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Podcast Highlight: A Treasure Chest of Discoveries

The month of July has been chock-full of scientific breakthroughs. RTB’s flagship podcast, Science News Flash (SNF), seeks to address some of these headline-grabbing discoveries and evaluate them from a Christian perspective. This month our scholars took to the recording studio to weigh in on several, including: a cosmic observation of a beloved and bling-worthy element, the finding of an Old Testament artifact, and the possibility of habitable alien planets. Get up-to-date with the most recent news in the scientific community with these latest episodes.

  • July 17, 2013, “There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills” — Did you know the gold in your family heirloom and jewelry is the result of past cosmic events? Scientists recently observed the aftereffects of a neutron-star collision and found that it produced approximately 20 Earth-masses’ worth of gold and other high-density elements. Listen in as astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink discusses how this shimmering discovery provides more evidence for a finely tuned universe.
  • July 10, 2013, “Ancient Finds Support the Old Testament” — Archaeologists unearthed a shard of pottery in Jerusalem that dates back to the time of King Solomon’s reign (10th century BC). How does this finding impact the Christian faith? It seems that the more archaeologists uncover in the Middle East, the more evidence it provides for the accuracy and reliability of the Bible, specifically concerning events in the Old Testament. Download SNF to hear astronomer and pastor Hugh Ross connect this ancient “buried treasure” to historical accounts in Scripture.
  • July 2, 2013, “Do Clouds on Alien Planets Indicate Life Is Possible?” — Climatologist Kevin Birdwell and astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink address scientists’ recent estimate that the Milky Way Galaxy alone may host 60 billion planets that could support life. So, what characteristics does a planet need to make it fit for life? One feature is the balance of a planet’s atmosphere. Using advanced 3-D models, scientists simulated an exoplanet’s atmospheric composition and hypothesized that specific cloud cover could be a key indicator of life on alien planets. Check out this episode of SNF to hear Kevin and Jeff discuss how this cutting-edge research applies to the RTB model. 

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