A recently published study of mitochondrial DNA seems to support the Biblical account of Noah’s Ark, concluding that most species existing today all came into existence at the same time about 100,000 years ago, with each species beginning with one set of parents. Several religious scientists received the news with ambivalence and one prominent rabbi noted the inherent flaws in the scientists’ initial axiom.

In 1998, the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of kindness NGOs, came together and encouraged the international community to recognize November 13 as “World Kindness Day.” This day is now focused on increasing acts of kindness, concentrating on the positive power of kindness that binds one to another, encouraging individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion, and unite in goodness.