Reasons to Believe

Earth/Moon Design

  • Thank God for Icy Greenland

    Did you know that if it were not for Greenland and all its ice we couldn’t be here? Our large population and high technology requires that we be living in between two ice ages in a 100,000-year … more

  • Unique Ice Age Cycle Is Ideal for Humanity

    Ice ages are rare in Earth’s history; ice age cycles are even rarer. In the past 2 billion years, ice ages occurred in only three of the 21 geological periods prior to our own (Quaternary) and … more

  • Isotopes Confirm Moon Impact Event

    For 30 years, the prevailing model for the Moon's formation has included a major collision. When a Mars-sized object, referred to as Theia, slammed into Earth's surface in an unexpectedly special way … more

  • Particle Reservoir Blunts Solar Storm Damage

    Imagine operating a telegraph in the middle of the night when, suddenly, you start receiving spark shocks from the machine. Though you disconnect the telegraph, it continues to function, driven by … more

  • Don’t Look Up, but Bird Poop Promotes Plant Health

    My dread of early summer is the horde of birds that descend on our backyard and strip our trees and bushes of most of their fruit. I do gain a little solace, however, in recognizing that birds fulfill … more

  • Earth’s Chlorine Abundance Fine-Tuned for Life

    What do chlorine and Rodney Dangerfield have in common? They both “don’t get no respect.” As a recent research study indicates,1 Earth is uniquely endowed in many overlooked ways … more

  • Creation in Color

    When I was a kid in the early 70s, television shows were just starting to be released in color. Black-and-white television was fun, but color was even better! It offered a more realistic view of how … more

  • Design of Ocean Waste Recyclers

    I grew up within easy walking distance of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, one of the world’s busiest harbors. The water of that port is filled with thousands of sea creatures, such as gulls, fish, … more

  • Howling at the Moon

    Next Saturday night (September 29) we’ll have a full moon over Southern California. As the legend goes, a full moon means an increase in lycanthropy—more commonly known as werewolf … more

  • TNRTB CLASSIC: Earth’s Interior Benefits

    Powerful impact events early in Earth’s history transformed the planet from toxic to life-friendly. Heating of the Earth’s core allowed the planet to sustain a strong magnetic field … more

  • Once in a Blue Moon

    On July 20, 1969, the world watched as the first human stepped onto the surface of the moon. Today, we scroll online news reports as the world remembers the man whose mission would become a part of … more

  • TNRTB Classic: Our Unique Solar System

    A few days ago, I discussed the implications of a paper displaying the critical importance of a late stage of terrestrial (rocky) planet formation for life on Earth. This study adds to the continuous … more

  • An Atmosphere Without Oxygen

    Multicellular life (like humans) requires abundant oxygen in the atmosphere. Geological studies indicate that oxygen was not a permanent component of Earth’s atmosphere until 2.5 billion years … more

  • TNRTB Classic: Refocusing on the Moon

    Monday’s TNRTB discussed the fine-tuned features of Earth’s celestial companion: the Moon. Previous NASA missions and scientific research revealed the Moon’s essential role in the … more