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  • Water: Designed for Life, Part 3 (of 7)

    May 28, 2013

    In part 3 of this series on water, guest authors John Millam, Ken Klos, and Iain D. Sommerville explain how ice stays afloat and what this remarkable feature of water means for life on Earth.

    • Geophysical Design
  • Water: Designed for Life, Part 2 (of 7)

    May 24, 2013

    Guest writers John Millam, Ken Klos, and Iain D. Sommerville continue their exploration of water with a look at how intermolecular forces influence water’s boiling and melting points.

    • Geophysical Design
  • Water: Designed for Life, Part 1 (of 7)

    May 20, 2013

    Throughout May and June, we will be presenting an article series from guest writers John Millam, Ken Klos, and Iain D. Sommerville on the amazing properties of water. In part 1, the authors discuss the nature of water’s solvation ability and its importance for sustaining life on Earth.

    • Geophysical Design
  • General Relativity: Well-Tested and Standing Strong

    May 16, 2013

    General relativity represents the best description known to humanity of how the universe behaves. It explicitly incorporates the idea of constant (in both space and time) physical laws. It also generically predicts a dynamic nature to spacetime such that space expands and the whole universe begins to exist.

    • Laws of Physics
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  • Do ENCODE Skeptics Protest Too Much? Part 3 (of 3)

    May 13, 2013

    In light of the belief that the human genome is largely a genetic junkyard, the ENCODE Project’s phase two report that 80 percent of the human genome consists of functional DNA elements is an astounding announcement—and it is not without detractors. In part 1 of this series, I collated the criticisms published by ENCODE “skeptics.” In part 2, I responded to two of the most significant challenges. In this final installment, I respond to four other objections.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Do ENCODE Skeptics Protest Too Much? Part 2 (of 3)

    May 9, 2013

    Several recently published scientific papers strongly critique the results of the ENCODE Project’s second phase—which reveal that at least 80 percent of the human genome is functional. In this installment of a three-part response to those critiques, I examine two of the most significant challenges: (1) The ENCODE project used a faulty definition of function; and (2) The results of the ENCODE project are absurd in light of

    • Biochemical Design
  • Do ENCODE Skeptics Protest Too Much? Part 1 (of 3)

    May 6, 2013

    When the ENCODE Project reported that at least 80 percent of the human genome consists of functional sequences, they forced a radical revision of scientists’ understanding of human genetics. But recent scientific papers have called this conclusion into question. In this three-part series, I collate and describe the criticisms published by ENCODE “skeptics” and then offer my response, demonstrating that their disapproval of the ENCODE Project has more to do with philosophy than science.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Does Evolution Explain Converging Ion Channels? Part 2

    May 2, 2013

    Recent studies of ion channels have dramatic implications for Christian apologetics. The fine-tuning, complexity, and convergence revealed in these remarkable structures support the superiority of intelligent design as an explanation for their origin.

    • Biochemical Design
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  • Does Evolution Explain Converging Ion Channels? Part 1

    April 29, 2013

    If evolutionary theory is true, scientists should not expect to see biological systems and features “repeated” in supposedly unrelated organisms—yet nature is replete with occurrences of such convergence. For example, recent studies of ion channels found similarities between mammalian brains and potatoes.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Climate Change and Society

    April 22, 2013

    Often, the most divisive climate change issues have more to do with climate policy rather than with the changing climate itself. This article attempts to address the question of how we can and should respond to this important environmental topic.

    • Global Warming
  • TNRTB Classic: Dinosaur Extinction

    April 18, 2013

    So how did the last of the “terrible lizards” meet their end 65 million years ago? One theory—promoted in the film Jurassic Park—postulates that dinosaurs evolved into birds. However, evidence indicates that a catastrophic asteroid impact on Earth led to the dinosaurs’ doom, bringing to mind the words of the psalmist, “when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.”

    • Dinosaurs
  • Jurassic Park: Great Entertainment, Not Science

    April 15, 2013

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s prehistoric blockbuster, Jurassic Park. Although the idea of coming face-to-teeth with dinosaurs thrills (and terrifies) many people, ancient DNA studies reveal that human-dinosaur interaction was and is limited to the realm of fantasy and science fiction.

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Dinosaurs
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  • TNRTB Classic: The Rise in Free Oxygen

    April 11, 2013

    Scientists realize that the existence of certain elements depends on a delicate balance in how the physical laws manifest themselves. Three of those elements (oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen) also figure prominently in how life operates and develops.

    • Water
  • Universe Designed to Produce Carbon and Oxygen

    April 8, 2013

    Astronomer Fred Hoyle postulated the existence of an excited state of carbon, called the “Hoyle state,” in order to explain how stars could produce the amount of carbon seen in the universe. Recent theoretical work demonstrated how scientists could calculate the Hoyle state from first principles.

    • Laws of Physics
  • When Did Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosomal Adam Live?

    April 4, 2013

    Using mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosomal DNA to characterize genetic variability of people around the world, recent studies suggest that humanity’s origin was much earlier than thought (250,000 to 350,000 years ago, rather than less than 100,000 years ago). These results pose a possible challenge to the biblical account of human origins. However...

    • Adam & Eve
  • Neanderthal Brains Make Them Unlikely Social Networkers

    April 1, 2013

    New work by a team of physical anthropologists from the UK indicates that Neanderthal brains were organized differently than those of modern humans. The brains of these hominids were structured to support vision and the animal’s relatively large body mass, leaving a smaller proportion of brain tissue available for other cognitive functions. Based on this research, it appears that Neanderthals possessed limited capacity to enter into complex social networks.

    • Neanderthals
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  • Hurricanes and the Climate, Part 2

    March 28, 2013

    Recent storms, such as Hurricane Sandy, have raised questions about the nature of hurricanes and their impact on humanity. In part 1 of this series, we addressed the issue of global warming’s influence on tropical cyclones, as well as the role of human behavior in the increase in economic damage caused by hurricanes. Now we consider if it is possible for good to come out of such natural disasters.

    • Problem of Evil
    • Natural Disasters
  • Hurricanes and the Climate, Part 1

    March 25, 2013

    Disasters such as Hurricane Sandy raise many questions about the relationship between severe weather and human civilization. For example, could global warming cause changes in hurricane frequency and intensity? What can be done to minimize storm damage? And perhaps most poignant: do hurricanes, despite their destructiveness, serve a good purpose?

    • Natural Disasters
    • Global Warming
  • TNRTB Classic: Dark Matter Behavior

    March 21, 2013

    Though numerous observations point to the existence of dark matter, scientists still lack ...

    • Universe Design
  • No Dark Matter Near the Sun—Oh Wait, We Found It

    March 18, 2013

    I work on a dark matter balloon experiment called GAPS (General Antiparticle Spectrometer). The detector looks for antideuterons, cosmically rare particles that can result when dark matter particles collide and annihilate. A great number of factors influence whether GAPS will detect any dark matter, including the detector design and the nature of the dark matter. However, as with many other searches for dark matter, a GAPS detection requires that dark matter exists around the Sun.

    • Universe Design
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