Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Why haven’t we seen UFOs? In a long article, Kelsey Johnson points out that an unidentified flying object can have different meanings. Many would say that it refers to aliens.
We should also keep Oxfam’s razor in place, that is, that the simplest explanation could be true.
She reminds us of the object that fell in Rockwell in the 1940s and the famous Wow signal that happened in 1977. “An extremely strong narrow-band radio signal was detected by the Big Ear radio telescope at almost exactly the frequency of a fundamental hydrogen transition line (1420.41 MHz), which we expect an E.T. civilization might use to communicate. Fast-forward 40 years, and astronomers identify a previously unknown comet that was passing by back in 1977 and could have accounted for the "Wow!" signal.”
We might also think about Fermi's Paradox. “In a nutshell, given some basic assumptions about life, one could reasonably conclude that our galaxy ought to be teeming with it. So as Enrico Fermi famously asked: "Where are they?" There are three main categories of solutions: First, life could be really, really, really hard to get going. Our very limited evidence on Earth suggests this is not so;
The second class of explanations suggests that there is, in fact, E.T. life, but we just haven't detected it. That could be because we just haven't looked very hard yet, or because we are not looking in the right way, or because they don't want us to see them. Given the age of the universe and our galaxy, if life isn't super-hard to emerge, we are statistically most likely to be osmic babies. In this context, E.T. life is likely to be millions of years more technologically advanced than we are. Thinking about how far our technology has come in the last 100 years, it is unfathomable to think what we might be capable of in a million. If we survive that long. If E.T. life is millions of years more advanced than we are, and they don't want us to know about them, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't know about them.
Then there is the third set of solutions to Fermi's paradox. These go along the lines of the following: Life has formed and evolved elsewhere. Maybe lots of times. But it doesn't exist now. There are lots of ways the universe could kill us, for example a major asteroid impact. If we were sufficiently technologically advanced, however, I give us a fighting chance. Or we might kill ourselves off. This is where Fermi's Paradox gets really depressing. We are in our technological adolescence, by which I mean we are smart enough to destroy ourselves, but maybe aren't smart enough not to do so. It could be that any civilization that becomes sufficiently technologically advanced is doomed to destroy itself.”
So we are still waiting for a signal that might never come.
Johnson, Kelsey. 2019. No E.T. Life Yet? Here's Why That's Important. Live Science (5 August)
Monday, 5 August 2019
"An international group of astronomers discovered the planet using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) earlier this year in the constellation Hydra, about 31 light-years from Earth." That corresponds to 10 trillion kilometres per year.
However, the planet that is called GJ 357 d stays quite near its sun. It is believed to be roughly twice the size of Earth and harbour six times Earth's mass. "Located in the outer edge of its host star's habitable zone, scientists believe that this super-Earth could have water on its surface."
GJ 357 b, a "hot Earth" that orbits 11 times closer to its host star than Mercury does to the sun and likely has a surface temperature of around 254 degrees Celsius or 490 degrees Fahrenheit.
So; it's not a healthy place to stay, unlike the Earth.
Rabie, Passant, 2019.Could There Be Life? This Newfound 'Super-Earth' May Be Habitable. Space com (31 July).
Saturday, 3 August 2019
"Former President Barack Obama along with actor Leonardo DiCaprio and singer Katy Perry are gathering this week for Google Camp’s summit in Sicily, Italy, where they’ll discuss saving the planet."
This is a far cry to what the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg is doing. She will travel to the US in a zero-emissions ocean-going yacht.
According to mail online, Google has spent $ 20million for the conference. Prince Harry gave a “barefoot speech” at a secretive Google Camp climate change conference in Italy Actually, Barack Obama wasn’t seen there.
“How exactly will such A-listers contribute to that cause? By flying on 114 private jets, an Italian news site reported.
If the guests took 114 flights from Los Angeles to Palermo, the private jets would release 100,000 kilograms of CO2.”
Luksic, JAMES . 2019. Major Hypocrisy: Obama, A-Listers Flocking to Google Summit on Climate Change in Private Jets, Yachts, Helicopters, Western Journal (July 31).
Thursday, 1 August 2019
Here’s what Science says:
“Three newly discovered exoplanets could help researchers redefine the shaky line between rocky and gaseous planets, according to new observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, which marks its first year of operations this month, spotted the trio of planets some 73 light-years away from Earth. The exoplanets are of a type that does not exist in our solar system, being between the Earth and Neptune in size.
Three newly discovered exoplanets could help researchers redefine the shaky line between rocky and gaseous planets, according to new observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, which marks its first year of operations this month, spotted the trio of planets some 73 light-years away from Earth. The exoplanets are of a type that does not exist in our solar system, being between the Earth and Neptune in size.”
However, there are very few planets that vary in sizes between 1,5 to 2 Earth radii This study does not solve, how the Earth was made. We know from Genesis that God created the world for us and it is the right size for us.
Clery, Daniel. 2019. Newly discovered exoplanet trio could unravel the mysteries of super-Earth formation. Science (29 July).
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Science reports the following:
“One trait that is unique to mammals is milk suckling. Suckling requires the presence of stability and motion in the throat, both of which require a complex hyoid apparatus. Zhou et al. describe a mammaliform docodontan fossil from the Jurassic that was preserved with a nearly intact hyoid.”
The abstract of the reports says this:
“ We report a new Jurassic docodontan mammaliaform found in China that is preserved with the hyoid bones. Its basihyal, ceratohyal, epihyal, and thyrohyal bones have mobile joints and are arranged in a saddle-shaped configuration, as in the mobile linkage of the hyoid apparatus of extant mammals.”
It is different from cynodonts, that are not mammals, so according to evolutionists it must have been surprise, leading to mammal’s ancestors.
This is just a Darwinian story, devoid of all true evidence.
Zhou, Chang-Fu et. al 2019. New Jurassic mammaliaform sheds light on early evolution of mammal-like hyoid bones. Science 365, 6450, 276-279. (19 July).
Sunday, 28 July 2019
A new article in New Scientist says that it has been a mystery why planets spin the same way as their stars do, This, it says, is contrary to the standard evolutionary model.
However, if posits: The standard model of planetary growth states that planets coalesce from giant rocks that are kilometres across.
Here’s their answer:
“Models of that process result in planets that barely spin at all because similar amounts of boulders hit the fledgling planet from all sides. “
Now, how could you get similar amounts of boulders hitting all planets from all sides? that is still a problem for the standard model.
Planet-formation theories have been challenged or killed by recent finds.
Crane, Leah. 2019. Tiny pebbles may be the reason most planets spin in the same direction. New Scientist.
Friday, 26 July 2019
Elephants do a lot to keep us from the summer’s heat. An article in New Scientist says:
“Elephants do a lot of damage to plants as they stomp around the jungle, but, counterintuitively, this activity increases the biomass of the forest, letting it store more carbon.
If elephants were to go extinct, the amount of carbon stored in central African rainforests could ultimately fall by 7 per cent, according to a new analysis."
So, plant trees and let elephants roam the savannas and forests.
Wong, Sam. 2019. Elephants help forests store more carbon by destroying smaller plants New Scientist (15 July).
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Beavers are known to clean polluted waters. Some evolutionists assume that a beaver could be the whale ancestor.
Nature is not necessarily red in tooth and claw. Even in the post-Fall world, we can see glimpses of peace, co-operation and goodness that defy naïve Darwinian explanations.
Here’s now New Science writes about beavers:
"A whole host of different mammals appear to benefit from having beavers in the area. In forests where beavers have been introduced in Finland, their presence is linked to increased activity of several species, including moose, otters, and weasels.
Beavers are described as 'ecosystem engineers' because their dam-building work has such a huge effect on habitats. Both the Eurasian beaver and the American beaver were almost driven extinct by hunting in the early 20th century, but they have since recovered in North America."
Wong, Sam. 2019. Beavers engineer their ecosystems in a way that helps moose and otters. New Scientist (5 July).
Monday, 22 July 2019
Last year, Science Daily had an interesting news item on the men who took the bible to the Moon.
"A rare, miniature Bible that travelled on board NASA's Apollo 14 mission in 1971 is up for auction, with bidding — currently underway — starting at $50,000.
Along with the microform King James Bible, which is mounted and framed in a gold-and-enamel setting, the auction lot includes two certificates of authenticity. One document was signed by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, verifying that the Bible made a lunar landing; the other was signed by the Rev. John M. Stout, a NASA information scientist and the director of the Apollo Prayer League (APL), which organized the moon visits of this and other lunar Bibles.
In 1971, Mitchell carried 100 Bibles to the moon's surface. Only 11 copies of the Apollo 14 lunar Bibles bear letters of authenticity signed by both Mitchell and Stout, and of those, seven copies remain in circulation, NSA representatives wrote in the catalogue."
The plan commerorates apollo 1 Astronault Edward White, "who wanted to bring a Bible to the moon but never made it there. White died when a fire ignited during a launch rehearsal on Jan. 27, 1967; the blaze also claimed the lives of two other astronauts, Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee."
"Not all of the spacebound Bibles made it back to Earth. One paper copy of a Bible with a red cover — brought to the moon on the Apollo 15 mission — still rests on an abandoned Lunar Roving Vehicle dashboard, left by astronaut David Scott."
It also seems that the Bibles brought on the Apollo capsules had to do with the well-being of the crew.
So it seems that the bible-believing astronauts had a lot in common with the one who originally took the bible to the moon or to its nearabouts.
Weisberger, Mindy. 2018. Rare 'Lunar Bible' That Visited the Moon Is Up for Auction, Live Science (24.8.)
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Now, when 50 years have passed on the firsts moon landing. Here are some of the first creationist astronauts.
In December 1968 Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders orbited the moon. They read the first ten verses of Genesis as a Christmas greeting to the inhabitants of ”the good earth”:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”
Dr. Wernher von Braun (1912 –1977), the father of the Apollo programme, was also a Bible-believing Christian.
Then there was Buzz Aldrin, who after the landing celebrated communion for himself, as an antitheist had spoken of the reading by the Apollo 8 of creation. He also read Psalm 8:3-4 on the return trip.
Charlie Duke, capsule communicator for Apollo 11, spoke to Armstrong and Aldrin from Houston during the tense moments of the moon landing. He later walked on the moon himself during Apollo 16 in April 1972. Duke and his wife had been nominal Christians, but years after Apollo, he followed his wife in full commitment to Christ.
Apollo 15 astronaut creation James Irwin in the November 2013 issue of Acts and Facts. Irwin, who spent over 295 hours on the Moon, was a firm believer in the Genesis account of creation.
Many times he said that Jesus walking on Earth was far more important than mankind walking on the Moon.
Thursday, 18 July 2019
“Birds of a feather flock together, but this cockatoo rocks alone. A new study reveals that the internet-famous cockatoo named Snowball can do more than just bust moves — whether headbanging, wildly tapping its foot or gyrating its mohawked head — in sync with the beat of the music. The parrot creates his own steps as well.” Snowball surprised the researchers again. "
Aniruddh Patel, a professor of psychology at Tufts University in Massachusetts did some tests with snowball in 2009.
“’ After that study, we noticed him doing new movements to music that we hadn't seen before,’ Patel, said. These new moves were Snowball's own creations; they weren't modeled after any cavorting from his owner, Irena Schulz, nor was he trained (for instance, no food rewards were involved) as he came up with this new repertoire, Patel said.”
The study was published online on July 8 in the journal Current Biology.
Cockatoos are a hard case for evolutionists. They are
better tool users than chimps and can make music with a stick, something that chimps don't. Playing rock is just one of their many achievements.
Geggel, Laura. 2019. Cockatoo Who Taught Self to Head-Bang Proves Rock Transcends Species. Live Science (8 July).
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
A dive by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's recent expedition to the deep Atlantic Ocean produced a photo of a ravioli-type organism. The Plinthaster dentatus looked just like ravioli.
The starfish, that for evolutionists is a living fossil – they came into being during the Cambrian Period – and they testify of Creation’s After Its Kind thesis mentioned in the book of Genesis.
Their skills baffle scientists and they inspire bioengineering and robotics.
They are wonderfully made.
Whitcomb, Isobel. 2018. Don't Be Confused If This Starfish Makes Your Mouth Water. Live Science. (15 July).