Wait, What? Carl Sagan Was NOT an Atheist?

Carl Sagan

I don't know where I got this idea, but I've always thought that Carl Sagan, the astronomer whose popular show "Cosmos" incited interest in the heavens, did not believe in Heaven.  Nor, I thought, did he believe in an Almighty God, who lives in the aforementioned Heaven.I am gratified to report that I was at least partly wrong.  Perhaps his most famous quote from "Cosmos"--after the iconic "Billions and billions of stars"--is what's come to be known as the Sagan Standard: "Extraordinary c … [Read more...]

Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

Off With Her Head

"Potentially unethical."    That's how one expert described an Italian scientist's plan to perform a "head transplant" by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the 'recipient' head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is "POTENTIALLY unethical?"  Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only "potentially" unethical?Shock and awe. *     *     *     *     * Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred … [Read more...]

Wow! The Supermoon Was Awesome Behind Brazil’s “Christ the Redeemer”!

Supermoon behind Christ the Redeemer

Of all the images of the Supermoon of July 12, 2014, perhaps this is the most dramatic:  the moon low in the sky, behind Rio de Janeiro's iconic 130-foot statue of "Christ the Redeemer."A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full on the same night that it's at the closest point in its orbit.  Saturday's supermoon was the first of the season, but there's another on the way August 10.Photo:  Getty Images … [Read more...]


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