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  • ATP Synthase Ratchets Up the Case for Intelligent Design

    April 27, 2011

    I love reading Shakespeare’s plays and seeing them performed. One of the things that fascinates me about the Bard’s work is his use of dramatic devices such as a “play within a play.” He effectively employed this technique in both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet as a way to advance the plot, with each mock performance serving as a mirror for the events and the themes of the main play.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Interpreting Creation, Part 2: Science-Faith Models

    April 25, 2011

    Creationists and evolutionists employ dozens of models for addressing science-faith issues and for developing interpretative tools within the framework of those models.

    • General Apologetics
  • “Junk” DNA: An Outdated Concept, Part 4 (of 6)

    April 22, 2011

    In this series, we’ve been discussing the use of so-called “junk” DNA—specifically Alu elements—as an argument for evolution. In part 1, I explained why evolutionists might believe that junk DNA is a sound argument and gave an overview of where we would be going in this series. In part 2, I covered the structure of a typical Alu element, the structural motifs present in Alu elements, and the location of these elements throughout the human genome.

    • Junk DNA
  • Protein-Protein Interactions Fine-Tune the Case for Intelligent Design

    April 20, 2011

    I recently bumped into an acquaintance outside the Staples Center after a Lakers game. Neither of us was aware the other was at the game. Yet, even if we had known and were intentionally keeping an eye out for one another, we probably would never have been able to connect; the crowds at Lakers games are just too heavy.

    • Biochemical Design
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  • Interpreting Creation, Part 1: Apologetics Methods

    April 18, 2011

    Even though there are over a dozen new faith-building scientific discoveries...

    • General Apologetics
  • “Junk” DNA: An Outdated Concept, Part 3 (of 6)

    April 15, 2011

    This article series has been exploring the issue of so-called “junk” DNA being used as evidence for evolution. Many biologists argue that these DNA segments must be the product of naturalistic processes because (1) they appear to be functionless (therefore labeled “junk”); and (2) they are frequently located in the same place in the genomes of related organisms. But scientific research puts this perspective into question.

    • Junk DNA
  • Does Discovery of Ammonia in Meteorites Breathe Life into the Origin of Life?

    April 13, 2011

    I remember the locker room pranks we used to play on each other during high school. One of them involved breaking an ammonia capsule and placing it under some unsuspecting person’s nose. Even though these capsules are meant to revive someone who has been knocked out, I never saw one used in that manner. But I saw plenty of them broken open as part of a practical joke.

    • Panspermia
  • Rare Amino Acid Challenge to the Origin of Life

    April 11, 2011

    Every life-form requires protein molecules. Proteins are complex assemblages of twenty different kinds of amino acids that fall into four general categories: nonpolar, polar uncharged, acidic (negatively charged), and basic (positively charged).

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
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  • “Junk” DNA: An Outdated Concept, Part 2 (of 6)

    April 8, 2011

    In the first article in this series, I recalled my experience of hearing a biologist use the presence of Alu elements (a type of so-called “junk DNA”) in the human genome as a “proof” of evolution. My natural skepticism prompted me to look into the biologist’s claims. Even a preliminary review of the research revealed that supposed “junk DNA” isn’t such a wise choices for proving evolution.

    • Junk DNA
  • Gene Deserts Take the Life out of Evolution’s Best Argument

    April 6, 2011

    I always imagined the desert as a lifeless sea of sand and heat—at least until about eight years ago. In early February I drove across the Mojave Desert on my way to Las Vegas. To my surprise, the desert landscape was vibrant with life at that time of the year.

    • Junk DNA
  • Plate Tectonics Design

    April 4, 2011

    The phrase “a hard nut to crack” aptly describes coconuts, Brazil nuts, and spies trained to resist interrogation. A new research study by Yale University geophysicist Jun Korenaga demonstrates that planets are hard to crack, too.1 In fact, planets are much harder to crack than planetary astronomers presumed previously.

    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • “Junk” DNA: An Outdated Concept, Part 1 (of 6)

    April 1, 2011

    Recently, I sat in an audience of nearly 500 Christian leaders and listened to a biologist use the presence of Alu elements (a type of so-called “junk DNA”) in the human genome as a “proof” of evolution. Since I’ve always been a skeptical sort—especially when it comes to my own field—I whipped out my laptop and quickly scanned the scientific literature on the topic.

    • Junk DNA
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  • The Blueprint for an Artificial Cell

    March 30, 2011

    It isn’t such a good idea to try to build a house without a set of blueprints to guide the construction. The same goes for building cells. That’s why a team of synthetic biologists from Rockefeller University recently published the blueprint for the artificial cell project, a research program aiming to design a synthetic cell from “scratch.”1

    • Artificial Life in the Lab
  • Putting Cosmic Creation to the Test

    March 28, 2011

    Thanks to an avalanche of astronomical discoveries made over the past five decades, we now know that the Bible, despite being written thousands of years ago, is correct in all its descriptions of the fundamental elements of big bang cosmology.1 Since these statements were unique to the Bible until the twentieth century and because they are so detailed and specific, they rank as one of the most dramatic examples of the Bible’s predictive power.

    • Universe Design
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang
  • Purposeful Plate Tectonics

    March 25, 2011

    As we continue to watch and pray and grieve over the developments in Japan, we may anticipate hearing people ask why God permits such catastrophes as earthquakes and tsunamis. Yet without plate tectonics (the source of these natural disasters), our life-filled planet would look more like celestial neighbors Venus, Mars, and Mercury: barren and hostile.

    • Plate Tectonics
  • Alu Sequences in Primate Genomes: Evidence for Common Descent or Common Design?

    March 22, 2011

    If someone had an hour to convince an audience of pastors that humans and chimpanzees evolved from a common ancestor, what evidence would he or she cite?

    • Junk DNA
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  • Most Extreme Extremophile

    March 21, 2011

    All of us can remember at least one really strange friend, teacher, relative, or associate. Among Earth’s species, too, are many really strange life-forms. Biologists call them extremophiles—life that can’t live under benign conditions but are able to survive and, to some limited extent, even thrive under hostile conditions. A list of well-studied extremophiles includes (-phile = loving; -tolerant = able to put up with):

    • Life Design
  • Multiverse Musings: Fine-tuning and B-theories of Time

    March 18, 2011
    • Multiverse
  • Orangutan Genetic Diversity Sheds Light on Humanity’s Origin

    March 16, 2011

    In retrospect, it was probably not one of Clint Eastwood’s finest moments, starring along side an orangutan in 1978’s Every Which Way But Loose.

    • Adam & Eve
  • Earth’s Primordial Atmosphere Must Be Fine-Tuned

    March 14, 2011

    An adult human can last 40 days without food, a week without any sleep, three days without water, but only five minutes without air. Yet nothing is more taken for granted than the air we breathe. However, not just any air will do—it must be exquisitely designed to meet our needs.

    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Earth/Moon Design
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