News to Note, November 3, 2007

A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint


Follow along as we explore flame-haired Neanderthals, martian equatorial ice, dark matter, Queen Jezebel, and talented tortoises.

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1. Neanderthals: the New Red-Heads

It’s a common caricature in textbooks, movies, and—more true than ever today—TV shows: a brow-ridged, (often) club-carrying Neanderthal, covered in thick, messy red hair.

2. Ice Caps on the Equator (of Mars)

The existence of water on Mars is once again on scientists’ minds, this time because of new high-resolution radar images of the red planet.

3. Dark Matter No Longer Required?

Dark matter, a moderately evil-sounding, hypothesized component that is described as helping hold galaxies together, was all the rage just a few months ago. Now, a team of two astrophysicists is arguing that their modified theory of gravity explains the data and leaves no role for dark matter.

4. The Seal of Queen Jezebel

An ancient seal discovered in 1964 has been confirmed as belonging to the notorious Queen Jezebel, according to an Old Testament scholar.

5. Tortoise Shell Rights Itself

Everyone knows that tortoises aren’t exactly nature’s most agile creatures. The plodding manner of the reptiles is fabled, and we haven’t heard of any arrests for illegal tortoise fighting.

Remember, if you see a news story that might merit some attention, let us know about it! And thanks to all of our readers who have submitted great news tips to us. If you didn’t catch last week’s News to Note, why not take a look at it now? See you next week!



  1. Lerner, E. et al., “An Open Letter to the Scientific Community,” New Scientist 182 no. 2448 (2004): 20. Available online at


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