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Creation Update Archive - 2005


Welcome to the 2005 collection of Creation Update Archives

Table of Contents

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Creation Update #255
Moon’s Divine Design
Air date: 01-04-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Lunar Mass Design
      • Dave Waltham, “Anthropic Selection for the Moon’s Mass,” Astrobiology 4 (2004), pp. 460-468.
    • Banded Iron Formations
      • Nicolas Dauphas, et al., “Clues from Fe Isotope Variations on the Origin of Early Archea BIFs from Greenland,” Science 306 (2004), pp. 2077-2080.
    • Overdue Glaciation
      • William F. Ruddiman, Stephen J. Vavrus and John E. Kutzbach, “A Test of the Overdue-Glaciation Hypothesis,” Quaternary Science Reviews 24 (2005), pp. 1-10.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • The problem of natural evil
      • Hurricanes Bring More Than Destruction, by Hugh Ross
      • Good God, Cruel World, by Krista Bontrager
      • The Physics of Sin, by Hugh Ross
      • A Classical Perspective on the Physics of Sin, by Krista Bontrager
  • Ministry News
    • New courses offered by the Reasons Institute
  • Call In Questions
    • Stephanie in Temecula, CA
      • What were the conditions on the early Earth?
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA
      • Please comment on the Anthropic Principle in the observable universe versus the unobservable universe.
  • Predictions for 2005
    • Hugh's prediction summary of 2004 and new predictions for 2005
      • Hear Hugh's original 2004 predictions (Creation Update 1-6-2004)
    • Fuz's prediction summary of 2004 and new predictions for 2005
      • Hear Fuz's original 2004 predictions (Creation Update 1-6-2004)

Creation Update Primetime #14
Special Edition: Interviews with Don Stoner & Brother Guy Consolmagno
Air date: 01-06-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Special Guest: Don Stoner
    • Resources mentioned:
      • Science Speaks, by Peter Stoner
      • A New Look at an Old Earth, by Don Stoner
      • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
  • Special Guest: Brother Guy Consolmagno

Creation Update #256
Socio-Cultural Big Bang
Air date: 01-11-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Ivory flute
      • Achim Schneider, “Ice-age musicians fashioned ivory flute,” Nature News (December 17, 2004), online.
    • “hyper-evolution” of the human brain
      • Steve Dorus, et al., “Accelerated Evolution of Nervous System Genes in the Origin of Homo sapiens,” Cell 119 (2004), 1027-1040.
    • Cassini-Huygens mission — discussion with Dr. Dave Rogstad
      • Official JPL web site
    • Autophagy Design
      • Akiko Kuma, et al., “The Role of Autophagy During the Early Neonatal Starvation Period,” Nature 432 (2004), 1032-1036.
      • Nathaniel Heintz, “Survival by Self-Digestion,” Nature 432 (2004), p. 963.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Attributes of God: Mercy and Grace
  • Call In Questions
    • Rob in Boulder, CO:
      • How long is a “1000 generations” mentioned in Exodus 20:6?
        • How To Read the Bible for All Its Worth, by Doug Stuart and Gordon Fee
    • Jim in Lusby, MD:
      • Wanted some clarification on Fuz’s argument about convergence.
        • Life’s Solution, Simon Conway Morris (available through amazon.com)
  • Email Questions
    • Ryan in Leduc, AB, Canada:
      • Wanted a response to Hovind’s “Lost Squadron” argument against ice cores.
        • See also: Seely, Paul H. “The GISP2 Ice Core: Ultimate Proof that Noah’s Flood Was Not Global,” Perspectives of Science and the Christian Faith 55:4, 252, D 2003.
    • David in Sweden:
      • How can God intervene in the world when He is, by definition, a spirit and has no physical components?
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross

Creation Update #257
Miraculous “Junk” DNA and Convergence
Air date: 01-18-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Inventory of the density of the universe
      • Masataka Fukugita and P.J.E. Peebles, “The Cosmic Energy Inventory,” The Astrophysical Journal 616 (2004), pp. 643-668.
      • Trignometric Distance to Milky Way’s Center
      • Masataka Fukugita and P.J.E. Peebles, “The Cosmic Energy Inventory,” The Astrophysical Journal 616 (2004), pp. 643-668.
    • Junk DNA and Convergence
      • Anne Dupressoir, et al., “Syncytin-A and syncytin-B, two fusogenic placenta-specific murine envelope genes of retroviral origin conserved in Muridae,” PNAS 102 (2004), pp. 725-730.
    • Cassini/Huygens update, with Dave Rogstad
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Attributes of God: Holiness and Love
  • Call In Questions
    • Reuben in Camarillo, CA
      • Is dark matter universal?
    • Cathy in Anaheim, CA
    • David in Los Angeles, CA
      • How can repeated mass extinctions be compatible to an all-loving God?
  • Email Questions
    • Bob C.
    • Richard in Denver, CO
    • Keith
      • Would Hugh and Fuz comment on the recent news announcement that a small mammal ate small dinosaurs"?
    • Kenny in Milton, FL
      • Wanted to follow-up to a discussion on last week’s show about the Lost Squadron.
        • Time Machine: The Hunt For The Lost Squadron DVD
    • Wayne S.
      • Wanted to know if we had commented on the recent turnaround of atheist, Anthony Flew.
        • Listen to our previous discussion about Anthony Flew. (Originally aired on 12-14-04)

Creation Update #258
Insect Police Systems
Air date: 01-25-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Emergence of bi-pedalism
      • Sileshi Semaw, et al., “Early Pliocene hominids from Gona, Ethiopia,” Nature 433 (2004), pp. 301-305.
    • Repeated Creations of Insect Police Systems
      • Francis L.W. Ratnieks and Tom Wenseleers, “Policing Insect Societies,” Science 307 (2004), pp. 54-56.
    • Hypersaline Life and the Design of Global Cycles
      • Paul W. J. J. van der Wielen, et al., “The Enigma of Prokaryotic Life in Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basins,” Science 307 (2004), pp. 121-123.
  • Theology segment:
    • Kenneth Samples discusses his new book, Without a Doubt: Answering The 20 Toughest Faith Questions
  • Call In Questions7
    • Brandon in Mishawaka, IN:
    • Doug in Maryland:
      •  Why are the genealogies in Matthew and Luke so different?
        • Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, by Gleason Archer
        • When Critics Ask, edited by Norm Geisler
    • Billie in Windsor, CT:
      • In what sense is any population group older than another, according to the Out-of-Africa hypothesis?
      • What is the connection between data from Out-Of-Africa hypothesis vs. data from the Garden of Eden hypothesis?
    • Derek in Houston, TX:
      • Did Adam have mDNA?

Creation Update #259
Bacterial Design for Phosphorous Cycle
Air date: 02-01-05
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Colossal Bacterium Designed for Recycling Phosphorous
      • Heide N. Schulz and Horst D. Schulz, "Large Sulfur Bacteria & the Formation of Phosphorite,"Science 307(2005):416-18.
    • New, Direct Distance-Measuring Techniques, part 1 & part 2
      • J.A. Braatz et al., "A Green Bank Telescope Search for Water Masers in Nearby Active Galactic Nuclei," Astrophysical Journal Letters 617 (2004): L29-L32.
      • B.T. Draine and Nicholas A. Bond, "Direct Extragalactic Distance Determination Using X-Ray Scattering," Astrophysical Journal 617 (2004): 987-1003.
  • Theology Segment
    • What is the Christian doctrine of Creation ex nihilo and what are its theological implications?
  • Call-In Questions
    • Tim from RTB Japan
      • What drives Earth's eccentricity?
    • Gino from San Rafael, CA
      • Please comment on Lee Smolin's quantum gravity theory?
    • Dave from Dallas
      • What was God's purpose for placing tree of knowledge of good and evil in Garden?
    • Brandon from Mishawaka, IN
      • How do you interpret evening/morning in Genesis 1?
    • Rich from Houston
      • What do you think of Steinman's view of Genesis 1 days?
  • E-mail Questions
    • Ken C.
      • What are Hugh's thoughts on translating Genesis 1:2 "the world became without form" instead of "the world was without form"?
    • Doug from Portland, OR
      • When, where, and by whom does the "scholarly" idea originate that when "yom" is used with a numeric modifier (or when modified by "evening and morning"), it must always be interpreted as referring to a 24-hour day?
    • Ben G.
      • Would you comment on J. Sarfati's charge that Hugh Ross's understanding of Hebrew is suspect?

Creation Update #260
Mammal Inner Ear Convergence
Air date: 02-15-05
Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Mammal inner ear convergence
      • Roxanne Khamsi, "Ear-splitting discovery rocks mammal identity," Nature News (February 10, 2005), online.
      • Thomas Martin and Zhe-Xi Luo, “Homoplasmy in the Mammalian Ear,” Science 307 (February 11, 2005), 861-862.
      • Thomas H. Rich, et al., “Independent Origins of Middle Ear Bones in Monotremes and Therians,” Science 307 (February 11, 2005), 910-914.
    • Monkeys’ non-appreciation of music
      • Roxanne Khamsi, "Monkeys miss out on music," Nature News (December 10, 2004), online.
      • Josh McDermott and Marc Hauser, “Are consonant intervals music to their ears? Spontaneous acoustic preferences in a nonhuman primate,” Cognition (December 2004), B11-B21.
    • New world monkeys making stone tools
      • Michael Hopkin, “Hungry monkeys can dig it,” Nature News (December 9, 2004), online.
      • A.C. De a. Moura and P.C. Lee, “Capuchin Stone Tool Use in Caatinga Dry Forest,” Science 306 (December 10, 2004), 1909.
    • Cardiac renewal -- Embryonic stem cell research
      • Roxanne Khamsi, "Ear-splitting discovery rocks mammal identity," Nature News (February 10, 2005), online.
    • Block cardiac fibrosis
      • James S. Swaney et al., “Inhibition of Cardiac Myofibroblast Formation and Collagen Synthesis by Activation and Overexpression of Adenylyl Cyclase”, PNAS 102 (2005): 437-442.
      • Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz et al., “Postnatal isl1+ Cardioblasts Enter Fully Differentiated Cardiomyocyte Lineages”, Nature 433 (2005): 647-653.
  • Skeptic’s Forums - Dr. Dave Rogstad
    • A Physicist’s Perspective (blog about UC Davis event)
    • Dyanna Quizon, “Scientists debate existence of divine agent,” Aggie News (02/04/2005).
  • Call In Questions
    • Stanley in Loveland, CO
      • Could Adam have begun as a fetus?
    • Joe in Bismark, ND
      • Are Wells’ Icons still valid? Are there responses to the NCSE’s rebuttals?
        • Jonathan Wells, “Inherit The Spin: Darwinists Answer ‘Ten Questions’ with Evasions and Falsehoods,” ARN website.
    • Gino in San Rafael, CA
      • If the Bible is perfect, then shouldn’t we be able to interpret the Bible perfectly?
        • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, by Stuart and Fee
    • Richard in Denver, CO
      • Has there been any research about the child rearing age of hominids?
        • “Human/chimp DNA — brain comparisons,” Creation Update (air date: 11-16-04).
        • “'Hyper-evolution' of the human brain,” Creation Update (air date: 1-11-05).
        • "Wild Chimp Dental Emergence,” Creation Update (air date: 8-03-04).
    • John in Raleigh, NC
      • How could Samson kill 1,000 men with an animal jawbone?
  • E-mail Question
    • Manny in Portland, ME
      • Questions about Quantum Cosmology

Creation Update #261
Omo Kibish Man Update
Air date: 02-22-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Omo Kibish man update
      • Ian McDougall, Francis H. Brown & John G. Fleagle, "Stratigraphic placement and age of modern humans from Kibish, Ethiopia," Nature 433 (February 17, 2005), 733-736.
      • Also mentioned: “Redating Leakey’s Ethiopian human finds: more problems for compromise,” by Carl Wieland
      • See also
        • Email Exchange between Carl Wieland and Fuz Rana
        • Idaltu: Ethiopian Hominid No Threat to Origins Model,” by Fuz Rana
        • Mentioned resource: Richard Klein, The Dawn of Human Culture.  This book is written from an evolutionary perspective, but provides many compelling evidences for the distinctives of modern human culture.
    • Extra-solar planet update
      • Geoffrey W. Marcy, et al., "Five New Extrasolar Planets," Astrophysical Journal 619 (2005), pp. 570-584.
      • Also mentioned: Extra solar planet catalogue
      • Resource mentioned: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition
    • Mass of galaxies
      • I.D. Karachentsev, “The Local Group and Other Neighboring Galaxy Groups,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005), pp. 178-188.
      • Samir Salim, et al., “New Constraints on the Star Formation Histories and Dust Attenuation of Galaxies in the Local Universe from GALEX,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 619 (2005), pp. L39-L42.
  • Science in the News
    • Mars update
      • Robert Roy Britt, “Water Spread Across Much of Ancient Mars, Creating Conditions for Life,” Space.com (February 17, 2005), online.
      • Brian Berger, “NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars,” Space.com (February 16, 2005), online.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
  • Call In Questions
    • David in Atlanta, GA
      • Is homosexuality inherited?
        • Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church’s Moral Debate, by James Yarhouse and Stanton Jones
        • NARTH: National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • What do you think of the research by Michael Cremo in his book, Forbidden Archeology?
        • Forbidden Archeology web site.
    • Randy in Collierville, TN
      • What is known about Daniel’s 70 weeks?
    • Mark in Flatrock, IN:
      • What does Ken think about the Apostolic church’s (United Pentecostals) view of the trinity?
    • Dave in Santa Barbara, CA
      • Why do you think that Christians should care about the age of the earth?
  • Email Questions
    • Andy G.
      • What is RTB’s perspective on the Homo floresiensis specimens?
        • Homo Floresiensis, Discussed on Creation Update (air date: 11-02-04).
    • Eric
      • Does Hugh think that life will ever be discovered on Mars?
        • Moon — Earth’s attic, Interview with Guillermo Gonzalez, Creation Update (air date: 4-20-04).

Creation Update Primetime #15
Interview with Simon Conway Morris
Air date: 02-24-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Krista Bontrager

  • Books by Dr. Conway Morris
    • Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe
    • The Crucible of Creation: The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals

Creation Update #262
Life’s Building Blocks--Still Unique to Earth
Air date: 03-01-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • No interstellar glycine
      • L.E. Snyder, et al., "A Rigorous Attempt to Verify Interstellar Glycine,” Astrophysical Journal 619 (2005), pp. 914-930.
    • No interstellar pyrimidine
      • Yi-Jehng Kuan, et al., “A Search for Interstellar Pyrimidine,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 345 (2003), pp. 650-656.
    • Uric acid metabolism — imperfections in nature
      • Gwen S. Scott, et al., “Uric acid protects against secondary damage after spinal cord injury,” PNAS 9 (March 1, 2005), pp. 3483-3488.
    • “Missing” baryons found
      • Fabrizio Nicastro, et al., “The Mass of the Missing Baryons in the X-Ray Forest of the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium,” Nature 433 (2005), pp. 495-498.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    •  Discussion of the movie, Million Dollar Baby.
      • Krista’s informal review of Million Dollar Baby.
      • Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples
      • Moral Choices, by Scott B. Rae
  • Call In Questions
    • Damien in Sydney, Australia: Is the analogical day view compatible with the day-age view?
      • Science & Faith, by John Collins
    • William in Corona, CA: Shouldn’t the “big bang” creation event be on creation day 1?
      • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
    • Kenny in Milton, FL: Follow up comments to our interview with Dr. Simon Conway Morris
      • LINK to show: interview with Dr. Simon Conway Morris
      • Rob in Denver, CO: Could neutrinos be detected by a ground-based telescope?
  • Email Questions
    • Manny in Portland, ME: Manny is concerned that RTB is biased with regard to our interpretation of the scientific data.
    • Bill in Pike, NH: Aren’t the predictions of the RTB creation model postdictive, not predictive?

 


Creation Update #263
No Shortage of Short Period Comets
Air date: 03-08-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Design of Earth’s Early Ocean
      • Hidenori Genda and Yutaka Abe, "Enhanced Atmospheric Loss on Protoplanets at the Giant Impact Phase in the Presence of Oceans,” Nature 433 (2005), pp. 842-844.
    • Hobbit update — Homo floresiensis
      • Dean Falk, et al., “The Brain of LB1, Homo floresiensis,” Sciencexpress.com (March 3, 2005), online.
      • Series of articles on the “hobbit” specimen by Carl Wieland on the Answers in Genesis web site:
        • Soggy dwarf bones,” October 28, 2004.
        • Hobbling the Hobbit?” November 8, 2004.
        • Hobbit bone wars,” February 28, 2005.
    • Short period comets
      • J.L. Elliot, et al., “The Deep Ecliptic Survey: A Search for Kuiper Belt objects and Centaurs: II. Dynamical Classification, the Kuiper Belt Plane, and the Core Population,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005), pp. 1117-1162.
      • David Jewitt, “A First Look at the Damocloids,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005), pp. 530-538.
      • J.S. Greaves, “Structure in the epsilon Eridani Debris Disk,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 619 (2005), pp. L187-L190.
      • M.C. Wyatt, et al., “Submillimeter Images of a Dusty Kuiper Belt Around eta Corvi,” Astrophysical Journal 620 (2005), pp. 492-500.
      • Listen to our interview with young-earth astronomer, Danny Faulkner, in its entirety: Creation Update (air-date: 9-26-2002).
      • Series of articles by Danny Faulkner about short period comets on the Answers in Genesis web site:
    • Endocast comparisons of modern humans, archaic H. sapiens, and Neanderthals
      • Emiliano Bruner, “Geometric morphometric and paleoneurology: brain shape evolution in the genus Homo,” Journal of Human Evolution 47 (2004), 279-303.
  • Call In Questions
    • Sam in Los Angeles, CA
      • Do the ages mentioned in the genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11 limit the potential gaps?
        • K.A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (available through amazon.com)
        • K.A. Kitchen, The Bible in Its World: The Bible and Archaeology Today (available through amazon.com)
        • Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, When Critics Ask.
        • Gleason Archer, Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties.
        • William Henry Green, "Primeval Chronology,” Bibliotheca Sacra (April, 1890), pp. 285-303.
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Why doesn’t God perform miracles today to confirm the message of Christianity?
    • Terry in Gastonia, NC
      • What is Wayne Grudem’s position about the age of the earth?
    • Curt in Tuscon, AZ
      • Was Jesus really resurrected bodily?
        • Beyond the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
        • Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples

Creation Update #264
Genetic Convergence of Modern Birds: An Unexpected Result
Air date: 03-15-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Convergence--modern bird origins
      • Matthew G. Fain and Peter Houde, "Parallel Radiations in the Primary Clades of Birds,” Evolution 58 (2005), pp. 2558-2573.
      • Interview with Simon Conway Morris, Creation Update (February 24, 2005).
      • Repeatable Evolution or Repeated Creation?” by Fazale Rana 
      • Convergence: Evidence for a Single Creator?” by Fazale Rana
      • Galina Glazko, et al., “Eighty percent of proteins are different between humans and chimpanzees,” Gene, in press.
    • Atmospheric air pressure design--Hugh’s thought experiment
      • Michael Denton, Nature’s Destiny.
    • Natural evil--Infant mortality rates
      • Erika Check, "Millions of babies’ lives could be saved,” Nature (March 4, 2005), online.
      • Gary L. Darmstadt, et al., “Evidence-based, cost-effective interventions: how many newborn babies can we save?” Lancet (2005), published online.
      • R. Knippenberg, et al., “Systematic scaling up of neonatal care in countries,” Lancet (March 3, 2005), published online.
      • J. Martines, et al., “Neonatal survival: a call for action,” Lancet (March 3, 2005), published online.
      • J.E. Lawn, et al., Lancet 365 (2005), pp. 891-900.
    • Extending mDNA analysis to bone calcium
      • Christina M. Nielsen-Marsh, et al., "Osteocalcin protein sequences of Neanderthals and modern primates,” PNAS Early Edition (2005), online.
  • Call In Questions
    • Franklin in Loveland, CO
      • Could the genetic bottleneck around the time of Noah’s flood have had anything to do with shorted life spans?
        • Long Life Spans: ‘Adam Lived 930 Years and Then He Died’: New Discoveries in the Biochemistry of Aging Support the Biblical Record,” by Fazale R. Rana, Hugh Ross, and Richard Deem
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Does the order of creation in Genesis 1 contradict the order in Genesis 2?
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA
      • Does God send babies to hell if they die in infancy?
        • When a Baby Dies, by Ron Nash (available through amazon.com)
    • John in Raleigh, NC
      • Is there any fossil evidence for giants? Who were the Nephilim?
  • Email Questions
    • Bob in Chicago, IL
      • Can the ID model make scientific predictions? How can any historically-based model, such as evolution, do repeatable experiments?
    • Fiske wants to know
      • Is God still fine-tuning the universe to keep the shrinking sun and earth in the right distance from one another?
    • Jim Strahan wanted help answering his friend’s question
      • If God performed a miracle to bring the Apostle Paul to faith, why can’t he do that for everyone?
    • Rob wants to know
      • Has RTB heard of a book called, Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism, edited by Matt Young and Taner Edis?

Creation Update #265
Reconciling “Adam” and “Eve”
Air date: 03-22-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • mDNA and y-chromosome Analysis
      • Jason A. Wilder, Zahra Mobasher, and Michael F. Hammer, "Genetic Evidence for Unequal Effective Population Sizes of Human Females and Males,” Molecular Biology and Evolution 21 (11), pp. 2047-2057.
    • Natural nuclear reactors in the early Earth
      • A.P. Meshik, C.M. Hohenberg and O.V. Pravdivtseva, "Record of Cycling Operation of the Natural Nuclear Reactor in the Oklo/Okelohondo Area in Gabon,” Physical Review Letters 93 (18), id. 182302.
  • Philosophy/Theology segment
    • Ken Samples comments on Charles Townes' quote "science involves assumptions and faith".
      • 2005 Templeton Prize press release
      • Quote by Townes in World Magazine
  • Call In Questions
    • Dave in Santa Barbara, CA
      • Did the Nephilim survive Noah's flood?
        • Related broadcast, Who were the Nephilim? Part One (Old RTB Broadcast #204 March 3, 2001).
        • Related broadcast, Who were the Nephilim? Part Two (Old RTB Broadcast #205 March 10, 2001).
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
    • Randy in Collierville, TN
      • Wanted Ken to comment on the controversial Terry Schiavo case
        • Moral Choices, by Scott Rae
        • Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples
        • Related broadcast, Discussion of the movie, Million Dollar Baby. (Creation Update March 1, 2005).
    • Brandon in Mishawaka, IN
      • Do people who have never heard of Jesus go to hell?
        • Audio tape resource, Religious Pluralism by Kenneth Samples.  Call 1-800-482-7836 to order.
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA
      • Could symmetry be a design principle?
    • Greg in Albany, NY
      • Is there a multi-dimensional aspect to the crucifixion?
  • Email Questions
    • Keith at NASA
      • Responded to our discussion last week about air pressure

Creation Update #266
Sorting Through T-rex Blood Confusion
Air date: 03-29-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Extra-solar planet updates
      • Dimitri Veras and Philip J. Armitage, "The Influence of Massive Planet Scattering on Nascent Terrestrial Planets,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 620 (2005), pp. L111-L114.
      • David T. F. Weldrake, et al., “An Absence of Hot Jupiter Planets in 47 Tucanae: Results of a Wide-Field Transit Search,” Astrophysical Journal 620 (2005), pp. 1043-1051.
      • Resources related to the “rare earth” hypothesis
        • Journey Toward Creation DVD Documentary
        • Rare Earth, by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
        • Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men, by Hugh Ross, Mark Clark and Kenneth Samples
        • Where is Everybody? by Stephen Webb
        • The Privileged Planet, by Guillermo Gonzalez, Jay Richards
        • Destiny or Chance? by Stuart Taylor
    • T-Rex soft tissue recovery, fact of fiction?
      • Erik Stokstad, "Tyrannosaurus rex Soft Tissue Raises Tantalizing Prospects,” Science 307 (2005), pp. 1852.
      • Mary H. Schweitzer, et al., “Soft-Tissue Vessels and Cellular Preservation in Tyrannosaurus rex,” Science 307 (2005), pp. 1952-1955.
      • Related paper: “Dinosaur Blood?” by Greg Moore
    • Discussion with petroleum engineer, Pat McGuire
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Comments on the recent Resurrection Debate between Dr. William Lane Craig and Bishop John Shelby Spong
  • Call In Questions
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA
      • What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
        • Eternity in Their Hearts, by Don Richardson (available through amazon.com)
    • Peter in Akron, OH
      • Does the Wisdom mentioned in Proverbs 8:12 and 22 suggest “Intelligent Design”?
    • Mike in Little Rock, AK
      • Does Psalm 104:5 teach that the Earth is the center of the universe?
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Don’t the events described on Day 5 of creation contradict the scientific record?
  • Email Questions
    • Bob in El Cajon, CA

Creation Update #267
Narrowing Another Origin of Life Loophole: Deep Biosphere Hypothesis
Air date: 04-05-05
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Deep biosphere hypothesis
      • Steven D’Hondt, et al., "Distributions of Microbial Activities in Deep Subseafloor sediments,” Science 306 (2004), pp. 2216-2221.
      • A. Vezzi, et al., “Life at Depth: Photobacterium profundum Genome Sequence and Expression Analysis,” Science 307 (2005), pp. 1459-1461.
      • Resources mentioned
        • Origins of Life, by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
        • Some Like it Hot--But First Life Did Not,” by Fazale Rana
    • Adult stem cells
      • Olafur E. Sigurjonsson, et al., "Adult human hematopoietic stem cells produce neurons efficiently in the regenerating chicken embryo spinal cord,” PNAS 102 (2005), pp. 5227-5232.
    • Interview with Dr. Rogier Windhorst, Arizona State University, about the Vatican telescope in Arizona.
      • Vatican astronomer, Br. Guy Consolmagno
      • Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope in Arizona
      • Creation Update Primetime interview with Br. Guy Consolmagno (Air Date: 1-06-05)
    • Human/chimp DNA comparisons — recombination hot spots
      • Jeremy Foster, et al., "The Wolbachia Genome of Brugia malayi: Endosymbiont Evolution within a Human Pathogenic Nematode,” PLoS Biology 3 (2005), online.
      • Lynn B. Jorde, “Where We’re Hot, They’re Not,” Science (2005), pp. 60-62.
      • Wendy Winkler, et al., “Comparison of Fine-Scale Recombination Rates in Humans and Chimpanzees,” Science (2005), pp. 107-111.
  • Call In Questions
    • Questions from Emily Bontrager (age 5 1/2)
      • What is a genetic marker?
        • Video documentary: The Journey of Man, with Spencer Wells (available through amazon.com)
      • What is the difference between Cro-Magnons and Hominids?
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Wanted to ask a follow up question about the events on Creation Day 5 from last week.
  • Email Questions
    • Jim in Chicago, IL
      • Isn’t the fundamental unity of life through DNA proof for evolution?
    • Joel in Knoxville, TN
      • Do you see the gulf between real science and popular science growing or diminishing?
    • Ron in Tampa Bay, FL
      • How did God get all those animals on the ark?
    • Ken
      • What is the difference between microevolution and macroevolution?

Creation Update #268
Toumai Man Update: Early Hominid Creates Evolutionary Conundrums
Air date: 04-12-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Animal humor and joy
      • Jaak Panksepp, "Beyond a Joke: From Animal Laughter to Human Joy?” Science 306 (2005), pp. 62-63.
      • Related resource
    • Toumai man update
      • Michel Brunet, et al., "New material of the earliest hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad,” Nature 434 (2005), pp. 752-755.
      • Christoph P.E. Zollikofer, et al., “Virtual cranial reconstruction of Sahelanthropus tchadensis,” Nature 434 (2005), pp. 755-759.
      • Previous discussion on Toumai man
      • Toumai ‘Man’: A Barrel Full of Questions for Darwinian Evolution,” Creation Update (07-16-2002).
    • Benefit of burning fossil fuels
      • Robert Bailis, Majid Ezzati, and Daniel M. Kammen, "Mortality and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Biomass and Petroleum Energy Futures in Africa,” Science 308 (2005), pp. 98-103.
    • Design and Cellular and Protein Aerosols
      • Ruprecht Jaenicke, "Abundance of Cellular Material and Proteins in the Atmosphere,” Science 308 (2005), pp. 73.
  • Theology/Philsophy segment
    • Ken shares his thoughts about Pope John Paul II
      • Ken’s book: The Cult of the Virgin, by Kenneth Samples and Elliot Miller (out-of-print)
      • Ken’s series of articles on Roman Catholicism
        • What Think Ye of Rome? (Part One): An Evangelical Appraisal of Contemporary Catholicism, by Kenneth Samples Christian Research Journal , Winter 1993.
        • What Think Ye of Rome? (Part Two): An Evangelical Appraisal of Contemporary Catholicism, by Kenneth Samples Christian Research Journal , Spring 1993.
        • What Think Ye of Rome? (Part Three): The Catholic-Protestant Debate on Biblical Authority, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie Christian Research Journal , Spring/Summer 1994.
        • What Think Ye of Rome? (Part Four): The Catholic-Protestant Debate on Papal Infallibility, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie Christian Research Journal , Fall 1994.
        • What Think Ye of Rome? (Part Five): The Catholic-Protestant Debate on Justification, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie, with Elliot Miller Christian Research Journal , Winter 1995
  • Call In Questions
    • Paul in Ypslanti, MI
      • Was the expansion rate of the very early universe faster than the velocity of light?
    • James in Garland, TX
      • Why do anthropologists always give hominids such human-looking eyes, instead of ape-like eyes?
        • Book mentioned by James: Yellow and Pink
        • Article mentioned: Hugh Ross, “Hold Your Fire Till You See...,” Facts & Faith (1997).
    • Gino in San Rafael, CA
      • Have you ever heard of “neuro theology”?
        • Book mentioned: The Emperor's New Mind, by Roger Penrose and Shadows of the Mind, by Roger Penrose.
    • Chuck in Spring, TX
      • How much does the population in Northern Canada affect its climate?
  • Email Questions
    • Dan in Boston, MA
      • Are the “winged creatures” mentioned on Creation Day 5 birds?
    • John in Chicago, IL
      • Wanted Hugh to comment on the recent display of a zircon crystal at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    • Joel in Knoxville, TN
      • Is there any significance to the fact that the moon is at just the right distance and size to its shadow blocks the image of the sun on the earth so that the corona can be easily studied?
        • Book mentioned: The Privileged Planet, by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards

Creation Update #269
Our Rare Solar System Gets Rarer
Air date: 04-19-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Rarity of planets with Non-Eccentric Orbits
      • Eric B. Ford, Verene Lystad and Frederic A. Rasio, "Planet-Planet Scattering in the upsilon Andromedae System,” Nature 434 (2005), pp. 873-876.
      • Web site mentioned: The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia
    • Iberian Peninsula Neanderthal genetic study
      • Carles Lalueza-Fox, et al., “Neandertal Evolutionary Genetics: Mitochondrial DNA Data from the Iberian Peninsula,” Molecular Biology and Evolution 22 (2005), pp. 1077-1081.
    • Re-evaluating H. antecessor
      • E. Carbonell, et al., "An Early Pleistocene hominin mandible from Atapuerca-TD6, Spain,” PNAS 102 (2005), pp. 5674-5678.
    • Gravitational lens test for cosmic design
      • Jonathan L. Mitchell, et al., "Improved Cosmological Constraints from Gravitational Lens Statistics,” Astrophysical Journal 622 (2005), pp. 81-98.
    • Design of human muscles
      • Ray H. Baughman, "Playing Nature’s Game with Artificial Muscles,” Science 308 (2005), pp. 63-65.
  • Theology/Philsophy segment
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC:
      • Wanted to get some input on a friend’s arguments about UFOs.
      • A second Question about UFO's.
    • Ron in Kansas City, KS
      • What does it mean to worship God in “spirit” (John 4)?
  • Email Questions
    • Brandon at Penn State
      • What is the evidence that the Cambrian explosion actually happened?
        • Resources mentioned
          • Our interview with evolutionary biologist, Simon Conway Morris, Creation Update (February 24, 2005).
          • On the Origin of Phyla, by James Valentine (available through amazon.com)

Creation Update #270
What the [bleep] do we know?!
Air date: 05-03-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Discussion of Ohio State skeptic’s forum and ID movement
      • Nature editors, "Intelligent Design,” Nature 434 (2005), pp. 1053.
      • Geoff Brumfiel, "Who has designs on your students’ minds?” Nature 434 (2005), pp. 1062-1065.
    • What’s the meaning of multiple origins of life?
      • P.C.W. Davies and Charles H. Lineweaver, "Finding a Second Sample of Life on Earth,” Astrobiology 5 (2005), pp. 154-163.
  • Philosophy/Theology segment
    • Discussion of the documentary, What the [bleep] do we know?!
      • Video
        • What the [bleep] do we know?!
      • Book mentioned
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Did Jesus ascend into outer space or into another dimension?
        • Book mentioned
          •  The Gospel and the Greeks, by Ron Nash
    • John in Raleigh, NC
      • Why are the Psalms considered Scripture? Are there any Philistine descendants today?
    • Ralph in Clark, NE
      • What is the evolutionary pathway between fish and frogs?
    • David in Los Angeles, CA
      • What is Dr. Ross’ perspective on quantum black holes?
  • Email Questions
    • Jennifer in Sacramento, CA
      • What do make of the evidence that Neanderthals buried their dead? Are radiometric dating methods reliable?
        • Radiometric Dating: A Christian Perspective,” Roger C. Wiens
        • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
    • Olivia in Herforst, Germany
      • Can you explain what the “z” particle’s implications are for the creation event?
    • Carla in Omaha, NE
      • Were any RTB scholars interviewed for the upcoming special on human evolution?

Creation Update #271
DNA vs. The Book of Mormon
Air date: 05-10-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Gamma ray burst mass extinction event: Interview with astronomers, Dr. Jeff Zweerink at UCLA, and Brian Thomas at University of Kansas.
      • Brian C. Thomas, et al., "Terrestrial Ozone Depletion Due to a Milky Way Gamma-Ray Burst,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 622 (2005), pp. L153-L156.
    • Homosexual male brains and pheromones
      • Ivanka Savic, Hans Berglund and Per Lindstrom, "Brain response to putative pheromones in homosexual men,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102 (2005), pp. 7356-7361.
      • Resources mentioned
        • Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Evidence in the Church’s Moral Debate, by Jones and Yarhouse
        • Is homosexuality genetic? Creation Update (02-06-2004)
    • New Design Features in Planetary Formation
      • John Bally, Nick Moeckel, and Henry Throop, "Planet Formation in OB Associations,” Abstract 743, Abstracts of the Biennial Meeting of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, April 10-14, 2005, Astrobiology 5 (2005), pp. 186-187.
    • Discussion of Reasons Institute, summer 2005 session
    • Interview with Scott Johnson, from Living Hope Ministries, co-producer of the video documentary, DNA vs. The Book of Mormon.
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • What is Hugh’s opinion of the Arizona UFO sightings a few years ago?
    • Ed in Des Moines, IA
      • Could symmetry in particle physics be a design argument?
    • Daniel in Indianapolis, IN

Creation Update #272
More Terrestrial Design Features
Air date: 05-17-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Biological Control of Silica Recycling
      • Louis A. Derry et al., "Biological Control of Terrestrial Silica Cycling and Export Fluxes to Watersheds," Nature 433 (2005): 728-31.
    • Biological Modification of Earth's Reflectivity
      • Neville J. Woolf, "What Is an Earth-Like Planet?" Abstract #926, Abstracts of the Biennial Meeting of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, April 10-14, 2005, Astrobiology 5 (2005): 186-87.
    • Biochemical Design: Molecular Motors
      • Takeshi Murata et al., "Structure of the Rotor of the V-Type Na+-ATPase from Enterococcus hirae," Science 308 (2005): 654-59.
      • Thomas Meier et al., "Structure of the Rotor Ring of F-Type Na+-ATPase from Ilyobacter tartaricus," Science 308 (2005): 659-62.
      • Wolfgang Junge and Nathan Nelson, "Nature's Rotary Electromotors," Science 308 (2005): 642-44.
  • Philosophy/Theology segment
    • Logical Relationships as Applied to Historic Christian Truth-Claims
      • What is a contradictory relationship?
      • What is a contrary relationship?
      • What is a subcontrary relationship?
  • E-mail questions
    • Rusty in Anaheim, CA
      • What happens to the DNA of a donor's blood or organ once it is transfused or transplanted into a recipient?
    • Rob
    • Stan in Baker City, OR
      • How do we provide balance on Discovery Channel programs that seem to promote evolutionary theories as fact?

Creation Update #273
Early Human Migration Mystery Solved
Air date: 05-31-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Early human migration
      • Vincent Macaulay, et al., "Single, Rapid Coastal Settlement of Asia Revealed by Analysis of Complete Mitochondrial Genomes," Science 308 (2005): 1034-1036.
      • Kumarasamy Thangaraj, et al., “Reconstructing the Origin of Andaman Islanders,” Science 308 (2005): 996.
      • Also mentioned
      • The Journey of Man, with Spencer Wells (available through Amazon.com)
    • Lunar mass design
      • Edward Belbruno and J. Richard Gott III, "Where did the moon come from?" The Astronomical Journal 129 (2005): 1724-1745.
      • Resources mentioned
      • Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition (RTB’s video documentary)
      • If We Had No Moon (available through the Discovery Channel)
    • Molecular motors--clock in cyanobacteria
      • Jimin Wang, "Recent Cyanobacterial Kai Protein Structures Suggest a Rotary Clock," Structure 13 (2005): 735-741.
    • Galactic carbon and oxygen abundance design
      • Leticia Carigi, et al, "Carbon, Nitrogen and Oxygen Galactic Gradients: A Solution to the Carbon Enrichment Problem," Astrophysical Journal 623 (2005): 213-224.
    • Discussion of John Ankerberg Debate: Young-Earth vs. Old Earth with Hugh Ross and Kent Hovind
    • Theology/Philosophy segment
      • Discussion of ABC’s 20/20 special: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
        • ABC’s 20/20 special: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
      • Discussion of Korea’s recent announcement about therapeutic human cloning and stem cell research
  • Call In Questions
    • Mike in Venice, CA
      • Have you heard of a movie called, Genesis?
    • James in Garland, TX
      • Were there Europeans in North Americans before the Native Americans?
    • Roger in Portland, ME
      • Do cells have multiple examples of irreducible complexity within them?
  • Email Questions:
    • Tyler in Fullerton, CA
      • How could RTB’s creation model for the creation of life be falsified?
    • Rich in Houston, TX
      • Does RTB have a timeline that integrates the events described in Genesis 1 with the scientific record?
        • Creation Timeline Chart: Genesis 1 Creation Days
    • Jim in Wheaton, IL
      • What is RTB’s view of Complexity Theory?

Creation Update Primetime #16
Age of the Earth: Core Christian Doctrine?
Air date: 06-02-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Krista Bontrager

  • Interview with Dr. Ted Cabal, Professor of Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
    • Galileo’s Battle of the Heavens (video documentary)
  • Interview with Dr. Jay Richards, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute.

Creation Update #274
Resolving Heavy Metal Anomalies for Big Bang Cosmology
Air date: 06-07-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Solving the heavy element abundance anomaly
      • Peter Weiss, "Test Puts Pedal to Heavy Metal," Science News 167 (2005): 318.
    • Resolving nickel overproduction anomaly
      • A. Tomyo, et al., "62Ni(n,g)63Ni Reaction and Overproduction of Ni Isotopes," Science News 167 (2005): p. 318.
    • Methane on Mars
      • Christopher Oze and Mukul Sharma, "Have olivine, will gas: Serpentinization and the abiogenic production of methane on Mars," Geophysical Research Letters 32 (2005): pp. L10203.
    • Danger of Too Much Exposure to Evil
      • J.B. Bingenheimer, R.T. Brennan and F.J. Earls, "Firearm Violence Exposure and Serious Violence Behavior," Science 308 (2005): pp. 1323-1326.
      • Constance Holden, “Controversial Study Suggests Seeing Gun Violence Promotes It,” Nature 435 (2005), pp. 1230-1240.
  • Call In Questions
    • Jim in Chicago, IL
      • Do you have a response to the article, “29+ Evidences for Macroevolution” on the Talk Origins web site?
      • Can Hugh please comment on chaos theory?
        • Related discussion
          • Creation Update discussion, "'Disturbing Implications' of the Cosmological Constant," 08-27-2002
          • Creation Update audio cassette: “'Disturbing Implications' of the Cosmological Constant,” 08-27-2002 [A0244]
          • Scientific papers
            • L. Dyson, M. Kleban, and L. Susskind, “Disturbing Implications of a Cosmological Constant,” 1 August 2002, accessed October 16, 2002.
            • Philip Ball, “Is Physics Watching Over Us?" Nature, Science Update,  August 13, 2002, accessed October 16, 2002.
          • Vexing Implications,” by Hugh Ross
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • What should we think about appearances of the Virgin Mary?
        • Ken’s book with Elliot MIller: The Cult of the Virgin (out-of-print)
    • Dean in Boulder, CO
      • What is your perspective on the Shroud of Turin?
        • Previous discussion of the Shroud of Turin on Creation Update with New Testament historian, Ben Witherington (4-13-04)
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • What is creation ex nihilo?
  • Email Questions
    • Olivia wanted to know: What is the cosmic microwave background radiation?
    • Tim in Sacramento: What is so special about florine in its life-supporting role?

Creation Update #275
Human Origins Burgoo
Air date: 06-14-05
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Using leprosy to track early human origins and migration
      • Marc Monot, et al, "On the Origin of Leprosy," Science 308 (2005): 1040-1042.
    • Neanderthal DNA sequencing / femur
      • Cedric Beauval, et al, "A late Neandertal femur from Les Rochers-de-Villeneuve, France," PNAS 102 (2005): p. 7085-7090.
      • Analyzing Neanderthal nuclear DNA
      • James P. Noonan, et al, "Genomic Sequencing of Pleistocene Cave Bears," Science Express (June 1, 2005): #1113485.
    • Neanderthal tooth
      • Shara E. Bailey and John M. Lynch, "Diagnostic Differences in Mandibular P4 Shape Between Neanderthals and Anatomically Modern Humans," American Journal of Physical Anthropology 126 (2005): pp. 268-277.
    • High precision clock
      •  J.B. Bingenheimer, R.T. Brennan and F.J. Earls, "Firearm Violence Exposure and Serious Violence Behavior," Science 308 (2005): pp. 1323-1326.
    • Toumai Man update
      • James C.M. Ahern, "Foramen Magnum Position Variation in Pan troglodytes, Plio-Pleistocene Hominids, and Recent Homo sapiens: Implications for Recognizing the Earliest Hominids," American Journal of Physical Anthropology 127 (2005): pp. 267-276.
    • Latent regenerative capacity of progenitor cells
      • Axel Linke, et al, "Stem cells in the dog heart and self-renewing, clonogenic, and multipotent and regenerate infarcted myocardium, improving cardiac function," PNAS 102 (2005): pp. 8966-8971.
    • Science in the News
      • "New Planet Discovered, Twice Earth's Size,"
        •  Associated Press (June 16, 2005).
  • Call In Questions
    • Derek in Fairfax, VA
      • Wanted Fuz to comment on the work of William Hurlbut in the June issue of Wired magazine, "How to Farm Stem Cells without Losing Your Soul."
        • How to Farm Stem Cells Without Losing Your Soul"; Wired Magazine, Issue 13.06 - June 2005
    • Kenny in Milton, FL
      • Wanted Fuz to comment on supposedly the oldest vertebrate in Australia.
      • Is it possible to tell how much upright walking the older hominids did?

Creation Update #276
New Technology For Seeing Biomolecular Design
Air date: 06-21-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Ken Samples

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • New Technology For Seeing Biomolecular Design
      • Tsuneto Kanai, Shinichirou Minemoto, and Hirofumi Sakai, "Quantum Interference During High-Order Harmonic Generation from Aligned Molecules," Nature, 435 (2005), pp. 470-474.
      • Jonathan P. Marangos, "Molecular Structure in an Instant," Nature, 435 (2005), pp. 435
      • Related Resource
        • " Protein Structures Reveal even More Evidence for Design," By Fazale R. Rana, Facts for Faith, quarter 4, 2000, issue 4, pp. 4-5.
      • Related product
        • The Genesis Question, 2nd edition, by Hugh Ross
        • Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face-Off, By Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
    • Another Function for "Junk" DNA
    • Design of Giant Planets' Orbital Structure
      • K. Tsiganis, et al, "Origin of the Orbital Architecture of the Giant Planets of the Solar System," Nature, 435 (2005), pp. 459-461
      • Joe Hahn, "When Giants Roamed," Nature, 435 (2005), pp. 432-433
      • Related Resource
        • Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity," By Hugh Ross, Facts for Faith, Quarter 1, 2002, issuee 8, pp. 24-31
      • Products Available
        • Journey Toward Creation, 2nd Edition, ( DVD), By Hugh Ross
        • Journey Toward Creation, 2nd Edition, ( VHS), By Hugh Ross
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition, By Hugh Ross
  • Theology/Philsophy segment
    • Implication of Creation Ex-Nihilo
  • Call In Questions
    • Billie in Windsor, CT
      • What is known about Hominid's use of fire?
    • Rob in Boulder, CO
      • How many ways can Genesis 1: 1-3 be interpreted?
      • If the new "Earth-like" planet just discovered has a large moon, how long would it take for it to eject the planet into or away from it's star?
      • Why does the Earth have so much phosphor?
      • Was the time-frame spoken of in Isa. 45:18 immediate?
    • Mike in Venice, CA
      • Why go to Mars?
  • E-Mail Questions
    • J.S
      • Can we determine when Satan was created?
    • John in Canada
      • What do you think of the end of the world coming soon as promoted in the "Left Behind" series?

Creation Update #277
NASA Experiments Confirm Creation
Air date: 06-28-05
Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discussion of Hugh's recent radio appearances on Coast to Coast AM and Apologetics.com.
  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Lunar laser reflector tests of gravity theories.
      • James G. Williams, Slava G. Turyshev, and Dale H. Boggs, "Progress in Lunar Laser Ranging Test of Relativistic Gravity," Physical Review Letters 93 (2005): id. 261101
    • More evidence for design of terrestrial lightning.
      • James L. Green, et al, "On the Origin of Whistler Mode Radiation in the Plasmasphere," Journal of Geophysical Research 110 (2005): id. A03201.
    • Interview with Dr. Mark Whorton at NASA about the Cosmos 1 mission.
      • Cosmos 1 mission.
      • Discussion of Mark's upcoming book, Peril in Paradise.
      • Peril in Paradise. (available on pre-order through amazon.com)
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Creation ex nihilo, part 3
      • Creation Out of Nothing, by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig (available through amazon.com)
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Did some of hominids overlap in time and geography?
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA
      • When did humans migrate to Australia?
        • " Early Human Migration," Creation Update, air date: 05-31-05.
        • New Date for First Aussies, by Hugh Ross in Connections.
    • Harley in Spokane, WA
      • Did God have infinite energy before the "creation event"?
    • Mike in Little Rock, AK
      • Did the Bible borrow from the Sumarian creation myth?
        • " The Three-Story Universe: A Comparison Of The Cosmology Of The Ancient Near East With That Of The Old Testament," by Thomas Maddux (PDF)
  • Email Questions
    • Rory
      • Wants to know some good books that will help him make up his mind about the age of the earth.
        • Scientific Creationism, by Henry Morris
        • The Genesis Flood, by Henry Morris and John Whitcomb
        • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross (old-earth)
        • The Genesis Debate: Calendar Day, Day Age, and Framework Hypothesis
        • The Ankerberg Debate: Young-Earth vs. Old-Earth (DVD)
        • Hugh Ross dialogues with Answers in Genesis' staff astronomer, Dr. Jason Lisle on the Bob Grant Show (airdate 12-16-2004)
    • Rose
      • Why did God create the universe?
    • Tom W.
      • Who Is the American scientist that Hugh mentioned recently that converted to Christianity?

Creation Update #278
Putting Time Dilation Models to the Test
Air date: 07-12-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Confirmation of the biological origin of kerogen on the Apex fossils
      • J. William Schopf, et al, "Raman Imagery: A new approach to assess the geochemical maturity and biogenicity of permineralized Precambrian fossils," Astrobiology 5 (2005): pp. 333-371.
      • Related Resource: The Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face-Off, by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
    • Petroleum Evidence for Huge Ancient Biomass
      • Birger Rasmussen, "Evidence for Pervasive Petroleum Generation and Migration in 3.2 and 2.63 Ga Shales," Geology 33 (2005): pp. 497-500.
    • Why isn't there any fossil evidence for humans living to be 900+ years old?
      • Yuriko Igarashi, et al, "New Method for Estimation of Adult Skeletal Age at Death from the Morphology of the Auricular Surface of the Ilium," American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2005): online edition.
      • Related Resource: The Genesis Question, 2nd edition, by Hugh Ross
    • Definitive Cosmic Expansion Time Dilation Test
      • Ryan J. Foley, et al, "A Definitive Measurement of Time Dilation in the Spectral Evolution of the Moderate-Redshift Type Ia Supernova 1997ex," The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2005): pp. L11-L14.
      • Related Resource: A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Creation ex nihilo, part 4
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
    • Mike in Walnut, CA
      • What is God's relationship to time?
    • Ed in Des Moines, IA
      • Does the Heizenberg Uncertainty Principle conflict with God's sovereignty?
      • Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition, by Hugh Ross
      • Frontiers of Science and Faith, by John Jefferson Davis
    • Kenny in Milton, FL
      • Have you ever heard of a book called The Holographic Universe?

Creation Update #279
Supernatural Climate Design
Air date: 07-19-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Climate change orbital inclination variation link
      • V. Masson-Delmotte, et al, "GRIP Deuterium Excess Reveals Rapid and Orbital-Scale Changes in Greenland Moisture Origin," Science 309 (2005): pp. 118-121.
    • Climate to Orbital Eccentricity Variation Link
      • Lucas J. Lourens, et al, "Astronomical Pacing of Late Palaeocene to Early Eocene Global Warming Events," Nature 435 (2005): pp. 1083-1087.
      • Aradhna Tripati and Henry Elderfield, "Deep-Sea Temperature and Circulation Changes at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum," Science 308 (2005), pp. 1894-1898.
    • Edicarians - vendobiont
      • Shuhai Xiao, et al, "A uniquely preserved Ediacaran fossil with direct evidence for a quilted bodyplan," PNAS 102 (2005): pp. 10227-10232.
  • Science in the News
    • Triple star planetary formation
      • Ryan J. Foley, et al, "A Definitive Measurement of Time Dilation in the Spectral Evolution of the Moderate-Redshift Type Ia Supernova 1997ex," The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2005): pp. L11-L14.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Creation ex nihilo, part 5
  • Call In Questions
    • Kenny in Milton, FL
      • Have you heard of a supernova that was more recent and closer than Vela? Why didn't it have the same effect as Hugh says Vela did in affecting life spans?
      • Related Resources
        • Hugh Ross, " New Clues to a Genesis Mystery," Connections v. 7, n.1 (2005), online edition.
        • Hugh Ross, The Genesis Question, 2nd edition.
    • Kenny also had a second question
      • Wouldn't the high salt in the primordial ocean undermine any attempt to have advanced life show up earlier than the Cambrian event?
      • Ben Kilner, ConallMac Niocaill, and Martin Brasier, "Low-latitude glaciation in the Neoproterozoic of Oman," Geology 33 (2005): pp. 413-416.
    • Ed in Des Moines, IA
      • Wanted to get Hugh's feedback about Brandon Carter's anthropic principle inequality.
    • Roger in Portland, ME
      • What is the current number for fine-tuned parameters needed for life in the universe?
    • Frank in West Palm Beach, FL
      • Why did certain organisms appear at various times?
      • Creation Timeline Chart compared with Genesis 1 creation days
  • Email Questions
    • Larry L. wants to know
      • When did "mitochondrial Eve" live?

Creation Update #280
Radiometric Dating and Creation
Air date: 07-26-05
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Creation date measure based on U/Th Ratio
      • Nicolas Dauphas, "The U/Th production ratio and the age of the Milkey way from meteorites and Galactic halo stars," Nature 435 (2005): pp. 1203-1205.
    • Design of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis
      • Kohki Akiyama, Ken-ichi Matsuzaki, and Hideo Hayashi, "Plant Sesquiterpenes Induce Hyphal Branching in Arbuscular Mycorrihizal Fungi," Nature 435 (2005): pp. 824-823.
      • Manjula Govindarajula, et al, "Nitrogen Transfer in the Arbuscular Mycorrihizal Symbiosis," Nature 435 (2005), pp. 819-823.
      • Martin Parniske, "Cue for the Branching Connection," Nature 435 (2005), pp. 750-751.
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Creation ex nihilo, part 6
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC
      • Asks is there a mathematical equation that could explain the Anthropic principle?
      • Gordon L. Kane, Malcolm J. Perry and Anna N. Zytkow, "The Beginning of the End of the Anthropic Principle," New Astronomy 7 (2000): pp. 45-53.
    • Billie in Windsor, CT
      • Asks: What role would the snowball earths have in preparing the earth for life?
      • Resource mentioned: Rare Earth, by Brownlee and Ward
    • Walter in Dallas, TX
      • Asks: How does Hugh interpret Psalm 148:6, that the stars will last "forever and ever"?
      • Article mentioned: John Morris, "Will we have to do any work in heaven?" (#199)
  • Email Questions
    • Tim in Sacramento
      • Asks: Where is fluorine produced? What role does it play for helping complex life?
      • Tim had some other questions about mitochondrial DNA dating techniques.
      • Related Resource: A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
      • Beyond the Cosmos, 2nd edition, by Hugh Ross
      • Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition, by Hugh Ross
      • Frontiers of Science and Faith, by John Jefferson Davis
      • Hugh Ross, The Genesis Question, 2nd edition.
      • Related Resources
      • Hugh Ross, " New Clues to a Genesis Mystery," Connections v. 7, n.1 (2005), online edition.
      • Creation Timeline Chart compared with Genesis 1 creation days

Creation Update #281
Magnetic Reversals: Evidence for an Ancient Earth
Air date: 08-02-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Discussion of new "planet" - 2003UB313
      • Previous discussions
      • Comets in the Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt(aired on 08-19-03)
      • Sedna planetoid discovery in Oort cloud (aired on 03-16-04)
    • Rarity and design of late heavy bombardment
      • Inseok Song, et al., "Extreme Collisions Between Planetesimals as the Origin of Warm Dust Around a Sun-Like Star," Nature 436 (2005): pp. 363-365.
      • Previous discussion: Fine-tuning the late-heavy bombardment (aired on 07-20-04)
    • Discussion of young-earth view of short period comets
    • Junk DNA - role of genetics in the complexity of organisms
      • Adam Siepel, et al, "Evolutionarily conserved elements in vertebrate, insect, worm, and yeast genomes," Genome Research (2005): online edition: doi.10.1101/gr.3715005.
      • Previous discussion: Gene deserts - junk DNA (aired on 10-28-03)
    • Magnetic reversals
      • Adam Siepel, et al, "Evolutionarily conserved elements in vertebrate, insect, worm, and yeast genomes," Genome Research (2005): online edition: doi.10.1101/gr.3715005.
      • Related resource: A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
      • Introduction of new RTB staff scholar - Dr. Jeff Zweerink
  • Theology/Philosophy segment
    • Putting a Worldview to the Test, part 1: Coherence
    • Hugh and Fuz comment about President Bush's remarks concerning Intelligent Design
  • Call In Questions
    • Jim R. in Chicago, IL
      • What is the difference between the DNA in plants and animals?
    • Mike in Little Rock, AK
      • How can I respond to my friend who doesn't believe in predestination?
      • Magazine mentioned by Mike: Y-zine Origins

Creation Update #282
Ape to Man: Search for the "Missing Link"
Air date: 08-09-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Discussion of History Channel documentary, Ape to Man.
    • Mojokerto child (H. erectusinfant)
      • Antoine Balzeau, et al., "Internal cranial features of the Mojokerto child fossil (East Java, Indonesia)," Journal of Human Evolution 48 (2005): pp. 535-553
    • Neanderthal skeletal reconstruction
      • G.J. Sawyer and Blaine Maley, "Neanderthal Reconstructed," The Anatomical Record Part B: New Anatomy (2005): 23-31.
      • See a visual comparison between the Neanderthal and human skeletons. NOTE: The Neanderthal skeleton has been enlarged to make it a comparable height to the human skeleton. In reality, the average Neanderthal skeleton is approximately 5 feet tall.
    • Anomaly Resolved: Faintest Known Dwarf Galaxy
      • Beth Willman, et al., "A New Milky Way Dwarf Galaxy in Ursa Major," Astrophysical Journal Letters 626 (2005): pp. L85-L88.
    • Comments about a recent letter to the editor at Science:
      • Donald U. Wise, "'Intelligent Design' versus Evolution," Science 309 (2005)
  • Theology/Philosophy segment:
    • Comments on editorial: Arthur L. Caplan, "Misusing the Nazi Analogy," Science 309 (July 22, 2005), 535.
  • Call In Questions:
    • Ian in Santa Clarita, CA asks:
      • What does the Bible mean when it says that God "changed His mind"?
    • Jeff in Centennial, CO asks:
      • Would the promotion of ID in science cause people to stop investigating nature?
    • Randy in Collierville, TN (in studio) wants to know:
      • How can I explain to my friends about the significance of Hugh's big numbers of probability in lay-man's terms?
    • James in Michigan asks:
      • Who was Kennewick man? How does he fit with RTB's flood model?
    • Joe in Bismark, ND asks:
      • Is Dr. Ross aware of the recent publication of a paper about water on Mars?
    • Randy had a second question:
      • How can I respond to the objection that one design feature can be disproven?

Creation Update #283
Large Body Size: Confirmation of RTB's Speciation Model
Air date: 08-23-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Evidence favoring RTB's speciation model - large body size
      • Marcel Cardillo, et al, "Multiple Causes of High Extinction Risk in Large Mammal Species," Science 309 (2005): pp. 1239-1241.
    • Bitter taste receptor - another genetic test for human origins
      • Nicole Soranzo, et al., "Positive Selection on a High-Sensitively Allele of the Human Bitter-Taste Receptor TAS2R16," Current Biology 15 (2005): 1257-1265.
  • RTB's perspectives on science education in a homeschool context
  • Call In Questions:
    • Gregory in Chicago, IL asks:
      • How do we know what is real when scientific knowledge is always changing?
    • Ed in Hawaii wants to know:
      • Could genetic studies verify or falsify biological evolution?
    • Kurt in Tuscon, AZ questions:
      • What is the purpose of heaven?
    • Roger in Portland, ME asks:
      • Did God create anything before Day 1?
    • Greg in Albany, NY asks:
      • What evidence is there that we will have eternal life?
    • Greg had a second question:
      • What are some theories about black holes, white holes, and wormholes?

Creation Update #284
More Problems for Martian Origin-of-Life Scenario
Air date: August 30, 2005
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Mars' surface too cold for liquid water
      • David L. Shuster and Benjamin P. Weiss, "Martian Surface Paleotemperatures from Thermochronology of Meteorites," Science 309 (2005): 594-7.
      • Related Resource
    • Martian "soil" inhospitable for life
      • Amos Banin, "Enigma of the Martian Soil," Science 309 (2005): 888-90.
      • Related Resource
    • Cold-temperature origin-of-life scenario exposed
      • Barbara A. Methe et al., "The Psychrophilic Lifestyle as Revealed by the Genome Sequence of Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H through Genomic and Proteomic Analyses," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 102 (2005): 10913-18.
      • Related Resource
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • Nine methods for testing a worldview
      • (#2) The Mean test
  • Call-in Questions
    • Clay in Rockville, MD asks:
      • Has Matter of Days helped resolve creation controversy?
      • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
    • Richard in Denver has Several questions:
      • biogeography and irreducible complexity
    • Ed in Des Moines wants to know:
      • Is intelligence like energy?
    • Kenny in Milton, FL Proposes:
      • A Potential explanation for Ex. 20:11 and "heavens and earth"
    • Joe in Bismarck, ND asks:
      • How do young-earth creationists understand death before the Fall?
    • Elizabeth in Little Rock, AR wants to know:
      • Why does Earth spin?

Creation Update #285
New Measurement for Age of Earth
Air date: 9-06-2005
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
  • Theology/Philosophy Segment
    • Problem of evil in light of hurricane Katrina
  • E-mail Questions
    • Dan & Liz Zacharias from Grandview, MO ask:
      • Could the Hebrew word, "olam" have been used instead of "yom" to convey six long creation periods?
    • Dave from Simi Valley, CA questions:
      • How can Darwinists argue that evolution is/has been essential to modern biology and all of its various branches?
  • Call-in Questions
    • Roger from Portland, ME wants to know:
      • How do Christians adopt a young-earth worldview?
    • Joe from Bismarck, ND asks:
      • Isn't it necessary to adopt an old-earth view if one holds to intelligent design?

Creation Update #286
Chimp Genome Project
Air date: 09-20-05
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • First chimp fossils
      • Sally Mc Brearty & Nina G. Jablonski, "First fossil chimpanzee," Nature 437 (2005): pp. 105-108.
    • Chimp genome
      • The Chimpanzee Sequencing and Analysis Consortium, "Initial sequence of the chimpanzee genome and comparison with the human genome," Nature 437 (2005): pp. 69-87.
      • Ze Cheng, et al., "A genome-wide comparison of recent chimpanzee and human segmental duplications," Nature 437 (2005): pp. 88-93.
    • Gene expression in human and chimp brains
      • Hunter B. Fraser, "Aging and Gene Expression in the Primate Brain," PLOS Biology 3 (2005): pp. 1653-1661.
      • Philipp Khaitovich, et al., "Parallel Patterns of Evolution in the Genomes and Transcriptions of Humans and Chimpanzees," SciencExpress (September 1, 2005): online edition.
    • Helium diffusion from rocks - Evidence for a young earth?
      • Cornelia Class & Steven L. Goldstein, "Evolution of helium isotopes in the Earth's mantle," Nature 436 (2005): pp. 1107-1112.
    • First protective footwear
      • Erik Trinkaus, "Anatomical evidence for the antiquity of human footwear use," Journal of Archaeological Science 32 (2005): pp. 1515-1526.
    • Comments about the ACSI lawsuit against the University of California system about science education standards.
  • Call In Questions:
    • Chris in Charlotte, NC Asks:
      • What does Genesis 1:30 mean? Were all animals herbivores before the Fall?
  • Email Questions:
    • Tommy in Huntsville, AL wants to know:
      • What is RTB's position on the Lake Mungo cave in Australia? How does this fit into RTB's flood model?
      • Fuz Rana, " Mungo man update" segment on the show titled, "Missing" Baryons Found," Creation Update (air-date 2-25-2003).

Creation Update #287
ID Lawsuits: Helpful or Harmful to Christianity in the Public Square?
Air date: 09-27-05
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Embryonic stem cells - potential fatal flaw in cultured stem cell lines
      • Anirban Maitra, et al., "Genomic alterations in cultural human embryonic stem cells," Nature Genetics (September 4, 2005): advanced online publication.
    • Embryonic stem cells - use of stromacells (adult cells)
      • Mari Dezawa, et al., "Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Generate Muscle Cells and Repair Muscle Degeneration," Science 309 (2005): pp. 314-317.
    • Complex design in marine microbial community
      • Kevin R. Arrigo, "Marine microorganisms and global nutrient cycles," Nature 347 (2005): pp. 349-355.
    • Comments about the Dover, PA lawsuit about Intelligent Design being taught in public schools.
      • Statements from the Discovery Institute and trial information about the Dover, PA lawsuit
      • " More than Intelligent Design," by Hugh Ross
      • Interview with Jay Richards on Creation Update (June 02, 2005).
  • Call In Questions
    • Chris in Chris in Manhattan, KS asks:
    • Al in San Francisco, CA wants to know:
      • When God created the universe, did that change his essential nature of immutability?
        • " Temporality Beyond Time: What the Creation Reveals," by Hugh Ross
    • Jim in Chicago, IL asks:
      • Does the expansion of the universe "cause" time or is it the "effect"?
    • Ed in DesMoines, IA comments:
      • Doesn't Einstein's theory of relativity make other scientific arguments for God unnecessary?
    • Andy in Vancouver, BC questions:
      • Has RTB mischaracterized the Discovery Institute?
    • Susan wants to know:
      • Why are schools so resistant to teaching the flaws of Darwinian evolution?

Thoughts about the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine
Creation Update #288
Air date: 10-04-05
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • Source of asteroids for the late heavy bombardment
      • Robert G. Strom, et al., "The Origin of Planetary Impactors in the Inner Solar System," Science 309 (2005): 1847-1850.
    • 2005 Nobel Prize in medicine - Heliobacter pylori parasite
      • Alison Abbott, "Medical Nobel awarded for ulcers," Nature (October 3, 2005): online edition.
    • Ancient DNA
      • Michal Salamon, et al., "Relatively well preserved DNA is present in the crystal aggregates of fossil bones," PNAS 102 (2005): pp. 13783-13788.
    • Boot Camp: Jason wanted to know: Are radiometric techniques reliable?
  • Call In Questions:
    • Terry in Gastonia, NC:
    • What is the "tent" mentioned in Psalm 104?
    • Daniel in Fort Worth, TX:
    • Did we get our oil via abiotic or biotic means?
    • Peter from Akron, OH:
    • How has God used nanotechnology in non-evolutionary way?
    • Roger in Portland, ME:
    • Wanted to discuss his interpretation of Genesis 1:30.
    • Richard in Gresham, OR:
    • Where was the Garden of Eden?
  • Email Questions:
    • Morgan in TN:
      • Did Fuz deal with objections to RTB's human origins model in the book, Who Was Adam?
    • Philip in Huntsville, AL:
      • Since Jeremiah 33:25 refers to the laws of creation, are miracles performed only within the bounds of fixed physical laws?
    • Tony R.:
      • If a scientist created an artificial human-like genome from scratch, by building the DNA sequence in the lab, would the offspring have human mind and spirit and soul?

Learning from Hermann Bondi (1919-2005)
Creation Update #289
Air date 10-11-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, and David Rogstad

  • Discoveries Discussed:
    • The rise of oxygen levels over the past 205 million years. (part 1) & ( part 2)
      • Paul G. Falkowski, et all, "The Rise of Oxygen over the Past 205 Million Years and the Evolution of Large Placental Mammals," Science 309 (2005): 2202-2204
    • Learning from Hermann Bondi 1919-2005
      • Leon Mestel, "Obituary: Hermann Bondi (1919-2005)," Nature 437 (October 6, 2005): 828
  • RTB Ministry Update
  • Call In Questions:
    • Morgan in Fayette TN
      • Has a question about pre-human Art
    • Randy in Collierville TN
      • What about the time sequence of Genesis 2:5-6?
    • Mike in Little Rock, AK
      • Does the universe have a center or an edge?
    • Kenny from Milton Flordia
      • Why can't there be "bottlenecking" in the naturalistic evolutionary model?

"Bad Designs" In Nature
Creation Update #290
Air date: 10-18-2005
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • General discussion about why apparently bad designs actually manifest good design when studied properly
      • Examples: panda thumb, human appendix, scrotal sacks
      • Discussion comes as a response to Stephen Jay Gould’s book, The Panda’s Thumb
    • Detailed study of open star clusters shows fine-tuning
      • WiltonS. Dias and J. R. D. Lepine, "Direct Determination of the Spiral Pattern Rotation Speed of the Galaxy," Astrophysical Journal629 (2005): 825-31.
    • Antineutrinos emerge from within Earth
      • T. Araki et al., "Experimental Investigation of Geologically Produced Antineutrinos with KamLAND," Nature436 (2005): 499-503.
  • E-mail Question
    • Larry asks:
      • What are your views regarding RUFO sightings depicting humanoid figures with large heads, small bodies, etc.?
      • Resource:
    • Call-in Questions
      • Mark from Vero Beach, FL:
        • Why do we see no recent major breakthroughs in science?
      • Doug in Maryland:
        • What is the mechanism for speciation?
      • Todd in Pennsylvania:

Design of Habitable Zones
Creation Update #291
Air date: 10-25-05
Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries discussed
    • Water lubricates earthquake faults to lessen their severity
      • Christopher A. J. Wibberley and Toshihiko Shimamato, "Earthquake Slip Weakening and Asperities Explained by Thermal Pressurization," Nature 436 (2005): 689-92.
    • What makes a habitable zone? General discussion of features in the universe, galaxy, and solar system required for a planet capable of supporting advanced life
  • Call-in question:
  • E-mail question:
    • Olivia in Rapid City, SD:
      • Can you briefly explain the inflationary model for the big bang and how it relates to modern cosmology?

Breaking the Bird/Dinosaur Connection
Creation Update #292
Air date: 11-01-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Krista Bontrager

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Problems with bird-dinosaur connection
      • Alan Feduccia, Theagarten Lingham-Soliar, and J. Richard Hinchliffe, "Do Feathered Dinosaurs Exist? Testing the Hypothesis on Neontological and Paleontological Evidence," Journal of Morphology 266 (2005): online edition.
      • "Scientists Say No Evidence Exists That Therapod Dinosaurs Evolved Into Birds," ScienceDaily.com (October 10, 2005).
      • Alan Feduccia, Theagarten Lingham-Soliar, and J. Richard Hinchliffe, "Do Feathered Dinosaurs Exist? Testing the Hypothesis on Neontological and Paleontological Evidence," Abstract Journal of Morphology 266 (2005): InterScience.com.
    • Quasars - Increased understanding showed evidence for big bang creation
    • Stem cell research update - new techniques
      • Irving L. Weissman, "Politic stem cells," Nature (2005): online edition.
      • Alexander Meissner & Rudolf Jaenisch, "Generation of nuclear transfer-derived pluripotent ES cells from cloned Cdx2-deficient blastocysts," Nature (2005): online edition.
      • Young Chung, et al., "Embryonic and extraembryonic stem cell lines derived from single mouse blastomeres," Nature (2005): online edition.
    • Olivine deposits common on Mars - not evidence for water
      • P.R. Christensen, et al., "Evidence for magmatic evolution and diversity on Mars from infrared observations," Nature 436 (2005), pp. 504-509.
    • Answer to our trivia question
      • What is the native Hawaiian name for the state fish of Hawaii? How is it spelled?
    • Discussion of the passing of Nobel Prize winner, Rick Smalley.
    • Call In Questions
      • Sam in San Marcus, CA asks
        • Is information theory evidence for supernatural design?
      • Christian in Hoffman, IL wants to know
        • Is there any scientific evidence against reincarnation?
      • Mike from Little Rock, AK questions
        • Just because vestigial organs have function, does that necessarily mean they are designed?
      • Rich in Houston, TX asks
        • What is known and not known about genetic expression?
        • Book mentioned: Who Was Adam?
    • Email Questions:
      • Dave in Simi Valley, CA asks
        • Could Fuz comment on the use of endogenous retroviruses to establish the chimpanzee as an ancestor of humans?

Evidence for Population 3 Stars
Creation Update #293
Air date: 11-8-05
Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Joe Aguirre


Bottom Dwellers and Black Holes
Creation Update #294
Air date: 11-15-05
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries discussed
    • Biological convergence in benthic species
    • Probable black hole discovery will confirm classic general relativity test
      • Christopher Reynolds, "Light on a Dark Place," Nature 438 (2005): 32-33
    • Role of Clays in Origin of Life
      • Lynda B. Williams et al., "Organic Molecules Formed in a 'Primordial Womb'," Geology 33 (2005): 913-16
    • Lutetium Decay Rate Is Constant
      • Yuri Amelin, "Meteorite Phosphates Show Constant 176Lu Decay Rate Since 4557 Million Years Ago," Science 310 (2005): 839-41.
  • Call-in questions
    • Kenny from Milton, FL asks:
      • Do helium diffusion rates upend young-earth RATE model?
      • Resources
    • Daniel from Fort Worth, questions:
      • Was the lunar landing a hoax?
      • Resources
  • E-mail questions
    • Steve W. wants to know:
      • Does the discovery of nylon-eating bacteria provide evidence for evolution?
    • Christophe from Belgium asks:
      • Does RTB hold the commonly adopted age of the earth? How do you reconcile "evidence" for evolution with the creation of man?
      • Resources

Origin of Fluorine
Creation Update #295
Air date: 11-22-05
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink, and Joe Aguirre
Ministry Update

  • Discoveries discussed
  • Fluorine production in certain stars provides design evidence
    • Y. Zhang and X.-W.Liu, "Fluorine Abundances in Planetary Nebulae," Astrophysical Journal 631 (2005): L61-L64.
    • Resources
  • Powerful new test for cosmic creation
    • Daniel J. Eisenstein et al., "Detection of the Baryon Acoustic Peak in the Large-scale Correlation Function of SDSS Luminous Red Galaxies," Astrophysical Journal 633 (2005): 560-74.
  • Call-in questions
  • Tiffany from Stockville MS asks:
  • John from San Clemente, CA Questions:
    • What is the shape of the universe?
      • Resource
      • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
  • Jeff from Valley Forge, PA wants to know:
    • How do naturalists account for induction and laws of nature in nontheistic systems?
  • Randy from Collierville, TN requests:
    • Please respond to charge that all creationism arguments are invalid theories.
  • E-mail questions
  • Tim from Japan requests:
    • Please clarify how many stars our galaxy contains.
  • Mark from West Palm Beach, FL asks: 
    • What is the counterargument for the evolutionary claim that wolves or hippos gave rise to whales?
      • Resources
      • The Genesis Question, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross
      • Hugh Ross, "A Whale of a Change," (Free Registration Required)

Evolution and the ID Wars
Creation Update #296
Air date: 11-29-05
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Fuz Rana, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries discussed
    • New confirmation of the large-scale structure of the universe
      • Karl Glazebrook and Chris Blake, "Measuring the Cosmic Evolution of Dark Energy with Baryonic Oscillations in the Galaxy Power Spectrum," Astrophysical Journal 631 (2005): 1-20.
    • Biochemical design in bacterial chemotaxis
      • Markus Kollman et al., "Design Principles of a Bacterial Signalling Network," Nature 438 (2005): 504-07.
    • General discussion of evolution and ID as cited in Skeptical Inquirer
      • Mark Perakh, "Does Irreducible Complexity Imply Intelligent Design?" Skeptical Inquirer 29, no. 6 (2005), 32-36.
      • Sean B. Carroll, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful: A New Revolution in Biology," Skeptical Inquirer 29, no. 6 (2005), 48-53.
      • "Harris Poll Explores Beliefs about Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design," Skeptical Inquirer 29, no. 6 (2005), 56-58.
      • Resources:
  • Call-in questions
    • Pat from Des Moines, IA Questions:
      • Can scientists track creation of elementary particles?
      • Resource:
        • The Left Hand of Creation by John D. Barrow and Joseph Silk
    • Tiffany from Starkville, MS reports:
      • Her college classroom discussion on evolution/creation.
    • Sam from Los Angeles requests:
      • Please clarify what RTB means by intelligent design.
    • Bill from Houston asks:
      • How is evolution taught in schools?

New Tools for Measuring Expansion of Universe
Creation Update #297
Air date: 12-6-05
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries discussed
    • Supernova legacy survey
      • P. Astier et al., "The Supernova Legacy Survey: measurement of ΩΜ, ΩΛ and w from the first year data set*.**, " Astronomy & Astrophysics preprint (11 Oct 2005): doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20054185.
    • Expansion of cosmic web
      • Michael Rauch et al., "Expansion and Collapse in the Cosmic Web," Astrophysical Journal 632 (2005): 58-80.
    • Philosophical segment
      • Fuz Rana cites a scientific discovery as part of a response to "natural evil"
      • Finn Danielsen, "The Asian Tsunami: A Protective Role for Coastal Vegetation," Science 310 (2005): 643.
  • Call-in questions
    • James from Lanesville, IN asks:
      • Is evolution possible given the second law of thermodynamics?
      • (See S. Kaufman's books for analysis of limits of second law.)
    • George from Pasadena, CA remarks:
      • Who Was Adam?was mentioned on KFI's The Jesus Christ Show
    • Randy from Vista, CA questions:
    • Ed from Des Moines, IA wants to know:
      • How can one falsify punctuated equilibrium?
  • E-mail questions
    • Heath asks:
      • Does "natural evil" pose a problem for old-earth view of creation?
    • Joe from Bismarck, ND wants to know:
      • How does RTB view the Burbidges' theory that the big bang never happened?
      • Resources:
        • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross

Solar Analogs and Twins
Creation Update #298
Airdate: 12-13-05
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, Ken Samples, and Fuz Rana

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Solar Analogs and Solar Twins
      • G. F. Porto de Mello and L. da Silva, "HR 6060: The Closest Ever Solar Twin?", The Astrophysical Journal, 482, part 2 (1997): L89-L92.
      • Jeremy R. King, Ann M. Boesgaard, and Simon C. Shuler, "Keck Hires Spectroscopy of Four Candidate Solar Twins," The Astronomical Journal 130 (2005): 2318-2325.
      • C. Soubiran and A. Triaud, "The Top Ten Solar Analogs in the ELODIE Library," Astronomy & Astrophysics (2005): preprint, arXiv:astro-ph/0402094 v1 4Feb 2004
      • David R. Soderblom and Jeremy R. King, "Solar-Type Stars: Basic Information on Their Classification and Characterization," The Second Annual Lowell Observatory Fall Workshop Website, http://www.lowell.edu/users/jch/workshop/drs/drs-p1.html, accessed December 13, 2005.
    • Earth and Lunar Ages and the Moon-Forming Impact
      • Thorsten Kleine et al., "Hf-W Chronometry of Lunar Metals and the Age and Early Differentiation of the Moon," Science 310 (2005): 1671-
      • Bernard J. Wood and Alex N. Halliday, "Collong of the Earth and Core Formation after the Giant Impact," Nature 437 (2005), preprint, doi:10.1038/nature04129
  • Philosophical / Theological Segment
    • Getting Ready for Christmas and the Incarnation
  • What's Happening at Reasons To Believe
  • Email Questions
    • Larry Cleek from Wichita Kansas asks:
      • Did the Bible borrow from ancient texts and religions in the accounts of the virgin birth and resurrection?
      • Resources
        • Ron Nash, The Gospel and the Greeks

ID Struck Down in PA
Creation Update #299
Air Date: 12-20-05
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • General discussion of Intelligent Design ruling in Dover, Pennsylvania
    • Jane Roh, "Federal Judge Strikes Down Intelligent Design in Pennsylvania Schools," Fox News, December 20, 2005.
  • Discovery discussed
    • Book review on scientific credibility of multiverse theory
    • George Ellis, "Physics Ain't What It Used to Be," Nature 438 (2005): 739-40.
  • Philosophy/theology segment
    • Biblical basis for Christian doctrine of the Incarnation
    • How other faiths view the Incarnation
  • Call-in questions
    • John from Arleta, CA requests:
      • Please clarify geologic timing of life-forms on creation day five.
      • Resource
    • John from San Clemente, CA wants to know:
      • Is RTB open to another cosmological model?
    • Randy from Vista, CA asks:
      • Is big bang theory dependent on supernatural agent?
    • Pat from Anchorage asking:
      • Several questions on black holes
    • Terry from Gastonia, NC requests:
    • Ed from Des Moines, IA questions:
      • What would one see if he/she were witnessing the creation of Adam?
    • Vince from Newark, DE asks:
      • Is there a good reason for DNA/uracil connection?
  • E-mail questions
    • Sam asks:
      • Has the dark side of the moon always been on the "dark side"?

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2005 - The Best of Creation Update
Creation Update #300
Air-dates: December 27, 2005

  1. Danger of Too Much Exposure to Evil
  1. U/Th Creation Date; Earth at Ideal U/Th Moment
  1. Definitive Cosmic Expansion Time Dilation Test
  1. Complex Interaction of Biological, Geological, and Atmospheric Processes
  1. Lunar Mass Design
  1. Molecular Motors/Clocks in Cyanobacteria
  1. First Chimp Fossils
  1. Junk DNA and Convergence
  1. Evidence Favoring RTB's Speciation Model
  1. SDSS Confirmation of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Galaxy Development