Ars Technica, "Selfish genes may have helped make us human," Feb 08, 2011; http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/02/transposable-elements-choose-which-genes-make-us-human.ars more
It is amazing how rapidly computer technology is advancing. (Nobody really needed me to point out that fact.) This progress, however, is not open-ended. There is only so much that can be done with … more
Graduation, marriage, the birth of a child: these are all climactic events in a person’s life. Likewise, there have been a number of highlights in the history of life on Earth. One is the birth … more
One of our goals at Reasons To Believe is to skate to where the apologetics puck is going to be. We want to anticipate scientific advance before it happens. That way we can equip Christians with a … more
I’m grateful for sea sponges because they may help us figure out the cause of and treatments for human diseases such as cancer and autoimmune disorders.
A research team recently sequenced and … more
It is possible to do the right thing, but for all the wrong reasons. In the realm of apologetics, it’s also possible to rightly conclude that life stems from a Creator, but to offer the wrong … more
Pop music icon and performance artist Lady Gaga goes out of her way to be provocative. Other celebrities are provocative unintentionally.
The same is true about the features of the cell’s … more
Yahoo! News, "Scientists find sea sponges share human genes," August 6, 2010 ; http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100806/hl_afp/australiasciencegeneticssponge more
Long before Samuel Morse put his telegraphic code to work, neurons and other cells were processing extracellular dash- and dot-type signals into instructions for cellular decisions. Researchers in … more
A few weeks ago, my wife and I headed up to Pismo Beach for a few days for a little R&R. While there, we decided it would be fun to rent a couple of buggies and ride the dunes.
It was … more
In graduate school I loved spending time in the library, walking around “the stacks.”
Admittedly, I am a geek, but strolling up and down the library aisles, surrounded by rows of bound … more
I am not a very organized person. One look at my office would attest to that.
Occasionally, I reach the point where I can’t take the clutter any longer and decide to roll up my sleeves and put … more
One of my favorite movie lines of all time comes from Cool Hand Luke when the captain of the prison guards declares, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”
Because … more
At 13 years old I left Little League and took the next step in my baseball “career”—I joined the Babe Ruth League. Soon after it became apparent I didn’t have a future as a … more
I know how to use a computer, but truth be told, I really don’t know how a computer works. New research by Yale University scientists gives me a better understanding. These scientists show that … more
I saw a train traveling down the street in front of my house the other day…no, not really. But imagine the surprise if something like that actually happened!
Recently a team of researchers saw … more
Sometimes help comes from unexpected places. The threat of climate change, rising fuel costs, and dwindling supplies of petroleum have a lot of people looking for ways around these serious problems. … more
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Bible believers normally use this scriptural wisdom when discussing circumstances and … more
I love April Fool’s Day. As a practical joker, it’s the one time of the year my mischievous acts are officially sanctioned (perhaps tolerated is the more appropriate word).
But sometimes … more
In the 2008 comedy Get Smart, Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86, is armed with an array of crazy spy gadgets, including a grappling gun outfitted with super strong spider silk line. The tech guys at CONTROL … more