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Backyard gene editing risks creating a monster | New Scientist (March 20, 2017) - While we were all being distracted by cat videos and meaningless tweets by celebrities and politicians: “Biohackers have already signalled their intention to use CRISPR, which poses a big problem for the authorities.”  Source: Backyard gene editing risks creating a monster | New Scientist, 15 March 2017.” The US Food and Drug Administration is allowing… Continue reading Backyard gene editing risks creating a monster | New Scientist
An Idolatry of Politics (February 14, 2017) - We are seriously doing this? People working in ministry, music, and nonprofit advocacy are facing pressure for their political beliefs. Source: These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences – The Atlantic On the one hand, employees have a responsibility to exercise some sort of reasonable care and compartmentalize political activities from an… Continue reading An Idolatry of Politics
How Twitter Is Changing Modern Warfare – The Atlantic (October 26, 2016) - Here’s an eye-opening article from The Atlantic on the weaponization of social media: Most of us did not associate Twitter with terrorism until the Islamic State stormed into Mosul. We have given similarly scant thought to what might happen if the wondrous tools of the 21st century are ever paired with the scale and intensity… Continue reading How Twitter Is Changing Modern Warfare – The Atlantic
Some Unusual Central Heating (October 2, 2016) - Now THIS was interesting (to an ancient history buff).  We take modern climate control technologies very much for granted: “I built a hut with a tiled roof, underfloor heating and mud and stone walls. This has been my most ambitious primitive project yet and was motivated by the scarcity of permanent roofing materials…” Source: Building… Continue reading Some Unusual Central Heating
Practical Passwords for Regular People (July 24, 2016) - “Dadada.”  According to the article below this was the password for Mark Zuckerberg’s hacked LinkedIn account.  I found this astounding.  And I am just a regular guy who works in an office full-time, not some super-geek. “A group of hijackers known as OurMine, possibly from Saudi Arabia, briefly took over Facebook chairman and CEO Mark… Continue reading Practical Passwords for Regular People
Did Jesus Have a Wife? – The Atlantic (June 21, 2016) - Harvard historian Karen L. King ignited a controversy at a 2012 conference in Rome when she presented a papyrus fragment which appeared to refer to Jesus’ wife.   An article in the July/August 2016 Atlantic details a subsequent investigation into the fragment’s provenance: “A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing… Continue reading Did Jesus Have a Wife? – The Atlantic
Hacking Your Phone – CBS News (June 12, 2016) - Well, this is a problem. “Sharyn Alfonsi reports on how cellphones and mobile phone networks are vulnerable to hacking Source: Hacking Your Phone – CBS News”   It appears that a hacker with no more access than your cellular number can exploit a hole in network security to turn on your camera, read your email… Continue reading Hacking Your Phone – CBS News
New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists – The New York Times (May 15, 2016) - Researchers from the University of Tel Aviv have found the following: An analysis of handwriting on ancient pottery suggests that literacy may have been more widespread than previously known in the Holy Land around 600 B.C. Source: New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists – The New York Times Analysis of writing… Continue reading New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists – The New York Times
Gadget-enabled Sloth. (February 21, 2016) - According to researchers this kitchen gadget “…solves one problem (physically having to get up and switch your kettle on!) and creates a whole bunch more.” Source: New Wi-Fi kettle, same old security issues? Meh. Pen Test Partners This is an example of a completely stupid idea birthed in the rush to the “Internet of Things.” … Continue reading Gadget-enabled Sloth.
Mortar and Pestle: The Evolution of Two Age-Old Culinary Tools (January 19, 2016) - The culinary tools still look more or less the same as they did in their earliest days. Source: Mortar and Pestle: The Evolution of Two Age-Old Culinary Tools – The Atlantic     We have a small marble version on the kitchen counter.  It probably gets used once a year.  It’s hard to imagine what… Continue reading Mortar and Pestle: The Evolution of Two Age-Old Culinary Tools
Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain (December 6, 2015) - “Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention See full article at: Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain | The Guardian   This seems to reinforce the idea  that the media we… Continue reading Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain
Archaeologists in Jerusalem Unveil Biblical-Era Seal From King Hezekiah (December 4, 2015) - Archaeologists in Jerusalem unveiled a rare 2,800-year-old clay imprint from a royal figure in the Book of Kings. See full article at: Archaeologists in Jerusalem Unveil Biblical-Era Seal From King Hezekiah – The Atlantic