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Creation Update Archive - 2004


Welcome to the 2004 collection of Creation Update Archives

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Creation Update #206
Christian Perspectives on NASA’s Mission to Mars
Air-date: 01-06-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager
Special guest: Dr. David Rogstad, from Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Spirit’s landing on Mars
      • Mars Exploration Rover Mission (JPL/NASA web site)
    • Davies’ perspective on the “follow the water” roadmap to life
      • Paul. C.W. Davies, “How Bio-Friendly is the Universe,” International Journal of Astrobiology 2 (2003), 115-120.
    • Binary pulsar — another test for general relativity
      • M. Burgay, et al, “An Increased Estimate of the Merger Rate of Double Neutron Stars from Observations of Highly Relativistic System,” Nature 426 (2003), 531-533.
      • E.P.J. van der Heuvel, “Testing Time for Gravity,” Nature 426 (2003), 504-505.
      • Also mentioned: The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
    • New geo-chemical marker for early life on Earth — uranium/thorium fractionation
      • Minik T. Rosing and Robert Frei, “U-rich Archaean sea-floor sediments from Greenland — indications of >3700 Ma oxygenic photosynthesis,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 6907 (2003), 1-8.
    • Also listen to Hugh and Fuz’s predictions for 2004.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC: Needed help responding to an atheist’s objection to the Bible’s use of figurative language
    • Ed in Medford, OR: Wanted Hugh’s comments on the ID movement by Kenneth Miller on PBS.org
    • Mike in Portland, OR: Is there evidence for speciation in the fossil record?
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Crash Course on Logic: Inductive vs. Deductive reasoning

Creation Update #207
Lion Man Statue Update
Air-date: 01-13-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Lion man statue update
      • Anthony Sinclair, “Art of the ancients,” Nature 426 (2003), 774-775.
      • Nicholas J. Conard, “Palaeolithic ivory sculptures from southwestern Germany and the origins of figurative art,” Nature 426 (2003), 830-832.
      • Listen to our previous discussion on the original Lion Man statue on Creation Update (09-16-2003)
    • Modern human remains discovered in Arctic at 30,000 years ago
      • Richard Stone, “A Surprising Survival Story in the Siberian Arctic,” Science 303 (2004), 33.
      • V.V. Pitulko, P.A. Nikosky, et al., “The Yana RHS Site: Humans in the Arctic Before the Last Glacial Maximum,” Science 303 (2004), 52-56.
      • A discussion about the date of Noah's Flood and early human migration
    • Ocean pumps
      • J.L. Sarmiento, et al., “High-Latitude Controls of Thermocline Nutrients and Low Latitude Biological Activity,” Nature 427 (2004), 56-60.
      • Joachim Ribbe, “The Southern Supplier,” Nature 427 (2004), 23-24.
    • Biochemical design — Translocase protein
      • Bert Van Den Berg, et al., “X-Ray Structure of a Protein-Conducting Channel,” Nature 427 (2004), 36-44.
      • Jordi Benach and John F. Hunt, “Shape-Shifting Protein Channel,” Nature 427 (2004), 24-26.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Mark in Wisconsin: Wanted the guys to comment on a quote about the “Michelangelo effect” to explain the “big bang” of art.
    • Mike in Venice, CA: What does Hugh count as the “window of time” for human existence?
  • E-mail Questions
    • Troy in Tuscon, AZ: Is homosexuality genetic?
    • Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church’s Debate, by Stanton and Yarhouse [NOT YET ADDED TO WEB STORE]
    • Lights in the Sky in Little Green Men featured in Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint commentary (#040113 – 01/13/2004)
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • “Straw Man” Fallacy

 


Creation Update #208
Refining the Idea of Galactic Habitable Zones
Air-date: 01-20-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager
With special guest, Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, astronomer from Iowa State University

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Galactic habitable zones
      • Charles H. Lineweaver, Yeshe Fenner and Brad K. Gibson, “The Galactic Habitable Zone and the Age Distribution of Complex Life in the Milky Way,” Science 303 (2003), 59-62.
      • Robert Irion, “Are Most Life-Friendly Stars Older Than the Sun?” Science 303 (2003), 27.
      • Also mentioned: Privileged Planet, by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards (upcoming release)
      • Recommended Resources: The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross and Journey Toward Creation (VHS or DVD)
    • Strange stars
      • Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, et al., “Origin and Interpretation of Kilohertz Quasi-Periodic Oscillations from Strange Stars in an X-Ray Binary System: Theoretical Hydrodynamical Description,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 584 (2004), L83-L86.
      • Xiang-Dong, et al., “On the Nature of the Compact Star in 4U 1728-34,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 527 (1999), L51-L54.
    • mDNA mutation rate update
      • Eduardo Ruiz-Pesini, et al., “Effects of Purifying and Adaptive Selection on Regional Variation in Human mtDNA,” Science 303 (2004), 223-226.
      • Listen to our previous discussion on the mDNA mutation rates in Adelie penguins on Creation Update (04-16-2002).
    • Human genetic bottlenecks
      • James V. Briskie and Myles Mackintosh, “Hatching Failure Increases with Severity of Population Bottlenecks in Birds,” PNAS 101 (2004), 558-561.
      • Also mentioned: The Genesis Question, by Hugh Ross
  • Email Questions
    • John in Raleigh, NC: Why would an all-loving God create a world with vicious savagery and carnivorous activity?
      • Resources Recommended:
      • Life and Death in Eden (audio series; audiotape and CD)
      • Consider the Ant, Creation Update (air-date: 02-04-03)
      • Microbial diseases are a part of God's good design, Creation Update (air-date: 3-25-03)
      • The Problem of Evil, Message of the Month (2004) - Sample Audio
    • Tim in Japan: Wanted Hugh’s response to a PhysicsWeb news item that some physicists (and some Christians) doubt the existence of dark energy
      • PhysicsWeb.org story: “New doubts on dark energy” by Belle Dume
      • Technical Paper: D.H. Lumb, et al., “The XMM--NEWTON Omega Project: I. The X-ray Luminosity - Temperature Relation at z>0.4,” Astronomy & Astrophysics pre-print (November 14, 2003), arXiv:astro-ph/0311344 v1.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Crash Course on Logic: Fallacies of Irrelevancy — ad hominem fallacy, ad baculum fallacy, “red herring” fallacy

 


Creation Update #209
Mars Updates
Air-date: 01-27-2004
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Mars updates with physicist, Dr. David Rogstad, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      • Mars Exploration Rover Mission (JPL/NASA web site)
      • Antenna Arraying Techniques in the Deep Space Network, by David H. Rogstad, et al. (available through Reasons To Believe by calling 800-482-7836)
    • Human/chimp DNA comparisons — brain development
      • Patrick D. Evans et al., “Adaptive evolution of ASPM, a major determinant of cerebral cortical size in humans,” Human Molecular Genetics 13 (2004), advanced on-line access.
      • Human Language Gene, Creation Update (air-date: 08-20-2002)
    • Ancient DNA breakthrough
      • Eske Willerselv et al., “Long-Term Persistence of Bacterial DNA,” Current Biology 14 (2004), R9.
      • Michael Hofreiter et al., “Evidence for Reproductive Isolation between Cave Bear Populations,” Current Biology 14 (2004), 40-43.
    • Cave bears — convergence update
      • Michael Hofreiter, et al., “Ancient DNA Analyses Reveal High Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Diversity and Parallel Morphological Evolution of Late Pleistocene Cave Bears,” Molecular Biology and Evolution 19 (2002), 1244-1250.
    • Fungus farming in snails
      • Brian R. Silliman and Steven Y. Newell, “Fungal Farming in a Snail,” PNAS, USA 100 (2003), 15643-15648.
      • John Whitfield, “Snails Farm Fungus,” Nature Science Update (December 2, 2003).
      • Consider the Ant, Creation Update (air-date: 02-04-2003)
      • Convergence Update: Fungus farming ants, Creation Update (air-date: 11-26-2002)
      • Symbiosis - More Complex Than We Knew, by Hugh Ross
  • Call In Questions
    • Dave from Goldendale, WA: Wanted our response to an article in Discover magazine, “Before the Big Bang.”
    • Steve in Modesto, CA: Wouldn’t “junk DNA” be the same in all mammals?
    • Ron in Kansas City, MO: How does naturalism account for “memory” in biological systems?
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment

 


Creation Update #210
Breaking The DaVinci Code
Air-date: 02-03-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager
Special Guest: Collin Hansen from Christianity Today

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Pleiades — accurate and reliable distance measurement
      • Xiaopei Pan, M. Shao and S.R. Kulkarni, “A Distance of 133-137 Parsecs to the Pleiades Star Cluster,” Nature 427 (2004), 326-328.
      • Bohdan Paczynski, “A Problem of Distance,” Nature 427 (2004), 299-300.
    • Discussion of the ekpyrotic big bang model
      • Michael Lemonick, “Before the Big Bang,” Discover (February 2004), 35-41.
    • Putting Neanderthals to the Test — Evaluating models
      • Katerina Harvati ey al., “Neanderthal Taxonomy Reconsidered: Implications of 3D Primate Models of Intra- and Interspecific Differences,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 101 (2004), 1147-1152.
      • William L. Jungers et al., “Hypoglossal Canal Size in Living Hominoids and the Evolution of Human Speech,” Human Biology 75 (2003), 473-484.
  • Call In Questions
    • Josh in Huntington, WV: Don’t we have to know about all of the fundamental constants before declaring the probability of the universe developing through random chance?
    • Steve in Modesto, CA: Wanted Hugh’s response to Paul Davies speed of light discovery?
      • Listen to our discussion about Paul Davies’ paper and the speed of light, Creation Update (air-date 08-13-2002).
    • Paul C.W. Davies, Tamara M. Davis and Charles H. Lineweaver, "Cosmology: Black holes constrain varying constants," Nature 418 (August 8, 2002), 602-603.
    • Ed in Medford, OR: Wanted Hugh and Fuz’s response to a book called, Unintelligent Design by Mark Perakn.
      • Also mentioned, Information Theory & Molecular Biology, by Hubert Yockey
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • Interview with Colin Hansen at Christian History magazine about the book, The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown
    • Read Colin’s article: Breaking The DaVinci Code, in Christianity Today
    • Other resources related to the canon of the Bible:
      • The Canon, by F.F. Bruce
      • General Introduction of the Bible, by Norm Geisler
      • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce
      • The Origin of the Bible, by Philip Comfort

Creation Update Primetime #7
02-06-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager, Special Guest: Stanton Jones

- Homoexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate


Creation Update #211
Theological Potpourri
Air-date: 02-10-2004
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Genetic similarities between humans and coral
      • R. Daniel Kortschak, et al., “EST Analysis of the Cnidarian Acropora millepora Reveals Extensive Gene Loss and Rapid Sequence Divergence in the Model Invertebrates,” Current Biology 13 (2004), 2190-2195.
      • John Travis, “Reef Relations,” Science News 165 (January 24, 2004), 55.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC: Are the Gospels fiction?
      • The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, by Craig Blomberg
      • Myth and Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Religions of the Biblical World, by Jack Finegan
      • Power and Magic: The Concept of Power in Ephesians, by Clinton Arnold
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX: What’s the difference between saying, “God cannot lie” and “God will not lie”?
      • Know the Truth, by Bruce Milne
      • Systematic theology texts also recommended: Wayne Grudem, Millard Erickson, Louis Berkhof
    • Joe in Bismark, ND: Is God a “risk taker” in the same way that humans are?
    • Jeff in Valley Forge, PA: Does RTB’s “testable” approach to apologetics neglect the sinful nature of humans?
    • Morgan in Tennessee: How do you respond the young earth objection that any blood shed before the fall undermines Christ’s atonement?
      • The Atonement: Its Meaning and Significance, by Leon Morris
  • Email Questions
    • Addressed some questions by a Muslim in response to Fuz’s testimony message; discussion of “tolerance”
      • Learn more about textual criticism:
        • The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, by Bruce Metzger (or any of Metzger’s books)
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment: Crash Course on Logic
    • ad Populum (appeal to the people) / ad Misericordiam (appeal to pity) / Wishful Thinking
      • Book on logic recommended by Ken: Attacking Faulty Reasoning, by T. Edward Damer

 


Creation Update #212
Why did God wait billions of years before creating humans?
Air-date: 02-17-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • New class of astronomical objects discovered:
      • Anton M. Koekemoer, et al., “A Possible New Population of Sources with Extreme X-Ray/Optical Ratios,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 600 (2004), L123-L126.
    • Astrosexology
      • Karine Van Doninick, Isa Schon, and Koen Martens, “A Perspective on the Importance of Reproductive Mode in Astrobiology,” Astrobiology 3 (2003), 657-671.
  • Science in the News
    • Farthest Known Object from Earth Detected.  [based on paper submitted to the Astrophysical Journal]
    • Discussion of therapeutic cloning:
      • Scientists Describe Korean Cloning Breakthrough, Reuters News
      • Listen to past discussions of adult stem cells (08-12-03) and xenotransplantation (12-09-2003) on Creation Update
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC: Wanted Hugh’s comments on Josephus’ description to creation.
      • Robert Newman’s thesis on the 2nd creation day: (Catalog #N11) Robert C. Newman, The Biblical Firmament: Vault or Vapor? IBRI, 2000. $7.95. ISBN 0-944788-80-7.
    • Kenny in Milton, FL: What effect does recombination have on dating mitochondrial Eve?
    • Ed in Des Moines, IA: How can Michael Shermer  promote both atheism and religious pluralism?
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX: What attributes of God did Jesus posses? Did Jesus know the future?
    • Mike in Indiana: Does “absolute truth” actually exist?
    • Jon in Costa Mesa, CA: Wanted to get Hugh’s comments on the geometry of the universe.
      • The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene
    • Jim in Annapolis, MD: What is the “particle physics” of Moonies?
  • Theology/Philosophy segment: Crash Course on Logic
    • Hasty Generalization
    • False Cause
      • post hoc ergo proctor hoc
      • not the cause of the cause
      • oversimplified cause

 


Creation Update #213
Homochirality Problem Still a Problem
Air-date: 02-24-2004
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Homochirality
      • Sandra Pizzarello and Arthur L. Weber, “Prebiotic Amino Acids as Asymmetric Catalysts,” Science 303 (2004), 1151.
      • C. Mendoza, et al., “Quantum-Chemical Modeling of Interstellar Grain Prebiotic Chemistry: Catalytic Synthesis of Glycine and Alanine on the Surface of a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Flake,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 601 (2004), L59-L62.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Damien in Sydney, Australia: How can the “horizon problem” be resolved for the big bang model?
    • Dave in Goldendale, WA: Did hominids have body hair?
    • Justin in Allerton, IL: Are there any science discoveries that contradict the Gap Theory?
      • “Closing the Gap: A Scientist’s Response to the Gap Theory,” Hugh Ross and John Rea
      • Moon Dust No Longer Useful” - Answers in Genesis
      • Arguments we think Creationists should NOT use” - Answers in Genesis web
    • Ed in Des Moines, IA: Wanted Ken to comment on an example of a logical fallacy
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX: Wanted Ken’s comments on the epistemology of the agnostic
    • Jim in Lusby, MD: Have scientists conceded the existence of a transcendent Creator?
      • Listen to our discussion of the ekpyrotic big bang model on a past edition of Creation Update (airdate 02-03-2004).
      • Listen to our discussion of the dodecahedral model of the universe on a past edition of Creation Update (airdate 10-21-2003).
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Are Catholics Christians?
      • Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie (available through Amazon.com)

 


Creation Update Primetime #8
Inerrancy of the Bible
The Analogical Day View of Creation
Air-date: 02-27-2004
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Inerrancy of the Bible -- Interview with Dr. Norman Geisler
      • New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce
      • Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant? by Walt Kaiser (available through amazon.com)
      • The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, by Bruce Manning Metzger
      • When Critics Ask, by Norman Geisler
      • Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History, by Colin J. Hemer (available through amazon.com)
      • Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, edited by Norman Geisler (available through amazon.com)
      • Inerrancy, edited by Norman Geisler
      • Explaining Inerrancy, by R.C. Sproul (available through Ligonier Ministries)
      • Creating God in the Image of Man, by Norman Geisler
      • The Battle for God: Responding to the Challenge of Neotheism, by Norman L. Geisler (available through amazon.com)
      • Knowing the Truth about Creation, by Norman L. Geisler (out-of-print)
    • The Analogical Day View of Creation -- Interview with Dr. Vern Poythress
      • 3 Views on Creation and Evolution, edited by J.P. Moreland and John Mark Reynolds (available through amazon.com)
      • In the Beginning, by Herman Bavinck
      • A Christian View on Science and Scripture, by Bernard Ramm (out-of-print)

 


Creation Update #214
Red Planet Round-Up
Air-date: 03-02-2004
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • SETI update (Part 1)
    • SETI update (Part 2)
      • Richard A. Kerr, “No Din of Alien Chatter in Our Neighborhood,” Science 303 (2004), 1133.
    • Mars “drenched” in water — live feed from JPL news conference
    • Response from Hugh Ross about JPL's announcement.
      • Listen to our previous discussion: Davies’ perspective on the “follow the water” roadmap to life, on a previous episode of Creation Update (air-date: 01-06-2004)
    • Binary pulsar update
      • Edward P.J. van den Heuvel, “Double Pulsar Jackpot,” Science 303 (2004), 1143-1144.
      • A.G. Lyne, et al., “A Double-Pulsar System: A Rare Laboratory for Relativistic Gravity and Plasma Physics,” Science 303 (2004), 1153-1157.
      • Listen to our previous discussion: Binary pulsar — another test for general relativity, on a previous episode of Creation Update (air-date: 01-06-2004)
  • Call-In Questions
    • Jim in Loveland, CO: Can you give me an example of how various creation passages conflict if you adopt a young-earth perspective?
      • Scriptures Related To Creation, compiled by Hugh Ross
      • Life and Death in Eden (audiotape and CD)
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC: Does Genesis 9:2 say that animals were vegetarians before the Flood?
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX: Does Mel Gibson think that only traditional Catholics are going to heaven?
    • Joe in Bismark, ND: Wanted to offer his perspectives on the discovery of gerasite on Mars
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA: Are the recent discoveries of very early galaxies expected by scientists?
    • Chris in Bogart, GA: Wanted Hugh’s comments on Halton Arp.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • Review of Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of the Christ
      • For more the suffering of Jesus on the cross, we recommend our video, Behold the Man.

 


Creation Update #215
New Ethiopian Hominid Fossil Discovery
Air date: 3-09-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Hominid fossil teeth challenge evolutionary tree
      • Yohannes Haile-Selassie et al., Late Miocene Teeth from Middle Awash, Ethiopia, and Early Hominid Dental Evolution,” Science 303 (2004), 1503-1505;
      • David R. Begun, “The Earliest Hominins, Is Less More?”, Science 303 (2004), 1478-1480;
      • Leslea J. Hlusko, “Integrating the Genotype and Phenotype in Hominid Paleontology”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 101 (2004): 2653-2657; Yeast gene interaction study provides evidence for design
      • Amy Hin Yan Tong et al., "Global Mapping of the Yeast Genetic Interaction Network," Science 303 (2004), 808-13
      • Lee Hartwell, "Robust Interactions," Science 303 (2004), 774-75
    • Reionization of early universe affirms big bang predictions
      • J. Stuart B. Wyithe and Abraham Loeb, "A Large Neutral Fraction of Cosmic Hydrogen a Billion Years After the Big Bang," Nature 427 (2004), 815-17
      • S. George Djorgovski, "Out of the Dark Ages," Nature 427 (2004), 790-91
      • Resource: Journey Toward Creation
  • Call-in Question
    • Roger from Portland, ME: Thanks RTB for bolstering his faith in God
  • Philosophical/Theological Segment
    • Discussion of informal logical fallacies
      • Gambler's fallacy
      • Genetic fallacy
        • Resource: C.U. interview with Stanton Jones
        • Resource: T. Edward Damer, Attacking Faulty Reasoning,
        • Resource: Norman L. Geisler and Ronald M. Brooks, Come Let Us Reason,

 


Creation Update #216
10th “Planet” Found
Air date: 3-16-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Sedna planetoid discovery in Oort cloud
      • Most Distant Object in Solar System Discovered,” Jet Propulsion Laboratory News Release (March 14, 2004).
      • Most Distant Object in Solar System Discovered” Spizer Space Telescope research
    • South African caves
      • Richard G. Klein, Graham Avery, et al., “The Ysterfontein 1 Middle Stone Age site, South Africa, and early human exploitation of coastal resources,” PNAS Early Edition (2004).
      • Recommended book: The Dawn of Human Culture, by Richard Klein (available through Reasons To Believe by calling 800-482-7836)
    • Response to Wall Street Journal editorial about Intelligent Design
      • Sharon Begley, “Evolution Critics Come Under Fire for Flaws in ‘Intelligent Design,’” Wall Street Journal (February 13, 2004).
      • Biochemical design tape: Beyond Irreducible Complexity, by Fuz Rana
    • Yucatan crater and the K-T Extinction
      • Gerta Keller, Thierry Adatte, et al., “Chicxulub impact predates the K-T boundary mass extinction,” PNAS 101 (March 16, 2004), 3753-3758.
      • S. Perkins, “Lowering the Boom,” Science (March 6, 2004), 150.
      • Dinosaur extinction and replacement, Creation Update (air-date May 28, 2002).
      • Triassic-Jurassic extinction - 10,000 year window? Creation Update (air-date: July 30, 2002).
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC: Is the use of probability a valid argument for the existence of God?
    • Sam in Los Angeles, CA: Could mDNA techniques be used to analyze other species?
  • Field Report
    • Jack Chapin checks in with a report about his testimony in front of the Ohio State School Board
    • Tim Boyle joins us in studio to give a report about his ministry in Japan and the Japanese translations of selected RTB papers on his web site.
  • Crash Course on Logic

 


Creation Update #217
Searching for the “God” Particle
Air date: 3-23-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager
Interview with particle physicist, Dr. Mike Strauss at the University of Oklahoma

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Neanderthal/Modern human interbreeding?
      • David Serre, et al., “No Evidence of Neandertal mtDNA Contribution to Early Modern Humans,” PLOS Biology (March 2004), 0313-0317.
      • Michael Hopkin, “Early man steered clear of Neanderthal romance,” Nature Science update (March 16, 2004), online only.
    • The “God” Particle — Higgs boson
      • Peter Renten, “Has the Higgs boson been discovered?” Nature 428 (2004), 141-144.
    • “Dead” black holes — Another confirmation of the big bang creation model
      • F. Lebrun, et al., “Compact Sources as the Origin of the Soft g-Ray Emission of the Milky Way,” Nature 428 (2004), 293-296.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Was the book of Enoch originally in the Christian Bible?
        • The Origin of the Bible, by Philip Comfort
    • Randy in Collierville, TN:
      • How does gravitational lensing work?
      • Do young-earth creationists believe that speciation is still going on?
    • Rob in Denver, CO:
      • Wanted to propose a possible way to test the global flood model
    • Kenny in Milton, FL:
      • Does “angular momentum” disprove the standard model for the formation of the solar system?
        • Bad Astronomy, by Phil Platt (Call 800-482-7836 to order.)
    • Steve in Mission Viejo, CA:
      • What can you tell me about the 10th planet?
        • “10th “Planet” Found, Creation Update (air date: 3-16-04)
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:  Crash Course on Logic
    • Slippery Slope/Domino effect
    • Circular Reasoning/Begging the Question

 


Creation Update Primetime #9
Interview with Scholars, Dr. Walt Kaiser & Dr. John Jefferson Davis
Air date: 3-25-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Interview with Old Testament scholar, Dr. Walt Kaiser at Gordon-Conwell Seminary
    • Books Mentioned:
      • The Old Testament Manuscripts: Are they relevant and reliable? (available through amazon.com)
      • On the Reliability of the Old Testament, by K. A. Kitchen (available through amazon.com)
      • Hard Sayings of the Bible, by F.F. Bruce and Walt Kaiser, et al.
  • Call-In Questions:
    • Steve in Modesto, CA:
      • What is the origin of the Old Testament? Was it based on oral tradition?
    • Roger in Portland, Maine:
      • What does it mean that God “stretches” out the heavens?
  • Interview with Christian Theology scholar, Dr. John Jefferson Davis at Gordon-Conwell Seminary
    • Book Mentioned:
      • The Frontiers of Science & Faith:  Examining Questions from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe, by Dr. John Jefferson Davis (Available in April from Reasons To Believe.  Order by calling 1-800-482-7836)

 


Creation Update #218
MYH16: The “Missing” Gene Link in Human Evolution?
Air date: 3-30-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Genetic mutation — jaw sizes and brain sizes
      • Hansell H. Stedman, et al., “Myosin gene mutation correlates with anatomical changes in the human lineage,” Nature 428 (March 25, 2004), 415-418.
      • Pete Currie, “Muscling in on hominid evolution,” Nature 428 (March 25, 2004), 373-375.
    • Cultural diversity in animals vs. humans
      • Mark Pagel and Ruth Mace, “The Cultural Wealth of Nations,” Nature 428 (2004), 275-278.
    • Gamma ray bursts and their role in producing certain critical elements for life
      • Jason Pruet, Rebecca Surman, and Gail C. McLaughlin, “On the Contribution of Gamma-Ray Bursts to the Galactic Inventory of Some Intermediate-Mass Nuclei,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 602 (2004), L101-L104.
    • Discussion of scientists’ claims that they will soon be “creating” life in the lab
  • Call-In Questions
    • Lloyd in North Carolina:
      • Why do you read the passages about “stretching out the heavens” literally?
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Was the prophecy about Tyre not fulfilled (Ez. 26)?
        • Clarification about Tyre.
      • Did God lead his people into defeat (Judges 1:19)?
    • Larry in Athens, GA:
      • Is polyploidism irrefutable evidence for evolutionary speciation?
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA:
      • What would RTB’s creation model predict about any connection between sin and genetics?
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX:
      • Wanted to comment about yom.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment: Crash Course on Logic — Easter fallacies

Creation Update #219
Planetary Desert: Our Solar System’s Happy Coincidence
Air date: 4-06-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Solar System design
      • S. Ida and D.N.C. Lin, “Toward a Deterministic Model of Planetary Formation. I. A Desert in the Mass and Semimajor Axis Distributions of Extrasolar Planets,” Astrophysical Journal 604 (2004), 388-413.
    • Human/Chimp DNA gene expression (Part One) & (Part Two)
      • Monic Uddin, et al., “Sister grouping of chimpanzees and humans as revealed by genome-wide phylogenetic analysis of brain gene expression profiles,” PNAS 101 (2004), 2957-2962.
      • Wolfgang Enard, et al., “Differences in DNA methylation patterns between humans and chimpanzees,” Current Biology (2004), R148ff.
      • Becky McCall, “New light shed on chimp genome,” BBC News (April 5, 2004).
    • Distance measurements in astronomy
      • S. Chatterjee, et al., “Pulsar Parallaxes at 5 GHz with the Very Long Baseline Array,” Astrophysical Journal 604 (2004), 339-345.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Arnold in Garden Grove, CA:
      • Will the Message of the Month series deal with Romans 9?
        • Learn more about our 2004 Message of the Month series on the problem of evil
    • Karl in Goleta, CA:
      • What do you think about a new satellite that will test Einstein’s predictions about gravity waves?
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Wanted Fuz to comment on a recent article in Science about the evolution of fingers.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • Medical perspective on the crucifixion, interview with Dr. Alex Metherell (Part One) & (Part Two)
      • “The Passion of the Christ: The Most Amazing Love Story of all Time: A Review from a Biomedical Engineering Perspective,” by Alex F. Metherell, M.D., Ph.D.
      • Behold, The Man (video)
      • Like No Other Man (booklet)

Creation Update #220
Fine Structure Constant: Evidence for Supernatural Design
Air date: 4-13-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Homochirality
      • Donna G. Blackmond, “Asymmetric autocatalysis and its implications for the origin of homochirality,” PNAS 101 (April 20, 2004), 5732-5736.
    • Fine Structure Constant
      • Lennox L. Cowie and Antoinette Songaila, “The inconstant constant?” Nature 428 (March 11, 2004), 132-133.
      • H. Chand, et al., “Probing the cosmological variation of the fine-structure constant: Results based on VLT-UVES sample,” Astronomy and Astrophysics 417 (2004), 853-871.
      • Thibault Damous and Freeman Dyson, “The Oklo bound on the time variation of the fine-structure constant revisited,” Nuclear Physics B 480 (November 25, 1996), 37-54.
    • Origin of Land Tetrapods
      • Jenny A. Clack, “From Fins to Fingers,” Science 304 (2004), 57-58.
      • Neil H. Shubin, et al., “The Early Evolution of the Tretapod Humerus,” Science 304 (2004), 90-93.
  • Theology Segment:
    • Interview with New Testament scholar, Dr. Ben Witherington to discuss The Shroud of Turin
  • Field Report:
    • Interview with Dr. John Bloom to discuss Biola University’s new M.A. In Science and Religion program
      • Biola's Science and Religion web site
  • Call-In Questions
    • Kenny in Milton, FL:
      • Wanted Dr. Witherington to comment on the image on the backside of the Shroud of Turin
    • Fred in Charlotte, NC:
      • How can we date fossils if we can’t define “time” itself?
    • Tracey in Stow, OH:
  • Email Questions
    • Tim in Japan:
      • Have small extra-solar planets been “imaged” using “gravitational lensing”?

Creation Update PRIMETIME #10
Interview with Physicist and Theologian, Dr. Robert Newman
Air date: 4-15-04
Hugh Ross, David Rogstad and Krista Bontrager

  • Mentioned Resources:
    • Biblical Theological Seminary
    • Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute (IBRI)
    • Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth, by Robert Newman and Herman Eckelman
    • The Biblical Firmament: Vault or Vapor?
    • Robert C. Newman, “Divine Action in Nature: Where Do the Angels (et al) Fit In?” pre-print version.

Creation Update #221
Searching in Earth’s Attic for Life
Air date: 4-20-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Extremophiles
      • H. James Cleaves II and John H. Chambers, “Extremophiles May Be Irrelevant to the Origin of Life,” Astrobiology 4 (2004), 1-9.
    • Moon — Earth’s attic: Interview with Guillermo Gonzalez, astronomer at Iowa State
      • John C. Armstrong, Llyd E. Wells, and Guillermo Gonzalez, “Rummaging through Earth’s Attic for Remains of Ancient Life,” Icarus 160 (November 2002), 183-196.
    • Comments on the launch of Gravity Probe-B satellite
      • Gravity Probe-B web site
      • The Elegant Universe (VHS and DVD) -- available through Reasons To Believe by calling 800-482-7836.
      • The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • What is “heresy”?
      • Orthodoxy and Heresy, by Robert Bowman (out-of-print)
      • Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology, by Millard Erickson
  • Call-In Questions
    • Rob in Denver, CO:
      • Was there ever any volcanism on the moon?
    • Randy in Collierville, TN:
      • What are the best references for a discussion of “yom”?
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX:
      • Was is the difference between using the terms “cult” and “unorthodox”?
    • Dan in Grandview, MO:
      • Is the use of the “evening” and “morning” in Daniel 8:14 proof that this could be longer than 24 hours?
    • Lance in San Diego, CA:
      • How could human teeth last over 900 years?
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX:
    • David in Santa Barbara, CA:
      • Where is the “Garden of Eden”?

Creation Update #222
Hominid Jewelry?
Air date: 4-27-04
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Report on Stephen C. Meyer and Marcus Ross’s report at the Biola University ID conference, April 2004
      • John Angus Campbell and Stephen C. Meyer, eds., Darwin, Design and Public Education (available through amazon.com)
    • Closing another Darwinian loop-hole on the Cambrian Explosion
      • Kevin J. Peterson, et al., “Estimating metazoan divergence times with a molecular clock,” PNAS 101 (April 27, 2004), 6536-6541.
      • Stephane Aris-Brosou and Ziheng Yang, “Bayesian Models of Episodic Evolution Support a Late Precambrian Explosive Diversification of the Metazoa,” Molecular Biology and Evolution (2003), 1947-
      • Article in Facts For Faith on molecular clock
      • Related Resources:
    • Microtubules -- New evidence for early life on earth
      • Harald Furnes, et al., “Early Life Recorded in Archean Pillow Lavas,” Science 304 (April 23, 2004), 578-581.
      • Richard A. Kerr, “New Biomarker Proposed for Earliest Life on Earth,” Science 304 (April 23, 2004), 503.
      • Origins of Life, by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
    • Molecular motors update
      • Georgios Tsiavaliaris, et al., “Molecular engineering of a backwards-moving myosin motor,” Nature 427 (February 5, 2004), 558-561.
      • Jovica D. Badjic, et al., “A Molecular Elevator,” Science 303 (March 19, 2004), 1845-1849.
      • M. Frederick Hawthorne, et al., “Electrical or Photocontrol of the Rotary Motion of a Metallacarborane,” Science 303 (March 19, 2004), 1849-1851.
    • Blombus cave — Evidence of hominid jewelry?
      • Christopher Henshilwood, et al., “Middle Stone Age Shell Beads from South Africa,” Science 304 (April 16, 2004), 404
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • What is “blasphemy”?
      • Concise Dictionary of Biblical Theology, by Millard Erickson
      • Blasphemy,” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE)
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Do other religions claim miracles?
    • Ed in Des Moines, IA:
      • Would Paley’s Watchmaker argument be buttressed if a manual was added to it?

Creation Update #223
Mantle Design
Air date: 5-04-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Mantle viscosity
      • David Stevenson, “Inside History in Depth,” Nature 428 (2004), 476-477.
      • Patrick Cordier, et al., “Dislocation Creep in MgSiO3 Perovskite at Conditions of the Earth’s Uppermost Lower Mantle,” Nature 428 (2004), 837-840.
      • Sebastian Merkel, “The Mantle Deformed,” Nature 428 (2004), 812-813.
      • Related papers:
    • Neanderthal teeth
      • Fernando V. Ramirez Rozzi and Jose Maria Bermudez de Castro, “Surprisingly Rapid Growth in Neanderthals,” Nature 428 (2004), 936-939.
      • Jay Kelley, “Neanderthal Teeth Lined Up,” Nature 428 (2004), 904-905.
      • Related broadcast: “Teeth anatomy of Homo erectus,” Creation Update (air-date: 12-18-2001).
    • Physics of trees
      • George W. Koch et al., “The Limits to Tree Height,” Nature 428 (2004), 851-854.
      • Ian Woodward, “Tall Storeys,” Nature 428 (2004), 807-808.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • What are the “essentials” of end times theology?
      • Referenced article: Philip Yancey, “Doubting the Doomsayers,” Christianity Today (May 2004), 88.
  • Call In Questions:
    • Billie in Windsor, CT:
      • How do we know that the “archaic homo sapiens” went extinct 100,000 years ago?
        • Related broadcast: “Human Genetic Bottlenecks,” Creation Update (air-date: 01-20-2004).
    • Dennis in Denver, CO:
      • Does Hugh Ross believe in a “hidden variable” view of quantum mechanics?
        • Listen to the original call that Dennis is referring to from our 08-05-03 broadcast.
    • Fred in Charlotte, NC:
      • Wanted Hugh to clarify a couple of statements in his book, The Genesis Question.
      • Is fractal geometry a good argument for design?
    • David in Los Angeles, CA:
      • Wanted Hugh’s comments on verses in the Old Testament that talk about God “stretching out the heavens”. (Part One) & (Part Two)
    • Steve in Modesto, CA:
      • Since the Hawaiian islands are the result of volcanic eruptions, how do evolutionists account for the animals there?
      • Is 2 Chronicles 21:19 is a legitimate example of the word “yom” being used in combination with “the”.
    • Walter in Dallas, TX:
      • When did the 3 phyla prior to the Cambrian Explosion and the 6 phyla after the Cambrian Explosion appear?
        • Related broadcast: Listen to last week’s discussion about the Cambrian Explosion on Creation Update, (air date: 4-27-04).
    • Kenny in Milton, FL:
      • At what age did Neanderthals reach maturity?

Creation Update #224
Rethinking Vela
Air date: 5-11-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Supernova update
      • A. D. Erlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “A Single Source of Cosmic Rays in the Range 1015 – 1016 eV,” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 23 (1997), 979-989.
      • A. D. Erlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “High-Energy Cosmic Ray Mass Spectroscopy. II. Masses in the Range 1014 – 1017 eV,” Astroparticle Physics, 7 (1997), 203-211.
      • A. D. Erlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “’Fine Structure’ in the Energy Spectrum, and Changes in the Mass Composition, of Cosmic Rays in the Energy Range 0.3 – 10 PeV,” Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters, 350 (1999), L1-L4.
      • A. D. E4rlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “The Origin of PeV Cosmic Rays,” Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters, 356 (2000), pp. L63-L65; A. D. Erlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “Structrue in the Cosmic Ray Spectrum: an Update,” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 27 (2001), 1005-1030.
      • A. D. Erlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “High-Energy Cosmic Gamma Rays from the ‘Single Source,’” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 29 (2003), 709-718.
      • A. D. Erlykin and A. W. Wolfendale, “Spectral Features and Masses in the PeV Region,” Nuclear Physics B — Proceedings Supplements, 122 (2003), 209-212.
        • Related resources:
          • "The Genesis Question," by Hugh Ross
          • Listen to our previous discussion of the publication error about the Vela supernova in The Genesis Question, Creation Update (air-date 12-09-2003).
          • See also: Today’s New Reason To Believe – Thursday, November 20, 2003.
          • Related Resource: "Long Life Spans: Adam lived 930 years and then he died", by Fazale “Fuz” Rana, Hugh Ross and Richard Deem
    • Unknown Functional DNA
      • Gill Bejerano et al., “Ultraconserved Elements in the Human Genome,” Science (2004), Science Express.
      • Surprising 'Ultra-conserved' Regions Discovered in Human Genome,” ScienceDaily.com.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • RTB’s Statement of Faith: Article 1 — Scripture
      • RTB's Statement of Faith
      • Related resource: "Inerrancy," by Norm Geisler (includes the full statement from the International Council for Biblical Inerrancy)
  • Call In Questions
    • Lucille in Wooster, OH:
      • Wanted to share her thoughts on the proper way to interpret Genesis 1.
        • Resource mentioned: Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross (pre-orders available by calling 800-482-7836; projected release date: June 2004)
        • Other recommendations: "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth," by Stuart and Fee
    • Kenny in Milton, FL:
      • How do all the dates for human origins and the flood fit together? 
    • Joe in Bismark, ND:
      • Wanted to follow up on last week’s discussion about the design of the earth’s mantle
        • (Listen to original discussion here, airdate 05-04-04).
    • Frank in Wellington, FL:
      • Wanted Hugh’s comments on the Scientific American article, "The Myth of the Beginning of Time":
        • Gabriele Veneziano, “The Myth of the Beginning of Time,” Scientific American (April 26, 2004).
  • Email Questions
    • Stan in Baker City, OR:
      • How does the dating of wheat and goat domestication at 10,000 years ago reconcile with Cain and Abel’s agricultural activity at the dawn of humanity some 20-30,000 years earlier?
    • Pete in Virginia Beach, VA:
      • What are Hugh’s thoughts about the recent announcement that there will be another expedition to search for Noah’s ark?

Creation Update #225
Magma Ocean
Air date: 5-18-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Sulfate-reducing bacteria (Part 1 and Part 2)
      • John. F. Heidelberg, et al., “The genome sequence of the anaerobic, sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough,” Nature Biotechnology 22 (May 2004), 554-559.
    • Hyperthermophyles
      • Anke Henne, et al., “The genome sequence of the extreme thermophile Thermus thermophilus,” Nature Biotechnology 22 (May 2004), 547-553.
    • Magma Ocean
      • David C. Rubie, Christine K. Gessmann, and Daniel J. Frost, “Partitioning of Oxygen During Core Formation on the Earth and Mars,” Nature 429 (2004), 58-61.
      • Carl B. Agee, “Hot Metal,” Nature 429 (2004), 33-35.
      • Mentioned resources:
  • Science in the News
    • Ancient Crater Discovery
      • Scientists Find Signs of Ancient Crater, by Randolph E. Schmid AP (Thursday, May 13, 9:24 PM, ET)
      • L. Becker, R. J. Poreda, A. R. Basu, K. O. Pope, T. M. Harrison, C. Nicholson, and R. Iasky, “Bedout: A Possible End-Permian Impact Crater Offshore of Northwestern Australia,” Published online May 13 2004, Science Express.
    • Mexican Air Force UFO Sighting
      • Expert Says Mexico UFOs May Have Been Gas, by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO AP (Thursday, May 13, 8:11 PM ET)
  • Call In Questions:
    • John in England:
      • Wanted to share how Reasons To Believe has helped his faith and wanted a clarification about the origin of humanity.
    • Jeff in Centennial, CO:
      • Question #1: Is Psalm 90:2 biblical evidence against the idea that the mountains were formed during Noah’s flood? How would Prov. 8:22-28 fit with global flood geology?
      • Question #2: Does Genesis 1:29-30 teach that animals were herbivores before the fall?
    • Morgan in Fayetteville, TN:
      • Does Gen. 3:17-18 refer to “thorns and thistles” in the future?
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA:
    • Becky in Maybank, TX:
      • Can Hugh comment on the claim that polonium halos prove a young earth?
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:

Creation Update #226
Our Lunar Miracle
Air date: 5-25-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Moon origin
      • Robin M. Canup, “Simulations of a Late Lunar-Forming Impact,” Icarus 168 (2004), 433-456.
      • Herbert Palme, “The Giant Impact Formation of the Moon,” Science 304 (2004), 977-979.
      • Recommended videos:
  • Science in the News:
    • Is the universe 156 billion light-years wide?
      • Robert Roy Britt, “Universe Measured: We’re 156 Billion Light-years Wide!” (May 24, 10:54 AM, ET).
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • RTB’s Statement of Faith: Article 2 — God and the Trinity
  • Call In Questions:
    • Gabriel in Dallas, TX:
      • Had a question about Steinhardt’s ekpyrotic oscillating model.
        • Response to Gabriele Veneziano, “The Myth of the Beginning of Time,” Scientific American (April 26, 2004).
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Did the Garden of Eden have different physics than the rest of the earth?
    • Bob in Cambria, CA:
      • Had a question about the geometry of the universe.
        • Resources mentioned:
    • Jeff in Centennial, CO:
      • Wanted to know about any resources that he could direct his friends to that will instill in them a sense of awe for an old-earth.
    • Randy in Collierville, TN:
      • Had a follow-up to Bob’s question about the geometry of the universe
        • Resources mentioned:
          • The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene
          • PBS Nova special, The Elegant Universe on DVD
  • A Visit from Legacy Christian School in Alta Loma, CA
    • Dakota (age 10):
      • How do dinosaurs fit into the Bible?
    • Dominic (age 10):
      • What happened to the original Ten Commandments tablets?
    • Also mentioned: Educator’s Resource Pack, by Krista Bontrager

Creation Update #227
Impact Events: God’s Housecleaning Tool
Air date: 6-01-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Moon craters
      • Linda T. Elkins-Tantour, Bradford H. Hager and Timothy L. Grove, “Magmatic Effects of the Lunar Late Heavy Bombardment,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 222 (2004), 17-27.
      • David C. Rubie, Christine K. Gessmann and Daniel J. Frost, “Partitioning of Oxygen During Core Formation on the Earth and Mars,” Nature 429 (2004), 58-61.
      • Article mentioned: Faint Sun Paradox, by Hugh Ross
    • Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary — evidence in New Zealand
      • Blanca Bauluz, Donald R. Peacor and Christopher J. Hollis, “TEM Study of Meteorite Impact Glass at New Zealand Cretaceous-Tertiary Sites: Evidence for Multiple Impacts or Differentiation During Global Circulation?” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 219 (2004), 209-219.
    • Early evidence for extra-terrestrial collisions — evidence in Australia
      • Andrew Glickson and Charlotte Allen, “Iridium Anomalies and Fractionated Siderophile Element Patterns in Impact Ejecta, Brockman iron Formation, Hamersley Basin, Western Australia: Evidence for a Major Asteroid Impact in Simatic Crustal Regions of the Early Proterozoic Earth,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 220 (2004), 247-264.
      • A.Y. Glikson, C. Allen and J. Vickers, “Multiple 3.47-Ga-Old Asteroid Impact Fallout Units, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 221 (2004), 383-396.
  • Special Guest Segment
    • Astronaut Dr. Leslie Wickman on the challenges of long-term space travel
      • Azusa Pacific University’s Center for Research in Science program
      • Read Leslie’s biography in Facts for Faith
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • God’s Providence in History — 60th anniversary of D-Day
  • Field Report
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Question about the evidences for macro-evolution on the talk origins web site.
    • Joe in Bismark, ND:
      • Are we limiting God by saying that the laws of physics have been fixed?
  • Email Questions
    • Dennis in Denver, CO:
      • Needed some help correlating dates for the first life on Earth.

Creation Update #228
Refining the Age of the Universe
Air date: 6-08-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Human-chimp chromosome comparisons
      • The International Chimpanzee Chromosome 22 Consortium, “DNA sequence and comparative analysis of chimpanzee chromosome 22,” Nature 429 (May 27, 2004), 882-388.
    • Radiometric breakthrough
      • Satoshi Honda, et al., “Spectroscopic Studies of Extremely Metal-Poor Stars with the SUBARU High Dispersion Spectrograph. II. The r-Process Elements, Including Thorium,” Astrophysical Journal 607 (2004), 474-498.
      • Also mentioned: A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
    • White dwarf cooling
      • H.B Richer, et al., “Concerning the White Dwarf Cooling Age of M4: A Reply to De Marchi, et al on ‘A Different Interpretation of Recent Deep HST Observations,” Astronomical Journal 127 (2004), 2904-2908.
    • Speed of carbon-nitrogen-oxygen cycle
      • S. Degl’Innocenti, et al., “The 14N(p,y) 15O Reaction, Solar neutrinos and the Age of the Globular Clusters,” Physics Letters B (2004), in press.
      • A. Formicola, et al., “Astrophysical S-Factor of 14N (p,y) 15O*1,” Physics Letters B (2004), in press.
      • G. Imbriani, et al., “The Bottleneck of the CNO Burning and the Age of the Globular Clusters,” Astronomy and Astrophysics (2004), in press.
      • Kim Krieger, “New Measurement of Stellar Fusion Makes Old Stars Even Older,” Science 304 (2004), 1226.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
  • Call-In Questions
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA:
      • Wanted Fuz to respond to an article which suggested that mDNA dating techniques are inaccurate
    • John in Chicago, IL:
      • Can Hugh please explain the loophole atheists use to get around the Kalam cosmological argument?
        • Books mentioned:
          • Scaling The Secular City, by JP Moreland (available through amazon.com)
          • Reasonable Faith, by William Lane Craig (available through amazon.com)
    • Morgan in Fayetteville, TN:
      • Does Hugh believe that the earth was dark for 4 billion years?
    • Wayne in Dallas, TX:
      • Is there a chart from young-earth creationists that chronicle what they believe about the events on the six days of creation?
        • The Seven C’s of History,” by Ken Ham
      • Can Einstein's theory of relativity be proven locally?
      • Wayne also wanted to know about Krista’s Educational Resource Pack.
        • Educational Resource Pack
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA:
      • What realm of truth does philosophy deal with?

Creation Update #229
Explosion of New Big Bang Discoveries
Air date: 6-15-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

    • Discoveries Discussed
    • Evidence for structure of universe from particle physics
      • Guest: Dr. Michael Strauss
      • K. Zioutas et al., "Quiet-Sun X-rays as Signatures for New Particles," Astrophysical Journal 607 (May 2004), 575-79.
      • Bruce A. Bassett, "Cosmic Acceleration Versus Axion-Photon Mixing," Astrophysical Journal 607 (June 1, 2004), 661-64.
    • Independent confirmations of dark energy
      • S.W. Allen et al., "Constraints on Dark Energy from Chandra Observations of the Largest Relaxed Galaxy Clusters," Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2004), in press.
      • Yun Wang and Pia Mukherjee, "Model-Independent Constraints on Dark Energy Density from Flux-Averaging Analysis of Type Ia Supernova Data," Astrophysical Journal 606 (2004), 654-63.
      • Adam G. Riess et al., "Type Ia Supernova Discoveries at z>1 from the Hubble Space Telescope: Evidence for Past Deceleration and Constraints on Dark Energy Evolution," Astrophysical Journal 607 (2004), 665-87.
      • Tools for Measuring Dark Energy (Hugh Ross)
        • WMAP
        • Ground-based CMB maps
        • Type Ia supernovae
        • X-ray profiles of large, dynamically relaxed galaxy clusters
        • Gravitational lenses
        • Sloan Digital Sky Survey
        • Other large redshift surveys of galaxies (2d F)
    • Response to AiG's "Secular Scientists Blast the Big Bang," 
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
  • Call-in Questions
    • Anthony from Montgomery, NY:
      • "What about the Eastern idea of a "metallic dome" at creation?"; "Was the biblical creation account taken from earlier (e.g. Sumerian) accounts?"; and "Is the 'dome' model repeated through the Bible?"
    • Kenny from Milton, FL:
      • "Can we test for sound in a big bang creation event?"
  • E-mail Question
    • Travis's question on the Cambrian Explosion was handled on Creation Update 4-27-04

Creation Update PRIMETIME #11
In the Space of Six Days
Air date: 6-17-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Interview with Dr. Thomas Oden (to be rescheduled)
  • Interview with Dr. William Barker:
    • William Barker, “The Westminster Assembly on the Days of Creation: A Reply to David W. Hall,” Westminster Theological Journal 62 (2000), 113-120.
    • Frank Egleston Robbins, The Hexaemeral Literature: A Study of the Greek and Latin Commentaries in Genesis, (University of Chicago Press, 1912).
    • Robert Letham, “’In the Space of Six Days’: The Days of Creation from Origen to the Westminster Assembly,” Westminster Theological Journal 61:2 (1999).
    • Statement on creation by the Presbyterian Church of America
    • Statement on creation adopted by the faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary
    • In the Beginning, by Herman Bavinck
    • Science & Faith, by John Collins (available through Reasons To Believe by calling 800-482-7836)
    • Related Resource: Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross

Creation Update #230
Reagan vs. Bush: The Stem Cell Controversy
Air date: 6-22-04
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Stem cell research update — Beta cells and Type I diabetes
      • Yuval Dor, et al., "Adult pancreatic B-cells are formed by self-duplication rather than stem-cell differentiation," Nature 429 (May 6, 2004), 41-46.
    • Life’s minimum complexity
      • O. Futterer, et al., "Genome sequence of Picrophilus torridus and its implications for life around pH O," PNAS 101 (June 15, 2004), 9091-9096.
      • Patrick H. Viollier, et al., “Rapid and sequential movement of individual chromosomal loci to specific subcellular locations during bacterial DNA replication,” PNAS Early Edition (2004).
      • Sherry C. Wang and Lucy Shapiro, “The topoisomerase IV ParC subunit colocalizes with the Caulobacter replisome and is required for polar localization of replication origins,” PNAS Early Edition (2004).
    • Biochemistry of aging
      • Haim Y. Cohen, et al., "Calorie Restriction Promotes Mammalian Cell Survival by Inducing the SIRT1 Deacetylase," Science Express 607 (June 17, 2004).
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • RTB’s Statement of Faith: Article 6 — Mankind
  • Call-In Questions
    • Roger in Portland, Maine:
      • What’s the probably of hitting on the right minimal complexity for life?
    • Anthony in Montgomery, NY:
      • Wanted Fuz to respond to this article critiquing “irreducible complexity”:
        • Massimo Pigliucci, “Design Yes, Intelligent No: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory and Neocreationism,” Skeptical Inquirer (September 2001).
    • Rob in Denver, CO:
      • Is the biochemistry of mitochondria the same from organism to organism?
  • Interviews with RTB summer interns: Megan Bloom and Tyler Green
    • Megan asked a question about mitochondrial engulfment
  • Discussion of the book, Yellow & Pink, by William Steig

Creation Update #231
Christian Perspectives on the Cassini Spacecraft
Air date: 7-06-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Cassini spacecraft
    • ALH84001 Mars Rock
      • Benjamin P. Weiss, et al., “Magnetic tests for magnetosome chains in Martian meteorite ALH84001,” PNAS (June 1, 2004), 8281-8284.
      • Origins of Life, by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
    • Gamma-ray burst/Extinction event connection
      • Interview with Brian Thomas, Ph.D. candidate at University of Kansas
      • A.L. Melott, B. C. Thomas, et al., “Did a gamma-ray burst initiate the late Ordovician mass extinction?” pre-print.
      • Philip Ball, “Gamma-ray burst linked to mass extinction,” Nature (September 24, 2003).
    • Science in the News — Hominid skull fragment
      • Jeffrey H. Schwartz, “Getting to Know Homo erectus,” Science (July 2, 2004), 53-54.
      • Richard Potts, et al., “Small Mid-Pleistocene Hominin Associated with East African Acheulean Technology,” Science (July 2, 2004), 75-78.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • RTB’s Statement of Faith: Article 7 — Redemption
  • Call-In Questions
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA:
      • Could the laws of economics also be part of God’s general revelation?
        • Social Justice and the Christian Church, by Ron Nash
        • Poverty and Wealth: The Christian Debate Over Capitalism, by Ron Nash
        • The Acton Institute
    • Dave in Santa Barbara, CA:
      • Is the theory about gamma-ray bursts causing extinction events in competition with the impact theory?

Creation Update #232
Dating the Earth through Ice Cores
Air date: 7-13-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Antarctic Ice Core
      • Laurent Augustin, et al., “Eight Glacial Cycles from an Antarctic Ice Core,” Nature 429 (2004), 623-628.
      • Jerry F. McManus, “A Great Grand-Daddy of Ice Cores,” Nature 429 (2004), 611-612.
      • Gabrielle Walker, “Frozen Time,” Nature 429 (2004), 596-597.
    • Sediment Core
      • Robert M. Carter and Paul Gammon, “New Zealand Maritime Glaciation: Millennial-Scale Southern Climate Change Since 3.9 Ma,” Science 304 (2004), 1659-1662.
    • Cellular midbody design
      • Ahna R. Skop et al., “Dissection of the Mammalian Midbody Proteome Reveals Conserved Cytokinesis Mechanisms,” Science (2004), ScienceExpress.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Daniel in New Orleans, LA: Isn’t the Intelligent Design movement premised on an old earth perspective?
    • Joel in Bismark, ND: Does the recent discovery of a quasar inside a black hole affect RTB’s view for the age of the universe?
    • Patrick in Holland, MA.: How is the “light” different on Creation Day 1 than on Creation Day 4?
  • Email Questions
    • Heath M.: How is the existence of tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes compatible with the existence of an all-loving God?
      • Message of the Month 2004: The Problem of Evil
    • Larry in Lawrenceville, GA: Wanted Fuz’s comments on some recent articles in Nature about convergence
      • Laura Nelson, “Immune systems evolved more than once,” Nature (2004).
      • Henry Gee, “The Tyranny of Design,” Nature (2004).
    • Ken in North Carolina: Was Lucifer really a snake in Genesis 3?
  • Ministry Report
    • RTB Apologetics Correspondence Course update with Bob Stewart
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Interview with Dr. Hugh Henry, member of the RTB Cincinnati chapter about the apparent gaps in genealogy of Moses.

Creation Update #233
Physics at a Millisecond after the Creation Event
Air date: 7-20-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Measurement of the mass of the top quark — Interview with Dr. Mike Strauss (Part 2)
      • D0 Collaboration, “A precision measurement of the mass of the top quark,” Nature 429 (June 10, 2004), 638-641.
      • Georg Weiglein, “From the top...” Nature 429 (June 10, 2004), 613-615.
      • Listen to our previous discussion with Dr. Strauss on The “God” Particle — Higgs boson (aired on 03-23-04)
    • Nucleon decay — Interview with Dr. Mike Strauss
      • J. Barbieri and G. Chapline, “Have nucleon decays already been seen?” Physics Letters B 590 (June 17, 2004), 8-12.
    • Human/Chimp DNA
      • Coming soon!
    • Fine-tuning the late-heavy bombardment
      • A. Morbidelli, et al., “A Plausible Cause of the Late Heavy Bombardment,” Meteoritics & Planetary Science 36 (2001), 371-380.
      • Linda T. Elkins-Tantour, Bradford H. Hager and Timothy L. Grove, “Magmatic Effects of the Lunar Late Heavy Bombardment,” Earth & Planetary Science Letters 222 (2004), 17-27.
      • Listen to our previous discussions about Magma Ocean (aired on 05-18-04) and Early evidence for extra-terrestrial collisions — evidence in Australia (aired on 06-01-04)
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • RTB's Statement of Faith: Article 8 - Justification
  • Call-In Questions
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA: Are there any other particle physics labs which can probe even farther back in time?
    • Damien in Sydney, Australia: Wanted to ask Hugh some questions about the parts of the universe we can’t see.
  • Email Questions
    • Bill in Pike, NH: What, if anything, do the measurements re: top quark mass say about string theory?

Creation Update PRIMETIME #12
Early Christian Fathers: Interview with Tom Oden
Air date: 7-22-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager


Creation Update #234
A Good Use for Parasites In Creation
Air date: 7-27-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Gypsy moth parasites restore ecological balance
      • Greg Dwyer, Jonathon Dushoff, and Susan Harrell Yee, "The Combined Effects of Pathogens and Predators on Insect Outbreaks," Nature 430 (2004): 341-45.
      • Lewi Stone, "A Three-Player Solution," Nature 430 (2004): 299-300.
    • Hominid longevity study affirms biblical creation model
      • Rachel Caspari and Sang-Hee Lee, "Older Age Becomes Common Late in Human Evolution," PNAS 101 (July 27, 2004): 10895-108900.
      • "Old Is Young, Study Finds: Longevity Evolved Late for Humans," Science Daily
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • RTB's Statement of Faith: Article 9: Resurrection
  • Call-in Questions
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC
      • Advice on how to introduce RTB's message to nonscience students in a talk for a class;
      • Revision necessary for Origins of Life?
        • Listen to our previous discussion of animal phyla at the Cambrian event (Creation Update, April 27, 2004)
    • Gary from Cambria, CA
      • Is the universe accelerating or decelerating?
        • Listen to our previous discussion on Independent confirmations of dark energy (Creation Update, June 15, 2004)
    • Randy from Tennessee
      • What is the background radiation value?
        • Creator and the Cosmos 3rd ed. by Hugh Ross
    • Roger from Portland, ME
      • Are there new studies in homochirality's origin?
        • Listen to our previous discussion on Homochirality (Creation Update, April 13, 2004)
        • Origins of Life by Fuz Rana and Hugh Ross
  • E-mail Question
    • Gary asks:
      • Given Genesis 6:17, did God destroy all land animal life on Earth?

Creation Update #235
 Wild Chimp Dental Emergence
Air date: 8-03-04
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Wild chimp dental emergence — with RTB intern, Megan Bloom
      • Adrienne Zihlman, Debra Bolter and Chistophe Boesch, “Wild chimpanzee dentition and its implications for assessing life history in immature hominin fossils,” Nature 429 (2004), 10541-10543.
      • Constance Holden, “Homo Erectus a bit like a chimp?” Science (July 16, 2004), online.
    • Biochemical design — quality control in protein production
      • Brendan N. Lilley & Hidde L. Ploegh, “A membrance protein required for dislocation of misfolded proteins from the ER,” Nature 429 (2004), 834-840.
      • Yihong Ye, Yoko Shibata, Chi Yun, David Ron, & Tom A. Rapoport, “A membrane protein complex mediates retro-translocation from the ER lumen into the cytosol,” Nature 429 (2004), 841-847.
      • Randy Schekman, “A channel for protein waste,” Nature 429 (2004), 817-818.
    • Biochemical design — bar codes in DNA sequences
      • Robert G. Eason, et al., “Characterization of synthetic DNA bar codes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene-deletion strains,” Nature 429 (2004), 11046-11051.
    • Biochemical design — information parity code
      • Donall A. Mac Donaill, “Why nature chose A, C, G and U/T: An error-coding perspective of nucleotide alphabet composition,” Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 33 (2003), 433-455.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Email question from Rigel S.: If we cannot directly observe God, how can we ever come to the conclusion that the evidence we are examining is in fact proof for God?
  • Call-In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Isn’t design just a “God of the gaps” argument?
      • Isn’t there a naturalistic solution to the “irreducible complexity” argument?

Creation Update PRIMETIME #13
Interview with Old Testament Theologian, Jack Collins
Air date: 8-05-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Resources Discussed
    • C. John Collins, Science & Faith: Friends or Foes? (Crossway Books, 2003).
    • C. John Collins, The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God’s Action in the World (Crossway Books, 2000).

Creation Update #236
Now Abel Kept Flocks and Cain Worked the Soil
Air date: 8-10-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Analysis of starch grains in Israel
      • Dolores R. Piperno, Ehud Weiss, Irene Hoist & Dani Nadel, “Processing of wild cereal grains in the Upper Palaeolithic revealed by starch grain analysis,” Nature 430 (2004), 670-673.
    • Herbivores and eco-systems
      • Paul V.A. Fine, Italo Mesones and Phyllis D. Coley, “Herbivores Promote Habitat Specialization by Trees in Amazonian Forests,” Science 305 (2004), 663-668.
      • Andre Kessler, Rayko Halitschke and Ian T. Baldwin, “Silencing the Jasmonate Cascade: Induced Plant Defenses and Insect Populations,” Science 305 (2004), 665-668.
    • Galaxy morphology
      • Daniel H. McIntos h, Hans-Walter Rix and Nelson Caldwell, “Structural Evidence for Environment-Driven Transformation of the Blue Galaxies in Local Abell Clusters: A85, A496, and A754,” Astrophysical Journal 610 (2004), 1616-182.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • RTB's Statement of Faith: Article 10: The Church
  • Call-In Questions
    • Kerry in Houston, TX:
      • Had a follow-up question about the discussion on domesticated agriculture.
    • Billie in Winzer, CT:
      • Could Neanderthals have had body fur?
    • Kenny in Milton, FL:
      • What do you think about the analogical view of Genesis 1?
    • John in Murray, KT:
      • Wanted a comment on the King James translation of the word “science” in 1 Tim. 6:20.
    • Roger in Portland, ME:
      • Do catalytic reactions produce amino acids?
      • How does Hugh come up with his numbers confirming the reliability of Einstein’s theory of relativity?

Creation Update #237
Evidence for Supernatural Design of Proteins
Air date: 8-17-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Kenneth Samples

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Supernatural Design of Proteins
      • Ryo Mitta, et al, "KIF1A Alternately Uses Two Loops to Bind Microtubules," Science, 305 (2004), pp. 678-683.
    • Endogenous Retroviruses and You (Part 1) and (Part 2)
      • Manuela Mura, et al, "Late Viral Interference Induced by Transdominant Gag of an Endogenous Retrovirus," PNAS, 101 (July 27, 2004), pp. 11117-22
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • RTB's Statement of Faith: Article 11: The Church
  • Call-In Questions
    • James in Garland, TX:
      • Thoughts on the location of the Garden of Eden.
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX:
      • Does God's plan for salvation extend to Angels?
  • E-mail Question
    • Heath M. in Atlanta, GA:
      • Are John Morris' claims about Neanderthals true?

Creation Update #238
Archaeopteryx Bird Brain
Air date: 8-24-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Archaeopteryx: brain scan
      • Patricio Dominguez Alonso, Angela C. Milner, et al., “The avian nature of the brain and inner ear of Archaeopteryx,” Nature 430 (2004), 666-669.
    • Solar system design: pebble planet formation
      • M.E. Beer, et al., “How Special is the Solar System?” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2004), in press.
      • Philip Ball, “Earth-Like Planets May Be More Rare Than Thought,” Nature 430 (July 30, 2004) online version accessed.
  • Call In Questions
    • Jacob in San Antonio, TX
      • How were people saved during the Old Testament period?
    • Deric in Fairfax, VA
      • Is the soul eternal?
    • Kenny in Milton, FL
      • Is the observation of colliding galaxies another evidence for an ancient universe?
    • Roger in Portland, ME
      • How does space curve in only 4 space-time dimensions?
  • Email Questions
    • Jay asked:
      • What do you think of the discovery of the John the Baptist cave?
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • RTB's Statement of Faith: Article 11: Future Things, part 2
  • Field Report
    • Reasons Institute new partnership with Northern California Bible College
      • The Reasons Institute
      • Northern California Bible College
      • For more information about RTB’s online courses or our volunteer apologist program, contact Bob Stuart.

Creation Update #239
What if Jesus Christ had a radio show?
Air date: 8-31-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Mars water updates
      • S. W. Squyres, et al, “The Spirit Rover’s Athena Science Investigation at Gusev Crater, Mars.” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 794-799.
      • J. F. Bell, II, et al, “Pancam Multispectral Imaging Results from the Spirit Rover at Gusev Crater,” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 800-806.
      • J. A. Grant, et al, “Surficial Deposits at Gusev Crater Along Spirit Rover Traverses,” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 807-810.
      • R. Greeley, et al, “Wind-Related Processes Detected by the Spirit Rover at Gusev Crater, Mars,” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 810-821.
      • K. E. Herkenhoff, et al, “Textures of the Soils and Rocks at Gusev Crater from Spirit’s Microscopic Imager,” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 824-826.
      • R. Gellert, et al, “Chemistry of Rocks and Soils in Gusev Crater from the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer, Science, 305 (2004), pp. 829-832.
      • P. R. Christensen, et al, “Initial Results from the Mini-RBS Experiment in Gusev Crater from the Spirit Rover,” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 837-842.
      • Richard A. Kerr, “Rainbow of Martian Minerals Paints Picture of Degradation,” Science, 305 (2004), pp. 770-771.Related resources:
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Special Guest: Lay-apologist and radio personality, Neil Saavedra, from KFI 640 AM (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
    • The Jesus Christ Show
  • Call In Questions
    • Burt in Vacaville, CA:
      • Is there any credibility to Barry Setterfield’s idea that the speed of light is slowing down?
    • Kenny in Milton, FL:
      • What dating techniques were used in the Blombus cave?
        • Discussion of jewelry in the Blombus cave a previous edition of Creation Update (air date: 4-27-04)
    • Max in Center, AL:
      • Is there any physical connection between God and light?
  • Email Questions
    • Heath in Atlanta, GA:
      • Has Hugh Ross responded to statements by young-earth creationists that the Hebrew haya doesn’t mean, “Let there be...”
    • Larry wants to know:
      • What do you think about fortune tellers and horoscopes?

Creation Update #240
Earlier Emergence of Bi-Pedalism
Air date: 9-07-04
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Earlier emergence of bi-pedalism
      • K. Galik, et al., “External and Internal Morphology of the BAR 1002’00 Orrorin tugenensis Femur,” Science 305 (2004), pp. 1450-1453.
    • Whale audio transmission
      • Sirpa Nummela, et al., “Eocene evolution of whale hearing,” Nature 430 (2004), pp. 776-778.
  • Interview Segment
    • Embryonic Stem Cell Research and California’s Proposition 71, with guest Richard Deem
      • Richard’s article on Proposition 71
        • No on Prop. 71
        • Yes on Prop. 71
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • RTB's Statement of Faith: Article 12: The Great Commission
  • Call In Questions
    • Dave in West Los Angeles, CA:
      • Would Adam have still died if he had never sinned?
    • Joe in Bismark, ND:
      • Wanted to know about evolution of the micaster.
    • Roger in Portland, ME:
      • Does ontogeny recapitulate phylogeny?
        • Icons of Evolution, by Jonathan Wells
    • Dave in Santa Barbara, CA:
      • Where do you draw the line between random chance and God’s design?
  • Email Questions
    • Andrew:
      • What does RTB think of the evidence that of dinosaurs and humans living at the same time?

Creation Update #241
Extra-Solar Planet Round Up
Air date: 9-14-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Discovery of small rocky extra-solar planets
      • Paul Butler, et al., “A Neptune-Mass Planet Orbiting the Nearby M Dwarf GJ436,” preprint (2004), astir-ph/0408587. Barbara E. McArthur, et al., “Detection of a Neptune-Mass Planet in the rhoCancri System Using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope,” in press, Astrophysical Journal Letters (2004), astro-ph/0408587.
      • Robert Irion, “Hard Feelings Over Small Planets,” ScienceNow (August 31, 2004).
    • Gravitational microlensing
      • F. Abe, et al., “Search for Low-Mass Exoplanets by Gravitational Microlensing at High Magnification,” Science 305 (2004), pp. 1264-1266.
    • Nitrogen fixation in the oceans
      • Joseph P. Montoya, et al., “High Rates of N2 Fixation by Unicellular Diazotrophs in the Oligotrophic Pacific Ocean,” Nature 430 (2004), pp. 1027-1030.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • E-mail question from Dan in Merced, CA:
      • Does RTB use evidential apologetics? What about presuppositional apologetics?
  • Call In Questions
    • Geoffrey in Valley Forge:
      • Please comment on the September 2004 Christianity Today article, "Unintelligent Debate".
        • Read the original Christianity Today article here.
      • What books would you recommend that explains RTB's testable creation model?
    • Walter in Dallas, TX:
      • What was homo erectus?
    • Rusty in Oklahoma City, OK:
      • Doesn’t even the modern definition of “day” sometimes include the concept of more than 24 hours?
      • What happened to Jews living at the time of Jesus who didn’t believe in Him as the Messiah? Did they go to hell?
    • Eric in Waxahachie, TX:
    • Roger in Portland, ME:
      • What category of those parameters that were first “fine-tuned” by God at creation?
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA:
      • Does sovereignty mean that God determined everything?

Creation Update #242
Salvaging the Genesis Capsule
Air date: 9-21-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Natural product total synthesis
      • K.C. Nicolaou and Scott A. Snyder, “The essence of total synthesis,” PNAS 101 (2004), 11929-11936.
    • Genesis Capsule -- Interview with Roger Wiens
      • NASA’s Genesis Project
      • Genesis Space Capsule Crashes in Utah, AP news story
      • NASA says some Genesis solar material salvaged, AP news story
    • NGRIP ice core
      • K.K. Andersen, et al., “High-Resolution Record of Northern Hemisphere Climate Extending into the Last Interglacial Period,” Nature 431 (2004), pp. 147-151.
      • Kurt M. Cuffey, “Into an Ice Age,” Nature 431 (2004), pp. 133-134.
    • Dome C telescope site
      • Jon S. Lawrence, et al., “Exceptional Astronomical Seeing Conditions Above Dome C in Antarctica,” Nature 431 (2004), pp. 278-281.
      • Paolo G. Calisse, et al., “Submillimeter Site Testing at Dome C, Antarctica,” Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 21 (2004), pp. 24-31.
    • Primordial homogeneous magnetic field — (also discussed plasma big bang model)
      • Gang Chen, et al., “Looking for Cosmological Alfven Waves in Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Data,” Astrophysical Journal 611 (2004), pp. 655-659.
      • Recommended Resources
    • Ancient DNA analysis
      • Michael Hofreiter, et al., “Lack of phylogeography in European mammals before the last glaciation,” PNAS 101 (2004), pp. 12963-12968.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • A Christian view on voting, with Ken Samples.
  • Call In Questions
    • Walter in Dallas, TX
      • Was is the example for the earliest form of worship?
  • Email Questions
    • Larry wants to know
      • What’s Hugh’s position on “eternal security”?
    • Jim in Lusby, MD
      • How does Dr. Ross’s view of the new creation account for the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus?

Creation Update #243
Homo erectus Infant Skull Analysis
Air date: 9-28-04
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Opening discussion on convergence:
    • Life’s Solution, by Simon Conway Morris (available through amazon.com)
    • Fazale R. Rana, “Convergence: Evidence for a Single Creator,” Facts for Faith, Issue 4
    • Fazale R. Rana, Biological Convergence, from the Who Is the Designer? Conference (individual audiotape)
  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Homo erectus infant skull analysis
      • H. Coqueugniot, et al., “Early brain growth in Homo erectus,” Nature 431 (2004), 299-302.
      • Related discoveries:
        • “Wild chimp dental emergence,” Creation Update (air-date: 08-03-2004)
        • “Teeth anatomy of Homo erectus,” Creation Update (air-date 12-18-2001)
    • sine DNA comparisons between humans and chimps
      • Rosaleen Gibbons, et al., “Distinguishing Humans from Great Apes with AluYb8 Repeats,” Journal of Molecular Biology 339 (2004), 721-729.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment:
    • Discussion of the PBS documentary, The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis with Dr. Armand Nicholi
      • "The Question of God" PBS website
  • Call In Questions
    • Arnold in Garden Grove, CA:
      • Wanted to challenge Ken Samples’ view of the immortal soul
    • Rich in Midland, MI:
      • How does the creation model account for the vitamin C synthesis in psuedogenes?
    • Rob in Boulder, CO:
      • Wanted help responding to young earth friends in his Bible study group
    • Wayne In Dallas, TX:
      • Did the lystosaurus live through the Permian catastrophe?
  • Email Questions
    • Wayne in Marietta, GA:
      • Wanted to follow up with Fuz’s comments on our September 7, 2004 broadcast about random chance vs. God’s design
    • Heath in Atlanta, GA:
      • What do you think about the claim that snake venom can be neutralized in a biosphere?

Photosynthetic Life: Fingerprint for Divine Design
#244  Air date: 10-05-04
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Discussion of PBS Origins series — origins of life
      • PBS Origins (official web site)
    • Anoxygenic photosynthetic life at 3.4+ billion years ago
      • Michael M. Tice and Donald R. Lowe, “Photosynthetic microbial mats in the 3,416-Myr-old ocean,” Nature 431 (2004), 549-552.
      • Nicolas Beukes, “Early options in photosynthesis,” Nature 431 (2004), 522-523.
    • Light harvesting apparatus in photosynthetic synthetic bacteria
      • Sventiana Bahatyrova, et al., “The native architecture of a photosynthetic membrane,” Nature 430 (2004), 1058-1062.
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • Attributes of God: Introduction and omnipotence
  • Call In Questions
    • Doug at work in Maryland
      • What happened on Joshua’s long day?
        • Joshua's Long Day and the NASA Computers: Is the Story True? (web paper)
        • Joshua’s Long Day and Other Mysterious Events (video)
    • Vince in Newark, DE
      • Wanted Fuz to respond to a journal article which seems to contradict the RTB creation model for human origins as it relates to skull capacities in modern humans vs. hominids.
        • Sang-Hee Lee and Milford H. Wolpoff, “The pattern of evolution in Pleistocene human brain size,” Paleobiology 29 (2003), 186-196.
    • Eric in Waxahatchie, TX
      • How could a loving God command the ancient Israelites to kill the Canaanites?
  • Email Questions
    • Josh in Portland, OR
      • How does RTB reconcile the flood date of 20-30,000 years ago with the existence of cave art in France which date to 33,000 years ago?
    • Wes in Fort Myers, FL
      • Do you know anything about the young earth cosmology of Russell Humphreys
        • Unraveling Starlight and Time (video)
        • The Unraveling of Starlight and Time, by Sam Conner and Hugh Ross
        • “Observational Concessions of Young-Earth Cosmology,” Creation Update (air date: 06-24-03)
        • “Quantized Red Shifts,” Creation Update (air date: 9-03-02 )
    • James B.
      • What does the Bible say about the roles of men and women?
        • Christians for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
        • Christians for Biblical Equality
        • Men and Women in the Church, by Sarah Sumner

 


Ancient Zircons Confirm Reliability of Radiometric Dating Methods
#245  Air date: 10-12-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Advanced Neanderthal culture?
      • Michael Balter, “Dressed for Success: Neanderthal Culture Wins Respect,” Science 306 (2004), 40-41.
    • 2004 Nobel prize in chemistry
      • Jim Giles, “Molecular kiss of death,” Nature (October 6, 2004).
    • Zircons confirm radiometric dating methods
      • Greenville Turner, et al., “Extinct 244Pu in Ancient Zircons,” Science 306 (2004), 89-91.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Attributes of God: Omnipresence
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Are retroviruses evidence for common ancestry with apes?
        • Endogenous Retroviruses and You (Part 1) and (Part 2), Creation Update (air-date: 8-17-04).
        • Retro-viruses -- “junk” DNA update, Creation Update (air-date 10-14-03).
      • Did the ancient Hebrews believe that yom meant 24 hours?
        • Resource mentioned: John Walton, “Creation,” Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (published by InterVarsity Press, 2002). (available through amazon.com)
    • Dave in Dallas, TX
      • Do angels dwell in the other six dimensions?
        • Beyond the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
        • The Elegant Universe (VHS or DVD)
        • The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene
  • Email Questions
    • Charles
      • If Adam was a scientist, what age would the mountains, rivers and trees measure to be if he had access to our modern instruments?
    • Jennifer from Los Alamitos, CA
      • How did animals die before the Fall of Adam?
  • Miscellaneous
    • Hugh quickly explains Joshua's Long Day
      • Joshua's Long Day - Video
      • Joshua's Long Day - Paper

 


Putting Cope’s Rule to the Test
#246  Air date: 10-19-04
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Cope’s rule
      • Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Xiaoming Wang, and John Damuth, “Cope’s Rule, Hypercarnivory, and Extinction in North American Canids,” Science 306 (2004), 101-104.
    • Species co-extinctions
      • Lian Pin Koh, et al., “Species Extinctions and the Biodiversity Crisis,” Science 305 (2004), 1632-1634.
    • Earth’s core design
      • Munir Humayun, Liping Qin, and Marc D. Norman, “Geochemical Evidence for Excess Iron in the Mantle Beneath Hawaii,” Science 306 (2004), 91-94.
      • Cin-Ty Aeolus Lee, “ Are Earth’s Core and Mantle on Speaking Terms?” Science 306 (2004), 64-65.
      • Resource mentioned: Rare Earth, by Brownlee and Ward
    • Elegant hurricane design
      • Amelie Davis and Xiao-Hai Yan, “Hurricane Forcing on Chlorophyll — a concentration off the Northeast coat of the U.S.,” Geophysical Research Letters 31 (2004), L17304.
      • Related articles on hurricanes:
  • Field Report
    • Dr. Dave Rogstad
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Attributes of God: Omniscience
  • Call In Questions
    • David in Los Angeles, CA
      • What does Hugh think about “quantum foam”?
        • J. Ambjørn, J. Jurkiewicz, and R. Loll, “Emergence of a 4D World from Causal Quantum Gravity, “ Physical Review Letters 93 (September 24, 2004), article #131301.
    • John in England
      • What’s the difference between valid alternative therapies and demonic medicine?
  • Email Questions
    • Alejandro in Argentina, South America
      • When Hugh asserts that there have been no further speciation events since the appearance of humans, is this a universally accepted fact among scientists, including evolutionists, or is it considered simply an argument from lack of evidence?
    • Khammany
      • Do you have any testimonies of intellectuals that I can share with my Buddhist friends?
        • A Scientist’s Perspective on Islam, by Dr. Fuz Rana
        • Can Science Prove There’s a God? by Dr. Hugh Ross
    • Larry
      • What do I need to be saved?

 


New Developments in Behe's Mousetrap
#247  Air date: 10-26-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Kenneth Samples

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Interview with Michael Behe
      • Michael J. Behe and David W. Snoke, “Simulating evolution by gene duplication of protein features that require multiple amino acid residues,” Protein Science (2004), 2651.
    • Solar luminosity stability
      • Peter Foukal, Gerald North and Tom Wigley, “A Stellar View on Solar Variations and Climate,” Science 306 (2004), 68-69.
  • Field Report
    • RTB Chapter leaders Kurt Lightfoot and Stan Leonard
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Attributes of God: Personality
  • Call In Questions
    • Steve in Modesto, CA:
      • Is gene regulation an example of biochemical design?
    • Marj in Diamond Bar, CA:
      • Is a single piece mousetrap a problem for irreducible complexity?
    • Cole in Fort Worth, TX:
      • Do the moral and design arguments depend on the cosmological argument?
    • Rob in Boulder, CO:
      • What effects result from changes in stellar mass?
  • Email Question
    • John F. in Raleigh, NC:
      • What are the three most important scientific theories which were once through to be challenges to the accuracy of the Bible, but have now been overturned?

 


Homo Hobbits?
#248  Air date: 11-02-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Homo floresiensis
      • P. Brown, et al., “A new small-bodied hominin from the Late Pleistocene of Flores, Indonesia,” Nature 431 (2004), 1055-1061.
      • M. J. Morwood, et al., “Archaeology and age of a new hominin from Flores in eastern Indonesia,” Nature 431 (2004), 1087-1091.
      • Marta Mirazon Lahr and Robert Foley, “Human evolution writ small,” Nature 431 (2004), 1043-1044.
    • SETI update
      • Andrew H. Howard, et al., “Search for Nanosecond Optical Pulses from Nearby Solar-Type Stars,” Astrophysical Journal 613 (2004), pp. 1270-1284.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Attributes of God: Independence
  • Call In Questions
    • Dave in Santa Barbara, CA:
      • Isn’t there evidence that Homo floresiensis made rafts?
    • Randy in Collierville, TN:
      • Is “faith” ever blind?
    • Alice in Kokomo, IN:
      • How are "star spectra" studied?
  • Email Questions
    • Tony wants to know:
      • Is Dr. Ross familiar with John Sailhamer’s book, Genesis Unbound?
    • Mark from Vacaville, CA:
      • What purpose or order could there be in galaxies colliding into one another?

 


Busting Evolutionary Icons
#249  Air date: 11-16-04
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Whale transitional series
      • Lori Marino, et al., “Origin and evolution of large brains in toothed whales,” The Anatomical Record Part A: Discoveries in Molecular, Cellular and Evolutionary Biology (20 October 2004), online edition.
    • Convergence — orb-building spiders
      • Todd A. Blackledge and Rosemary G. Gillespie, “Convergent evolution of behavior in an adaptive radiation of Hawaiian web-building spiders,” PNAS Early Edition (2004), online edition.
    • Follow up discussion on convergence
    • Human/chimp DNA — brain comparisons
      • Philipp Khaitovich, et al., “Regional Patterns of Gene Expression in Human and Chimpanzee Brains,” Genome Research 14 (2004), 1462-1473.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Attributes of God: Spirituality
  • Call In Questions
    • Vince in Newark, DE
      • Could the anthropic principle be applied to other scientific disciplines besides just astronomy and physics?
        • Rare Earth, by Ward and Brownlee
      • Could a “random walk” account for biological evolution?
  • Email Questions
    • Erik in Poulso, WA
      • Is slavery condemned in the Bible?
  • Resource Highlights
    • Putting Mormonism to the Test
      • Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA and the Mormon Church, Simon G. Southerton (Call 1-800-482-7836 to order.)
      • DNA vs. The Book of Mormon (VHS and DVD)
    • Busting Evolutionary Icons
      • Icons of Evolution, by Jonathan Wells
      • Icons of Evolution (VHS and DVD)

 


Breakthroughs for RTB’s Speciation Model
#250  Air date: 11-23-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Sediment Bioturbation
      • Martin Solan, et al., “Extinction and Ecosystem Function in the Marine Benthos,” Science 306 (2004), pp. 1177-1180.
    • RTB’s speciation model summary
      • The Genesis Question, by Hugh Ross
      • Martin Solan, et al., “Extinction and Ecosystem Function in the Marine Benthos,” Science 306 (2004), pp. 1177-1180.
      • Diane S. Srivastava, “The Role of Conservation in Expanding Biodiversity Research,” Oikos 98 (2002), 351-360.
      • Daniel Pauly, et al., “Fishing Down Marine Food Webs,” Science 279 (1998), pp. 860-863.
      • Michael L. McKinney, “Extinction Vulnerability and Selectivity: Combining Ecological and Paleontological Views,” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 28 (1997), 495-516.
    • Commentary on the Gallop Poll about the Bible and creation
      • “Was Darwin Wrong?” National Geographic (2004).
      • Michael Shermer, “Common Sense: Surprising New Research Shows that Crowds are Often Smarter than Individuals,” Scientific American (November 2004).
    • Polarization of the Cosmic Background Radiation
      • A.C.S. Readhead, et al., “Polarization Observations with the Cosmic Background Imager,” Science 306 (2004), pp. 836-844.
      • Resources mentioned
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Adventists and creationism
      • Affirmation of Creation' Report Discussed, Response to be Considered
      • Committee’s Report: An Affirmation of Creation: The International Faith & Science Conferences 2002-2004 Report to the Organizing Committee to the General Conference Executive Committee through the office of the General Conference President, September 10, 2004
      • Resources
  • Call In Questions
    • Roger in Portland, ME
      • What is Dr. Ross’s current number for the design features for the universe? What if God created a universe without any fine-tuning? What would it look like
  • Email Questions
    • Karen in Seattle, WA
      • Noticed a misstatement made on last week’s show about Jonathan Wells
      • Glen
        • Please comment on his professor’s opinion of the November 3, 2004 Today’s New Reason To Believe
          • November 3, 2004 Today’s New Reason To Believe

 


Evolutionary Problems with Dental Phylogenies
#251  Air date: 11-30-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Problems with dental phylogenies
      • Aapo T. Kangas, et al., “Nonindependence of mammalian dental characters,” Nature 432 (2004), pp. 211-214.
    • Outer Solar System Design
      • Alessandro Morbidelli, “How Neptune Pushed the Boundaries of our Solar System,” Science 306 (2004), pp. 1302-1304.
      • Harold F. Levison and Alessandro Morbidelli, “The Formation of the Kuiper Belt by the Outward Transport of Bodies During Neptune’s Migration,” Nature 426 (2004), pp. 419-421.
      • Rodney S. Gomes, Alessandro Morbidelli, and Harold F. Levison, “Planetary Migration in a Planetesimal Disk: Why did Neptune Stop at 30 AU?” Icarus 170 (2004), pp. 492-507.
      • Rodney S. Gomes, “The Origin of the Kuiper Belt High-Inclination Population,” Icarus 161 (2003), pp. 404-418.
      • Previous discussions related to this topic: Fine-tuning of the movement of gas giants into their current orbits (air-date: 12-11-2001)
    • New Clock for Radiometric Dating — hafnium-182
      • C. Vockenhuber, et al., “New Half-Life Measurement of 182Hf: Improved Chronometer for the Early Solar System,” Physical Review Letters 93 (2004), id# 172501.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Attributes of God: Immutability
      • Resource mentioned: Beyond the Bounds, John Piper, et al. (editors) -- Call our office at 800-482-7836 to order.
  • Call In Questions
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA
      • Can Hugh and Fuz please comment on the upcoming Cassini landing?
        • JPL’s Cassini’s home page
    • Damien in Sydney, Australia
      • Can solar flares be used as an evidence for design?
    • John in San Fernando Valley, CA
      • Can you please make a clarification on the Morowitz calculation as mentioned in the Origins of Life book?
  • Email Questions
    • Anonymous
      • I want to be a theist, but how does Dr. Ross answer Danny Faulkner’s article?
    • Andrew in Bel Air, MD
      • What does Dr. Ross think about the book, The Big Bang Never Happened, by Eric Lerner?
        • The Creator and The Cosmos, 3rd edition by Hugh Ross (pp. 99-100,116-118)
        • The Big Bang Never Happened, by Eric Lerner
    • David in Sweden
      • Could the post-resurrection appearances of Christ be accounted for by quantum tunneling?
        • Resources mentioned
        • Beyond the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
        • The Physics of Star Trek, by Laurence Krauss (available through amazon.com)
    • Stan in Seattle, WA
      • What does Dr. Ross think will happen to the 1st law of thermodynamics in the New Creation?

The Wonderful World of Neutrinos
#252  Air date: 12-7-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Kenneth Samples

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Neutrinos: Evidence for Design
      • E. Aliu, et al., “Evidence for muon oscillation in an accelerator-based experiment,” Nature 432 (2004), pp. 211-214.
    • Fine Structure Constant
      • Timothy P. Ashenfelter and Grant J. Mathews, "The Fine-Structure Constant as a Probe of Chemical Evolution and Asymptotic Giant Branch Nucleosynthesis in Damped Lya Systems," Astrophysical Journal, 615 (204), pp. 82-97.
    • Cicada Resource Pulses in Forest Ecosystems
      • Louie H. Yang, "Periodical Cicadas as Resource Pulses in North American Forests," Science, 306 (2004), pp. 1565-1567.
      • Richard S. Ostfield and Felicia Keesing, "Oh the Locusts Sang, Then Then Dropped Dead," Science, 306 (2004), pp. 1488-1489.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Attributes of God: Eternality
  • Call In Questions
    • Roger in Portland, ME
      • Can Hugh please comment on the fine tuning of Dark Energy?
      • Can Hugh please comment on the Big Collision Theory?
  • Email Questions
    • Anonymous
      • Is there a God and can you please respond to criticisms that Hugh is a fraud and biased and therefore cannot be trusted?
    • Vince in Newark, DE
      • What are your thoughts on the Gaia hypothesis?
    • Ian in Arusha, Tanzania
      • I enjoy your show and am sadden that others attack your competency.
    • Andrew
      • Does radiometric dating from Zircons and from Carbon-14 show that the earth is young?

 


Genetically Testing Human/Neanderthal Inter-Breeding
#253  Air date: 12-14-04
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Genetically testing human/Neanderthal inter-breeding
      • Mathias Currat, Laurent Excoffier, “Modern Humans Did Not Admix with Neanderthals during Their Range Expansion into Europe,” PLoS Biology 2 (December 2004), online edition.
      • Previous discussion
        • “Neanderthal/Modern human interbreeding?” Creation Update (air date: 3-23-04).
    • Solar system design
      • Richard A. Kerr, “Did Jupiter and Saturn Team Up to Pummel the Inner Solar System? Report from the November 8-12, 2004 Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences at Louisville, Kentucky,” Science 306 (2004), p. 1676.
      • Previous discussions
        • “Outer Solar System Design,” Creation Update (aired 11-30-04).
        • “Magma Ocean,” Creation Update (aired on 05-18-04).
        • “Solar system design — fine-tuning mass of gas giants,” Creation Update (aired on 11-25-2003).
    • Independent confirmations of dark energy
      • “Publication of the WMAP,” Creation Update (aired on 02-18-2003)
      • Gravitational lenses
        • Today’s New Reason To Believe (August 4, 2004)
        • Today’s New Reason To Believe (July 22, 2004)
      • “Analysis of the first data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,” Creation Update (aired on 11-11-03)
      • See also: Today’s New Reason To Believe (July 24, 2004)
      • “Polarization of the Cosmic Background Radiation,” Creation Update (aired on 11-23-04)
      • “Radio Galaxy Distributions and Dark Energy,” Today’s New Reason To Believe (February 1, 2004)
      • Galaxy cluster x-rays and dark energy, Creation Update (aired 6-15-04)
      • More Type IA supernova
        • Today’s New Reason To Believe (5-26-04)  (4-14-04)
    • Christmas Star
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • The Doctrine of the Incarnation
  • Call In Questions
    • Jeff in Valley Forge, VA
      • What is your perspective on Anthony Flew’s recent announcement that he is now a theist?
        • Read Flew’s interview with Gary Habbermas.
    • Kenny in Milton, FL
      • Can we test the events of Day 4 of creation — the removal of the opaque atmosphere?
    • Patrick in Holland, MI
      • Do you think that Jesus had Mary’s genetic material?
  • Email Questions
    • Larry  What is the difference between quarks and neutrinos?

 


Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2004 - The Best of Creation Update
#254  Air-date: December 21, 2004
Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2004 that Support RTB’s Testable Creation Model

  • # 10
    • Is there scientific evidence for a global flood? Analysis of deep ice cores in Antarctica and Greenland and a sediment core off New Zealand’s coast demonstrate that humans were created at the ideal time in geological history and provide a powerful refutation of young-earth creationism.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdates 07-13-2004 and 09-21-2004.
  • # 9
    • New insights into the fossil record of whale speciation continues to undermine this evolutionary icon.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 11-16-2004.
  • # 8
    • Discovery of a nearby pulsar-pulsar binary and measurements of its orbital features yields another powerful confirmation of general relativity’s reliability, and thus, the validity of space-time theorems proving the beginning of space and time.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 01-06-2004.
  • # 7
    • A study of gypsy moth parasites demonstrates that the creation of a diverse array of specialized parasites indeed is consistent with an all-powerful, all-wise, and all-loving Creator.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 07-27-2004.
  • # 6
    • Cellular midbody design.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 07-13-2004.
  • # 5
    • New insights into the physics of the Moon’s origin establish more evidence for Earth’s supernatural design so that it can support life.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 05-25-2004.
  • # 4
    • Is human evolution a fact? Evidence continues to mount against any genetic link between ancient modern humans and Neanderthals. This undercuts some young-earth creation models for human origins, as well as the evolutionary multi-regional hypothesis.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 12-14-2004.
  • # 3
    • A measure of the late heavy bombardment’s extent reveals new design features for the support of life and adds to the weight of evidence against naturalistic models for the origin of life on Earth. “Magma Ocean,”.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 05-18-2004.
  • # 2
    • The discovery of uranium/thorium fractionation, a new geochemical marker for early life on earth.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 01-06-2004.
  • # 1
    • Multiple independent confirmations of dark energy bolster the most spectacular evidence for the supernatural design of the universe for life.
    • Discussed on Creation Update, airdate 12-14-2004.