Viruses Fuel the Carbon Cycle and Digital Health | Stars, Cells, and God

Join Hugh Ross and James Patterson, MD, as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, including the reality of God’s existence. Viruses Fuel the Carbon Cycle (Hugh Ross) A recent study shows that DNA and RNA viruses in the oceans play a crucial role in the ocean carbon flux cycle. Additionally, they play significant roles in the sulfur, nitrogen, and deep ocean cycles. Viruses deposit huge amounts of carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, and oxygen on an ongoing basis onto the ocean floors. Once there, subducting plates move these elements into Earth’s mantle. Without this process, advanced life wouldn’t be possible. These huge deposits require that ocean viruses be extremely abundant and diverse and that they be specifically designed in a variety of ways so that advanced life can thrive. References: Diversity and Ecological Footprint of Global Ocean RNA Viruses Digital Health (James Patterson) In a world that is now more connected than ever in a digital sense, it seems that humans are becoming more and more disconnected. We’ve all seen it—a room full of people, all staring at their smartphones. Why is that? Why are more people depressed and suicidal now than ever before? What can we do to promote healthy living in a digitally connected society? References: Glenn Geher, “The Dark Side of Civilization,” https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/darwins-subterranean-world/202209/the-dark-side-civilization