People in North and South America who stayed up between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning were able to catch the best view of the "blood moon" lunar-eclipse. Those who missed it will have another opportunity in the near future.
"The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next ... is unusual," said Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in L.A., which attracted thousands of onlookers, CNN reported. He said that the event, in which the moon adopts a "typical copper red," is rare and helps draw crowds.
"But it's not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn't really mean anything. It's a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon." more >>
The controversial "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" ancient papyrus is not a modern-day forgery, according to newly published research in the Harvard Theological Review which insists that the fragment where Jesus supposedly mentions His wife dates between the sixth to ninth centuries CE.
The Harvard Theological Review states that the papyrus and the carbon ink have gone through "extensive testing" over the past few years, which has included analysis of the handwriting and grammar, as well as two radiocarbon tests to determine the date of the document.
"Microscopic and multispectral imaging provided other significant information about the nature and extent of the damage and helped to resolve a variety of questions about possible forgery," the update states. more >>
"Star Trek: Voyager" star Kate Mulgrew insists that she did not know she was narrating a documentary about geocentricism, the belief that the sun and universe revolves around the Earth. Mulgrew portrayed Captain Kathryn Janeway in the hit series and offered to narrate a project but claims she had no idea what it was about and that she does not agree with its message in any way.
"I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE," Mulgrew posted on her Facebook page. "Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism."
The documentary caused a number of raised eyebrows because of its insistence of the theory that the universe revolves around Earth, rather than the scientifically-proven fact that Earth and the rest of the universe actually revolves around the sun. Mulgrew was chastised by fans and scientists for participating in the documentary, but worked quickly to get the message out that she did not know what exactly she was working on. more >>
A science and wildlife center in San Mateo, Calif., has reportedly removed a disclaimer regarding evolution from one of its exhibit signs after receiving backlash from the online atheist community.
The CuriOdyssey center at Coyote Point recently clarified to atheist blogger Hemant Mehta that it had removed a disclaimer regarding evolution from one of its exhibit signs. Mehta contacted the museum out of concern after seeing a picture of the science museum's sign on Twitter, posted by Adam Rogers, an editor and writer at The Wire.
The science museum sign was advertising an exhibit titled "Animal Connections," where children would have the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with that day's theme animal, "reptiles." The sign also read at the bottom: "This program may discuss the topic of evolution." more >>
A new study conducted by Liverpool scientists suggests the Shroud of Turin proves Jesus was crucified with his hands over his head in a "Y" shape, rather than to the sides in a "T" shape, as traditionally depicted in Christian art. The scientist leading this recent study says this new crucifixion would be "very painful" and likely cause asphyxiation for the victim.
Scientists at the Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K. announced their findings at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences earlier this year. They argue that the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus, shows an image of a man with blood stains streaking down his arms. Matteo Borrini, who led the shroud study at the John Moores University, argues that these stains could only have been obtained if the victim's arms were hung over his head in a "Y" shape, instead of the "T" shape that is so prevalent in Christian art.
The scientists reached their new conclusion after having scientist Luigi Garlaschelli of the University of Pavia, Italy, act out different crucifixion poses with donated blood dripping down his arms via a cannula. more >>
Noah's Ark could have happened, according to several postgraduate students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester in the U.K. In the Bible, God told Noah to build a huge boat and take many animals into it to save them from the coming flood, and in the wake of the Darren Aronofsky-directed film "Noah," the scientists are proving that the wooden ark could have floated.
Noah's Ark is detailed in Genesis 6:13-22, where God gave the world's sole righteous man the task of building a boat 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high out of gopher wood. After the physics scientists worked out that a cubit is about 48.2 cm or about 1.58 feet, they were able to calculate the average weight of 70,000 animals and were stunned by the results.
"You don't think of the Bible necessarily as a scientifically accurate source of information, so I guess we were quite surprised when we discovered it would work," Thomas Morris, 22, told The Telegraph U.K. "We're not proving that it's true, but the concept definitely would work." more >>