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  • Q&A: Is the Universe a Waste? and The Facts Behind Jonah’s Story

    July 10, 2014
    • Bible Difficulties
  • Astrosphere Habitable Zones Display Fine-Tuned Characteristics

    July 7, 2014

    Could there be life on other planets? The ongoing search continues to yield data showing how rare, if not unique, our planet is. Scientists have identified multiple “habitable zones,” including the astrosphere habitable zone, that must be fine-tuned in order to support complex life.

    • Solar System Design
  • Q&A: Is Christianity a Science Showstopper?

    July 3, 2014

    A few years ago, I took part in an email exchange with a prominent origin-of-life researcher after he read my book Origins of Life (coauthored with Hugh Ross). He expressed the concern that "the creationist perspective stops the questioning process."

    • Transitional Forms
  • Do You Know the Difference between Observation and Interpretation? Part 2

    June 30, 2014

    The most common definition of science requires researchers to assume naturalism, meaning that supernatural interpretations of data are excluded by assumption. So, even when the true explanation of an observation—such as the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the origin of species—is supernatural, scientists will necessarily arrive at the wrong interpretation.

    • Life Design
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  • A Hypernatural Miracle: Elijah and the Fire from Heaven

    June 26, 2014

    Imagine standing on Mount Carmel in Israel, watching the contest between the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). For nearly 12 hours, Baal’s prophets have danced around his altar, whipping themselves into a frenzy and screaming for Baal to set their sacrifice on fire. Nothing happens. Then Elijah steps up and, after drenching the altar to the Lord with water, calls on the God of Israel.

    • Bible Difficulties
  • Do You Know the Difference between Observation and Interpretation? Part 1

    June 23, 2014

    In science, it is important to distinguish between an observation and an interpretation. Observations are things we measure; while interpretations are the conclusions we derive from those observations. In well-designed experiments the resulting interpretations are the only possible explanations for the observations—but this is a rare occurrence. More often, alternate interpretations are possible.

    • Laws of Physics
  • Isotopes Confirm Moon Impact Event

    June 19, 2014

    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 it liquefied Earth many miles deep, vaporized Theia, and ejected enough material to form the Moon.

    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Five Criteria for Assessing the Possibility of Life on Other Planets

    June 16, 2014

    Scientists want to answer the question, is there life out there in the universe? Do you think astronomers want detailed measurements of eight solar system planets or limited measurements of 1,000 exoplanets?

    • Extrasolar Planets
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  • How Did God Create the First Life on Earth?

    June 12, 2014

    When I'm out speaking on behalf of RTB, one question I often hear is, how did God create the first life? Did He just "zap" the first organisms into existence? Or did He bring about the origin of life by some other means?

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • Hypernaturalism and the Origin of Life

    June 12, 2014

    For nearly six decades the scientific community has labored to explain the origin of life via chemical evolution. Researchers have identified chemical routes that generate the key building blocks of life—amino acids, nucleobases, sugars, and fatty acids—from simple chemical compounds. They've demonstrated how these compounds can assemble into complex, information-rich biopolymers and aggregate into proto-cellular entities.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • Chimpanzees' Sleeping Habits Closer to Hominid Behavior Than to Humans'

    June 9, 2014

    Weary humans aren't the only creatures scouting out the best places to sleep. Primatologists from the US report that wild chimpanzees know how to choose the right spot for a comfy snooze. Field observations indicate that chimps expend a lot of time and energy determining where they sleep and how they construct their treetop beds

    • Humans vs. Chimps
  • Q&A: Is the Moon's Recession Evidence for a Young Earth?

    June 5, 2014

    The tidal interaction of the Earth-Moon system transfer of angular momentum from Earth to the Moon does result in the Moon's moving away from Earth (recession). Lunar laser ranging has established that the Moon is receding from Earth at a rate of 3.82 ± 0.07 centimeters per year.1

    • Earth/Moon Design
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  • Did Life Grease the Wheels on Plate Tectonics?

    June 2, 2014

    Imagine an Earth without plate tectonics. We might envision fewer natural disasters—no tsunamis in India, no earthquakes in Japan, no volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Sounds nice, but it would be more accurate to picture something like the surface of Mars or Venus—barren and hostile to life.

    • Plate Tectonics
  • Q&A: Is a New in vitro Fertilization Method Ethical?

    May 29, 2014

    We live in a "brave new world," where advances in biotechnology take place at a breakneck pace, often with little opportunity for any kind of ethical deliberation before researchers attempt to matriculate the emerging technology to clinical settings.

    • Stem Cells/Cloning
  • Do Increasing Autism Rates Demonstrate Genetic Entropy?

    May 26, 2014

    Is mankind still evolving? Does natural selection operating on heritable genetic variation really have the power to generate improved organisms? New research documenting an increase in the rate of autism suggests that the answer is no.

    • Life Design
  • A Recap of Unexpected Exoplanet Finds

    May 22, 2014

    As the list of known exoplanets continues to grow (almost 1,800 entries at present), the data indicate that most stars play host to planets—this means tens of billions of planets exist in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. And yet the incredible progress in exoplanets detection and the excitement generated by new finds often blurs an important point: most exoplanet systems bear little resemblance to our solar system.

    • Extrasolar Planets
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  • Exoplanets: What Does Habitable Mean?

    May 19, 2014

    In the last few years researchers have made numerous claims of habitable (or potentially habitable) exoplanet finds. Almost without exception, the term "habitable" simply refers to the presence of liquid water on the exoplanet (even though we lack the ability to make this measurement).

    • Extrasolar Planets
  • 16 Steps to Generating Advanced Life

    May 15, 2014

    Sixteen steps punctuate the history of life on Earth. Each of these steps is critical for making possible the entry of advanced life. The likelihood of all these steps occurring from a naturalistic perspective is essentially zero.

    • Life Design
  • Q&A: Are There Transitional Intermediates in the Fossil Record?

    May 8, 2014

    Many people understand this term ("Transitional Forms") to refer to one or more of the organisms that comprise the stepwise, evolutionary transition of one species (or taxon) into another.

    • Transitional Forms
    • Cosmology
  • The Head and the Heart: Paleontologists Discover the Oldest Brain and Cardiovascular Systems

    May 5, 2014

    Paleontologists recently discovered fossil specimens of a shrimp-like creature with an advanced brain, optic lobes, and a cardiovascular system like those found in modern arthropods. This creature lived about 520 million years ago and was part of the Cambrian explosion. This discovery provides added support for the RTB creation model while also exacerbating the problems the Cambrian causes for the evolutionary paradigm.

    • Cambrian Explosion
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