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Exoplanet discoveries and alien life: A comment by ISCAST Fellow Jon Clarke

Dr Jonathan Clarke is an ISCAST Fellow and board member. He is president of Mars Society Australia, an associate of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, and sessional instructor in astrobiology at Swinburne University.
 

A promising new Christianity and science dictionary is due out in April.

Our friends at the Simeon Network are holding various "Draft Days" around the country for Christian researchers to explore the intersection of their faith and work. There are opportunities to give a formal paper or present some initial thoughts for discussion.

There may be an antidote to politically motivated reasoning. And it's wonderfully simple. Yes, politics can make us stupid. But there's an important exception to that rule.
 

There is something about the sight of a bubble hanging effortlessly in the air that excites a childlike wonder in us, whatever our age. Perhaps it’s their delicate beauty, almost transparent, glimmering with a rainbow of colours? Perhaps it’s the temptation to pop them? For me, the most amazing thing about bubbles is that they make themselves.

Cut-throat atmosphere in world-class labs and conferences closer to House of Cards than Big Bang Theory, says Swiss academic.

ISCAST Fellow Mark Worthing has recently had two new books released. Although they are not about science and faith, they do engage with the wider dialogue between Christian faith and culture and may be of interest to fellow Iscastians.

How living in an age of science and technology affects our understanding of Christianity: A 15-minute ISCAST board brainstorm (December 2016)

 

Volume 8 Issue 4 of the ISCAST Digest is now available for download.

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As we all know, digitization is radically transforming our lives. The internet, mobile devices, massive data collections and the analytics applied to them are propelling a digital revolution. The World Economic Forum spoke recently of a Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A new book entitled The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation, edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Habel, with foreword by David Rhoads.
 
This book arises out of 2015's international conference in South Australia on ecology and creation care, 'Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation'.

In 1800, someone took the temperature of a rainbow. This story isn’t as strange as it sounds because that ‘someone’ was not the sort of person to look for a pot of gold, but a scientist called William Herschel.

A podcast by Anna Goodman, neuroscientist, and Ruth Bancewicz asking what we can find out from studying neurological disease. How has Anna found a way to fit family life and career together, and how do both of those aspects of life complement her faith and role in the church?

Nuclear fusion energy has been heralded as the answer to the global energy crisis, a virtually endless – and cleaner – source of power that will last several generations.
 

Have you ever had that slightly disturbing experience of arriving at work and realising that you have very little recollection of how you got there?

How would you know that a person was a person, if they didn’t come in human form? 

 

We are pleased to report that The State of Play of the Science - Religion Dialogue in Australia: Six Emerging Themes, Six Key Strategies, Six Core Values (an ISCAST discussion paper) is now available for download.

Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?

Turned to charcoal in a blaze nearly 1,500 years ago, using groundbreaking digital reconstruction the scroll has finally been read and identified as biblical.

Scientists incentivised to publish surprising results frequently in major journals, despite risk that such findings are likely to be wrong, suggests research

Written for general readers of all religious backgrounds, Reason and Wonder introduces some of the most fruitful discussions now taking place between leading thinkers in science and theology.

Volume 8 Issue 3 of the ISCAST Digest is now available for download.

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An interview with Dr Graeme Finlay - August 2016

Science may have changed the way we read the opening chapters of Genesis, but we still need to respect the historical integrity of the text.

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