| Jun 13, 2010

Synthetic life zaps 'the soul'

I remember a couple of years ago the Vatican made a curious announcement about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Clearly,the Roman Catholic Church was getting worried that any discovery of evidence of life on other planets would undermine its authority on Earth. It wanted ...

| Mar 14, 2010

Pens and pools: prisons for cetaceans

The death in February of a killer-whale trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, made headlines all over the world. As has been widely reported, Dawn Brancheau, an experienced orca trainer, was dragged by her hair into the whale’s pool, where she died of traumatic ...

| Dec 13, 2009

How to survive a 'fearful age'?

The other day I attended a preview screening of “The Road,” the new film of Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic 2006 novel of the same name. It made for harrowing viewing, imagining a wasteland Earth from which, following an unspecified cataclysm, almost all life had disappeared. ...