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News to Note, May 22, 2010

A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

on May 22, 2010
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Playing God?; anniversary of catastrophe; birdbrains all around us; and more!

1. Life Has Not Been Made in a Laboratory

Don’t let a headline like “It’s Alive” fool you. Despite some misleading news reports, life has not been made from scratch in a laboratory.*

2. Three Decades Since Eruption of Mount St. Helens

Three decades have passed since the devastating eruption of Washington State’s Mount St. Helens.

3. “Demonstrations” of Evolution in Laboratory

According to one scientist, it’s “one of the best demonstrations of evolution ever carried out in a laboratory.” So just what is it, and is he right?

4. Hammerhead Shark "Creation" of Evolution?

At least in terms of shape, the hammerhead shark is one of God’s stranger creations. Or was it a “creation” of evolution?

5. Bird Brains

If someone calls you a bird brain, it may not be completely wrong to respond, “that’s right!”

6. Human Morality a Product of Evolution?

Is human morality a product of evolution? It seems that priest-turned-evolutionary scientist Francisco Ayala presumes the answer is “yes.”

7. And Don’t Miss . . .

  • It’s one of the many problems of the big bang most people haven’t heard a thing about: the big bang should have produced equal parts matter and anti-matter, but the universe is made up of matter. While a U.S. physics team thinks it may have a lead to solving this “puzzle” (which exists only because of big bang belief), it remains an unsolved, hush-hush problem suppressed by big bang believers.
  • Isn’t “dark matter” a term from the study of astronomy? It is, but the term has a separate meaning in genetics—a meaning that reminds us of how much we still don’t know about God’s incredible “programming language” for life.
  • The new Catalogue of Life Special 2010 Edition lists approximately 1.25 million species known to live on earth, though that number is below the number of species discovered so far, and even farther below the estimated number of total species. How could two of each have fit on Noah’s Ark? The answer, of course, is that God only required Noah to take two of each kind, a taxonomic unit much broader than a species, and sea creatures and non-air-breathing animals (which all together constitute most of the species on earth) were excluded. (Note that more than two representatives of some kinds were required.)
  • The argonaut is a “marvelous” animal: an octopus that produces a thin shell to “control very precisely [its] movement through the water.” While scientists studying the argonaut claim those abilities evolved, the argonaut seems to us to be another incredible example of God’s brilliant design.

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