NEW YORK (AP) — A planned Holy Week exhibition of a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ was canceled Friday amid complaints from Catholics, including Cardinal Edward Egan….[Rest of article]
Apparently many Catholics find this statue offensive, so–of course–it appears here.
I’m not sure if it is the absence of the traditional loincloth that offends (Is his body ugly andÂ not perfect in their eyes?Â Does it possibly arouse sexual desire for Jesus in some?), or just the idea thatÂ the “edible Jesus” does not come in their preferred wafer-form.
In any event: It’s “Art”, folks.Â Just move along to the next exhibit if you don’t like it…
Â Haven’t written about these critters for a while.
Â Here’s some intriguing new possibilities from the SPORTS section of the NEW YORK TIMES:
“The latest curative leap to heal professional athletes and weekend warriors alike may sound like science fiction, but it could transform sports medicine. Some doctors and researchers say that in a few years the use of primitive stem cells from infantsâ€™ umbilical cord blood could grow new knee ligaments or elbow tendons creating a therapy that becomes the vanguard of sports injury repair.
“Already, some sports agents are preparing to advise clients about banking stem cells from their offspring or from tissue taken from their own bodies as an insurance policy against a career-ending infirmity. Stem cell blood banks are promoting the benefits of stem cell therapies for the practical healing and rehabilitation of tendons, ligaments, muscle and cartilage. There are skeptics in the medical community who wonder how soon the technology will be viable, but enthusiastic advocates of the therapies say the time is near….[Rest of article]
No way can you watch this and not go “Awwwww…”Â I’d suggest turning the sound off, however, as there is so much of that coming from the mothers filming this little scene that it will otherwise be difficult to not lose your stomach contents:
Â The nominees for the Hugo AwardÂ (for the best science fiction book of the year) were just announced.Â I used to read a lot of sci-fi in my youth, and try and read the award winner each year.
Â They are:
Â Novel Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majestyâ€™s Dragon (Del Rey)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)
Novella â€œThe Walls of the Universeâ€ by Paul Melko (Asimovâ€™s, April/May 2006)
â€œA Billion Eyesâ€ by Robert Reed (Asimovâ€™s, October/November 2006)
â€œInclinationâ€ by William Shunn (Asimovâ€™s, April/May 2006)
â€œLord Wearyâ€™s Empireâ€ by Michael Swanwick (Asimovâ€™s, December 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story by Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing)
Novelette â€œYellow Card Manâ€ by Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimovâ€™s, December 2006
) â€œDawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earthâ€ by Michael F. Flynn (Asimovâ€™s, December 2006)
â€œThe Djinnâ€™s Wifeâ€ by Ian McDonald (Analog, July 2006)
â€œAll the Things You Areâ€ by Mike Resnick (Jim Baenâ€™s Universe, October 2006)
â€œPol Potâ€™s Beautiful Daughterâ€ by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, October/November 2006)
â€œHow to Talk to Girls at Partiesâ€ by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)
â€œKinâ€ by Bruce McAllister (Asimovâ€™s, February 2006)
â€œImpossible Dreamsâ€ by Timothy Pratt (Asimovâ€™s, July 2006)
â€œEight Episodesâ€ by Robert Reed (Asimovâ€™s, June 2006)
â€œThe House Beyond Your Skyâ€ by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, September 2006)
Â Recent research linking religion and violence.Â No surprises here:
Â “Does believing that “God is on our side” make it easier for us to inflict pain and suffering on those perceived to be our enemies? If we think God sanctions violence, are we more likely to engage in violent acts?
“The answer to both those questions, according to new research, is a resounding “yes,” even among those who do not consider themselves believers.
“Social psychologist Brad Bushman of the University of Michigan led an international research effort to find answers to these questions, and said he is very “disturbed” by the results, though he found what he had expected. Bushman has spent 20 years studying aggression and violence, especially the impact on human behavior of violence in the media, but most previous research has focused on television and movie violence, not such things as scriptures and texts held sacred by many.
“He wanted to take it a step further and see if simply exposing someone to a text that implies God sanctions violence would increase their level of aggression….[Rest of article]
I wrote last week about the University of Nebraska wanting to bill the Recording Industry Association of America for the time they’re apparently spending going over records to help incriminate students who have downloaded music onto their computers while at school.
The University of Maine System has gone further and said they won’t comply without a court order.Â “Sue us!”Â Good for them:
The University of Maine System has refused a request from the Recording Industry Association of America to produce names of students who allegedly downloaded copyrighted materials.
The system has also opted not to forward the RIAA’s pre-litigation letters offering settlements to those students, although the schools those students attend will inform their students of the letters and give them a chance to pick up the letters if they so choose.
At the University of Maine, students with pending RIAA lawsuits were told on Friday….[Rest of article]
Apparently this news story has nothing to do with lonely Montana cowboys…:
“Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.
“The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.
“Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, has spent seven years and Â£5million perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep’s foetus.
“He has already created a sheep liver which has a large proportion of human cells and eventually hopes to precisely match a sheep to a transplant patient, using their own stem cells to create their own flock of sheep.
“The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor’s bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep’s foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant….”