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Forbes Editors Need to Polish Up Their Headline Writing

October 31, 2015

imageThe latest Forbes/Science article by Kristina Killgrove is headlined: Mysteries Of The Black Death, Shroud Of Turin, And Origins of Early Americans Solved With DNA

Solved?  She had written:

Of course, since the shroud has been recognized since the Middle Ages as a possible religious relic, it has been handled and moved about for centuries.  There is unfortunately nothing in the new research to suggest a Medieval origin for the shroud and subsequent handling by people over the centuries is unreasonable.  The question of whether the shroud is indeed a 1st century AD artifact or a Medieval artifact is not solved by the new analysis.

The question of the origin of the Shroud of Turin may yet be solved in our lifetimes, particularly as DNA analysis is getting more reliable, faster, less expensive, and less destructive. But I suspect that there will always be believers on both sides of the authentication argument, no matter what the results show.

She didn’t say solved.

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  1. ekmcmahon
    October 31, 2015 at 5:26 am

    It would appear that the Shroud has the DNA on it of most every person who has handled it since it’s beginning. The exact large number of people is of course unknown.

  2. October 31, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I think the Shroud has been recognized much longer than since the middle ages (which has a shifting date range depending on who you talk to).

  3. daveb of wellington nz
    October 31, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    A better headline in case you missed it: –
    NZ All Blacks have just the won the Rugby World Cup Final in Twickenham England against Australia 34 – 17 to take the coveted Webb Ellis trophy for the third time in succession, a hat trick! The quarter final was an entirely southern hemisphere affair with teams from South Africa, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand competing. Many of the international teams had included New Zealand players and some such as Japan even with New Zealand coaches. For four of the NZ veteran players it was their final international test match, and a great way to end their professional careers in Rugby. It’s a tough body-contact sport and unlike American grid-iron, with practically no body padding. But we’re a robust nation. A win well-deserved!

    • PHPL
      October 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      “…third time in succession”. No, they have now won the trophy for the third time, but it’s the second time in succession. Having said that, I too support the All Blacks (sorry Hugh) and am happy that they won. I would like to visit New Zealand one of these days, it’s expensive , long and tiresome to travel there, but it surely must also be very rewarding.

  4. Thomas
    November 1, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Many kiwis are gloating and showing off, unlike their modest heroes.
    As a kiwi -and an All Black fan – I find that rather irritating
    But it was well played for sure, and one to savor.
    Well played to Australia too. And they were dignified in defeat.

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