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).
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Biology has taken a non-Darwinian turn. Now, they are asking whether all primates have evolved into humans. This is a case of predestination against which some scientist say we should refrain from.
Even Darwinian just so stories are full of goal-orientation and teleology.
It seems that the problems evolution is facing are not about to disappear anytime soon.
As a story in live science says,
"While we were migrating around the globe, inventing agriculture and visiting the moon, chimpanzees — our closest living relatives — stayed in the trees, where they ate fruit and hunted monkeys.
Modern chimps have been around for longer than modern humans have (less than 1 million years compared to 300,000 for Homo sapiens, according to the most recent estimates), but we've been on separate evolutionary paths for 6 million or 7 million years. If we think of chimps as our cousins, our last common ancestor is like a great, great grandmother with only two living descendants."
Then comes the result:
"The reason other primates aren't evolving into humans is that they're doing just fine," Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., told Live Science. All primates alive today, including mountain gorillas in Uganda, howler monkeys in the Americas, and lemurs in Madagascar, have proven that they can thrive in their natural habitats."
The article also takes about ants, who have excel in things we don’t. And they are successful. And it takes on the message of why our primates left the trees. however, it speaks of goal-orientation and predestination!
Currin, Grant. 2019, Why Haven't All Primates Evolved into Humans? Live Science (14 July).
Friday, 12 July 2019
Current Biology has published data on one of the “first” case of a sparrow. It was dated at 99 million years ago.
However According to a Science articles, all Burmese dates entombed in amber rely on a single date.This is something that the researchers should thing about. Nonetheless, for instance National Geographic had this to say:
“One of these ancient fliers might resemble a modern sparrow—except for its bizarrely long toes, an adaptation never before seen in any bird, living or dead.
The newly described bird, Elektorornis chenguangi, was found entombed within less than six grams of amber, scientists report today.”
Yes, a sparrow was found in the age of the dinosaurs. It looked like a sparrow, and it probably also acted like one.
They claim that the region from where the fossil was found “was home to coastal forests full of trees that oozed tree resin.”
I would say that it speaks more of Noah’s Flood. It has left reminiscences everywhere, for instance the Heavitree Gap in Australia.
Greshko, Michael. 2019: Ancient bird foot found in amber has bizarrely long toes. National Geographic (12 July).
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Do not sing to your flowers. A new study says that plants don’t have emotions.
“Plant science biology is complex and fascinating, but it differs so greatly from that of animals that so-called evidence of plants' intelligence is intriguing but inconclusive, the scientists wrote.” says Mindy Weisberger in live science, article.
She also shows that the shows that the scientist in a new study are grumpy.
She interviewed the lead study author Lincoln Taiz, a professor emeritus of molecular, cell and developmental biology at the University of California Santa Cruz, who said .that since 2006, some researchers have claimed that plants possess neuron-like cells that interact with hormones and neurotransmitters, forming "a plant nervous system, analogous to that in animals."
The new research on plant biology is threat to the tree’s talking, as some researchers have said, And we know that some plants and the Venus flytrap knows how to count.
Yes, plants aren’t animals – but they do have all sorts of tricks.
The study was published online on July 3 in the journal Trends in Plant Science.
Weisberger, Mindy. 2019. Don't Waste Your Emotions on Plants, They Have No Feelings. Grumpy Scientists Say. Live Science (10 July).
Monday, 8 July 2019
Not all fossils are big remains of dinosaurs. Some of them are tiny blobs that most scientist say would be cyanobacteria that evolutionists are hailing as the first true organism of any kind:
“Scientists recently discovered some of these blobs in the form of 2.5-billion-year-old fossils of primitive bacteria. These ancient microbes are likely cyanobacteria, but they are unusually large and have weird shapes protruding from them, said Andrew Czaja, an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, who presented his findings on Wednesday (June 26) at the Astrobiology Science Conference.”
“If these fossils really are cyanobacteria, they could be some of the primitive organisms, or their ancestors, that helped transform our atmosphere by pumping it with oxygen. But not everyone is convinced.”
"The newly discovered fossils come from a period 100 million to 200 million years before the Great Oxidation Event — when our atmosphere went from having no oxygen to having a little bit."
Evolutionists "agree that "This is a very important time in Earth's history, both in terms of the evolution of the Earth but also the evolution of life," Czaja told Live Science..”
While in south Africa, he saw a “cool-looking rock, called a stromatolite, which is made up of layers of limestone and sediments left behind by cyanobacteria.”
He brought them home to tell his students. . after which “Andrea Corpolongo, a doctoral student also at the University of Cincinnati, then began to analyse the rock under a microscope. The fossils turned out to be hollow spheres made of an organic compound called kerogen. Some of those spheres were oblong and some had weird protrusions coming off them.”
However, some of the cyanobacteria are bigger than the ones we find today.
Anyhow, if the fossils are genuine, it shows that the living fossils are a to reason to doubt evolution, and if they’ve not, so we have a better reason to doubt want Darwin said.
Saplakoglu,, Yasemin. 2019. Unusually Large 2-Billion-Year-Old Microbe Fossils Reveal Clues About Our Ancient World. Live Science (4 July).
Sunday, 7 July 2019
Some exoplanets are weird. And some have become even weirder.
“A pair of stars about 360 light years away experienced 28 dips in their light over the course of 87 days, measurements that would normally indicate an orbiting system of planets – except that the timings of the dips seem totally random. Astronomers are completely stumped.”
They first thought aliens were the result of this.
“The stars, collectively called HD 139139, were spotted behaving strangely by the Kepler space telescope before it ran out of fuel and ceased observations. Kepler hunted exoplanets by watching for regular decreases in stars’ light caused by a planet passing between the star and the telescope on its orbit. These passes are called transits.
The dips in HD 139139’s light look just like transits, all similar in size and shape, but when Andrew Vanderburg at the University of Texas at Austin and his colleagues took a closer look at the data, they found that their timings seemed totally random – the researchers calculated that no more than four of the dips could be caused by the same orbiting object.
Then Leah Crane put some of her alien reading skills into the picture. She claims “variations might be caused by a huge alien structure that has been constructed around the stars.”
However, Vanderburg and his colleague Osborn think it’s not. They say that we might easily put something we can’t explain to be achieved by aliens until a reason or two for saying in wasn’t them after all.
This has happened in the quest for exoplanets. Complex life might require a very narrow habitable zone.
Some sightings will tend to be become failures and some will even define how we could interpret planet formation theories, For instance, hot exoplanets challenge planet-formation theories.
What is obvious is that Earth is a unique planet, just like Genesis said. Some astronomers are willing to admit that there’s no place like home in the entire universe.
Crane. Leah. 2019. The weirdest stars we've ever seen have astronomers utterly baffled. New Scientist (2 July).
Thursday, 4 July 2019
“Samples of a particular group of primitive meteorites — including a large one that fell near Murchison, Australia, in 1969 — all contain cyanide, bound in a stable configuration with iron and carbon monoxide. These same sorts of structures are found in enzymes called hydrogenases in modern bacteria and archaea, which could suggest that early life either borrowed from meteorites or that early Earth's geology formed the same kind of cyanide compounds, said study co-author Michael Callahan, an analytical chemist Boise State University.”
“The cyanide seems to have survived billions of years in space and a fiery trip to rest in icy Antarctica because it was bound up in a stable configuration with carbon monoxide and iron. ‘It's this really classical inorganic chemistry,’ Callahan said.”
“Callahan and his colleagues reported their work June 25 in the journal Nature Communications.
Naturalistic origin of life research has always been a more or less messy affair. The problem with their origin of life scenes is always the same: they don’t work.
This is can’t have happened here so they think it might have happened somewhere else. but introducing a comet in 1969. This is clearly panspermia, or the view that life evolved from somewhere else.
The problem with this is the thing that somewhere life has to be made, just making the the universe do the trick only make matters difficult for researchers, as they have to fathom where it all started.
And we know that the universe is guided by reason and it is intelligently designed. God says it happened here, so why cannot we just believe His words?
Pappas, Stephanie. 2019. Cyanide-Laced Meteorites May Have Seeded Earth's First Life. Live Science (28 June).
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
In 2o18, Harvard's Avi Loeb suggested that 'Oumuamua was an alien spacecraft.
It was first thought to be a comet. However, 'Oumuamua “is cigar-shaped, measuring about 200 metres in length (650 feet) and 34 metres wide (114 feet), and rotates once every seven hours. It was also found to be accelerating instead of slowing down—a discovery that was difficult to explain.”
Now, “a study published in Nature Astronomy, an international team of researchers has concluded 'Oumuamua has a ‘purely natural origin,’ and that a host of natural phenomena can explain it.”
Sometimes, scientists view of the universe might be wrong. More and more space signals have turn to be false.
Almost all signals caused by interstellar signals have been false.
Osborne, Hannah. 2019. First Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Probably Isn't an Alien Spacecraft, Scientists Conclude. Newsweek (1 July).
Sunday, 30 June 2019
Sharks have been around for at least “420 million years.”
Evolutionists believe that they have survived four of the “big five” mass extinctions. A New Scientist article says that they are “older than humanity, older than Mount Everest, older than dinosaurs, older even than trees.”
Darwinists believe that they possess "some unusual qualities that allow them to be super-adaptable in the face of change, including a fondness for hanging out around underwater volcanoes."
"Sharks, along with rays, skates and chimaeras, make up a group of fish known as chondrichthyes, characterised by a cartilaginous skeleton."
At least some sharks can eat seagrass as they diet. Darwinists believe that they are living fossils that few animals can attain. At least one species knows how to evade sharks.
Joel, Lucas. 2019. The secrets of how sharks survived so many of Earth's mass extinctions. New Scientist (26 June).
Saturday, 29 June 2019
“Phosphine, a horrible-smelling gas that's toxic to life on Earth, could signal the existence of alien life-forms elsewhere in the universe. Why such E.T. would produce the gas is still speculative, but they could be using it as a form of cellular communication.”
”Here on Earth phosphine is an ‘extremely flammable, incredibly toxic, outrageously foul-smelling molecule.’
Here on this Earth, “Traces of this gas can be found in sewage, marshlands, the intestinal tracts of fish and human babies, in rice fields and in the faeces of penguins.”
These have something in common: “They have no oxygen.”
Clara Sousa-Silva, a molecular astrophysics postdoctoral associate at MIT, and "her team wanted to see how plausible it would be to detect phosphine on various exoplanets. They also “found that under certain conditions, they could indeed detect the presence of phosphine by measuring how it interacts with light.”
So, smelly on Earth, but exoplanet designers think that it could also harbour signs of life.
Just recently, scientist concluded that there were no signs of aliens for the closest 1 300 stars.
Then we heard that alien life could only exists in half the places we thought. And even that was an exaggeration.
And before that we learnt that exoplanets could not form without phosphorus.
Saplakoglu, Yasemin. 2019. On Alien Worlds, Extraterrestrials Could Be Spewing a Toxic, Smelly Gas.That's How We Could Find Them. Live Science (25 June).
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
"True to their name, stick insects are famous for their spindly legs and lithe brown or green bodies that let them blend in with their environments. Males are typically much smaller than females. But tree lobsters—which include New Guinea’s thorny devil (Eurycantha calcarata) and the Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis)—are a glaring exception.
Giant, cigar-size males sport thick hind legs tipped with powerful spines. Now, researchers know why these tree lobsters bulk up:"
No, it’s not caused by evolution; it’s a natural scheme to get the best girl or wives, As a article on Nautilus states: that animals “might have been genetically complex from the start … complex body parts evolved multiple times and had also been lost.”
The tree insects wanted to be big and strong, That is the explanation, no evolution involved here.
Pennisi, Elizabeth. 2019. Thorny devils grow giant legs to pin rivals.
Science (25 June)
Monday, 24 June 2019
A new study shows that there is a gigantic freshwater aquifer below the Atlantic ocean.
While the aquifer's exact size is still a mystery, it may be the largest of its kind, taking up a region stretching from at least Massachusetts to southern New Jersey, or 350 kilometres (or nearly 220 miles). The area includes the coastlines of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. This aquifer may contain about 2,800 cubic kilometres (670 cubic miles) of slightly salty water.
The cause of this aquifer is murky: scientist say that it likely came into being some 20,000 – 15,000 years ago, during the ice age.
The study was published online June 18 in the journal Scientific Reports.
There is a more special emphases for this, the flood of Noah’s days has also left acquifers (huge lake under the Andes, the semi/deserts of Northern Kenya, ice river flowing below the ice in Greenland.
Yes, popular scientist are asking: Does Earth make its own water?
When we take a look at God’s book of guidance –- it is very possible it does.
Geggel, Laura. 2019. A Massive Freshwater Sea Is Buried Beneath the Atlantic Ocean. .Live Science (24 June).
Sunday, 23 June 2019
"New results from the most comprehensive Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program ever undertaken — which surveyed 1,327 nearby stars for signals from intelligent beings — have turned up empty.
“There's certainly nothing out there glaringly obvious," Danny Price, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a paper about the results, which were published in The Astrophysical Journal, told Live Science.
"There's no amazingly advanced civilizations trying to contact us with incredibly powerful transmitters."
$100-million endeavour funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner that aims to scan the skies for technosignatures: transmissions or other evidence created by technological creatures on other worlds. The initiative, which kicked off in 2015, relies on two of the world's most powerful telescopes — the 100 meters (328-foot-diameter) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the 64 m metres (210-foot-diameter) Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia — to try to eavesdrop on alien communications."
They found nothing.
Science has proven that aliens could be hiding in only 50 per cent of the places we thought.
Some have also said that deed aliens could save humanity.
When it comes to fast radio bursts, where do they come from – the stars or aliens civilizations?
All news from the aliens are bogus. The extra-terrestrial evidence doesn’t look like 'Oumuamua.
However, many intelligent people look on aliens are real. As they believe in evolution, they also seem to think that our solar system was not unique.
New Scientist has said that has said that aliens are more likely than God.
But only if we a priori rule out God who in the beginning created everything.
Life cannot create itself.
Mann, Adam. 2019. No Signs of Aliens in the Closest 1,300 Stars, Hunt Funded by Russian Billionaire Reveals. Live Science (19 June).
Friday, 21 June 2019
The fixity of species is a Darwinian myth. We have seen species that don’t follow the rules of biologists and have hybrid animals, for instance the ligers, geeps (goats and sheep) are obviously a mystery for Darwinian evolution, but they fit in well with the Genesis-based creation model.
Then we have zonkeys and and grizzy and polar bear hybrids. And yes, we have wholpins.
Sheep and goats belong to the same Genesis kind, which is a much wider concept than the biological term species. Sheep and goats actually belong to the same biblical kind, just like dogs and wolves make up one kind.
Now, 3o years ago an Inuit man in west Greenland shot a trio of strange cetaceans, with front fins like belugas and tails like narwhals.
He saved one of the skulls, hanging it on the outside of his shed.
A few years later, a scientist visiting the area spotted the skull and ended up taking it to the Natural History Museum of Denmark. It was a strange specimen: larger than either a skull from a beluga or narwhal whale, but with teeth that looked somehow between the two.
And genetic data on narwhals and belugas suggests that the two species diverged "5 million years ago" and haven't hybridized in any noticeable numbers for at least 1.25 million years.
Pappas, Stephanie. 2019. First-Ever Beluga-Narwhal Hybrid Found in the Arctic. Live Science (20 June).
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
The Chicago Field Museum of Paleontology has started the war against soft tissue. As first reported by Mary Schweitzer at North Carolina State University, and hundreds after her, dinosaurs were carriers of soft tissue. and Mary Schweitzer has checked her results.
“Bad news, Jurassic Park fans—the odds of scientists cloning a dinosaur from ancient DNA are pretty much zero. That’s because DNA breaks down over time and isn’t stable enough to stay intact for millions of years. And while proteins, the molecules in all living things that give our bodies structure and help them operate, are more stable, even they might not be able to survive over tens or hundreds of millions of years. In a new paper published in eLife, scientists went looking for preserved collagen, the protein in bone and skin, in dinosaur fossils. They didn’t find the protein, but they did find huge colonies of modern bacteria living inside the dinosaur bones.”
They did not mention their opponents as creationists, who have whittled away the long agers that make evolution possible.
They museum folks published their results in eLIfe, which writes that it seems exceptional that original proteins could persist for so long.
Soft tissue has been found in dinosaurs, salamanders, dinosaur eggs, an ichthyosaur, an Archaeopteryx feather, mammoth bones and many Cambrian creatures.
Field Museum of Paleontology, 2019. Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life. 18 June.
Monday, 17 June 2019
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.
Evolution news. 2019. Plant Spirals Finally Solved? Evolution News & Science Today. (14 June).
Saturday, 15 June 2019
"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.
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 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.
Whyte, Chelsea, 2019. Baby pterosaurs may have hatched ready to fly right out of the egg. New Scientist (12 June).
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
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.
Gemini Observatory, 2019, Neptune's moon Triton fosters rare icy union. Phys.org. (22 May).
Sunday, 9 June 2019
“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.
Revell, Timothy, 2019. Humans should worry us more than machines, says founding father of AI. New Scientist (5 June).
Saturday, 8 June 2019
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?
Smits, Jeanne. 2019, Dutch teenager tragically starves herself to death. Life Site News (6 June).