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  • DNA analysis surprises evolutionists

    by Julie Borg/WORLD , posted Monday, September 10, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- A landmark study published last month appears to push back on evolutionists' assumptions about human ancestry.

    DNA analysis of an ancient bone fragment, published last month in the journal Nature, concluded the fragment belonged to a 13-year-old girl with a Neanderthal mother and Denisovan father. Evolutionists generally consider Neanderthals and Denisovans to be two groups of ancient human relatives that share a common ancestor with modern humans, but who do not come from the same species, and who rarely if ever mated. Read More

  • Pterodactyl bones' origin: Noah's flood or desert?

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 31, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    PROVO, Utah (BP) -- A rare pterodactyl fossil discovered in Utah has been claimed by evolutionists as evidence that flying vertebrates lived in the desert 200 million years ago. But two scientists who are biblical creationists say the creature lived about 4,500 years ago, not in a desert and was found in a fossil layer created by the worldwide flood described in Genesis 6-9.

    One of the creationists also says the intricate design of the pterosaur -- the scientific name of the flying creature with a five-foot wing span -- suggests direct creation by God rather than Darwinian evolution.

    Although the researchers' article in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution "claims that the new fossil is found in deposits formed in a desert, young-age creationists would interpret the rocks in almost the opposite manner, arguing instead that the sediments were laid down during Noah's Flood," Kurt Wise, a Harvard-trained paleontologist who teaches at Truett McConnell University, told Baptist Press via email. Read More

  • Darwinian justification for human speech challenged

    by Julie Borg/WORLD , posted Tuesday, August 28, 2018 (23 days ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The gift of speech, one of the capabilities that defines humans, appears to defy evolutionary explanations. Even now, a century and a half since Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," scientists seem to be no closer to discovering how human language developed.

    For the past 20 years, science textbooks have taught students that two small genetic mutations, unique to humans, are responsible for human language. Time magazine reported in 2006 that these FOXP2 gene mutations may account for "the emergence of all aspects of human speech, from a baby's first words to a Robin Williams monologue." Read More

  • MOVIES: Yesteryear's bad movies vs. today's

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (27 days ago)

    Yesteryear's "baaad" movies, Phil Boatwright writes, may not be as regrettable as those today that "seem bent on directing man away from the true creative source, our heavenly Father." Read More

  • New discovery sheds light on dark matter

    by Julie Borg/WORLD, posted Friday, April 06, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The recent discovery of a galaxy about 65 million light years away that appears to harbor no dark matter has flabbergasted astronomers who believe galaxies need dark matter to hold them together.

    "Finding a galaxy without any [dark matter] is completely unexpected; it challenges standard ideas of how galaxies work," Allison Merritt, one of the researchers, said in a statement. A paper describing the discovery appears in the journal Nature. Read More

  • Scientists struggle with Earth's solid inner core

    by Julie Borg/WORLD, posted Friday, March 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE (BP) -- If naturalistic theories are correct, Earth's solid inner core shouldn't exist, according to a new research paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters journal.

    Current theory says Earth's center consisted of a ball of hot liquid iron 4,200 miles wide until about a billion years ago when the molten metal spontaneously began to solidify. Now, Case Western Reserve University planetary scientists say spontaneous solidification of the core is scientifically impossible.

    Andrew Snelling, a geologist with Answers in Genesis, said secular scientists struggle to find plausible theories for how Earth's inner core formed because they base their assumptions on a naturalistic viewpoint that rules out the supernatural explanation the Bible gives for Earth's origin. Read More

  • Dinosaur party or evidence of the flood?

    by Julie Borg/WORLD Magazine, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    GREENBELT, Md. (BP) -- Scientists recently found fossil evidence that dinosaurs and mammals once frolicked together across land at what's now the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The discovery, described in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports, excited researchers because it represents, by far, the highest concentration of mammal tracks, as well as the largest mammal prints, ever discovered from the dinosaur age.

    Until now, scientists have only unearthed rodent-sized mammal prints from that period. Read More

  • SpaceX launch spurs reflections on 'worthy venture'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (BP) -- Two evangelical physicists are hopeful the most powerful rocket ever launched into space by a private company will lead humans to greater knowledge of God.

    "Sending rockets into space is simply part of being what God created humans to be," said Bill Nettles, chairman of the physics department at Union University, "creative problem solvers, investigators of beauty and mystery."

    SpaceX, a private company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6) from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Falcon Heavy's ability to lift 144,000 pounds into low-Earth orbit is a record for rockets launched by private companies, according to The New York Times. Read More

  • Evidence of humans' uniqueness found in creation

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- While the Bible teaches that God designed humans -- and only humans -- in His image, evolutionary scientists continue to try to explain the origin of humans' superior intellect when compared to primates. Researchers at Kent State University now seem to think the answer might lie in differences in brain chemicals.

    For their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers analyzed brain samples from humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, baboons and monkeys. They found marked differences in brain chemicals in the ... Read More

  • Cloned monkeys spur warnings against human cloning

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    SHANGHAI (BP) -- The first-ever primates cloned through a technique that produced Dolly the sheep have been cited by Christian bioethicists as a potentially valuable development in animal research. But they warned that two monkeys engineered by Chinese researchers must not become a step toward cloning humans.

    The cloning method used by the Chinese scientists "should not become a test case for the perfection of human cloning techniques," said Raymond Johnson, a Pennsylvania pastor who received a financial award from Trinity International University last year to help him study the relationship between Christianity and science. Read More