News to Note, May 24, 2008

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Dissecting frog tales, a museum milestone, creation in the classroom, digging deeper for Mars life, and more!

1. Frog that Lays Land and Water Eggs Seen as Evidence for Evolution

The hourglass treefrog from Panama is about to become an icon of evolution due to its strange egg-laying behavior.

2. Questioning the Ark's Ability to Float

Noah’s Ark must be a myth, say some, because it surely couldn’t have complied with “modern marine transport guidelines.”

3. 400,000th Guest Visits Creation Museum Creation Museum Celebrates 400,000 Visits—in One Year!

It’s definitely news: the Creation Museum has admitted its 400,000th visitor—right on the brink of its first anniversary!

First and foremost, we issue a great big thank you to God for all He has done for the ministry and museum—including providing the vision, the people, the resources, the support, and now the visitors to make the one-of-a-kind, Bible-upholding Creation Museum a reality. In fact, don’t miss an interview conducted with the founders of AiG and the Creation Museum this week at When Dreams Come True.

Our prayer is that the 400,000 who have visited the museum so far are just the first of hundreds of thousands (and eventually millions!) more who will either learn about true history—and their Savior—for the first time, or who will have their worldview reinforced and find information and family fun at the museum.

And don’t forget, we’re constantly adding new features to the museum, such as the petting zoo, Lakeside Café and patio area, and a new Noah’s Ark exhibit. This is in addition to special speakers and dramatic presentations that have been ongoing at the museum throughout the year.

In other words, don’t assume you’ve come to the museum and seen it all—there are always new things to explore at the Creation Museum. Bring friends, bring family, and—especially if you haven’t been to the museum yet—bring yourself!

You can read about the 400,000th guest in Ken Ham’s blog.

4. PLoS Biology: “Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms: A National Portrait”

Despite laws, judicial action, and vilification in many circles, intelligent design and creation continue to be promoted in some high school classrooms (much to the chagrin of evolutionists!), report Penn State researchers in PLoS Biology.

The poll found a statistical correlation between the amount of training in evolution teachers had and the amount of time they spent discussing the topic. The authors therefore concluded that the solution to creation in the classroom is not more laws, but rather more teacher education.

But is that really the best explanation? AiG’s Peter Galling took a closer look at the story in yesterday’s Those Pesky Creationists!

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5. Reverse Evolution Found In Small Fish Species

We all know about evolution’s supposed constructive results over the course of millions and millions of years. But what about a new study that documents “reverse evolution” in the last half century?

6. Energy-Saving Tip: Walk Like a Human

It’s a find so closely connected to human origins that the BBC News version of the story claimed our “[a]ncestors had leg-up to trees.”

7. National Geographic News: “Any Possible Mars Water or Life Is Deep Below Surface”

No wonder we haven’t found life on Mars—(if it’s there) it’s buried far beneath the surface!

Radar mapping of the Red Planet has revealed an “unusually flat” bedrock beneath the north polar ice cap, indicating “water and life—if they exist at all on Mars—are a lot deeper below the surface than previously thought,” reports National Geographic News on a study published in Science late last week.

The ice cap was also determined to comprise numerous fine layers of ice, separated by bands of dust—a telltale sign of climate cycles, reports Roger Phillips of the Southwest Research Institute, who says the ice caps have formed over a period of about five million years.

The radar also turned up an interesting find as it penetrated deep through the ice—up to 10,000 feet (3,000m) down to the bedrock. That much ice should have caused the bedrock to buckle, but it doesn’t—indicating the rock is thicker, colder, and/or stronger than was believed. Any liquid water—and, thus, evolutionists seamlessly conclude, any life—must be below, where it’s warmer.

Once again, evolution-driven hopes for life on Mars have been pushed just out of reach. While it’s no surprise evolutionists are “keeping the faith” that Mars may have life somewhere, we aren’t exactly sitting on the edge of our chairs. It seems we may have to rip the planet apart atom-by-atom before some are finally convinced there’s no life there!

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Remember, if you see a news story that might merit some attention, let us know about it! And thanks to all of our readers who have submitted great news tips to us. If you didn’t catch last week’s News to Note, why not take a look at it now? See you next week!

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