Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Even the Hyperarid Atacama Has Life!

    May 21, 2018

    The core region of the high Atacama Desert in Chile is the second driest place on Earth. The driest place on Earth is the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, at which meteorologists have yet to measure any precipitation and where, in spite of the freezing conditions, no snow or ice remains on the ground. The high Atacama Desert receives an average of 1–5 millimeters (0.04–0.20 inches) of precipitation per year. A few small regions of the Atacama Desert have gone 500 years without receiving any precipitation.

    • Ecosystems
    • Origin of Life
    • Life on Other Planets
  • Waterworld Planets Are Acidic, Primordial Earth Was Not

    May 14, 2018

    “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” This famous verse from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes a thirsty man surrounded by water as far as the eye can see and yet not a single drop of the water is safe to drink. Astronomers have discovered many planets beyond our solar system that are far richer in water than Earth. However, as it was for Coleridge’s ancient mariner, astronomers are finding that all this water may be deadly—not only for extraterrestrial mariners, but also for virtually all forms of life.

    • Exoplanets
    • Origin of Life
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Requirements for Life
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
  • Weathered Bedrock: Key to Advanced Life on Earth

    May 7, 2018

    I remember as a young boy tramping around the mountains near our home in Vancouver, British Columbia, being amazed at all the trees growing on steep granite slopes. How could anything so big thrive on such solid and steep rock faces? Where did they get all the water and minerals they need?

    • Sun
    • Fossil Record
    • Ecosystems
    • Earth Design
  • Natural Source of Life’s Homochiral Molecules?

    April 30, 2018

    When we hear someone say “on the other hand,” we know we are about to hear an alternative perspective. Every debate has two sides, and so, too, do the building block molecules of life. Any molecule with four different chemical groups attached to a central carbon atom manifests two distinct three-dimensional configurations. Chemists refer to these mirror image configurations as left-handed and right-handed (see figure 1). They identify such molecules as chiral molecules.

    • Origin of Life
    • Meteors
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  • Million Galaxy Study Yields Improved Cosmic Creation Model

    April 23, 2018

    The more we learn about the universe the more we gain confidence in the biblically predicted big bang creation model1. In the most recent issue of the Astrophysical Journal, a team of nine South Korean and Chinese astronomers performed a clustering analysis of 1,133,326 galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 12 to achieve the most precisely defined and constrained cosmic creation model to date.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Laws of Physics
    • Big Bang Theory
  • One Uniquely Smooth, Regular, and Stable Star

    April 16, 2018

    In several of my speaking events, I remind my audiences that stars are like human beings: they are all unstable to some degree. Also, like humans, the most stable stars are those that are middle-aged.

    • Sun
    • Stars
    • Solar System Design
  • J0023+0307, a Pristine Firstborn Star?

    April 9, 2018

    A new discovery of a low-mass star stands to put big bang creation on even more solid footing. In the biblically predicted big bang creation model,1 long before any stars exist, the universe contains only three elements: hydrogen, helium, and a trace amount of lithium.2 Thus, in big bang cosmology the universe’s firstborn stars will be devoid of elements heavier than lithium.

    • Big Bang Theory
  • Probing the Cosmic Creation Event with the Star S0-2

    April 2, 2018

    Throughout the past five decades, our scientific confidence in a hot big bang cosmic creation event that is perfectly consistent with what the Bible for more than two thousand years has taught about the origin and history of the universe1, has become progressively greater. Two scientific advances that could deliver even greater certainty in the biblically predicted hot big bang creation model would be a much more accurate measure of the distance to the center of our Milky Way Galaxy and an even more definitive test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Universe Design
    • Galaxy Design
    • Cosmology
    • Big Bang Theory
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  • Life and the Transfer of Life Near the Galactic Center

    March 26, 2018

    In the latest issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters three astrophysicists claim that there are habitable planets near the center of our galaxy and that these planets are exchanging life with one another.1 Life exchange between planets is known as panspermia, based on the Greek words pan (meaning all) and sperma (meaning seed).

    • Panspermia
    • Life in the Lab
    • Stars
    • SETI
    • Origin of Life
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Exoplanets
    • Creation
  • Why So Many Different Kinds of Beetles?

    March 21, 2018

    This is a famous and oft repeated question. Its origin usually is attributed to Charles Darwin, who is claimed to have said, “From the fact that there are 500,000 species of beetles, the Creator, if he exists, must be inordinately fond of beetles.” The true origin of the question is the biologist John B. S. Haldane. In a speech Haldane gave to the British Interplanetary Society in 1951 and reported in volume 10 of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Haldane said, “From the fact that there are 400,000 species of beetles on this planet, but only 8,000 species of mammals, the Creator, if he exists, has a special preference for beetles.”

    • God
    • Earth
    • Origin of Life
    • Laws of Physics
    • Human Origins
    • Animals
  • Signature of the Universe’s First Stars and Dark Matter

    March 19, 2018

    If you are familiar with the legends of King Arthur or the famous Monty Python movie that spoofed those legends, the holy grail is a cup or vessel with miraculous powers that gallant knights would spend decades in their fruitless quests to find. In science, the term “Holy Grail” is used for a difficult-to-achieve potential discovery of great significance.

    • Stars
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Universe Design
    • Particle Physics
    • Big Bang Theory
  • “Hell” Froze Over

    March 12, 2018

    How often have we heard the phrase that something will not happen until hell freezes over? The phrase is always used to refer to things that are impossible.

    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Comets
    • Origin of Life
    • Early Earth
    • Asteroids
    • Age of the Earth
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  • Overdue Disasters: Future Nearby Supernova Events

    March 5, 2018

    Lacking things to worry about? Are your anxiety and stress levels too low? I have “good” news. We are soon to be blasted by some nearby supernova eruption events.

    • Stars
    • Extinction
    • End Times
  • Carbon, the Miracle Element

    February 26, 2018

    A lot of people today worry about the carbon footprints of nations, industries, technologies, and even individual human beings and animals. They worry that our activities are pumping too much carbon in the form of carbon dioxide and methane— both powerful greenhouse gases—into the atmosphere and too much carbon in the form of tiny particles of soot onto glaciers and snowfields. They worry that these activities are warming our planet and raising our sea levels.

    • Requirements for Life
    • Solar System Design
    • Universe Design
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Exoplanets
  • We Are Living in the Ultimate Supernova Moment

    February 19, 2018

    The ultimate Hollywood disaster movie would portray the catastrophic consequences of a nearby supernova eruption. If one were to occur within 1,000 light-years of Earth, it would be the end of civilization as we presently enjoy. A supernova eruption closer than 100 light-years from Earth would bring devastating health consequences for human beings.

    • Sun
    • Plants
    • Galaxy Design
    • Cancer
    • Atmosphere
  • Happy Valentine’s Day from Your Creator

    February 12, 2018

    The whole universe and everything within it is God’s special love letter to you, me, and every other member of the human race. I have written about these love letters in previous web articles and in my book, Improbable Planet.1 Here are a few of my favorites with brief descriptions (most of the photos come from my nature excursions) and links for those of you who want to explore more fully the depths of God’s love:

    • Early Earth
    • Plants
    • God
    • Bacteria
    • Animals
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  • Birth of Exomoon Astronomy

    February 5, 2018

    Many eyes were trained toward the night skies with the recent, rare, super blue blood Moon. While such spectacular events in the solar system provide joy for laypeople, astronomers seek to find similar features—beginning with finding a moon—outside the solar system in ongoing efforts to detect conditions for life elsewhere.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Planet Formation
    • Gas Giant Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • Exoplanets
  • Biological Convergence Challenges Naturalistic Evolution Models

    January 29, 2018

    The observation of repeated occurrences of convergence in the history of Earth’s life stands as a profound challenge to naturalistic explanations for Earth’s life.1 Now, another recently recognized and especially dramatic occurrence of convergence2 provides yet another challenge to naturalism and support for the biblical creation model of life.

    • Creation vs. Evolution
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Naturalism
    • Convergence
    • Genes & DNA
    • Common Ancestry
  • More Evidence for God as Dark Matter Confirmation Nears

    January 22, 2018

    A crucial component of the big bang creation model that the Bible uniquely predicted thousands of years ago1 is the existence of a lot of cold dark matter. Cold dark matter refers to the matter in the universe that is comprised of massive particles that either interact very weakly with light—that is, photons—or not at all. These particles contrast with baryonic matter, which is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons that possess the property of strongly interacting with light.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Particle Physics
    • God's Existence
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Bible
  • Responding to Naturalistic Explanations for Life’s History on Earth

    January 15, 2018

    Many people are convinced that naturalistic explanations are adequate, by themselves, to explain the entire history of life on Earth. How do believers in the God of the Bible persuade these folks that God must have taken a very significant role in shaping the history of life?

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Sun
    • Atmosphere
    • Extinction
    • Earth
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