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  • Operon Synteny Brings Order to the Case for Intelligent Design, Part 1 (of 2)

    July 20, 2011

    Getting a head start has its advantages. If you are an early bird, you will get the worm. And if you are in the U. S. Army, you will “do more before 9:00 AM than most people do all day.”

    • Biochemical Design
  • Resolving Faint Sun Paradoxes, Part 2

    July 18, 2011

    First articulated in the early 1970s, the faint Sun paradox (also known as the faint young Sun paradox) reveals that the Sun today is about 30 percent brighter than it was when life originated on Earth 3.8 billion years ago. The question then is how did life survive the radical change in the Sun’s luminosity?

    • Solar System Design
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Order vs. Chaos

    July 15, 2011

    My husband, Mike, is devoted to order. He even has a standard way of tucking his shoelaces into his shoes after removing them. I discovered that such traits can be inherited when Mike’s mom showed me a drawer belonging to his dad. It was impeccably organized.

    • Problem of Evil
    • Parasites & Diseases
    • Biochemical Design
  • Convergent Buoyancy System Sinks Evolutionary Paradigm

    July 13, 2011

    Question: What do the massive sperm whale and the microscopic copepods have in common?

    • Convergence
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  • Resolving Faint Sun Paradoxes, Part 1

    July 11, 2011

    A “paradox” is not two articles residing on your computer. Nor is it two PhDs. Rather, it is an apparent contradiction for which known facts must provide some resolution.

    • Solar System Design
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Becoming Human—Fast!

    July 8, 2011

    While recording a recent episode of the I Didn’t Know That! podcast, my colleague Fuz Rana responded to a listener who wanted to know if there is enough time (from an evolutionary perspective) between the divergence of chimps and humans from their common ancestors for humans to have evolved. In other words: Is the rate of evolution sufficient to explain the differences between humans and chimps?

    • Humans vs. Chimps
    • Evolutionary Trees
  • Does the Evolution of Caffeine-Eating Bacteria Stimulate the Case for Biological Evolution?

    July 6, 2011

    Even though I’m not a coffee drinker . . . from time to time I’ll find myself singing the famous Folgers Coffee jingle: “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!”

    • Speciation Events
  • The Remarkable Design of the Solar System’s Turbulent Youth, Part 6

    July 4, 2011

    The solar system’s youth was a busy one—full of fine-tuned activity. In the previous five parts of this series I’ve described several of the major milestones of the solar system’s early years.

    • Solar System Design
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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  • FOXP2: A Gene to Remember

    July 1, 2011

    As a scientist and a female in a male-dominated profession, I tend to like science-fiction, action-adventure, and crime movies a little more than most of my female friends, but I still enjoy an occasional chick flick. One of my favorites is Sleepless in Seattle.

  • Viral-Binding Protein Design Makes the Case for Intelligent Design Sick! (as in cool)

    June 29, 2011

    Nobody likes getting the flu. In fact, the influenza virus represents a serious health challenge. For most people it causes a few days of misery, but tragically for others, it takes their lives.

    • Artificial Life in the Lab
  • The Remarkable Design of the Solar System’s Turbulent Youth, Part 5

    June 27, 2011

    Everyone knows our teenage years can be turbulent—yet they also shape us and equip us for adulthood. Likewise, the solar system’s youth, wild as it was, prepared the way for advanced life, particularly humanity, to exist on Earth. This TNRTB series is devoted to exploring the different stages of the solar system’s youth.

    • Solar System Design
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Your $45,000 Eyes

    June 24, 2011

    In May 2011, Foxnews.com’s SciTech section featured the Hasselblad H4D-200MS, a 200-megapixel camera designed for use in high-end commercial photography studios “‘where there is no room for compromise in image quality.’” The price tag?—$45,000.

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  • Functional Pseudogenes Are Everywhere!

    June 23, 2011

    Like most children in the early 1970s, my Saturday morning routine centered round cartoon shows.

    • Junk DNA
  • The Remarkable Design of the Solar System’s Turbulent Youth, Part 4

    June 20, 2011

    Throughout this article series, I’ve highlighted major events that took place during our solar system’s youth and helped pave the way for the eventual appearance of humanity. In part 1, I described the solar system’s birthing experience. Part 2 outlined the 50 million years of fine-tuning following the solar system’s birth, particularly (1) the configuration of the gas giant planets and (2) the collision event that formed the Moon. In part 3, I began describing other fine-tuned events that took place during the next 800 million years of the solar system’s history, specifically the Sun’s instability and the migration of Jupiter and Saturn into their present orbits.

    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Jupiter Migration Limits Mars’ Mass

    June 17, 2011

    “Drawing the short stick.” Playing “One of these things is not like the others”. Getting “black-balled.” Each of these concepts or games hinges on something unusual or unexpected. Mars plays a similar role as astronomers try to understand how the solar system formed.

    • Solar System Design
  • Does New Date for Neanderthal Extinction Mean the End of Human-Neanderthal Interbreeding?

    June 14, 2011

    Some scientists think Neanderthals may still be among us—or at least a few of their genes—given recent work that suggests these creatures interbred with modern humans.

    • Neanderthals
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  • The Remarkable Design of the Solar System’s Turbulent Youth, Part 3

    June 13, 2011

    More and more research shows that it’s one thing for the solar system to support unicellular life; it’s quite another matter to reach the ability to host advanced life. Supporting human civilization presents even more daunting requirements. The major events that took place between about 30 million to a billion years after the solar system’s birth present a picture of exquisite fine-tuning necessary for humanity’s existence.

    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Evolution and Stamp Collecting, Part 2 (of 2)

    June 10, 2011

    Part one of this series reviewed Nobel laureate Earnest Rutherford’s famous statement (“In science there is only physics; everything else is stamp collecting”) in the context of the modern theory of naturalistic macroevolution.

  • New Insight on Starch Grains Recovered from Neanderthal Teeth

    June 8, 2011

    What do you do when someone has a piece of food caught between his or her teeth? Call attention to it? Ignore it and hope they discover it later on their own? Either way, it is an awkward situation.

    • Neanderthals
  • The Remarkable Design of the Solar System’s Turbulent Youth, Part 2

    June 6, 2011

    In part 1 of this series on the solar system’s youth I described the solar system’s exquisitely fine-tuned birthing experience. Here, in part 2, I will describe amazing events that took place in the solar system’s toddlerhood. As with the solar system’s birthing experience, these events had to be perfectly fine-tuned in order for advanced life on Earth to have a chance.

    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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