Author: Theodora Hawksley

CHURCH ACTION Blood, breath and bread: Understanding Death and Life

Death is a process, not an event. In the days before death, a person’s heartbeat and blood circulation slow down and they will begin to sleep more and more, increasingly lapsing into periods of unconsciousness....

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CHURCH ACTION The Loneliest Bat

In 1990 the greater mouse-eared bat was declared extinct in the UK, becoming the first mammal lost from these shores since the wolf in the late fourteenth century. Then in 2002 came a surprise discovery:...

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FUNDING Science news Round-Up: In the Beginning

Image credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio It’s been an amazing month for science news, including the first transplant of a genetically modified pig’s heart into a human being, and research suggesting that people in vegetative...

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RESEARCH Finding Common Ground Between Science and Faith

One of the more intriguing corners of the internet is the world of pacifists playing war games. In both fantasy and reality-based games, including Battlefield V, Call of Duty and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you...

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CHURCH ACTION Medical Breakthroughs and the Dangers of Reductionism in Mental Health

Last month saw the announcement of a new success in treating persistent and severe depression. In an experimental treatment at the University of California, San Francisco a 36 year-old woman, Sarah, was fitted with a...

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RESEARCH Science News Round-Up: Life in the Unlikeliest Places

Life, but not as we know it? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU It was headline news when NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars in February this year. It’s since dropped out of the mainstream news, but...

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RESEARCH Science News Round Up: Apocalypse Now?

  Science news this month has been dominated by engagement with the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report was hard-hitting. Climate change is no longer only visible in particularly...

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SCIENCE AND RELIGION Sunday Mornings and Citizen Science

This article first appeared in the June 18th edition of the Methodist Recorder under the title ‘Encountering the Otter’. Sunday mornings over the last year have looked different for many of us, and required us...

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