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  • Textbook Review: Novare's "Earth Science"

    May 17, 2016

    Kevin Nelstead’s Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home (Novare, 2016) addresses earth science from a refreshingly old-earth, Christian perspective.

    • Education
  • Why Does Carbon Exist in the Universe?

    May 16, 2016

    What are the two most known chemical compounds? Clearly water (H2O) takes first place, but with all the discussion of global warming, carbon dioxide (CO2) probably comes in a close second.

    • Physics
    • Laws of Physics
  • Did Comets Carry Prebiotic Materials to Early Earth?

    May 12, 2016

    Even though chemical impurities in snow and ice can be detrimental to existing life on Earth, astrobiologists think that chemical contaminants in icy comets played an important role in the evolution of the first life-forms.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origin of Life
  • Did Neanderthals Bury Their Dead with Flowers?

    May 9, 2016

    Were Neanderthals like us? The answer to this question has profound implications for our understanding of human origins, and for the RTB creation model. In seeking to answer it, there is yet another question to consider: Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers?

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Origins
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  • What Microlensed Planets Reveal about Our Solar System

    May 5, 2016

    In the search for distant planetary systems, astronomers employ a special method to discover planets beyond the range of our telescopes. Thanks to the theory of general relativity, astronomers have access to gravitational lenses that far outstrip the power of any telescope they can build. But even with the amazing detection capabilities afforded to us by gravitational lensing, scientists have yet to discover a planetary system as hospitable to life as our own.

    • Solar System Design
  • Thank God for Merging Neutron Stars

    May 2, 2016

    Have you thanked God for neutron and black hole merging events today?... Without such events, Earth and the rest of the universe would lack the abundance of elements heavier than zinc that are needed for the existence of billions of people on a single planet.

    • Universe Design
  • What Dinosaur Soft Tissue Says about the Earth’s Age

    May 1, 2016

    Perhaps one of the more amazing discoveries made in recent years has been the recovery of original soft tissue remnants within the fossilized remains of dinosaurs that lived nearly 80 million years ago.

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • Structure of Dinosaur Collagen Unravels the Case for a Young Earth

    April 28, 2016

    One of the most provocative pieces of evidence young-earth creationists cite for a 6,000- to 10,000-year-old Earth is the discovery of soft-tissue remains in a dinosaur specimen that dates around 68 million years old.

    • Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth
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  • Why Do Mitochondria Have DNA?

    April 25, 2016

    Whenever I speak on university campuses, students challenge me with the endosymbiont hypothesis. This hypothesis is an important facet of the evolutionary paradigm, presumably providing an explanation for the origin of eukaryotic (or complex) cells.

    • Design
    • Bad Designs
  • 10 Ways to Thank God on Earth Day

    April 21, 2016

    Every year on April 22, millions of people worldwide will gather on local beaches, streets, and parks to collect trash, plant trees, and honor and celebrate our Earth.... Rather than dismissing the holiday as just another day, Earth Day can remind us of the carefully crafted and fine-tuned home God has made for us.

    • Moon Design
    • Earth Design
  • Radiation on Mars Endangers Life

    April 18, 2016

    The desire to explore our neighboring planet reveals two important facts. First, as we understand the risks of traveling to Mars, we also learn how to better care for all of humanity. Second, the dangers of long-term space travel show the phenomenal capacity of Earth to support life.

    • Mars
    • Astronomy
  • Complex Carbohydrates Illustrate the Design in Cells

    April 14, 2016

    Life requires information, and information is the product of mind. We know that DNA and protein structures are information-rich molecules. However, what is less known is that carbohydrates are perhaps the most information-rich molecules in the cell—making them evidence that life is the product of an intelligent Creator, and not of chance.

    • Life Design
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  • A Christian Perspective on Brain-Computer Interfaces

    April 11, 2016

    Tragic stories abound about people who have suffered disabling injuries that have stripped them of their quality of life. But perhaps none is more heartbreaking than the story of Rosemary Johnson.

    • Image of God
    • Historical Theology
  • Responding to the Nonempirical Case for Atheism

    April 7, 2016

    Today, the physical and historical evidence for the existence of the God of the Bible is so extensive and compelling that unbelieving skeptics are increasingly resorting to nonempirical arguments to defend their unbelief. That is, they appeal to what we do not yet know or cannot possibly know about the universe and insist that some exotic science might one day allow us to conceive of life existing apart from God.

    • Naturalism
    • Atheism
    • Argument from Reason
  • Bacteria May Offer a Climate Change Solution

    April 4, 2016

    What is the dominant and most abundant life-form on Earth? Surprisingly, it is not humans, cows, trees, grass, or insects. By a very wide margin, bacteria dominate our planet.

    • Life Design
  • How Milk and Bacteria Help Us Grow

    March 31, 2016

    Little did I know that, from a young age, milk was playing an important role in my health. It turns out milk is beneficial—but only if I have a healthy microbiota (bacteria) in my gut.

    • Symbiosis
    • TCM
    • RTB's Creation Model
    • Life Design
    • Evolution
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  • Are Evolutionists Lowering the Standard of Life?

    March 28, 2016

    One of my pet peeves is when people endow viruses and cells with anthropomorphic abilities and characteristics. I used to tell my students at the University of Virginia how imprecise and unscientific this is.

    • TCM
    • RTB's Creation Model
    • Consciousness
    • Evolution
  • 3 Ways Planet Earth Stands Out

    March 24, 2016

    Is Earth special? A large fraction of the scientific community doesn’t think so. In fact, most have adopted the Copernican principle, believing that Earth’s capacity to support life is commonplace. However, a number of factors indicate that Earth may be rare (or possibly unique) in its capacity to support life—even among the 100 sextillion terrestrial planets in the observable universe, according to a recent paper.

    • Exoplanets
    • Astronomy
  • Why Are the Aliens Silent?

    March 21, 2016

    Are we alone? This question has intrigued humanity for millennia. Hollywood has made billions of dollars producing movies that speculate on the answer.

    • Exoplanets
    • Astronomy
  • Ultraviolet Light Illuminates More Problems for Chemical Evolution

    March 17, 2016

    When my wife and I visited Australia, our hosts warned us repeatedly to use sunscreen. The thinning ozone layer near the South Pole intensifies the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in Australia.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origin of Life
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