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The world’s smallest stop-motion animation

Filmed using life-saving technology, it stars “Dot, a girl who just 9 millimeters tall.” And was created using life-saving technology.

Tracy Staedter of Discovery News explains:

The animation was filmed using a Nokia N8 smart phone equipped with a CellScope, a diagnostic-quality microscope that was invented by Daniel Fletcher at the University of California, Berkeley. The CellScope allows a doctor working anywhere there is a phone service to capture and transmit images of blood samples anywhere in the world. The technology could help diagnose disease in developing countries where medical doctors and labs are few and far between.


Read the rest of Staedter’s account here.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Science, The Arts | Comments Off on The world’s smallest stop-motion animation

Baptise a space alien [extraterresterial]?


Only if asked, said Guy Consolmagno, one of the pope’s astronomers. He made it clear that in his view, “Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.”

He was, however, very practical about it, as the Guardian reported:

Guy Consolmagno, who is one of the pope’s astronomers, said he would be “delighted” if intelligent life was found among the stars. “But the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it – when you add them up it’s probably not a practical question.”

As for intelligent design, so close to the hearts of some Southern Baptists, well that’s “bad theology” that had been “hijacked” by American creationist fundamentalists.

All very scientific, thank you.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Catholic, Science | | Comments Off on Baptise a space alien [extraterresterial]?

Even Montana’s expansive clergy privilege has limitations

A Montana District Court ruled “that the pastor’s report to police of the confession was admissible because the pastor told defendant before he began to confess that if he was disclosing anything illegal the pastor was obligated to notify authorities.”

Howard M. Friedman explains at Religion Clause:

The court concluded that the confession’s confidentiality was not protected by the church’s “course of discipline” and that in any event Hardman’s making of the confession after being warned that the pastor would go to authorities amounted to a waiver of the privilege under Montana law for confessions made to clergy “in the individual’s professional character in the course of discipline enjoined by the church to which the individual belongs.”

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Church/State | | Comments Off on Even Montana’s expansive clergy privilege has limitations