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  • New discovery sheds light on dark matter

    by Julie Borg/WORLD, posted Friday, April 06, 2018 (4 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 (4 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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

  • Swimming bacteria defy Darwin

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service , posted Monday, January 22, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Tiny biological motors that give bacteria the power to swim possess a complexity that baffles scientists and undercuts Darwin's theory of evolution. A recent study in Scientific Reports claims the existence of the motors shows evolution produces inevitable and creative ideas, terminology that sounds more like the work of God than of natural selection.

    "Natural selection is supposed to be blind, random, and uncaring, but not here," Discovery Institute experts noted Jan. 8 on the organization's blog. Read More

  • Scientists' gender findings said to confirm Bible

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Scientists' claim that a researcher's sex can affect the outcome of experiments has been cited as corroboration of biblical teaching on gender.

    According to a Jan. 10 article in the journal Science Advances, volunteers for experiments as diverse as intelligence tests and pain sensitivity studies have been found to respond differently when they are dealing with a researcher of the opposite gender. At times, those gender-based differences have skewed the outcome of experiments, wrote a team of neuroscientists led by Colin Chapman. Read More

  • Scientists poke holes in natural selection

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Darwinian concept of natural selection seems pretty straightforward: The most fit survive and pass their genes on to their offspring, while unfit organisms die off. But new research, published in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, shows survival is a lot more complicated, and natural selection is neither clear-cut nor provable.

    The researchers, who study natural selection as it relates to infectious diseases, explained the theory does not account for environmental changes. Read More

  • Eclipse displays 'God's glory,' astronomers say

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When millions gather Aug. 21 to view the first total solar eclipse the continental U.S. has seen in 38 years, they won't just get an astronomy lesson. If they're observant, they'll also get a theology lesson.

    That's the conclusion of three Christian university professors who told Baptist Press a total eclipse points to God's existence, sovereignty, love, immutability and faithfulness.

    "Eclipses are demonstrations of God's glory" and serve as "yet another example of creation pointing back to our Creator," said California Baptist University astronomer Kyle Stewart. Read More