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  • Does New Approach Solve Origin-of-Life Problem?

    March 1, 2013

    Even though the scientific community has worked diligently since the early 1950s to explain how life originated via evolutionary processes, “It would not be an exaggeration to say that the origin of life is one of the greatest unanswered questions in science,” according to astrobiologist Sara Walker and physicist Paul Davies.1

    • TCM - Life's Origin
  • Design of Ocean Waste Recyclers

    March 1, 2013

    I grew up within easy walking distance of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, one of the world’s busiest harbors. The water of that port is filled with thousands of sea creatures, such as gulls, fish, crabs, clams, barnacles, starfish, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. I recall spending one afternoon as a young boy figuring out the amount of waste deposited daily into Burrard Inlet by all these animals. The number I calculated was so high that I concluded some life-forms must exist in the port to eat most of the waste. At that time, marine biologists had little knowledge of what such life-forms might be.

    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Life Hinges on Water’s Competing Quantum Properties

    March 1, 2013

    Ice floats. Clouds bring rain (most of the time). Water vapor warms the Earth. Water absorbs heat efficiently. Most of Earth’s water contains noticeable amounts of salt.

    • Quantum Physics
  • Christian Truth-Claims: Distinguishing Mystery from Contradiction

    March 1, 2013

    Is it acceptable for a Christian apologist to admit an aspect of Christianity leaves them uncomfortably perplexed?

    • General Apologetics
    • Bible Difficulties
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  • Prehistoric Artists Better than Moderns

    March 1, 2013

    Provocative results from a study of prehistoric art analyzed by biophysicists from Hungary seem to agree with that opinion. These scientists demonstrated that prehistoric (10,000 to 50,000 years ago) cave art more accurately depicts the locomotion of four-legged animals than does that of modern artists.1

    • Image of God
  • Big Bang Hits the Wall, Climbs Over

    March 1, 2013

    Does big bang cosmology best explain the universe’s history? The model has been subjected to exhaustive testing, but one test that could solidify the case has—until now—eluded researchers.

    • Universe Design
    • Big Bang
  • End of Star Formation Signals New Beginning

    March 1, 2013

    According to the proverb, all good things must come to an end. Vacations give way to work; scrumptious candy bars come down to a last bite; even sci-fi shows (like Star Trek) have a final episode. Perhaps surprisingly, the adage even applies to the universe—or at least its capacity to form stars.

    • Universe Design
  • Guide to the Mystery of the Incarnation

    March 1, 2013

    Greek mythology notwithstanding, it seems impossible that God could assume the nature of a horse or a dog and yet somehow remain divine.1 Why? Categories of being are fundamentally different between God and animals. And while it is deeply paradoxical and mysterious that God could take a human nature and live on Earth as the God-man as historic Christianity affirms, it seems from a biblical perspective that human nature was specifically created in anticipation of this extraordinary event.

    • Incarnation
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  • Quick Guide to Evaluating a Science Textbook

    March 1, 2013

    It’s almost that time of year again when parents stroll the aisles at their local homeschool show or search the internet looking for a new science curriculum. But what happens when you come across one you’ve never heard of before? You can check for a review at the Educator’s Help Desk or send me an inquiry about it. But you can also equip yourselves with five quick tips to help you evaluate almost any science text and see if it’s right for you and your children.

    • Educators/Homeschoolers
    • Youth
    • Kids
  • Evaluating the Origin of Information

    March 1, 2013

    Starting an article is always the hardest step for me. As I sat at my desk just now, staring at a blank screen, I hoped that a thoughtful composition would magically materialize before my eyes.

    • TCM - Life's Origin
  • Is the Cyclical Mayan Calendar Correct?

    November 1, 2012

    One cartoon Mayan to another as they look at a huge round rock: “So how come it ends in 2012?” . . . “I ran out of space on the rock.”

    • World Religions/Cults
  • Did Humans and Neanderthals Interbreed?

    November 1, 2012

    Grocery shopping can be a drag—especially waiting in the checkout line. It’s not clear what’s worse: winding up behind someone with a ton of items or being surrounded by inane tabloids. Still, truth be told, it’s hard to resist the headlines about turbulent celebrity relationships and death-bed confessions. In recent years, paleoanthropologists have produced their own tabloid-like headlines, though they’ve been published in some of the world’s best peer-reviewed science journals. The sensational story?—whether or not humans interbred with hominids, specifically Neanderthals and the newly discovered Denisovans.

    • Neanderthals
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  • Why Testing the Existence of Dark Energy is Good

    November 1, 2012

    Does dark energy exist? Considering that three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the accelerated expansion of the universe, presumably caused by dark energy, one would think this question was settled amongst astronomers. However, different models can explain the acceleration without invoking dark energy; so scientists continue to explore how to test whether dark energy actually exists. One particularly compelling signature of dark energy, which is thought to comprise over 70 percent of the universe, recently received validation.

    • Universe Design
  • East or West: Which Worldview Offers Hope?

    November 1, 2012

    What is humanity’s final state? An impersonal existence after being absorbed into an impersonal deity? Or an intimate, personal relationship with a super-personal God. The major religious worldview traditions of the East and West come to fundamentally different conclusions.1

    • World Religions/Cults
  • Neanderthal Burials “Deep-Sixed”

    November 1, 2012

    “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” is one of my favorite songs. This tune perfectly captures the mixture of deep sadness, joy, and hope that Christians experience at the funeral of a loved one.

    • Neanderthals
  • Why So Many Species?

    November 1, 2012

    Only in the last year have ecologists determined a reliable count of the total number of species on Earth. For eukaryotic species—organisms with a membrane-bound nucleus—the estimate is 8.7±1.3 million (6.5 million land species and 2.2 million marine species).1 Estimates of the number of prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea), species whose cells lack a nucleus, range from 0.1 to 10.0 million.2

    • Life Design
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  • God, Naturalism, and the Meaning to Life

    November 1, 2012

    If the Christian God exists then life has objective meaning. God possesses ultimate meaning, therefore humans (made in His image) would be expected to derive purposeful meaning. But what if God doesn’t exist? Can meaning be created or discovered in a godless universe?

    • Worldviews
  • Dinosaurs for Kids

    November 1, 2012

    My daughter’s dinosaur phase lasted about 10 years. At age 4, she dressed up as a paleontologist for Halloween. Imagine a 4-year-old in a pith helmet knocking on your door.

    • Educators/Homeschoolers
    • Dinosaurs
  • Ducking Tabloid Science

    November 1, 2012

    Highlighting new discoveries and how they provide new evidence for the God of the Bible marks one of the distinctive features of RTB’s approach to scientific research. Our scholar team works diligently to discern whether a finding is adequately supported by sound research before they report on it. Dr. Fazale Rana’s article Did Humans and Neanderthals Interbreed? offers a cautionary tale about the perils of getting on a breakthrough bandwagon too quickly.

    • Learning
  • How Trustworthy is Carbon Dating?

    August 1, 2012

    Would you trust a dating technique that said living mollusks had shells 2,300 years old, or worse, 27,000 years? What if that same technique yielded dates for Triassic wood (when the dinosaurs lived) at 34,000 years and dated millions-of-years-old coal, oil, and even diamonds at less than 100,000 years? Even with these weird––and challenging from an old-earth perspective––results, radiocarbon (or, carbon-14) dating remains one of the best tools for determining the ages of things that lived from 500 to 50,000 years ago.

    • Radiometric Dating Techniques
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