23 October 2021

Science News


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 Deep Learning

Machine learning is an approach to data analysis that presents many opportunities for new insights in research, but also practical applications to everyday learning. A recent publication by Alférez et al., including among the authors GRI Scientist Dr. Ben Clausen, demonstrates an application of machine learning for classification of plutonic rocks.

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Structural and Protein Preservation in Fossil Whale Bones From the Pisco Formation

Preservation of soft tissue or original organic molecules in fossil material is a topic of great interest in paleontology. This recent paper, which includes GRI Scientist Dr. R. Esperante among its authors, documents structural and protein preservation in fossil whale bones from the Miocene Pisco Formation of Peru.

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Seeking Understanding - Arthur Chadwick

How did a mischievous boy, who thought God wanted him to be priest, end up with a PhD in molecular biology and leading one of the largest most innovative dinosaur digs in the world? The story of Art Chadwick, Research Professor of Biology and Geology at Southwestern Adventist University, has as many twists and turns as a dinosaur's hip bones. What can he tell us about dinosaurs from his many years researching their biology, paleontology and the rocks in which they are found? And what has this man, who turned from the priesthood to science, learned about the relationship between Christian's faith in the Bible as God's Word and God's "second book," His creation? Want to see more about the Dino Dig Dr. Chadwick leads? Check out: https://www.swau.edu/dinosaurs/film. To see some of the actual bones dug up by Dr. Chadwick and his team, visit: https://www.swau.edu/dinosaurs/museum.

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GRI presentations at the 2021 Global Campmeeting

If you missed the GRI presentations during the Campmeeting, here you have an opportunity to see them for the first time or to watch them again if you enjoyed them.

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Heavenly Fire - The Mystery of the Auroras

The Auroras (or Northern and Southern Lights) rank among the seven greatest natural wonders in the world. For millennia, they have captured the imaginations of anyone who has witnessed their ethereal beauty in the polar skies. Heavenly Fire: The Mystery of the Auroras is an unforgettable exploration of why these incredible light shows occur, and what they reveal about God.

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God Doesn't Make Junk

On a planet filled with living organisms that are wonderfully equipped to travel though water, one surprising creature stands out as the most efficient swimmer of them all—the jellyfish. This remarkable animal has no skeleton, blood or heart, yet it's designed to expend the least amount of energy as it journeys through the oceans of the world. The biological engineering involved has captivated scientists who seek to re-create its unexpected genius in the form of robotic locomotion.

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