21 October 2022

Science News

Is the Earth Special? Planetary Habitability and Genesis 1

At the time of the writing of this article the earth remains the only place in the universe where humans have been able to empirically detect life and its signatures. Why is it so? Is the earth special?

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Seeking Understanding - Martin Klingbeil

For Martin Klingbeil, the Berlin Wall was an immovable landmark that permanently separated him from neighbors in the same city. When the wall fell and Germany was reunited, history unfolded before his eyes leading to a life-long fascination with history and what we can know about the people and events of the past. But history can be challenging, particularly to a Bible-believer. On the one hand, the physical evidence left in history's wake can make the Bible come alive, but what about events recorded in detail for which physical evidence has not been found in the present? Do dramatic stories like the slaying of Goliath by a boy named David wielding a sling really sound credible in the current age? And what happens when the academic consensus swings against the very existence of towering figures like King David in Scripture? Dr. Klingbeil addresses these questions and others in this fascinating episode of the Seeking Understanding series, which was filmed in Switzerland, South Africa, Israel and the United States.

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Seeking Understanding - Leonard Brand

How do Bible-believing scientists think about data differently? Dr. Brand served for many years as chair of the Earth and Biological Sciences Department at Loma Linda University. With a PhD in evolutionary biology from Cornell University, he understands the Darwinian evolutionary view of origins, and his extensive record of peer reviewed scientific publications gives proof of his excellence as a scientist. In addition to other books, Dr. Brand is an author of "Faith, Reason and Earth History," possibly the best book available on faith and science from a biblical perspective. This widely used textbook is available as a free e-book for anyone who wishes to have a copy and can be downloaded in English and Spanish without cost from the Geoscience Research Institute webpage: https://www.grisda.org/faith-reason-and-earth-history In this episode of the "Seeking Understanding" series, Dr. Brand gives the lowdown on how scientists who are Christians look at the same evidence as those committed to a materialistic view of reality and use the same techniques. The difference he advocates is the use of multiple competing hypotheses to explain data, rather than commitment to interpretation within a given worldview. This leads to some very interesting science!

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Christians on Science

Why is it that when it comes to the big questions on origins (e.g., how did the universe come to be, how did life first appear on Earth, where do humans come from?) there are radically different interpretations of the same data? Learn more from this short video about naturalism and the approach of Christian scientists to the study of nature.

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"God is in the Details"

There’s an old proverb that says, “God is in the details.” The truth of those words has never been more obvious. Every day, 21st century technology opens extraordinary windows on biological systems once too small to see with our unaided eyes. In this fascinating video, superb microscopic photography reveals some of the hidden wonders that enable butterflies to thrive on earth, while filling our eyes with unforgettable evidence of intelligent design in the living world.

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Geology

A collection of original photos taken by GRI scientists, illustrating a variety of geological features

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Synthesizing Life in the Laboratory: Why is it not Happening?

Laboratory abiogenesis is one of the ultimate goals of experimental biology. The most formidable barrier to create living matter in the laboratory is not the complexity of the cell, rather the absolute requirement for non-equilibrium steady state for all chemical reactions. Current synthetic biology technologies cannot yet produce cells, which harbor chemical systems in non-equilibrium steady-states.

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Find the Way Home

Of all the epic animal migrations on earth, the sea turtle’s odyssey is one of the most remarkable. After hatching, baby sea turtles instinctively race to the sea where they float, swim, and grow for many years. Then, after reaching maturity, each uses a sophisticated navigational system embedded in its brain to chart the precise course back to the exact beach where it was born. There, the turtles lay their eggs and ensure future generations of their species.

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Automatic Classification of Plutonic Rocks with Machine Learning Applied to Extracted Shades and Colors on iOS Devices

Machine learning is a powerful approach to automatic classification of rocks. A recent paper by Alférez et al., which includes GRI Scientist Dr. Ben Clausen among its authors, applies machine learning algorithms to extract color information from images of four categories of plutonic rocks, and for subsequent classification on mobile device applications.

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