Acts 18:12-17 reads (NRSV):
12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal.
13 They said, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.”
14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of crime or serious villainy, I would be
justified in accepting the complaint of you Jews;
15 but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I do not wish to be
a judge of these matters.”
16 And he dismissed them from the tribunal.
17 Then all of them seized Sosthenes, the official of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no
attention to any of these things.
Yesterday I got an email from Cosmoquest about a science
press conference (“presser”) where a new discovery would be announced. With all the new distance-based
communication technology anybody could watch, rather than just those in a select room, however large. The
event was put on by the Royal Astronomical Society today. I watched it on the
Cosmoquest Twitch TV channel. I had never heard of Twitch TV before.
An international team of astronomers, led by Professor
Jane Greaves of Cardiff University,
today announced the discovery of a rare molecule – phosphine – in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is
only made industrially, or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments.
The discovery was made by spectroscopy using two different radio telescopes. The significance of this is that the production of phospine
by purely chemical processes is very unlikely in the atmosphere of Venus. The team looked at every possible chemical reaction they
could think up, and failed to find any that could come close to producing the observed amount of phospine.