, after some viewers, including Jerry Coyne, took issue with the reference to "God's creatures" in a museum that highlights the importance of evolution and scientific discovery. Coyne is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, and runs the blog "Why Evolution Is True." more >>
In recent days controversy has arisen regarding the racial identity of Jesus Christ courtesy of remarks made by Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Kelly declared on the cable news channel that Jesus was white, spurring much debate and controversy online and offline.
Craig Mitchell of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., told The Christian Post that the historical Jesus was likely not white. more >>
The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Kids need dads, according to a neurobiological study published this month in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The absence of fathers during childhood may lead to impaired behavioral and social abilities, and brain defects, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, found.
"This is the first time research findings have shown that paternal deprivation during development affects the neurobiology of the offspring," senior author Dr. Gabriella Gobbi told MUHC News.
Other studies have observed that children raised without fathers are more likely to demonstrate a number of risk factors, such as substance abuse. There are a large number of environmental factors, though, that could contribute to those risk factors, so previous studies have had difficulty demonstrating that the absence of fathers directly contributes to social and behavioral difficulties. more >>
Ancient DNA that was discovered in a skeleton is casting doubt on previous theories of ancient humans, evolution and migration.
Skeletal remains of homo heidelbergensis found in the Sima de los Huesos ("Pit of Bones") cave in northern Spain is creating more questions than answers after analysis of its genetic material.
"Right now, we've basically generated a big question mark," study researcher Matthias Meyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany told The New York Times. more >>
A new study out of Ohio State University shows there is a cyclical relationship between casual sex and mental health - poor mental health contributes do more casual sex, which leads to more mental health problems.
Some previous studies have already shown a correlation between mental health problems and casual sex. (Some studies have shown no correlation.) What was unknown, though, was whether those with poor mental health are more likely to engage in casual sex or if those who engage in casual sex are more likely to experience mental health problems.
The answer is both, according to the study, "Casual Sexual Relationships and Mental Health in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood," published in the October issue of the Journal of Sex Research: Those with mental health problems are more likely to engage in casual sex, and casual sex can contribute to additional mental health problems. more >>