Thursday, September 04, 2014

'Fonzie' Baby; Stand up and stay young; Rogue ‘Cell Towers’...more

1,500-year-old papyrus is the first to refer to the Last Supper A researcher analysing a 1,500-year-old papyrus tucked away in the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library for over a century has made a startling discovery.

The ancient fragment contains the earliest reference to the Last Supper, a crucial event in the Gospels.

Cuba Cracks Down on Christians
...Churches also are often pressured and threatened by the government to expel congregants the government considers political dissidents. Churches that resist “are under constant and intrusive government surveillance,” CSW said. Roman Catholic priest Jose Conrado Rodriguez Alegre’s refusal to shun individuals the government wants to keep socially isolated led to the state installing video cameras to watch his home and church. His email accounts have also been blocked....

Thumbs Up: For Once the Media Actually Reports a Baby is a Baby Well this is worth a thumbs-up: the networks are choosing “baby” over “fetus” to describe one very special unborn baby this morning.

During their morning broadcast news shows, NBC and ABC featured a now-viral ultrasound of a baby in the womb giving the thumbs-up. Hosts gushed over the “incredible” and “cute” shot – and, in a surprising move, repeatedly used the word “baby.”...

How Standing Might Be the Best Anti-ageing technique The best anti-ageing technique could be standing up, scientists believe, after discovering that spending more time on two feet protects DNA.

A study found that too much sitting down shortens telomeres, the protective caps which sit at the end of chromosomes...

Rogue ‘Cell Towers’ Can Intercept Your Data; At Least One Found In Chicago So-called rogue cell phone towers, the type that can intercept your mobile calls and data, are cropping up all over the United States, including here in Chicago, according to a company that specializes in developing highly secure mobile phones.

More cell phone users, who fear their information could be at risk, are turning to high-end secure mobile devices. As a result, it is become easier for them to detect the presence of these interceptor devices...

New York farmers stop hosting weddings after $13,000 fine for declining lesbian ceremony  New York farmers Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who were ordered last week to pay $13,000 for not hosting a same-sex "wedding," say they are closing that part of their operation.

"Going forward, the Giffords have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their farm, other than the ones already under contract," said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyer James Trainor. ADF represented the Giffords in their legal fight against New York's non-discrimination law...

A married mom and dad really do matter: New evidence from Canada  There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children’s flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates. 

Unlike US-based studies, this one evaluates a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census, where same-sex couples have had access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997 and to marriage since 2005...

Two Catholic Colleges Are Being Forced to Cover Abortions in California

Ebola Infected Doctor Mocked for Thanking God for Healing

What the Emmy Awards could learn from ‘Full House’


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