The most prevalent known plant symbiosis is the mutual relationship between the roots of vascular plants (plants with xylem and phloem that act as a hydraulic system to bring water and nutrients up … more
Have you ever hard-boiled an egg? As the egg basks in the heat of the boiling water, the gooey, almost-liquid egg white and the gelatinous yolk slowly transform into spongy and powdery solids. Yet … more
At last year’s AMP Conference, I delivered a talk titled “How the Greatest Challenges Can Become the Greatest Opportunities for the Gospel.” I illustrated this point by … more
Recently, I wrote about what I find as the most persuasive argument (scientifically speaking) for the truth of Christianity. Big bang cosmology reveals a marked correspondence between the biblical … more
The designs found in biological systems never cease to amaze me. Even something as gross and seemingly insignificant as hagfish slime displays remarkable properties, befitting the handiwork of a … more
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. … more
If you are like most people, you probably haven’t devoted much thought to earwax, unless it relates to the safest way to clean it out of your ears.
But earwax is worth thinking about because it … more
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the … more
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son.”
I’ve learned the hard way … more
Few concepts have been embraced by popular science as enthusiastically as the idea that reactive oxygen species (ROS) are harmful and that their levels should be controlled by including antioxidants … more
Three summers ago, Fazale Rana and I delivered four lectures on the Cambrian explosion to more than 40 supporters of Reasons to Believe within just a few miles of the site where the first Cambrian … more
Over the years I’ve learned that flexibility is key to a happy and successful life. If you are too rigid, it can create problems for you and others and rob you of joy.
Recently, a team of … more
There is something majestic and beautiful about apex predators. When we took our sons to a zoo or a wild animal preserve during their childhood years, the first animals they wanted to see were lions, … more
Growing up, I loved catching fireflies (or lightning bugs). Truth be told, I still do. What’s not to like about a bug whose rear end glows on command? And scientists just gave me a new reason to … more
Chameleons are famous for their ability to change their skin color. However, not all chameleon species share this trait. For those that do, their skin is embedded with cells containing guanine … more
Life requires information, and information is the product of mind. We know that DNA and protein structures are information-rich molecules. However, what is less known is that carbohydrates are perhaps … more
What is the dominant and most abundant life-form on Earth? Surprisingly, it is not humans, cows, trees, grass, or insects. By a very wide margin, bacteria dominate our planet.
The biomass of bacteria … more
The Beatles are recognized for inspiring countless musicians and shaping the face of pop music. Likewise, beetles (the insect, not the musicians) have offered their fair share of inspiration—at … more
The microbes in your lower intestine are like Rodney Dangerfield—they get no respect. So, I am guessing that the bacteria in your bowels helping you digest turkey and pumpkin pie are near the … more
The identity of the woman in Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring, is unclear, but it is certain that her beauty inspired Vermeer as he attempted to capture her … more