Sunday, 14 July 2019

Why Haven’t All Primates Turned Into Humans, Evolutionists Ask?



Image courtesy of Thomas Lersch, CC BY-SA 3.0.



Joel Kontinen

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!

Source:

Currin, Grant. 2019, Why Haven't All Primates Evolved into Humans? Live Science (14 July).

Friday, 12 July 2019

Sparrow from Dinosaur Times



Image courtesy of Zhongda Zhang / Current Biology.




Joel Kontinen

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
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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.

Source:

Greshko, Michael. 2019: Ancient bird foot found in amber has bizarrely long toes. National Geographic (12 July).






Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Don't Sing To Your Flowers

Trees sleep at night.




Joel Kontinen

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.

Source:

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

Unusually Large “2-Billion-Year-Old Microbe” Fossils Reveal Clues About Our Ancient World


Image courtesy of Andrea Corpolongo, Fair Use.




Joel Kontinen

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.

Source:

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

The Weirdest Stars Leave Astronomers Baffled

Image courtesy of NASA/IPAC, WISE/Dr. Dennis Bogdan, Public Domain.




Joel Kontinen

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.

Source:

Crane. Leah. 2019. The weirdest stars we've ever seen have astronomers utterly baffled. New Scientist (2 July).


Thursday, 4 July 2019

Panspermia Can’t Solve the Origin of Life Hypothesis

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Joel Kontinen

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?

Source:

Pappas, Stephanie. 2019. Cyanide-Laced Meteorites May Have Seeded Earth's First Life. Live Science (28 June).

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

First Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Probably Isn't an Alien Spacecraft, Scientists Conclude

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Image courtesy of ESO/M Kornmesser, nagualdesign, CC BY-SA 4.0.




Joel Kontinen

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.


Source:

Osborne, Hannah. 2019. First Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Probably Isn't an Alien Spacecraft, Scientists Conclude. Newsweek (1 July).


Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sharks – A Group of Living Fossils Over 420 Million Years Old

Image courtesy of Terry Goss, CC BY-SA 3.0).



Joel Kontinen


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.

Source:

Joel, Lucas. 2019. The secrets of how sharks survived so many of Earth's mass extinctions. New Scientist (26 June).



Saturday, 29 June 2019

Origin of Life Experts Say That Phosphine Can Be a Harbinger of Life

Image courtesy of EPS file pollu.eps from UNECE web site converted with ImageMagick convert and with potrace, edited in inkscape, public domain.



Joel Kontinen

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.

Source:

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

Thorny Devils Grow Giant Legs To Be Big And Strong - And To Marry


Image courtesy of Peter Halasz., CC BY-SA 2.5.



Joel Kontinen

"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.

Source:

Pennisi, Elizabeth. 2019. Thorny devils grow giant legs to pin rivals.
Science
(25 June)

Monday, 24 June 2019

Aquifers in the Atlantic – Might Speak about Noah’s Flood

Image courtesy of Gustafson et al., 2019; CC BY 4.0.





Joel Kontinen

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.

Source:

Geggel, Laura. 2019. A Massive Freshwater Sea Is Buried Beneath the Atlantic Ocean. .Live Science (24 June).

Sunday, 23 June 2019

No Signs of Aliens in the Closest 1,300 Stars, Hunt Funded by Yuri Milner

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Joel Kontinen



"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.

Source:

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

Scientist Spot A Narwhale-Beluga Whale Hybrid

Image courtesy of Markus Bühler.



Joel Kontinen

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.



Source:

Pappas, Stephanie. 2019. First-Ever Beluga-Narwhal Hybrid Found in the Arctic. Live Science (20 June).

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Dinosaur Soft Tissue Is Just Bacteria?

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Joel Kontinen

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.

Very carefully.

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.

Source:

Field Museum of Paleontology, 2019. Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life. 18 June.

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

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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 – Died 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).