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405th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope: Looking Back on How Past Innovation Influenced the Future of Astronomy

Dr. Patrick McCarthy | Posted 10.27.2014 | Science
Dr. Patrick McCarthy

Four hundred five years ago this week, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to members of the Venetian senate in the Plaza San Marco. This presentation on Aug. 25, 1609, marks the birth of the astronomical telescope and the launching of a scientific revolution.

Suicide... An Unpardonable Sin?

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

So, with Robin Williams, and others like him and their families, it is my sincere hope the Church will respond to this with compassion, understanding, and with openness. We need many informed and humane conversations around the issue of suicide.

Science and Religion: Two Books

Kelly James Clark | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Given a forced choice between physics and faith, then, some people choose physics and some people choose faith. I think this lose-lose feeling is rooted in a culturally influential but historically false conception of the relationship between science and religion as one of perpetual warfare.

The Sun Revolves Around You? Narcissism on a Cosmic Scale

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

The center of the universe might be closer than you think -- in fact, it might be right under your feet. A conservative Catholic crank, Robert Sungenis, is now resurrecting the long-discredited geocentric model in a bizarre movie called The Principle.

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

WhatsApp With Facebook?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Qe are not products, but rather social people who want to control how we share our lives and protect our privacy. As the Red Sea in social media parts, we are left to choose which side to swim in.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

The Scala Naturae Is Alive and Well in Modern Times

Lori Marino, PhD | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Lori Marino, PhD

As long as we view ourselves as "higher than" or "qualitatively different from" the other animals, we will continue to make assumptions about them that promote abuse and exploitation. The Scala Naturae gives us license to exploit other animals because they are seen as being further down the ladder.

Creationism Versus Evolutionism: When Will This Debate Ever End?

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Genesis, is the story of the creation of humanity and community and a new humanity and community, respectively. When you get this, my friend, every Adam and Eve you meet, which is to say, every person you meet, will be a member of your extended human family... your human community.

Just 'Cause It's a Proven Fact Doesn't Mean They'll Believe It

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.15.2014 | Science
Vicki Cobb

Before science was established as an authority, people still had a hard time accepting evidence that was counter to what they already knew (believed) to be true, even if the proof was right before their eyes.

I'm With Stupid: Life, the Universe, Tupac and Everything

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.12.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

So I'm not sure about you, but I don't think this idea of the universe as a hologram -- since I don't believe it -- is going to have much effect on my day-to-day life.

Gag Me: A Brief History of Trying to Get Us to Stop Talking

Steven Conn | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

The first gag rule didn't make the outrage over slavery go away, nor did the global gag rule prevent women from going through dangerous pregnancies, nor will the North Carolina legislature's scientific wisdom keep the water from rising.

Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa Report

Govindini Murty | Posted 11.21.2013 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Hollywood is in the midst of a science-fiction boom, yet few of its sci-fi movies are based on real science. That's a shame, because the scientific discoveries emerging from NASA these days are as exciting as any Hollywood blockbuster.

Galileo and Inconvenient Truth

Todd R. Miller | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Todd R. Miller

Today, most would consider the notion of a debate about whether the sun or the Earth lay at the center of our solar system to be absurd, and yet, today, people are debating something much simpler -- we're debating whether or not the Earth's temperature is going up.

Religion and Science -- Again

Richard Brand | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The future of our whole society depends upon our children learning the absolute latest and best science that is available and being encouraged to explore beyond those limits. The greatness of God is not made smaller by the more his people know about creation and how it has evolved.

The Other Scientific Revolution

Mario Livio | Posted 08.18.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Harvey's greatest achievement was the demonstration that the heart, arteries and veins were all part of one circulatory system, with the heart at its center. This replaced Galen's complex motion of many intertwined cycles.

Our Home Galaxy: Myths and Facts

Mario Livio | Posted 11.26.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

If you go out at night in a rural, unlit area, you cannot miss that band of hazy light that seems to be arcing across the sky. Neither did ancient civilizations miss this bright streak we now call the Milky Way, and they came up with a variety of imaginative, mythical explanations for it.

My Teacher's Teacher

John Freely | Posted 11.11.2012 | Science
John Freely

When I first started teaching physics, virtually nothing was said about the predecessors of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. In reality, a impressive succession of European scholars opened the way for the Scientific Revolution.

Nuns of America Unite

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With each new discovery proving a Biblical assertion wrong, the Church retreats to the safety of errors in interpretation or dismissing the discrepancy as unimportant. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.


Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Linda Kenney Baden

I was raised Roman Catholic -- a product of Catholic school education through Grades 1-12, taught by the nuns, Sisters of Mercy. I regret that in the past I never understood their real value. I do now.

The Power of the Written Word

Susannah Meyer | Posted 06.04.2012 | Teen
Susannah Meyer

We can spread awareness of anything happening in the world, large or small. We may be able to prevent a negative outcome that could have arisen from help coming too late. And that can make all the difference.

Here's One Thing Apple Never Thought Of

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Small Business

Galileo, a new high-tech device, is about to make iPhone FaceTime feel a lot more like in-person face time. (h/t Co. Design) The Galileo is a 360-d...

Strange Artifact Dug Up in 18th Century Toilet

Posted 03.28.2012 | Science

By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor Published: 03/26/2012 06:18 PM EDT on LiveScience Five telescopes made of bone and dating to the 18th ce...

Theater: F. Murray Abraham, Early O'Neill and a Victorian Adventuress

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

The winter theater season in New York has a certain rhythm. A few shows open on Broadway and then there's a lull until the crush of big names in March, April and May. Here are three shows, all of them aiming high though not succeeding for one reason or another.

Academy Award Winner Stars As Galileo In Bertol Brecht Play

AP | PETER SANTILLI | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Theatergoers arriving at Classic Stage Company's new off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht's "Galileo" might feel like they inste...