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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Special Feeding Mechanisms in Rorqual Whales

Here's something to think of if you go whale watching. We hear many confident assertions about how critters that are long dead lived, bred, ate, and so on. And yet, scientists do not really have a good understanding of many things living in the here and now, especially rorqual whales. But to be fair, it's not easy to follow something that can take a deep dive for 20 minutes and swim mighty fast when it wants to.

Rorqual whales have a special nerve that works in conjunction with the rest of their feeding mechanism. It was clearly designed by the Creator, not a product of blind evolution.
Fin whale mother and calf / Photo Credit: Christin Khan, NOAA/NEFSC
When these bad boys feed, they open their mouths and lunge deep in the ocean, taking in huge amounts of water so they can filter out the food, mainly krill. So much water, so fast, you'd think they'd rip themselves apart. Scientists have recently discovered a special nerve that works with the rest of it's chowing-down machinery; everything has to be working at the same time, or nothing works, nothing makes sense. Evolution was not involved, it's the hand of the Creator at work.
A few years ago, scientists discovered a unique sensory organ in the jaw of a rorqual whale—the world's largest creature. Rorqual whales, which include the blue whale and fin whale, feed by ballooning out folds of tissue that bag gobs of krill from fertile ocean waters. Some of those researchers recently described the unique bungee-cord-like nerve construction that illustrates clever and intentional design.
The rest of this article won't take up much of your time. To finish reading, click on "Clever Construction in Rorqual Whales".

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Other Worlds — Dead or Alive?

There are conflicted speculations whether or not there is life on Mars (of any kind, Marvin not withstanding). The taxpayer-funded worthless "science" of astrobiology has nothing to study. Maybe there's life up yonder, even as close as Mars. Maybe not, too. Speaking of "maybe", SETI is based on the assumption that evolution is a fact, so it must have evolved elsewhere, too. No need for evidence, of course.

There are conflicted speculations whether or not there is life on Mars. Evidence does not support evolutionary assumptions and wishful thinking.
President Richard Nixon greets the quarantined Apollo 11 crew. Image credit: NASA
The astronauts of Apollo 11 , Apollo 12 and Apollo 14 were quarantined as a precaution, since Earth people didn't cotton to the possibility of a space plague stampeding through our planet. Nowadays, stuff we send up into space is kept as clean as possible so we don't contaminate their worlds. It's a nice courtesy, but still based on evolutionary assumptions. 

Meanwhile, there is disagreement if places like Mars are dead worlds or not, but still, maybe there's life up there. Maybe I could see my speculations as science, too, you reckon?
How much longer does the public have to be told that Mars “might” have life or space aliens “could” be found soon?

A writer for New Scientist is concerned about the cost of protecting Mars from contamination. But the argument bears on the probability of life existing on the red planet.
To read the rest of this short article, jet on over to "Admit It: Mars Is Lifeless".

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Desert Varnish and Geochronology

Have you ever been riding in the desert and noticed the varnish —

"Like chocolate syrup on ice cream?"

No, I'm talking about desert varnish, not dessert varnish, ya idjit.

Where was I? Oh, yes. It's often very dark, and desert varnish that looks like a tapestry on canyon walls. Old-earth geologists use this as yet another evidence for the age of our planet. Is this valid?

Old-earth geologists using uniformitarian dating methods believe that desert varnish is an indicator for our planet's age. Is this valid?
This sandstone is covered with a fine black/blue patina. Image credit: US National Park Service.
The rates of accumulation can vary, and are calibrated with long-age uniformitarian presuppositions. Like radiometric dating, the results vary greatly. In addition, the accumulations can be accelerated under different conditions. When the Genesis Flood is brought into the picture, things make much more sense.
Dozens of geological processes are commonly claimed to proceed too slowly for the short timescale of the Bible. Many of these claimed slow processes have attached dates of tens of thousands to millions of years.

However, we usually only hear one side of the origins issue. It is too easy to make a wrong decision based on only one opinion. We should investigate the other side of an issue, especially when one side is heavily censored in the public arena. We also need to be aware that there are numerous unknowns in the earth sciences, and that the addition of another variable can result in vastly different conclusions. Sometimes it is discovered that slow processes today can occur rapidly under different circumstances. Another aspect is that with more research, dating methods considered solid are found to be suspect. With this in mind, we now consider whether the ‘slow formation’ of desert varnish is correct.
To read the rest, rock on over to "Desert varnish grows much faster than geologists admit".

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Your Inner Mechanisms and Emergencies

You're alone out on the trail tracking outlaws. Something catches your eye, so you dismount and walk away from your horse. Suddenly, you hear a rattlesnake making it's annoyance known. Maybe your first thought is regret that you chose to go it alone, but then your inner system kicks in.

We are equipped by God for survival during emergency situations. What is going on inside?
Grizzly Bear / US National Park Service
Or you fall into a ravine and it's getting very cold, and help is a long way off. While you pray and wait, your system starts doing things to keep you alive.

Sure, you can learn some things from shows like "So You Think You'd Survive", but you don't always have time to think. And your brain is sending signals to your body that may circumvent the thought processes. Our Creator has given us many built-in mechanism for our survival, things that evolution cannot explain.
You never know what unexpected danger might put your life on the line. But God knows, and He has equipped every human with backup systems that are programmed to respond to all sorts of emergencies.

Astronauts shivering in a broken-down spacecraft far from earth. A woman falling off a cliff. A backpacker encountering a furious bear at a bend in the trail. How could these people possibly survive?

Each depended on incredible biological emergency systems to stay alive.

We live in a cursed world where dangers lurk around every corner. Recognizing the potential threats to our lives, God provided our bodies with contingency plans, ready to activate at a moment’s notice. Whatever extra energy or infusion of chemicals our bodies need, whatever quick changes are required for us to make quick decisions or conserve precious resources, the brain is always ready to act.
To see three examples and find out what is happening internally, click on "The Human Body—Wired for Extremes".

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Dinosaur Soft Tissues, Preservation, and Bad Science

When dinosaur soft tissues were discovered, long-agers stampeded to come up with reasons to cling to their paradigms. Further discoveries gave them even more consternation, such as finding red blood cellscarbon-14 in dinosaur bone, and whatnot. Some of the excuses by these owlhoots include outright denial (I've even received comments that the whole thing came from lying biblical creationists!), downplaying the whole thing, and weird extrapolations of science to explain away the inconvenient truths.

When dinosaur soft tissues were discovered, long-agers stampeded to come up with reasons to cling to their paradigms. Their efforts are illogical and just plain bad science.

The problem for dedicated Darwinoids is that the evidence supports a young earth, global Noachian Flood — and that most dinosaurs have been dead for thousands of years, not millions. But that doesn't stop some people from Making Stuff Up™ as well as doing shoddy research. Worse, this is presented to gullible people who accept it as scientific truth.
News reports around the world tell of red-blood-cell-like and collagen-like structures found in 75 million year-old dinosaur bones long stored in the British Museum. This news coincides with the release of the film Jurassic World, in which fictional scientists resurrect dinosaurs using dino DNA that "iron chelators" somehow preserved for millions of years. Though the movie is fiction, it does refer to a real study involving blood and bone. However, a closer look at the relevant chemistry shows that the iron-as-preservative story may be just as fictional as Jurassic World.

The University College London research team published their new finds in the journal Nature Communications. Scientists collected the bones and bone fragments from Alberta, then deposited them in drawers decades ago. New techniques now reveal unexpected proteins and cell-like features. Microscopic filaments spaced at about 67nm were tell-tale signs of bone collagen. In living creatures, bone-building cells deposit these protein fibers in rows to give bone its nearly optimal balance between rigidity and flexibility.
You can finish reading the article by clicking on "Can Iron Preserve Fossil Proteins for Eons?". Also, don't miss the 11-minute video below where Mark Armitage refutes the "science" in the movie Jurassic World.