In “Christian Nation,” Palin is president

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

A novel published this month asks what would have happened had John McCain been elected in 2008. In Frederic C. Rich’s alternate reality, Palin becomes president, ushering in a so-called Christian society consumed with a civil holy war, rehabilitation camps and other Draconian measures. Rich means for his novel to be a “warning” against fundamentalists. His “Christian Nation” is not likely to be your idea of a Christian nation. But it got me to thinking: What would be different today if Palin were president? What is your idea of a Christian nation?

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

DNA, the ultimate digital storage

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

While cleaning out an old file cabinet last week I found a box of floppy disks. Hope they didn’t contain any vital documents because I’d need a time machine to retrieve them. Which begs the question: With technology changing so often and so fast, how do we safeguard not just my college term papers but all knowledge, i.e., civilization itself?

Researchers with the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, England, think they have the answer …  Continue reading

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail