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December 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Meet the multiverse

Meet the multiverse According to Goldilocks, Little Bear’s porridge was ‘just right’, but only in the last 60 years or so have scientists been forced to agree. Not just about porridge, of course, but about planet Earth’s apparently unique capacity to sustain life. The realisation that Earth is perfectly suited (‘just right’) for the task of playing host to intelligent life has led scientists to call it ‘the Goldilocks planet’. Logically, of course, it should be called the porridge planet, since it was the porridge rather than Goldilocks that was just right, but that’s a detail.         Exploration of the solar system has demonstrated...

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November 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Could this be the death of Darwinism?

Could this be the death of Darwinism? On Thursday 6 September 2012, the Guardian newspaper carried a dramatic headline on its front page, announcing that ‘Breakthrough study overturns theory of “junk” DNA’. http://genome.ucsc.edu/ENCODE/aboutScaleup.html The story was carried by many newspapers and news bulletins and soon the blogosphere was buzzing with a mixture of excitement and consternation.    Many people, understandably, could not see what all the fuss was about, but for those who had been following the ‘junk DNA’ story this was a ‘make or break’ moment.     The cause of all the hoo-ha was an announcement made jointly by more than 400 scientists working in...

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Fossils and the Flood
March 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Fossils and the Flood

Fossils and the Flood Ever since I was a boy I have loved fossils — collecting them, handling them, studying them. There is something magical about splitting open a rock on the beach to find a beautifully preserved ammonite inside. Fossils are the remains or traces of animals and plants that lived in the past. They are preserved in rock layers that accumulated as sediments like sand or mud. Fossils have a story to tell — but what story?    Most scientists think that the fossil-bearing rock layers were deposited over a time span measuring hundreds of millions of years. But creationists think the fossil-bearing rock...

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Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary
December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

A few days before Christmas 2006, the London Times ran with the headline, 'Wise Men seek a virgin mother'. Another newspaper ran the headline, 'Lizard's immaculate conception'.

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Brainwaves and pickpockets
December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Brainwaves and pickpockets

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures this December will be given by psychologist Professor Bruce Hood, Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre. The advance announcement says he 'will induce false memories in members of the audience and use pickpockets to demonstrate how easily we are distracted'.

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The dark days are here
November 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The dark days are here

The dark days are here Each autumn, here in the UK, we gain an extra hour in bed when the clock is turned back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. Whilst the extra hour of rest is very welcome, this season of the year is not the favourite of many. The evenings now get darker earlier, and, before we know it, winter has arrived. It’s easier to be cheerful when it is bright and sunny than when it is dark and dreary.     There is a recognised medical condition called SAD — Seasonally Affected Disorder. Our moods can take a plunge when the...

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November 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Cloning

Cloning  Human embryos have been used to create colonies of embryonic stem cells, according to an MSNBC report. Referring to an article in USjournal Nature, the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory claims to have created two lines of cells by using cloning technology. According to the report, this ‘accomplishment’ moves science closer to the goal of taking an adult cell, fusing this with an egg and activating it to make an embryo, and then using this embryo to create stem cells that match patients. Scientists hope the cells could one day be used to treat or cure diseases like diabetes, and usher in an...

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The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (4)
July 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (4)

The Genesis Flood — 50 years on (4) Since the 1960s, many creationists have followed Whitcomb and Morris in reinterpreting the geological record in the light of the biblical Flood. Several scientific models of the Flood have been proposed, the most promising of which is known as Catastrophic Plate Tectonics.1 This model explains how the earth came to be inundated with water when the continents rapidly separated during the Flood. It also leads naturally to an explanation of the ice age.    The sea floor upheaval associated with this episode of catastrophic tectonics would have caused the temperature of the oceans to be raised significantly.   ...

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