“Alien” “life” “found,” super-sized teamwork, what we’re missing, the amazing trabecula, and more in this week’s News to Note.
The bold news headlines seemed clear—and overstated, in the case of a Digital Trends article (carried by Yahoo! News) announcing, “NASA scientist finds evidence of alien life.” While other headlines were slightly more conservative in their wording, the tone of much of the initial media coverage paralleled the Digital Trends report, whose first paragraph informed readers, “Aliens exist, and we have proof.”
Elephants’ ability to intentionally cooperate has boosted them into an “elite group” of animals, BBC News reports.
Scientists watching by video have observed elephants “understanding” when they need to cooperate to accomplish a mutual goal.
No one, not even evolutionists, disputes that humans have crossed a threshold that sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom—even chimpanzees, our “close evolutionary relatives.” But according to new research, it’s actually the genes we don’t have that sets us apart.
What amazing structure is strong yet lightweight? And just as importantly, who was the designer?
Researchers from Imperial College London and the Royal Veterinary College have studied the thigh bones of more than ninety animal species to help learn why bones have such strength despite being relatively lightweight.
An atheist with a self-described “colorful” perspective on the Judeo-Christian God will present a new BBC series on the Bible.
In The Bible’s Buried Secrets, University of Exeter theologian Francesca Stavrakopoulou will argue—based largely on a single archaeological find—that God “had a wife,” the goddess Asherah. (The Old Testament clearly declares Asherah a false god, albeit one worshipped at times by idolatrous Israelites.)
Stavrakopoulou has previously researched “the misrepresentation of the past in the Hebrew Bible” and “‘secular’ approaches to teaching and learning in biblical studies.” Last year she shocked viewers of the BBC program The Bible: A History by suggesting that Moses never existed.
BBC Two will air the first episode of the three-part series Tuesday, March 15, at 9 p.m.
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