See Your DNA!

I don’t want to brag or anything but, my vegetable DNA extraction station is a HUUUUUGE hit at the annual Cub Scout Cub-O-Ree run by my wife. We look at vegetable DNA by smooshing up strawberries in ziplock bags and using a process similar to the one shown in the video below. I’m not planning to change that human [Read More...]

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Power-Generating Fabric?

Scientists at Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials are working on “Power Felt”: a thermoelectric cloth that converts heat into electricity. The group is using carbon nanotubes (cylindrical molecules of interconnected carbon atoms) to create a flexible fabric that can be made into covers for cell phones, flashlights, radios, and other electronics. The method is cheaper [Read More...]

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Underground Franciscans Discovered

No, I don’t mean a clandestine network of people who like to secretly dress in brown and help the poor under the inspiration of the greatest saint the church has ever known. I mean the remains of 15th century Franciscans have been discovered six inches below the surface of a roadway that was being repaved in St [Read More...]

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Spending My Day …

… with this, so I leave you in the capable hands of my new IT guy: Find more of Fr. Tangi’s art here. Don’t miss Jesus Calls a Pick and Swingin’ Singles Jesus. An example Fr. Tangi’s more serious work can be found here. [Read more...]

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Mapping Abortion in New York

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Thomas Peters writes about the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s efforts to highlight New York City’s shockingly high abortion rates. This interactive map shows the abortion numbers by zip code over a span of 10 years, with much of the map painted blood-red to show abortion rates of 50% and higher. It would be interesting the correlate this data [Read More...]

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Resist!

The Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally takes place on Friday across the country. Here are the locations. It’s a moment for people to make their voices heard and stand up against the HHS Mandate. I don’t plan to do a lot of politics here, but let me be very clear: Barack Obama is a [Read More...]

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Building a Monastery With Medieval Tech

From Der Spiegel (in English): “Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way. Working conditions will be strictly 9th-century, without machines, rain jackets or even coffee. It will take decades, but they hope to garner fresh insights into everyday life in the 800s.” Read the [Read More...]

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Unusual Christian/Pagan Grave Discovered in England

Ancient Anglo-Saxon “bed burials”–in which the deceased is laid out in a real bed, often with possessions–are rare enough, but they have turned up in England before. Solid gold pectoral crosses are also extremely rare finds in English burials, but again: not completely unknown. But finding a Christian symbol on a person buried in the [Read More...]

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