Darwinism as All-Purpose Flexible Caulk
May 27, 2010
Fossils continue to turn up surprises. Some of them appear in the wrong place, in the wrong time, or in the wrong order. Darwinian theory never seems to have a problem, though. Evolutionary paleontologists always find a way to stretch or shrink their phylogenetic trees to accommodate the new discoveries, or make up new imaginary […]
Darwin in Space without a Helmet
May 26, 2010
“Space agencies may one day have Charles Darwin to thank for the longevity of their spacecraft,” began an article in New Scientist. This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of space travel. “The life expectancy of a popular type of ion engine has been almost doubled using software that […]
Whos Denying the Evidence?
May 25, 2010
An interesting phenomenon is going on among science news reporters: accusations that “denialists” are lurking about. We are told that deniers or denialists are refusing to accept scientific evidence and are clinging to belief systems in spite of the facts. That would certainly be a serious charge, but it can also be a mask for […]
Could This Protein Delay Aging?
May 24, 2010
It’s called Heat Shock Protein 10. It responds to stress, and might just slow the aging process, scientists are finding. Science Daily reported, “Scientists in the UK and the U.S. have discovered that a protein which responds to stress can halt the degeneration of muscle mass caused during the body’s aging process.” Why […]
Butterfly Wing Veins Are Not in Vain
May 23, 2010
Inventors made an artificial butterfly modeled on the tiger swallowtail. First they made the wing without veins. It didn’t fly as well as when they added veins like the real butterfly, according to a short video clip in an article on New Scientist. The veined wing provided more lift. The inventors at Harvard’s […]
Venter Group Plagiarizes Genetic Code
May 22, 2010
Is plagiarism a form of intelligent design? We think of intelligent design in terms of God and creation, but in generic terms, I.D. only refers to purposeful, designed action by an agent – any agent, large or small, good or evil. A planned murder, for instance, can be an evil form of intelligent design. A […]
Should Darwin Get a Pass in Science Class?
May 21, 2010
In many public school science classrooms today, Darwinism is taught uncritically as a scientific fact. Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) defends that practice, and Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute (DI) contests it. This month the two in their own venues argued their points of view, and another educator weighed […]
How Science Is Done: Upsetting Applecarts
May 19, 2010
Hardly a week goes by without some scientific finding upsetting an applecart – a long-held belief. Often, those beliefs are scientific theories taught in textbooks by science professors. Defenders of science say that this is the way science works. It’s a self-correcting process, they argue; it’s to be expected that new data will lead to […]
Mt. St. Helens Recalls Overturned Paradigms
May 18, 2010
The eruption of Mt. St. Helens in May 1980 not only eroded mountains and canyons, it caused earthquake shifts in geological paradigms.
Like Magic: Spiders Convert Fluid to Steel-Strong Silk
May 17, 2010
How do they do it? Spiders spin their webs with such ease, but scientists know they are working a kind of material magic. Inside the storage sac, the proteins act like a fluid. Outside the spinnerets, that fluid turns into a structural rope that is stronger than steel, but elastic enough to absorb the energy […]
Titan Continues to Surprise Saturn Scientists
May 16, 2010
Since reaching Saturn in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft has now made 68 flybys of Titan, the large smog-shrouded moon. Space.com highlighted a recent picture showing the rings appearing to bisect the moon. What are some of the latest findings of this alien world – the only moon in the solar system with a substantial atmosphere? […]
If Humans Build DNA Machines, Is It Intelligent Design?
May 15, 2010
Two teams have succeeded in building little robots that work on DNA tracks. These resemble in many respects the machines that cells use to perform its functions on DNA. No one denies that humans engineered their nanobots on purpose, but Darwinist scientists claim natural cellular machines evolved without purpose or design. What’s the difference? […]
Media Continues to Denounce ID, Crown Darwin
May 14, 2010
The news media and journals continue to publish one-sided statements against intelligent design (ID) – even though scientific evidence continues to support design on many fronts (see 05/11/2010, 05/07/2010, 05/06/2010 from just this past week). Sometimes, in other venues, the kind of rhetoric employed would be characterized as hate speech. These statements are usually printed […]
Should Scientists Take Sides as Political Activists?
May 13, 2010
“Scientists’ turn to win votes” announced a Nature editorial today. The science journal argued it’s no time to bemoan the loss of “science-savvy politicians,” but rather time to “make new friends” in the political arena. “Other scientific societies should rally their memberships to get the word out to new parliamentarians about the value of science.” […]
Worlds Strongest Animal Discovered
May 12, 2010
Scientists at the Technical University of Denmark announced the world’s strongest animal. The strength of this animal is 10 to 30 times that of any other species. Before revealing what it is, here are some additional hints: It is the most abundant multicellular animal on earth. It has the world’s strongest muscles, and outperforms man-made […]