My mother’s side of the family is Germans from Russia. Drawn to Russian culture, my mother loved collecting babushka dolls. When she downsized a few years ago, we wound up inheriting her … more
I worked for a number of years in research and development for a Fortune 500 company. Visits to our manufacturing facilities stand out as some of the most memorable experiences during my tenure. It … more
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food, fellowship, and the chance to reflect on the abundance of blessings in my life. I’m filled with a spirit of gratitude.
I experienced this … more
I love reading Shakespeare’s plays and seeing them performed. One of the things that fascinates me about the Bard’s work is his use of dramatic devices such as a “play within a … more
I recently bumped into an acquaintance outside the Staples Center after a Lakers game. Neither of us was aware the other was at the game. Yet, even if we had known and were intentionally keeping … more
NewScientist, "Evolution of cognition might be down to brain chemistry," Mar 28, 2011; http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20302-evolution-of-cognition-might-be-down-to-brain-chemistry.html more
We’ve been getting to know RNA biochemist and RTB’s first visiting scholar, Dr. Patricia Fanning. Picking up where we left off February 18, we end the interview with an enlightening … more
Nature, "A synthetic library of RNA control modules for predictable tuning of gene expression in yeast," Mar 01, 2011; http://www.nature.com/msb/journal/v7/n1/full/msb20114.html more
Straight Thinking #108: Brain Chemistry and Pornography more
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