Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral

By Sigal Samuel A new priest named Mindar is holding forth at Kodaiji, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Like other clergy members, this priest can deliver sermons and move around to interface with worshippers. But Mindar comes with some … unusual traits. A body made of aluminum and silicone, for starters. Mindar isContinue reading “Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral”

A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body

By Rafi Letzter A kid in France transcribed parts of the Hebrew book of Genesis and the Arabic-language Quran, into DNA and injected them into his body — one text into each thigh. Adrien Locatelli, a 16-year-old high school student, posted a paper Dec. 3 on the preprint server OS, in which he claimed, “ItContinue reading “A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body”

Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to try to fool the Inquisition

by Alison Abbott It had been hiding in plain sight. The original letter — long thought lost — in which Galileo Galilei first set down his arguments against the church’s doctrine that the Sun orbits the Earth has been discovered in a misdated library catalogue in London. Its unearthing and analysis expose critical new detailsContinue reading “Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to try to fool the Inquisition”

Hidden Text Found on ‘Blank’ Dead Sea Scrolls

By Laura Geggel Previously hidden text on fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls is now readable, revealing a possible undiscovered scroll and solving a debate about the sacred Temple Scroll. The discoveries came from a new infrared analysis of the artifacts, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced yesterday (May 1). The newfound writing came fromContinue reading “Hidden Text Found on ‘Blank’ Dead Sea Scrolls”

Giant Noah’s Ark attraction In Kentucky features caged dinosaurs and unicorns

by Ed Mazza The new Ark Encounter tourist attraction in Kentucky wants you to think that dinosaurs were practically pets just a few thousand years ago. While scientists agree that dinosaurs died out some 65 million years ago during the K-T mass extinction, Ark Encounter creator Ken Ham believes the planet is only around 6,000Continue reading “Giant Noah’s Ark attraction In Kentucky features caged dinosaurs and unicorns”

Satanists to do invocation at Phoenix City Council meeting

Members of a satanic group will give the opening prayer at an upcoming Phoenix City Council meeting. Some council members have objected, but city attorney Brad Holm says the government cannot exclude a religion from praying under such circumstances. Satanic Temple member Stu de Haan says the group doesn’t intend to do anything offensive. HeContinue reading “Satanists to do invocation at Phoenix City Council meeting”