Merry Christmas from Lady and Emma!
An abbreviated edition of Quick Hits today, it's a day for time with the family and friends as opposed to blogging.
Islamists in Nigeria claim the responsbility for Christmas bombing attacks on Nigerian churches - with at least 39 killed.
The hacker group Anonymous announced that they hacked the think-tank group Stratfor - stealing and starting to release hundreds of gigabytes emails, client lists, and credit card data taken from Stratfor. Anonymous plans week-long assualt on their targets of choice.
Bill Whittle, in his Afterburner series, does his last video post for 2011 - a retrospective at the first three years of Barack Obama's term as President. This is required viewing - and should be viewed throughout the 2012 Campaign...
"The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin, has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining ... is impossible to obtain in a laboratory," concluded experts from Italy's National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development.
The scientists set out to "identify the physical and chemical processes capable of generating a colour similar to that of the image on the Shroud." They concluded that the exact shade, texture and depth of the imprints on the cloth could only be produced with the aid of ultraviolet lasers – technology that was clearly not available in medieval times.
The scientists used extremely brief pulses of ultraviolet light to replicate the kind of marks found on the burial cloth.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!