Monday, 17 June 2019

Japanese Scientist Cannot Explain the Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci sequence is seen almost everywhere.




Joel Kontinen

The evolution news has explained the pattering of leaves and flowers. It is called phyllotaxis, and many of them obey the Fibonacci sequence, that we as humans find pleasing.

How does a plant without eyes or a brain achieve such beauty and precision, orienting leaves according to the Golden Angle Phi (137.5 degrees)? Simpler patterns include opposite (leaves on opposite sides of the stem), alternate (leaves alternating at 90-degree angles), whorled (arranged around a cross-sectional circle), and others.

Japanese scientists at the University of Tokyo recently improved the leading mathematical model, but the model does cannot explain the Fibonacci sequence.

So it seems that the Fibonacci sequence is one of the things that God has made, and it is very beautiful for us.

In spite of the bad things happening around us (executions, shipwrecks and earthquakes, to name a few) that are evidence of the Fall, there is no shortage of beauty in our world.

And the best explanation for it is that the Lord God made it all.

Source:

Evolution news. 2019. Plant Spirals Finally Solved? Evolution News & Science Today. (14 June).

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Alien Life Could be Hiding Out in Only Half The Places We Thought It Would

Proxima centaury and Trappisi 1 cannot harbour life. Image courtesy of R. Hurt/NASA/JPL-Caltech.




Joel Kontinen

"Where is complex alien life hanging out in the universe? Likely not on planets stewing in toxic gases, according to a new study that dramatically reduces the number of worlds where scientists will have the best luck finding ET.

In the past, researchers defined the ‘habitable zone’ based on the distance between the planet and its star; planets that, like Earth, orbit at just the right distance to accommodate temperatures in which liquid water could exist on the planetary surface would be considered ‘habitable.’ But while this definition works for basic, single-celled microbes, it doesn't work for complex creatures, such as animals ranging from sponges to humans, the researchers said.

Under the new parameters, some stars have no safe-for-life zone; that includes Proxima Centauri and TRAPPIST-1, two of the sun's closest neighbors. That's because planets around these suns likely have high concentrations of carbon monoxide, the researchers said. Carbon monoxide can bind to hemoglobin in animal blood, and even small amounts of it can be deadly.
"

We have found 4,000 exoplanets but with (almost) no right for live. there’s not a single one we might call home.

Where did we get our phosphorus, that is vital for our DNA, RNA our ATP.

Our home planet has all these ingredients.

Source:

Geggel, Laura. 2019. Alien Life Could Be Hiding Out on Far Fewer Planets Than We Thought. Live Science (10 June).

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Pterosaurs Were Almost Too Heavy to Fly; Their Children Could Fly Since They Were Hatched

Image courtesy of Hugo Salais López, CC BY-SA 3.0.





Joel Kontinen

Pterosaurs ruled the skies at the time of the dinosaurs. Now a cache of them has been found in China.

The extraordinary thing about those embryos is they have a set of bones that in many respects match those of adults in terms of proportions. When they come out of the egg, they are like mini-adults,” says David Unwin at the University of Leicester in the UK.

He and his colleague, Denis Charles Deeming at the University of Lincoln in the UK, analysed the size and shape of 37 eggs from a collection of 300 found at a site in Jinzhou, China. They found that as the eggs developed, they changed shape from long and slender to relatively round.

He and his colleague, Denis Charles Deeming at the University of Lincoln in the UK, analysed the size and shape of 37 eggs from a collection of 300 found at a site in Jinzhou, China. They found that as the eggs developed, they changed shape from long and slender to relatively round.
"

Pterosaurs were almost too heavy for evolution to cope with them. And the giraffe-sized flying creature defied Darwinian explanations. Moreover, a rapid burial of pterosaurs suggests Noah’s flood.

There is no shortage of mosaic-like creatures in the animal kingdom. The extinct ones include Archaeopteryx and Tiktaalik.

Living mosaics, such as the duck-billed platypus and the spiny anteater, are problematic for evolution.

They are not evolving into something else, and neither did pterosaurs.

Source:

Whyte, Chelsea, 2019. Baby pterosaurs may have hatched ready to fly right out of the egg. New Scientist (12 June).

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Neptune’s Moon Triton Looks Young, Too

Image courtesy of NASA / Jet Propulsion Lab, public domain.



Joel Kontinen

Nowadays, the planets and their moons surrounding the Sun all seem to be very much less than the 4.5 billion years assigned for them on the scale that most scientist use to compute the age of them.

Now, this tendency has also reached Neptune's moon triton. A recent article in Phys.org about the moon says:

“Astronomers using the Gemini Observatory explore Neptune's largest moon Triton and observe, for the first time beyond the lab, an extraordinary union between carbon monoxide and nitrogen ices. The discovery offers insights into how this volatile mixture can transport material across the moon's surface via geysers, trigger seasonal atmospheric changes, and provide a context for conditions on other distant, icy worlds.

Extreme conditions can produce extreme results. In this case, it's the uncommon pairing of two common molecules—carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen (N2)—frozen as solid ices on Neptune's frigid moon Triton.

It is the only large moon in the Solar System that orbits ‘backwards’ or in the opposite direction to its planet's rotation. The peculiar motion suggests that Triton is a captured trans-Neptunian object from the Kuiper Belt—a region of leftovers from the Solar System's early history, which is why it shares several features with the dwarf planet Pluto and Eris: size (roughly two-thirds that of our Moon), and surface temperatures that hover near absolute zero; so low that common compounds we know as gases on Earth freeze into ices.”

The article does not say who old Triton is, but it only states that the two molecules – carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen (N2). – are frozen on the moon.

Even Pluto and Erin and Makemake are also young.

Moreover, a dwarf planet orbiting the sun some 2 billion kilometres beyond Pluto would have a ring that suggests young age.

And, Ultima Thule also looks youthful.

Source:

Gemini Observatory, 2019, Neptune's moon Triton fosters rare icy union. Phys.org. (22 May).


Sunday, 9 June 2019

Humans Should Worry Us More Than Machines, Says Founding Father of AI

Image courtesy of Gnsin, CC BY-SA 3.0.



Joel Kontinen

Yoshua Bengio is one of the pioneering developers of artificial intelligence and winner of computing’s ‘Nobel prize’. His optimism about machines doesn’t extend to humanity.

“OVER the past decade, machine intelligence has vastly improved. That is in large part due to deep learning, a technique that gives computers the ability to teach themselves. It underpins everything from world-beating chess and Go algorithms to digital voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.


Some fear that the AI of the future will be like God. Elon Musk, for instance, has said that AI research will come up with AI Research will create an 'immortal dictator'.

Now, Yoshua Bengio says that humans should worry us more than machines. Humans make mistakes and this might be carried out to the AI world. So its humans, and aliens who make the mistake.


Source:


Revell, Timothy, 2019. Humans should worry us more than machines, says founding father of AI. New Scientist (5 June).

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Noa Pothoven: Dutch Teenager Tragically Starves Herself to Death

Life ends with death.




Joel Kontinen

A Dutch teenager starves herself to death, without informing the parents of her decision.

Noa Pothoven’s death “was associated with profound psychological suffering after experiencing sexual abuse at ages 11 and 12 and a double rape when she was 14.”

She wanted to be euthanised – but she couldn’t, as she was under the age of 21, which is the legal limit for patients suffering from “serious dementia” to limit their lives, to euthanize herself, according to Dutch laws.

She wanted to die, the pain crushed her. “When the medical caretakers and family accepted medics and her family that the girl should ‘refrain from eating and drinking to hasten death,’ as the procedure is known in the Netherlands.”

So She died, refraining from eating and drinking. but not from euthanasia although Dutch doctors can kill patients suffering from it.

Can evolution explain suicide?

Who would think about the soul of the girl?

Source:

Smits, Jeanne. 2019, Dutch teenager tragically starves herself to death. Life Site News (6 June).

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Birdman Decorated With 30 – 50 Bird Beaks and Skulls – Was d in Siberia

Image courtesy of The Siberian Times.



Joel Kontinen

Evolutionists think that humans have come from humble beginnings to reach top society. However, science shows that even in the beginning, humans had the will to decorate themselves.

Recently, an iceman was found in Siberia:

"Archaeologists have unearthed a Bronze Age skeleton that was buried with an unusual garment: a collar or headdress made of dozens of bird beaks and skulls.

The so-called birdman's remains, which date to about 5,000 years ago, were discovered at the Ust-Tartas dig site in Siberia's Novosibirsk region, The Siberian Times reported.

The 30 to 50 bird skulls and long beaks were arranged underneath the human skull, "laid as if they meant to cover the neck like a collar," Lidia Kobeleva, a researcher with the Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnography in Siberia, told The Times in a video
."

The iceman had company. a grave found nearby, with two children and an adult male.

Even the Neanderthals wanted to decorate themselves, and
other primitive societies
were not so primitive at all. And also Stonehenge tells us that early man was cleverer than we thought.



Source:

Weisberger, Mindy. 2019. Bronze Age Siberian 'Birdman' Wore a Collar of Beaks and Skulls. Live Science (3 June).


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Most Atheists Believe in The Supernatural, Despite Trusting Science, Says New Scientist

Image courtesy of: Zoe Margolis, CC BY 2.0.



Joel Kontinen

Do atheist belief in science that always shows what’s right. A recent New Scientist article might cause them harm.

Belief in the supernatural is still alive and kicking, even among people who don’t believe in a god. Research on atheists and agnostics around the world has revealed that almost nobody can claim to completely reject irrational beliefs such as life after death, astrology, and the existence of a universal life-force.

The UK-based Understanding Unbelief project interviewed thousands of self-identified atheists and agnostics from six countries – Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, US and UK. It found that despite their godlessness, a majority believe in at least one supernatural phenomenon or entity.


As David F. Coppedge writes in creation evolution headlines New Scientist asked for the opinions of two atheists: Marjaana Lindeman of the University of Helsinki in Finland, was surprised by the findings. The other one, Jonathan Lanman, an anthropologist at Queen’s University Belfast and one of the leaders of the Understanding Unbelief project said that Humans are not rational.

The study concluded that some believed in life after death; others believed in underlying forces of good and evil; and some believed in other non-physical influences.

For instance, Richard Dawkins says that in a debate with Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, he described himself as an agnostic instead of an atheist. He said that the probability of God’s non-existence is 6.9 on a 7-point scale.

That would be 98.57 per cent. Expressed as a probability it would be 0.985714285.

The probability for winning the Finnish lottery this is 0.0000065. Thus, according to Dawkins’ logic, the probability that God exists is by far much greater that winning a few million euros in the lottery.

Moreover, even atheist believe that they are have lower morals than other people.

Could they also be wrong about the existence of God?

Source:

2019. Most atheists believe in the supernatural, despite trusting science. New Scientist (30 May).

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Fish Showed Coordinated Group Behaviour at Least “50 Million Years” Ago

Image courtesy of Mizumoto et al./Proceedings of the Royal Society B.





Joel Kontinen

Fish of the species Erismatopterus levatus swam in unison, as modern fish do today.

These 259 baby fish were seen by Arizona researchers, who reported in it in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They thought that the fish probably originated from America's Green River Formation, where fish between "53 million and 48 million years ago" are thought to exist.

"’ We found traces of two rules for social interaction similar to those used by extant fishes: repulsion from close individuals and attraction towards neighbours at a distance,’ the researchers wrote in their study.”

This synchronized swimming might have saved the fish from a predator, although it did not prevent them from becoming a fossil for us to see.

They might have well perished in the flood of Noah’s Time, as the research shows that “have been cut short by an underwater avalanche of sand.“

There is much evidence for the flood in Australia for example and graveyards almost everywhere.

Source:

Specktor, Brandon. 2019. 50-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows School of Baby Fish in Their Final Moments. Live Science (30 May).




Thursday, 30 May 2019

Helicobacter pylori Stays the Same and Is Killed Off By an Antibiotic


Image courtesy of User:KGH CC BY-SA 3.0.




Joel Kontinen

"Helicobacter pylori, a globally distributed gastric bacterium, is genetically highly adaptable. Microbiologists at LMU have now characterized its population structure in individual patients, demonstrating an important role of antibiotics for its within-patient evolution.

Researchers led by microbiologist Sebastian Suerbaum (Chair of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology at LMU's Max von Pettenkofer Institute have now examined the genetic diversity of the species in the stomachs of 16 patients, and identified specific adaptations that enable the bacterium to colonize particular regions of the stomach.

At the initial sample from this individual, the H. pylori population was highly diverse and showed no signs of resistance to any of the antibiotics tested during growth in the laboratory.

However, in a sample collected 2 years later, the level of diversity within the population was extremely low, and the bacteria had become completely resistant to a frontline antibiotic.

Over the course of the intervening 2 years, the population had apparently undergone a massive reduction in size, which set the scene for the subsequent large-scale change in the structure of the surviving population.


The article tells about the evolutionary dynamics of the species. However, the species stays the same throughout history, although another site says it is said to have “evolved over the millennia since its migration out of Africa along with its human host approximately 60,000 years ago.”

This is counter to all Darwinian expectations of how a H. pylori population should grow. It stays the same after millions of years, but antibiotics kill it off.

Source:

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. 2019, Signs of selection in the stomach. Phys.org. (24 May).

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

New Darwinian Story: Exploding Stars May Have Put Humanity On Two Feet

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/SAO.



Joel Kontinen

A new Darwinian hypothesis goes like this: “As human ancestors went from swinging through trees to walking on two legs, they may have received a boost from an unlikely source: ancient supernovas.

These powerful stellar explosions may have showered Earth with enough energy to shift the planet's climate, bathing Earth in electrons and sparking powerful, lightning-filled storms, according to a new hypothesis.

Lightning then could have kindled raging wildfires that scorched African landscapes. As savanna replaced the forest habitat, early humans that lived there may have been pushed to walk on two legs, the new study suggest.
"

But then live science tells us that we should not jump to conclusions just then. As it tells us, the evolution of bipedalism is could have occurred earlier.

What we did only we learnt to walk on too feet? It seem that Darwinian folktales are related to African folktales .

The source says that “Clues to the ancient supernovas were found in traces of iron-60 in Earth's crust.”

However, many other things could have resulted in iron-60 in Earth.

The findings were published yesterday (May 28) in The Journal of Geology.

Source:
Weisberger, Mindy. 2019. Exploding Stars May Have Put Humanity on Two Feet. Live Science (28 May).

Monday, 27 May 2019

Why do we scream?

Image courtesy of CC0, Public Domain.




Joel Kontinen

"Screaming Is well-studied in animals, where it's thought the behaviour has evolved as a way to startle an attacking predator and provide a chance to escape, or, in social animals, to recruit help when in trouble.

Surprisingly, much less is known about how human screams function in communication, or how similar or different human screams are from those of other species
."

Now, the article in Medical Xpress does not say that screaming evolved, but it look at people just as if they are animals and says it evolved from something, as laughter did.

Only humans are known to cry for emotional reasons.


Source:

Acoustical Society of America. 2019. Scientists suss out the secrets of human screams. Medical Xpress (15 May).

Saturday, 25 May 2019

How Dead Aliens Could Help Save Humanity

Image courtesy of Pikawil, CC BY-SA 2.0.



Joel Kontinen

It seems that some researchers cannot get away from science fiction and its quest for the mastery of all of space. An article from Space.com entails a story of how we could use humanity’s quest with nuclear power and use it to say where our neighbours would we doing just the same thing.

“Humanity appears to be going down a dangerous path. We've developed weapons powerful enough to off ourselves many times over, for example, and we've been altering Earth's climate for decades without much regard for the serious consequences.”

“Similar behaviour may have led to the demise of advanced alien races around the galaxy, said Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard's astronomy department.


“So, the hunt for ET should be wide-ranging enough to spy artifacts left behind by vanished civilizations, he added — evidence such as burned-up planetary surfaces and products of nuclear war swirling in an alien world's air.”

“Avi Loeb co-authored a paper recently suggesting that 'Oumuamua, the first confirmed interstellar object ever spotted in our solar system, might be an alien spacecraft.

The consensus view is that 'Oumuamua is a cometary body. But it's important not to dismiss the spacecraft idea out of hand, Loeb stressed.


There is a big question with this. Do we really believe that space aliens exist or all they just imaginations that space aliens speculators use?

All attempts to listen to listen alien sounds have turned out to be false. For instance, an interstellar cloud destroys belief in aliens and all subsequent attempts have been futile.

New Scientist has said that aliens are more likely than God.

But only if we a priori rule out the God who in the beginning created everything.

Life cannot create itself.

Source:

Wall, Mike. 2019. How Dead Aliens Could Help Save Humanity. Space.com (24 May).

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Hippos Act Like Silicon Pumps

Image courtesy of Matthias Kabel, CC BY-SA 3.0).



Joel Kontinen



Hippos eat grass and they then they defecating it in the water. They are acting like living silicon pumps. Each hippos eat around 40 kilograms of grass and other plants rich in silicon dioxide – also known as silica – only to spend the following day lazing around in the water where they digest and excrete it.

Jonas Schoelynck and his colleagues in studied the silicon levels in a hippo-dominated ecosystem in south-western Kenya. In one 250-metre stretch of river Mara, they found 80 hippos.

Hippos act as a kind of conveyor belt, transporting silica from land to water,” says Schoelynck.

The research was reported in Science Advances.

Hippos have been driven from Lake Victoria. If populations shrink further, the amount of silicon pumped into waterways will diminish, and the important plants and fish there could be in jeopardy, says the team.

This kind of stuff does not evolve on its own. It needs a process, a mind to start it. This is a call for God, who ordained everything the right way.

Source:

Prosser Scully, Ruby. 2019. Hippos poop a huge amount of silicon every day – and it’s a good thing, New Scientist (1 May).


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Why Apes Are Not Spiritual Beings

Darwinists want to see apes as spiritual.




Joel Kontinen

In a seething attack on Neo-Darwinism, Michael Engor takes on the views of primatologist Jane Goodall on the topic of religious belief among apes:

She quotes what chimps are doing in the forest, as they drew rocks into the river.

However, Dr Engor has said his dog can to all the tricks.

The chimps shrine and the assumed evolution of religion assumed evolution of religion.

Now, all animals can show they have feelings – but this isn’t even close to religion. Only man can worship God – or not worship Him.

But we would not expect them to use language or worship their Maker or build theories, as they most probably are not capable of abstract thinking.

Only humans are created in the image of God and as such we are special.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made .

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.” (Psalm 8: 4–6, ESV).


Source:

Engor, Michael, 2019. Why Apes Are Not Spiritual Beings. Mind Matters (23 April).


Sunday, 19 May 2019

This Crafty Spider Doesn't Have Venom...But It Does Have a 'Slingshot'

Image courtesy of Judy Gallagher, CC BY 2.0.




Joel Kontinen

Spiders can be fast. just a reminder of how one species - triangle weaver spider (Hyptiotes cavatus) does it.

It uses "external power amplification” to do the trick. “Basically, an animal uses an external device (in this case, the spider's web) to store energy, like a person storing energy in a bow with a pulled-back arrow. Once the energy is released, the spider is flung forward like a slingshot, greatly exceeding the speeds at which the arachnid could otherwise travel.”

Then it says how they did the trick:

"To study the critter, the scientists collected wild triangle weaver spiders, which are native to the United States and Canada, and brought them to the lab, where the spiders were housed in terrariums and filmed with high-speed videos as they hunted prey.

Daniel Maksuta, a doctoral student studying polymer science at the University of Akron in Ohio says. "It really works out too. [If] the prey is massive in comparison to the web and the spider, the web kind of just flings around it. So, that's how [the prey] gets all tangled up."

The maneuver is so fast, the spider can be hurled forward at accelerations of about 772 meters squared (2,535 feet/second squared).

Animals can do all kinds of tricks. For instance, the tiny crustaceans can live in the depths of the sea. And, frog choruses inspire wireless sensor networks.

Thus, biomimetrics or biomimicry or copying amazing design seen in nature has recently become a success.

Source:

Geggel, Laura. 2019.This Crafty Spider Doesn't Have Venom...But It Does Have a 'Slingshot' Live Science (16.5.).

Friday, 17 May 2019

The Netherlands is Getting Thousand Killed by Euthanasia




Joel Kontinen

Joint suicides by elderly couples used to be considered a tragedy. However, in the Netherlands, doctors killing elderly couples is a considered a medical treatment – by the doctors.

In the Netherlands, there were nine such killing in the country. The details of most cases has not been made available, “but one one involved a husband dying of cancer. His wife had MS. She asked to die with him because she would be unable to live independently and didn’t want to be cared for by strangers.”

For instance the year 2018 “67 patients were killed by psychiatrists and doctors for mental illness” and “three children between the ages of 12 and 17 were put killed” and there were “205 cases of homicide by doctors as a supposed treatment for two or more ‘elderly disorders,’ i.e., issues such as hearing loss, balance issues, cognitive decline.”

This has also repercussions elsewhere.

Source:

Smith, Wesley J. 2019. Nine Elderly Couples Euthanized in the Netherlands. Evolution news org (11 May).


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Ammonites Caught in Burmese Amber

Imagine courtesy of Nobu Tamura. CC BY 3.0.




Joel Kontinen


Ammonites are one of most oldest animals. They share a trait that has caused a commotion to those who cared for the beauty of animals: they share Fibonnaci numbers, which shows how they we build.

As a record in Science shows; “The latest discovery in a cache of ancient Burmese amber has revealed something completely unexpected: an extinct squidlike organism called an ammonite, which swam Earth’s seas while dinosaurs dominated the land 100 million years ago.

In addition, “mites, spiders, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, flies, wasps, and marine gastropods” were found on the amber.

This study was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fibonnaci means God’s mathematics. Even we have been blessed with it.



Source:

Sokol, Joshua. 2019. Extinct squid relative entombed in amber for 100 million years Science magazine. (13 May).





Monday, 13 May 2019

Fast Radio Bursts: Where Do They Come From?

Image courtesy of CSIRO, CC BY 3.0.



Joel Kontinen

We have observed the skies for so long, but now at least some astronomers have come up with a system by recording events.

The previous suggestion were all too wind:

Suggestions ranged from colliding neutron stars to black holes turning themselves inside out to lasers from alien spacecraft. Until a few months ago, we had more ideas than detections.”

Astronomers aren't sure what could be giving off these signals, said another newsletter, from an Australian source.

Now, however, the astronomers are off on an adventure, to discover what these fast radio bursts entail.

All attempts to listen to alien sounds have turned out to be false. For instance, an interstellar cloud destroys belief in aliens and all subsequent attempts have been futile.

New Scientist has said that aliens are more likely than God.

But only if we a priori rule out the God who in the beginning created everything.

Life cannot create itself.


Source:

Cossins, Daniel, 2019, Fast radio bursts: We're finally decoding messages from deep space . New Scientist (8 May).

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Temporal evidence shows Australopithecus sediba is unlikely to be the ancestor of Homo


Image courtesy of Brett Eloff,CC BY-SA 4.0.




Joel Kontinen

Even for evolutionists, austrapithecus sediba is a mystery. The earliest humans, found in Ethiopia, are from 2.8 to 2.75 Ma ago at Ledi-Geraru. However, the “Fossil specimens from A. sediba are currently only known from Malapa, South Africa, which is dated to 1.977 million years (Ma) ago.”

That leaves at least 0.8 million years in between, that they say cannot accounted for by evolutionary ways.

They also say: “Together, these results suggest it is highly unlikely that A. sediba is ancestral to Homo, and the most viable candidate ancestral species remains Australopithecus afarensis.”

Which is a mystery, as Lucy’s not all bones belong to it, but it also includes a baboon’s hip bone and it certainly fell to Earth from a tree.

So what does the study propose? Even evolutionists will speak well of a human ancestor, that is not too far off the track.


Source:

Du, Andrew and Zeresenay Alemseged. 2019. Temporal evidence shows Australopithecus sediba is unlikely to be the ancestor of Homo. Science advances (8 May ),Vol. 5, no. 5, eaav9038.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

How Tiny Crustaceans Survive The Mariana Trench

Hirondellea gigas. Image courtesy of Russ Hopcroft. public domain.






Joel Kontinen

Hirondellea gigas dwells at the bottom of the sea — the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, some 10,911 meters (35,797 feet) down.

This species could not in live so difficult circumstances. However, “Japanese scientists find this crustacean survives the deep sea by using aluminum armor.

This study was reported in the journal PLOS ONE, in the recent issue (April 4).

Study lead author Hideki Kobayashi also has an Biomimicry or biomimetics attitude. He say that “this newfound biological process might one day lead to an environmentally friendly way to produce aluminum."


The Biomimicry or biomimetics also includes
our bones.


Source:

Choi, Charles Q. How Tiny Crustaceans Survive the Crushing Pressures of the Mariana Trench. Live Science (8 May).









Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Why Does Freshly Cut Grass Smell So Nice?


Even birds like the colour green.



Joel Kontinen



Life Science has an article on grass. Why does freshly cut grass smell so nice? It does not provide a solution. It only says:

Chemically speaking, that classic lawn smell is an airborne mix of carbon-based compounds called green leaf volatiles, or GLVs. Plants often release these molecules when damaged by insects, infections or mechanical forces — like a lawn mower.

Wait a second! The grass is green as its maker – the God of heaven wants it to be that way. It pleases the birds, and us because we are full of grass being green. And He has wanted us to enjoy the sights.

It is a concept that Darwin cannot imagine.

Source:

Grunbaum, Mara. 2019. Why Does Freshly Cut Grass Smell So Nice? Live Science (5 May).

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Two Floridan Teens Rescued By A Ship Called The Amen

Image courtesy of Eric Wagner. Eric Wagner's boat, "Amen."



Image courtesy of Christ's Church Academy.


Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, students at Christ's Church Academy in Jacksonville, said they were at a local beach last month when they took a dip in the water and got pulled out into the ocean.

They couldn’t get out of the water: they had to wait there for about two hours. Then they began to pray. A ship passing by noticed the 17-year olds, and got them out of the water.

When they heard the name of the ship – the Amen, they got crying. The boy told newspapers that the fact that God heard their cry was the explanation that there’s a God.

Source:

Florida teens swept out to sea rescued by boat named Amen. BBC News. (3 May).

Friday, 3 May 2019

Holocaust Remembrance Day’s Outcasts

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Public Domain.


Joel Kontinen


Yesterday was the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, All traffic game to a standstill for 5 minutes.

However, the game that the nations have waged against Israel has no signs of letting up. Just recently, the New York Times argued that Jesus was a Palestinian man. And in 2012, The BBC’s sports website seems to be re-writing geography. It lists the names of the countries taking part in the London Olympic Games and their capitals. The BBC informs us that the capital of a country called Palestine is East Jerusalem. However, the capital of Israel was ominously missing.

The Guardian went one step further, claiming that the capital was Tel Aviv.

And a great anti-Semitist has claimed that some Israelis are playing mini-Mengele.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The Indian Army Is Tweeting About Yetis

Image courtesy of Philippe Semeria, CC BY 3.0.



Joel Kontinen

The Indian army has The Indian army has Tweeting About Yetis. It was thought to be an old myth. However, some Yeti marks have gathered momentum.

The Indian army has posted a photo in which the Yeti’s footprints (32x15 inches) are clearly visible, but it did not post the creature making them.

in 2017, a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B stated that eight specimens of the yeti happened to be a bear, and one of a dog.

It seems that science needs her hoaxes. In 2009
National Geographic
featured four scientific hoaxes, including the Piltdown man, Archaeoraptor liaoningensis and bigfoot (an American imaginery apeman) .

Archaeoraptor liaoningensis is National Geographic’s own production, so to speak. In 1999 the magazine published an article about a feathered dinosaur found in China but had to retrace it the following year since the creature was found to be a hoax.

Archaeoraptor turned out to be a veritable Piltdown bird. The Chinese fossil hunters had combined parts of different species to form a new “transitional fossil” that quickly made news headlines.

Source:

Pappas,, Stephanie. 2019. Why Is the Indian Army Tweeting About Yetis? Live Science (30 April).

Monday, 29 April 2019

Soon in Washington State, Human Composting Can Be Legal

"The Garden of Death" painting exposed at Tampere Cathedral – Finland, public domain.




Joel Kontinen

Now, if a person dies in Washington, he/she might be treated only to a funereal or a cremation but a third option, A law in Washington gives the Democratic Governor Jay Inslee the right to treat deceased individuals as human remains.

it is called "natural organic reduction." It’s’ also called human composting, in which the dead ones are disposed of.

The end result of the composting is 0.76 cubic meters or about a cubic yard of soil, which could fill two large wheelbarrows. The family of the deceased can take turns in caring for the him/her.

It is also a very effective way of dealing with the dead with much less energy - an eighth of the energy of cremation.

As Job said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.”

Source:

Geggel, Laura. 2019. Human Composting May Soon Be Legal in Washington State Live Science (26 April).


Saturday, 27 April 2019

The Platypus of The Seas Is Found

Callichimaera perplexa. Image courtesy of Oksana Vernygora/ University of Alberta.





Joel Kontinen

It’s been called the platypus of the crab world .

The researchers found “It had the mouth of a shrimp, the claws of a modern frog crab, the shell of a lobster and the paddle-like appendages of a sea scorpion.”

Lead researcher Javier Luque, who now work for Yale University and the University of Alberta in Canada, found the first specimen in 2005 in the Colombian Andes Mountains. He thinks that the crab recounts that the "true crabs" lost and reevolved their body plans many times throughout history."

This amount to Darwinian storytelling.

Source:
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Source: Geggel, Laura. 2019. 'Beautiful Nightmare' Crab Sported Lobster Shell, Shrimp Mouth and Soccer Ball Eyes. Live Science (24 April).


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Saturn’s Moons Can Only Be 100 Million Years Old

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.



Joel Kontinen

The most significant finding of the Cassini mission may be the realization that the Saturn system is young. It can exists for 100 million years, which is still young compared to the age of the solar system.

Writing of live science, Nadia Drake gets the 4.5 billion years for the age of the solar system. She tries a trick or two, but the experts see a problem in this.

She quotes Eric Asphaug:

"The idea that they could be around for 4.5 billion years really defies explanation in my mind," says Erik Asphaug of the University of Arizona, who studies interactions between Saturn's rings and its many moons."

Then he goes on to say:

"I see a lot of impossible geologic things. I see a planet that should look like Callisto, but instead looks like Titan. I see satellites that shouldn't exist like Enceladus and Mimas, that have heavy cratering histories—whether that means they're old or not, we don't know. And then you see Enceladus going off like a rocket, and it's the most reliably eruptive body in the solar system, and that doesn't make any sense to me as a geologist," Asphaug says. "Mimas gets more tidal heating than Enceladus and it's dead as a doornail! None of it makes sense!"

The debate is over, Saturn is young, a probably a lot younger than 100 million years.


Source:

Drake, Nadia. 2019, How Old Are Saturn's Rings? The Debate Rages On. Live Science (22 April).

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Why Haven’t These Rocks Tumbled Down?


Lot’s wife. Imaage courtesy of Wilson44691,Public domain.



Joel Kontinen

The Dead sea are is replate with precariously balanced rocks, or PBRs. They are also evident in most as places, for instance as The Mother and Child Rock in Zimbabwe.

But just think what happened to the famed Twelve Apostles formation in Victoria, Australia. ONE of them is standing no more in its place.

Moreover,vibrating rocks challenge belief in long agers. For instance, precariously balanced rocks challenge belief in millions of years. For instance, the Zion Canyon challenge in long agers.

Source:

Geggel, Laura. 2019. These Rocks Look Like They Could Topple at Any Moment. They Hold 1,000 Years of Earthquake Secrets Live Science (9 April).

Sunday, 21 April 2019

A Creature Called a 'Balloon on a String' Living In The Depths of The Indian Ocean

Image courtesy of Five Deeps Expedition.




Joel Kontinen

Our world is full of wonders. The deep sea is a place for most of them.

The Five Deeps Expedition caught picture of a gelatinous creature a in a recent dive to “the Java Trench, the bottommost part of the Indian Ocean.”

It is probably a new creature, as there are no creatures such as this, as it was living over 6,500 meters (21,300 feet) below sea level.

They call it a balloon on a string, and it is most probably a jellyfish.

"This creature likely anchors itself to the seafloor with its long tentacle, perhaps to keep still in a seismically active seafloor, Alan Jamieson, the chief scientist on the expedition and a senior lecturer at Newcastle University said. As for why the tentacle is so long, Jamieson suggested it might help the creature filter feed up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) above the seafloor."

The Okeanos Explorer’s recent expeditions in the central Pacific have also identified deep sea creatures, for instance a creature, called a sea toad or coffinfish (Chaunacops), was bright red.

And then, ghost octopus, and a and a jellyfish the incredible deep sea creatures.

Louis Armstrong recorded the song What a Wonderful World in 1967, and it now seems that the world is even more wonderful than we could have imagined.

As the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes puts it, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (3:11, NIV).


Source:

Saplakoglu, Yasemin. 2019, A Living 'Balloon on a String' Discovered in the Deepest Part of the Indian Ocean. Live Science (18 April).

Friday, 19 April 2019

Sir David Attenborough Warns of Catastrophe for Climate Change

Image courtesy of John Cairns, CC BY 4.0.




Joel Kontinen

Sir David Attenborough has come a long way – from being the humanistic evolution only person, from saying that humans are a plague and claiming that we should say that Genesis is the cause for the exploitation of nature. Evolution, in contrast, helps us to take care of the environment.

Unlike Neo-Darwinese, the Bible practically never uses Orwellian phrases. More often, it means what it says. Thus, take care of is obviously not a synonym for exploit.

"The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15).

In contrast, Darwinian evolution is supposed to be a Malthusian struggle for existence, with nature being red in tooth and claw. How could this possibly preserve nature?

Sir David has meanwhile sided with Richard Dawkins against all who want to question evolution.

Now, sir David has also said that we have we have reached the age of humans, with its downs – of which climate change seems to be the greatest.

Source:

McGrath, Matt. 2019. Climate change: Sir David Attenborough warns of 'catastrophe'. BBC NEWS (18 April).

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A quest to undermine human education and understanding

Image courtesy of Shantanu Kuveskar, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Joel Kontinen

A Chinese team has genetically engineered a macaque monkey to make it more human.

This was the first attempt to understand the evolution of human cognition using a transgenic monkey model,” says Bing Su, the geneticist at the Kunming Institute of Zoology who led the effort.
According to their findings, the modified monkeys did better on a memory test involving colours and block pictures, and their brains also took longer to develop—as those of human children do. this There wasn’t a difference in brain size
.

This has created a backlash among US developers:
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The use of transgenic monkeys to study human genes linked to brain evolution is a very risky road to take,” says James Sikela, a geneticist who carries out comparative studies among primates at the University of Colorado. He is concerned that the experiment shows disregard for the animals and will soon lead to more extreme modifications. “It is a classic slippery slope issue and one that we can expect to recur as this type of research is pursued,” he says.

This is still a long way to the quest of evolutionists. the union of man and monkey.

Human exceptionalism is a Darwinian enigma. Thus, evolutionists are willing to see human traits in animals and animal traits in humans.

At times, their strategy borders on the absurd. A case in point is the rumour that US scientists engineered a human-chimp hybrid in the 1920s in the first primate research centre established in the US in Orange Park, Florida.

It failed.

The Russian biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov also attempted to produce a human-chimp hybrid, but needless to say, he failed.

Humans are created in the image of God, but apes aren’t so trying to hybridize them is doomed to failure.

All successful hybrids belong to the same Genesis kind.

Source:

Regalado, Antonio. 2019. Chinese scientists have put human brain genes in monkeys—and yes, they may be smarter. MIT Technology Review. (10 April).

Monday, 15 April 2019

Can Any Animal Breathe Fire Like the "Mythical" Dragon?

Saint George resisted the dragon’s fire.




Joel Kontinen

Yes, “Skunks and bombardier beetles (Pheropsophus jessoensis), which fart a toxic chemical cocktail when threatened.

Evolution has tried to answer the creationist’s question of where the animal got this talent. A just-so story that can never be verified is their answer. When threatened by a predator, the beetle squirts hot (100 °C or 212 °F) fluid at the attacker. It makes the fluid from hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinones but does just fine..

These beetles' farts are so powerful that they can prompt toads that have eaten the beetles to puke out their last meal. That's exactly what the beetle wants; it may be covered with mucus from the toad's stomach, but sometimes these beetles can survive the ordeal.”

However, when it comes to fighting with fire, Australian raptors take first prize. Three species of these predatory birds Down Under — black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) — are known to lurk by wildfires and then suddenly snatch up smoldering grasses or branches with their talons. The birds then use the fire to kindle new flames elsewhere, which, in turn, smoke out mammals and insect prey that they can eat.”

But they simply take the fire from one place, they don’t produce it. However, Dragons are found in the deeps of the earth and in Chinese horoscopes.

Source:

Geggel, Laura 2019. Can Any Animal Breathe Fire Like the Mythical Dragon? Live Science (13 April):

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Could Dragons Still Be Among Us?

Looks like a dragon. Image courtesy of Charles J. Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0.


Joel Kontinen

Lifescience takes us on an imaginary tour of dragons – that it doesn’t belief in. It has heard all the news coming from the past, for instance dragon legends from all over the world.

They it says that Christianity changed all this – it changed the dragon into meaning something bad, just like it obeyed Satan. ”The most celebrated of these was St. George the Dragon Slayer, who in legend comes upon a town threatened by a terrible dragon. He rescues a fair maiden, protects himself with the sign of the cross, and slays the beast.

Dragons were found in an ancient Chinese horoscope . It features 12 animals, of which 11 are still among us today. The twelfth is the dragon.

And the Old Testament book of Job includes a description of the Behemoth that might well be a huge dinosaur.

Nowadays, we can see the Komodo Dragon, which grows to be 3 metres (10 feet) in length.

Another relic is the tuatara. Evolutionists have to believe that it hasn’t evolved for over “200 million years”

So, what if dragons were dinosaurs who lived at the same time as humans? Some of them must have been very frightening.

Source:

Radford, Benjamin. 2019.Dragons: A Brief History of the Mythical, Fire-Breathing Beasts. Live Science (11 April).

Thursday, 11 April 2019

A “518 Million-Year Old” Comb Jelly from China has 18 Tentacles

Image courtesy of Ernst Haeckel, public domain.



Joel Kontinen

In 2008, the National Science Foundation used over 100 computers to analyse the evolutionary history of the Earth’s earliest animals. They suspected that the earliest animal to branch off was the sponge.
But it wasn’t.

Instead, it was a comb jelly.

The comb jelly has tissues and a nervous system, which are complex systems thought to have evolved much later. A sponge, by contrast, is a more “primitive” creature, lacking both tissue and a nervous system.

Now, Jakob Vinther, a paleobiologist at Bristol University in the United Kingdom and Chinese researchers have learned that a "sea monster," which scientists dubbed Daihua sanqiong lived "518 million years" ago in China in time for the Cambrian Explosion that is still a big mystery for evolutionists.

The Cambrian creature had 18 mouth tentacles.

Source:

Geggel, Laura. 2019. 520-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 18 Mouth Tentacles. Live Science (22 March).

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Evolutionists Dilemma: Denisovans are Our Ancestors


People getting a view of the Denisova Cave, Russia, where the original x-woman was found. Image courtesy of ЧуваевНиколай, CC BY-SA 3.0.



Joel Kontinen

Darwinian expectations have been wrong countless times. One of their mistakes has to do with the Denisovans which have been “known only from a handful of bones and teeth they left in Siberia’s Denisova Cave in Russia and the genetic legacy they bequeathed to living people across Asia.” a as Science articles put it.

Now, an article in New Scientist says we “may have bred with Denisovans much more recently than we thought”. Now, when the Neanderthals are humans, the evolutionists have to try another trick.

According to the model based on Genesis, the Neanderthals were Adam’s descendants just like us. They probably lived in Europe during the ice age following the Flood of Noah and it seems the Denisovans where their closest comrades.

Source:

Gibbons, Ann.2019. Moderns said to mate with late-surviving Denisovans. Science 364, 6435, 12-13. (5 April).

Wilson, Clare. 2019. We may have bred with Denisovans much more recently than we thought. New Scientist (2 April).

Sunday, 7 April 2019

What Makes Evolution Go Backwards?

Sometimes a tree can break Darwin’s plans.



Joel Kontinen

One of evolution’s truths is that it always goes forward. However, a trait than causes it to degrade and bring evolution to a standstill is also generally understood as evolution.

In other words, evolution has no clear focus. IT

In an articled in Science Daily, the evolutionist David Fisher shows that traits can also degrease: “The research appears in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, where lead author David Fisher shows that the increased evolution of selfless traits -- such as sharing food and keeping watch for one another -- is mathematically equivalent to the decreased evolution of individually beneficial traits.”

He then goes on to explain.

For example, a fast-growing tree may take all the sunlight, water and nutrients out of the environment, causing its neighbours to grow slowly. In the next generation, more trees are fast-growing but are also nasty neighbours. As a result, negative social effects are much more prevalent, and so everyone's growth is reduced.”

This is natural selection doing what it should not do. as Michael Behe says, things don-t evolve, they devolve in the Darwinian world.

Source:

McMaster University. What makes evolution go backwards? Science Daily (19 March 2019).

Friday, 5 April 2019

Darwinian Tale: How an Otter Turned Into a Whale

A Pakicetus. Image courtesy of Nobu Tamura, CC BY 3.0.



Joel Kontinen

Evolutionists have finally found a whale that they think would be a precursor to the whales living today. It’s been called Peregocetus pacificus.. meaning "the travelling whale that reached the Pacific”.

They think that this species was was four metre long (13 feet) could swim and walk on land. They also think that this able to walk like an otter or a beaver.

"’ This is the most complete specimen ever found for a four-legged whale outside of India and Pakistan,’ Dr Olivier Lambert, a scientist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and co-author of the study, said.”

They dug up a fossil of thought to be a 43 million years old.

But maybe we should remember Pakicetus.

When Philip Gingerich discovered Pakicetus inachus in the early 1980s, it was initially thought to be a marine creature – on the basis of a few teeth and fragments of the skull and lower jaw. Dated at 52 million years it was touted as a whale ancestor. Science magazine even published a front cover showing a diving Pakicetus.

However, when more bones were unearthed, it became obvious that Pakicetus was a land animal resembling a pig.

In a new Darwinian tale, an ancient deer turned into a whale.

Mathematician and philosopher David Berlinski calculates that a cow-like creature living on dry land would have needed at least 50, 000 morphological changes for such a move.

From skin to the breathing apparatus, almost everything has to be changed if the cow wants to stay alive in its new watery environment. Like transforming a car into a submarine, it needs an enormous amount of changes.


Source:

Fossil of ancient four-legged whale found in Peru. BBC News (5 April).










Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal Features Spontaneous Healing After Prayer in Jesus' Name



Jesus healed a leper. Image courtesy of Public domain.


Joel Kontinen

Miracles are for today. not only did Jesus perform miracles, but His followers have the same idea, as told in the gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles.

Jesus’ closest followers were not the exception but it was the rule . Such miracles are taking place today in our midst.

Now, “a peer-reviewed medical journal published a documented case of spontaneous healing after prayer in Jesus' name. A young man who wasn't able to eat without a feeding tube for 16 years has been healed of gastroparesis.

The article, Case Report of gastroparesis healing: 16 years of a chronic syndrome resolved after proximal intercessory prayer, was published in the April edition of the Complementary Therapies in Medicine.”

This was not the first case to suggest this.

“The Complementary Therapies in Medicine article is not the first scholarly publication to document the miraculous.

The Christian Post reported in 2016 that Indiana University's Dr. Candy Gunther Brown travelled to Pemba, Mozambique, in pursuit of evidence for miraculous healings along with a team of researchers. They were there to test the effects of prayer on the deaf and blind.

Brown's team detected statistically significant improvements in hearing and vision in 24 Mozambicans after receiving healing prayer and the results were published in the September 2010 edition of the Southern Medical Journal
.”


Source:

Showalter, Brandon. 2019. Spontaneous Healing After Prayer in Jesus' Name Featured in Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal Christian Post (1 April).

Monday, 1 April 2019

“Natan-Melech, Servant of the King” was found in a Bulla in Jerusalem, the City of David

Francesco Conti: Death of King Josiah, Public domain.



Joel Kontinen

In 2007, assyriologist Dr Michael Jursa found the name Nebo-Sarsekim in a clay document in the British Museum. The details mentioned in the tablet written around 595 BC correspond to what the Book of Jeremiah says about the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem that took place during the reign of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II.

Yes, Jeremiah mentions this man.

Finding archaeological support for the Bible has become so commonplace that in 2014 Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) published an article entitled Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible.

The number of people found in the Bible keeps on growing. The latest name is an official named Nathan-Melek, a servant of king Josiah.

This is shown in 2 Kings 23:11:

He removed from the entrance to the temple of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court[a] near the room of an official named Nathan-Melek.” (2 Kings 23:11).

“A bulla (seal impression) and a 2,600-year-old stamp bearing Hebrew names were uncovered in the City of David. the archaeologist think that it was 'likely during the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC
.' ”

“Bullae were small pieces of clay impressed by personal seals, used in ancient times to sign letters.”

“The title “Servant of the King” (Eved HaMelech) is appears often in the Bible to describe a high-ranking official close to the king. This title appears on other stamps and seal impressions that were found in the past. This seal impression is the first archaeological evidence of the name Biblical Nathan-Melech.”

Archaeology also states that David’s and Solomon’s kingdom was real. And it also shows that catastrophes, for instance the earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:2, were real.

Source:

2,600-year-old seal impression and stamp bearing names from Bible found in public building destroyed during destruction of First Temple. Arutz Sheva 7 (31 March).

Saturday, 30 March 2019

We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but (almost) zero are right for life

Kepler-452b is almost the only exoplanet that might to harbour life – and that is a maybe. Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle.




Joel Kontinen

“We have found more than 4000 planets orbiting distant stars, but it turns out that probably none of them have the right conditions for life to evolve, making Earth even more special than we thought.”

“We normally consider a planet capable of hosting life if its surface is the right temperature for liquid water. This depends on how close it orbits its star – too far and any water will freeze, but too close and it will boil.”

But there are other ways of looking at exoplanets. for instance, complex life might require a very narrow habitable zone.

And then hot exoplanets challenge planet-formation theories, and our nearest exoplanet might be too hot.

Some planets are impossible they break secular planet forming theories.

The majority of exoplanetes don’t harbour life, for instance red dwarfs don’t do it. And the Sun and our big moon make our planet a welcome home.

And, then, the goldilocks zone is getting smaller.

One think that most near Earth investors do not find, is a lack of phoshorus (P), that is one of our planet’s general chemical elements. Without it we would not have RNA, DNA and even even not ATP, and thus we would not have life.

It is also a problem of seekers of extraterrestrial life.

Source:

Crane, Leah, 2019. We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but almost zero are right for life. New Scientist (22 March).