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Solving the Heavy Element Abundance Anomaly

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New measurements announced by Michigan State University physicists at the April, 2005 American Physical Society Meeting have solved a long-standing anomaly in the biblically predicted big bang creation model. For the last few decades astronomers have noted that the universe produces much more very heavy elements like silver, gold, and uranium than what they would predict for a big bang universe that has been expanding for about 14 billion years. The team measured for the first time the radiometric decay half-life for nickel-78. Its half-life value of 110 milliseconds was just one-fourth of what theorists had presumed. When the new, corrected value is used, the anomaly disappears. This resolution vindicates the biblical cosmic model while striking a blow at the young-earth and many atheistic cosmic models. It also suggests that God designed the half-life of nickel-78 so as to provide humanity with the high abundance of very heavy elements it needs for survival and for launching a high-tech civilization.

o   Peter Weiss, “Test Puts Pedal to Heavy Metal,” Science News 167 (2005), 318.


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