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  • Spider-Man Spins a Design Argument

    June 29, 2012

    In a few days, fervent fans will scatter to the nearest theater to catch one of the most anticipated movies of the summer: The Amazing Spider-Man.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Special Delivery from the Kuiper Belt

    June 22, 2012

    It saddens me that my children will grow up seeing only eight planets on the posters at school, whereas I grew up with nine. As of August 2006, Pluto has been classified as a dwarf planet. RTB astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink isn’t as sentimental as I am about Pluto—he understands and appreciates the reasons for the former planet’s demotion.

    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Resistance Is Futile. Redundancy Is Not.

    June 15, 2012

    Editors aren’t Borgs. Honest. But we often stress that resistance to saving multiple versions of the same document is futile. This practice might seem redundant and unnecessary, but when an entire manuscript becomes corrupted (as happened a few weeks ago), we are ever so grateful for that precious backup copy. It’s second in value only to coffee.

    • Biochemical Design
    • Bad Designs
  • Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

    June 8, 2012

    Snow White seems to be Hollywood’s fantasy heroine of choice this year. Last Friday (June 1) brought Snow White and the Huntsman, the second Snow White film of 2012, to theatres. As a fan of Walt Disney’s version of this fairytale princess, I’m looking forward to seeing Snow White and the Huntsman at the movies. The film’s extended trailer reveals a unique and grim twist on the old fable.

    • Salvation
    • Heaven and Hell
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  • Is Time Travel Possible?

    June 1, 2012

    “Sure Superman was faster than a speeding bullet. But could he fly fast enough to reverse the Earth’s rotation and travel back in time?”

    • Einstein / Relativity
  • Touring the Educator’s Help Desk

    May 25, 2012

    Among other recent improvements to RTB’s website is the new Educator’s Help Desk. This feature grew from the need for a place on the site for educators. This is an ongoing project that will continue to expand its resource archives.

    • Educators/Homeschoolers
  • Marvel Comics and Logical Fallacies

    May 18, 2012

    Tolerant observers in this roundtable discussion shared their opinion and shrugged off opposing views with indifference. But the longtime, diehard fans clung to their views like Spidey to a wall.

    • Logic
  • Flowers for Mom—and for Earth

    May 11, 2012

    Whether for their practical uses or radiant beauty, flowers have always held a special place in our hearts. For my own green-thumbed mom, a basil plant or potted rose is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. For Earth, flowers are not just pretty “window-dressing,” they are essential to keeping this planet friendly to all life.

    • Life Design
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  • RTB Chapter Summit Review

    May 4, 2012

    Most people who take a trip to Los Angeles try to jam in as much sightseeing as possible, traffic allowing, of course. So when a few dozen RTB chapter leaders from all over North America made the trek to Southern California last week for a Chapter Summit, we split up the group and headed to various spots in and around LA. The tour options included The Griffith Observatory, with a clear view of the LA skyline; the California Science Center and lunch near the Staples Center; the Natural History Museum, with a stop at the Big Bang Coffee House; The Huntington, near historic Pasadena; and, of course, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, smack in the heart of Hollywood.

    • Christian Life
  • Under the Sea at Monterey Bay

    April 27, 2012

    The first sardine cannery opened on Ocean View Avenue, Monterey in 1908—by the 1950s, overfishing forced the canneries to close their doors. The innovative Hovden Cannery was the last to close in 1973.

    • Whales
    • Life Design
  • It's Earth Day: What Are We Gonna Do?

    April 20, 2012

    According to my hilarious tear-off calendar, this Sunday is Earth Day. Surprise! Though some (including yours truly) might typically be inclined to shrug it off as just another day, we might want to reconsider. Earth Day has become the “largest secular civic event in the world,” with more than one billion people participating in Earth Day activities. A pretty spectacular feat considering the event has been in existence for just over 40 years.

    • Christian Life
  • Titanic: 100 Years Later

    April 13, 2012

    April 15, 1912. In the wee hours of the morning, hundreds of panicked souls faced inevitable death in the icy North Atlantic waters as the most fantastic luxury liner ever built broke apart and sank beneath the placid surface. Though the R. M. S. Titanic never completed her maiden voyage, the doomed ship and her passengers quickly became the stuff of legend.

    • Biochemical Design
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  • Thoughts on Palm Sunday

    March 30, 2012

    As we’ve done the past four years, we will be spending Palm Sunday weekend at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference amid California’s glorious coastal redwood forest. Encountering such natural beauty—from towering trees to chattering Steller’s jays—serves as a striking reminder of our Creator’s power and majesty. And it’s a great way to begin Holy Week.

    • Resurrection
  • The Hunger Games and Human Dignity

    March 23, 2012

    In The Hunger Games, impoverished district citizens must indulge the Capitol’s obsession with fashion, food, and entertainment. The latter comes in the form of a reality TV show that forces district children to fight to the death, until only one remains.

    • Worldviews
    • Image of God
  • Dating Ancient Limestone in Ireland

    March 16, 2012

    In County Clare, Ireland, one of the main sight-seeing destinations is the Burren, a stretch of terrain often described as “lunar” in appearance. The karst landscape features expansive limestone pavements crisscrossed by cracks known as “grikes” (as though raked by a giant attempting to farm) and solemn portal tombs such as the Neolithic Poulnabrone Dolmen.

    • Geology and the Bible
  • A Look at 10 (or so) Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses

    March 9, 2012

    Most people are familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s the go-to verse for budding evangelists, the bottom rim of In–N-Out cups, and Tim Tebow’s face. But not every verse can be plucked from the Bible to stand well (and be properly understood) on its own.

    • Bible Difficulties
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  • Piecing Together the Creation Texts

    March 2, 2012

    My family loves solving jigsaw puzzles. We always start by finding the corner pieces and then the edges. With the frame complete, puzzle-building becomes a practice in patience as everyone takes turns examining pieces, studying the image on the box, and trying out different combinations. Slowly, from the mound of seemingly unrelated pieces emerges a clear picture.

    • Creation Passages
  • Understanding Lent

    February 24, 2012

    In case you’ve missed the subtle reminders (ads for fish sandwich Fridays and friends’ Facebook posts divulging what they’re giving up), the season of Lent is upon us. Some view the 40ish-days (this is addressed later) before Easter as preparation for celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Others claim it’s a man-made ritual that does little to bring anyone closer to the cross. Those in the middle might make a crack about the fuzz found at the bottom of pockets (lint).

    • Catholicism
    • Resurrection
    • Christian Life
  • Science, Faith, Reason, Sporks

    February 17, 2012

    In the opening scenes of Disney and Pixar’s Wall-E, the titular robot returns home from a full day of garbage cleanup with a little pile of treasures to add to his extensive collection. Carefully, Wall-E puts each item in its place, but a spork stumps him. Does it go with the spoons or with the forks?

    • Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Atheism
  • Why Do We Have So Much (Cosmic) Stuff?

    February 10, 2012

    They say the top three most stressful life events are death, divorce, and….moving. Recent experience tells me why the latter makes the list.

    • Universe Design
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