News from a Christian angle

World is a magazine I used to be associated with, and it now has a big website:  WORLD.  At some point, you need to subscribe to get full access, but you can check it out for free.  Do so and bring up something from today’s issue to discuss.


How cells repair their own DNA

Here I am in Oslo, Norway, so I should take the occasion to post about one of the new Nobel Prizes, which are a joint project of Norway and Sweden and which are being announced this week.  Three scientists won the prize for chemistry by making a remarkable discovery.

They found that DNA, though determining everything about a cell, is actually very unstable and will soon decay.  But cells actually repair their own DNA, making it resilient enough to pass genetic information along to the next generation.  These scientists then determined how the cells are able to do that. [Read more...]

Vengeance, competition, and Christianity

Some time ago, I stumbled upon a discussion of Christian anthropologist Rene Girard and Pay Pal founder Peter Thiel.  It had to do with vengeance, competition, new technology start ups, and why both Girard and Thiel came to embrace Christianity. [Read more...]

Electromagnetic Propulsion Drive?

A device has been invented that generates much more propulsion than a rocket.  The electromagnetic propulsion drive (EM Drive) works by bouncing microwaves around, and it could conceivably get us to Mars in only 70 days, as opposed to 260 days with current technology.  But it violates the known laws of physics, and scientists cannot figure out why it works.  Nevertheless, experimental tests keep confirming that it does.   However, skeptics remain.

Does any of you know anything about this?  Is this a delusion, like cold fusion?  Or might it be an invention that will open up interplanetary travel?

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Is the 5-second rule valid?

When we drop a piece of food, we often invoke the “5-second rule,” the principle that if you pick it back up before five seconds, it’s all right to eat.  That sounds pretty bogus, as if bacteria took awhile to travel, but two studies show that there is some validity to the rule. [Read more...]

Liberal News

One of the web’s biggest news sites is the unabashedly liberal Huffington Post.  Review today’s issue.  Can you deduce anything about contemporary liberalism from the kinds of stories you find here?  Did you find anything that you would like to take issue with?  Did you learn anything that you found enlightening?