News to Note, September 18, 2010

A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

on September 18, 2010

Superbugs from India, constructive comets, rare snapshots, countering creationists, and brainy bowerbirds in this week’s News to Note.

1. New Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in America

This week:

  1. Superbugs from India
  2. Constructive comet
  3. “Rare snapshots”
  4. Countering creationists
  5. Brainy bowerbirds
  6. And Don’t Miss . . .

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Note: Over the next four weeks, starting today, we will be having guest columnists contributing to News to Note. Keep checking back to read different takes on the latest news—but always from a biblical worldview.

A new strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has arrived in America from travelers to South Asia.

2. Could a Comet Construct Life on Earth?

Could the destructive impact of a comet construct life on earth?

3. Doubt on Complex Species Evolving Slowly

New varieties of ancient fossils in the Cambrian rocks cast more doubt on the evolutionary model of complex species evolving slowly over time.

4. Intimidating Teachers and Students who Disagree with Evolution

Evolutionist recommends intimidating teachers and students who do not fall in line with evolutionary dogma.

5. Bowerbird’s Artistic Sense

Before the discovery of bowerbirds’ optical effects, only humans were known to design optical illusions. But does the bowerbird possess an artistic sense like humans?

6. And Don’t Miss . . .

  • A new 20-foot dinosaur dug up in Spain sports a unique hunchback. Speculating that small bumps on the dino’s forearms were “quill knobs” for feathers, scientists concluded that this fossil helps show the evolution of dinosaurs to birds, a theory opposed by the Bible and scientific evidence.
  • A new study suggests that the laws of physics may “vary continuously along a preferred axis through the universe,” John Webb from the University of New South Wales said. If those laws do vary, he wondered whether Earth’s area of the universe might be more suitable to life than outer regions. See what the Bible has to say about astronomy.
  • The Mexican blind cavefish lacks the eyes and pigment of its surface-dwelling fish relatives. Sensitivity to movement is more important than eyesight in a dark cave. So these opaque fish swim blindly as another example of how mutation and natural selection lead to a loss of functioning systems, not molecules-to-man evolution.
  • Last week, News to Note reported on another new alternative to embryonic stem cells, using umbilical cord stem cells, a method that doesn’t destroy human life. This week, however, embryonic stem cell research laws teeter-totter.
  • Since the Bible’s creation account concerning the age of the earth is supposedly outdated, editorialists on CNN question why people still turn to religious sources for their moral code. Instead, they recommend ethics built on science and a desire for profit that supposedly raised mankind out of medieval poverty, disease, and superstition. Ironically, some of the very scientists they credit—Galileo and Newton—trusted the Bible’s account of creation and searched for the natural laws of science based on the Creator who ordained such orderly laws.

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