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Design of Life Update: Marine Biology

March 10, 2017 in Amazing FactsDarwin and EvolutionEducationIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMediaPhilosophy of Science

The animal stars of Illustra Media’s “Design of Life” documentaries are still in the news: this time, whales, dolphins, fish and sea turtles.

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Strange and Wonderful Animals Explored

March 5, 2017 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsCell BiologyGeneticsHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

Look at what scientists are learning about some common animals, and others not so common.

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Crazy Convergences Distort Darwinism

February 9, 2017 in Amazing FactsBirdsBotanyDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursDumb IdeasMammalsMarine BiologyMediaPhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

Get a load of this: Darwinians claim that complex features arose independently multiple times by an unknown process called “convergent evolution.”

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Fast Flight Specializations in Birds and Bats

January 20, 2017 in Amazing FactsBirdsIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainPhysics

When you are moving rapidly, you need to see things differently.

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Animals Can Be Smarter Than You Think

January 4, 2017 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsCell BiologyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainTerrestrial Zoology

Here are four organisms with surprising mental powers.

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Mammal Champs Strut Their (Unevolved) Stuff

November 21, 2016 in Amazing FactsDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasGeneticsIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainPhilosophy of Science

Here’s a showcase of very different mammals all deserving of the same thing: admiration. You don’t do that by attributing them to evolution.

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News from the Living Waters

May 17, 2016 in BirdsCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysics

Animal heroes of the Illustra film “Living Waters” are still making headlines.

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Nature Inspires Hi-Tech Design

February 6, 2016 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBotanyCell BiologyEducationHealthIntelligent DesignMarine BiologyPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

Scientists and engineers continue the gold rush to imitate nature’s solutions to problems.

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Evolutionary Enigmas

August 11, 2015 in BiomimeticsBotanyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursDumb IdeasFossilsMammalsPhilosophy of Science

Neo-Darwinism is at war with the observations, and the observations might just win.

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Animal Superheroes

July 29, 2015 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBiomimeticsBirdsDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsSolar SystemTerrestrial Zoology

Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.

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Surprising Animals Old and New

June 19, 2015 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsDinosaursFossilsMammalsMarine BiologyTerrestrial Zoology

Moving creatures, whether extant or extinct, never cease to hold fascination for human observers.

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Bats Are Home-Run Flyers

May 23, 2015 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsDarwin and EvolutionFossilsIntelligent DesignMammalsPhilosophy of SciencePhysics

You don’t just put wings on a naked mole rat and make it fly. Bats are designed to be aero-bat-ic champions.

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The Parts List for Hearing

May 12, 2015 in Amazing FactsHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and Brain

Want to hear what goes on when you hear sounds? Hair cells wave in the fluid, responding to specific frequencies, and hundreds of proteins go into action.

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Convergent Evolution” Widespread at All Scales in Ocean

April 20, 2015 in BirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursDumb IdeasFossilsMammalsMarine BiologyPhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

A study of marine tetrapods that “evolved” for ocean life shows “convergent evolution” rampant at all scales over “hundreds of millions of years.”

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Let’s Get [Thankful for the] Physical

November 25, 2014 in Amazing FactsCell BiologyGeneticsHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and Brain

Wonders of the human body continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.

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Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics

October 16, 2014 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBotanyCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.

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Fossil Whale Already Had Echolocation

March 13, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine Biology

Once again, a complex trait appears fully formed and functional in the fossil record.

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Genetic Convergent Evolution Strains Credibility

September 6, 2013 in Darwin and EvolutionGeneticsMammals

Convergent evolution” is the term given to similar designs that shouldn’t be related. Recent widespread examples threaten to make the term lose any coherence it might have had

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Amazing Body Facts

May 22, 2013 in Amazing FactsBible and TheologyHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMind and Brain

There are more wonders in your body than you can possibly imagine. Here are half a dozen new findings for conversation starters.

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Unique Mammal Senses

July 30, 2011 in Amazing FactsAwardsBiologyBotanyMammals

The ability to sense the environment is vital to all living things, and is a key characteristic that separates life from non-life. The senses are not limited to the five we learn as children – sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. In the animal kingdom there are more. Some of them repurpose existing organs; some detect other information from the world not detectable with the normal sense organs. In mammals, two very different animals – bats and dolphins – have expanded our understanding of sensation.

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