November 18, 2009

creationcareThe Scientists and Evangelicals Initiative Aims to Build Bridges on Climate Change
Richard Cizik, a former executive of the National Association of Evangelicals, who is one of the leaders of the initiative, argues there is far broader support among religious communities for action on climate change than is widely understood. The younger generations especially are passionately concerned about the environment. (Suzanne Goldenberg, guardian.co.uk)

Machine That Thinks—Like a Cat
Researchers from IBM Corp. are reporting that they’ve simulated a cat’s cerebral cortex, the thinking part of the brain, using a massive supercomputer. (Jordan Robertson, Associated Press)

Anti-Evolution Push Continues at La Sierra University
Supporters of an effort to require La Sierra University to teach biblical creationism alongside evolution in biology classes say the university’s vow to promote creationist beliefs does not go far enough in addressing their concerns. (David Olson, The Press Enterprise)

The End of the World As We Know It
It’s not just Christian groups that have an end-times fascination. Alexander Riley, a sociology professor at Bucknell University, says that all the major monotheistic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—have variations on the belief that God interacts directly with humanity and has made a promise “to wrap things up, and then we’ll get on with Act Two.” That idea of an Act Two—or, better yet, a conclusion—satisfies something innate in humans, he says. (Todd Leopold, CNN)

Help NASA Explore Mars
A NASA Web site called “Be A Martian” allows users to play games while at the same time sorting through hundreds of thousands of images of the Red Planet. The number of pictures returned by spacecraft since the 1960s is now so big that scientists cannot hope to study them all by themselves. The agency believes that by engaging the public in the analysis as well, many more discoveries will be made. (BBC News)

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