I was reminded of my interest in this topic by the thread on the "crying" Icon.
I'm a believer, of course, so this topic doesn't necessarily come from a place of unbelief.
So...I've seen the Iveron myrrh streaming icon at a church in my area (a year or so ago). And I read about other instances of miraculous happenings.
I'm always curious: have these emissions (oil, tears, etc...) been tested in a laboratory? I mean, I know they go through a Church process for determining authenticity, but...
Is no one else curious about the chemical makeup of these things? For instance, if an icon is "crying," I want to know if the chemical makeup of that liquid is the same as human tears. Etc. etc.
I would feel a lot better if I knew that unbiased, scientific means, were employed in order to determine the composition of the emissions AND any possible non-miraculous reasons for the "miracle."