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On a Sunday that's usually a week or two after “Western” Easter, my parents set up an electric spit to roast a whole lamb in their suburban Massachusetts backyard. We welcome guests to our Greek Orthodox Easter celebration with a kiss on both cheeks; we nibble on tiropitakia, little cheese pies made with phyllo dough, and kokoretsi, organ meats wrapped in intestines and cooked on the spit next to the lamb.
For decades, DNA testing has been the standard test used to identify sexual assaulters. Authorities try to gather samples of DNA from hairs or bodily fluids found on objects at the crime scene like clothing or bedding. Sometimes victims have their attacker's DNA on their bodies, so forensics experts gather samples there, too.
But selective breeding also can drive the loss of other potentially useful characteristics, such as resistance to insect pests or environmental stresses including drought and flood.
This past week, the US National Hockey League was rocked with over a dozen cases of what is now a rare viral illness, the mumps. The virus, which used to infect about 186,000 Americans each year, has dwindled with only a few occasional outbreaks occurring annually thanks to vaccination.
David Speegle was a preacher in Alabama in the 1800s. Apparently he was very serious about the Bible's charge to "be fruitful and multiply." He had 26 children and more than 150 grandchildren. From there, the numbers of his descendants expanded.
For the next year, every night after sunset, an enormous rainbow will appear on one of the arched windows of Amsterdam's Central Station. The rainbow is a project designed by artist Daan Roosegaarde, but it requires plenty of technology to make it happen.