Sermons From Science -- June 2013

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12/11/2013

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Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








How does a growing flower bud or feather follicle know
where to put the intricate colors and patterns on a mature
flower or feather?


Scientists are beginning to get partial
answers.


Flower art
:


Imagine you’re a flower bud.


You are blind,
deaf, and dumb, but somehow you know how to create
beautiful artwork.


Through your efforts, a lovely rose,
petunia or orchid will result.


How would you do it?


An
article on

Live Science

suggests an amazing, though
partial, answer:
the bud has a map of the finished
product
.


“The shape of a flower’s petals and leaves
are

dictated by a biological map hidden inside

the
flower’s growing bud,” according to a new study from the
John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia, both
in the

UK.

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








“They discovered that

concealed maps within
the flower buds

are

made up of patterns of
arrows

that act as

instructions for how each
cell in the bud should grow.

As such, the
maps essentially influence a flower bud’s
cell

polarity
, or the

functions

of the cells.


The study’s findings not only shed light on why
geranium petals are unlike rose petals, they
also explain why an individual flower’s petals
and leaves are different shapes.”

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








The “arrows” are made up of proteins
called

PIN

proteins that migrate to the tips of
cells.


When they concentrate, a pointed leaf
results.


When they fan out, a rounded shape,
like a flower petal results.


Other proteins follow
the “arrows” to cause growth in those
areas.

PLoS Biology

discussed the paper in a
little more detail.


The original paper in

PLoS
Biology

described how the growth proteins
follow the “polarity field” set up by
the

PIN

proteins.

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








Feather art
:


Bird feathers are vastly different
from flower petals, but another amazing
“mapping” mechanism controls their
development.


Feathers can contain stripes,
spots, and nano
-
patterns that play tricks with
light; see examples in

PhysOrg
’s coverage of a
paper in

Science

Magazine
.


What turns on the
dark and light patterns?


The new

research
paper by Lin

et al
.
, “Topology of Feather
Melanocyte Progenitor Niche Allows Complex
Pigment Patterns to Emerge,” offers the
beginnings of an answer:

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








“Melanocyte progenitors are distributed as
a

horizontal ring

in the proximal follicle,

sending
melanocytes vertically

up into the

epithelial
cylinder which gradually emerges as feathers
grow
. Different pigment patterns form by

modulating
the presence, arrangement, or differentiation of
melanocytes
. A layer of peripheral pulp
further

regulates pigmentation
via patterned agouti
expression. Lifetime feather cyclic regeneration resets
pigment patterns for physiological needs. Thus,
the

evolution of stem cell niche topology

allows
complex pigment patterning via

combinatorial co
-
option of simple regulatory mechanisms
.”

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








By “evolution,” the authors cannot assume that
blind, undirected processes create the patterns
any more than they create intricate feathers
themselves.


They merely mean that stem cells
are regulated to generate the patterns.


But
what tells the stem cells to differentiate
according to a predetermined pattern?


What
created the pattern in the first place that these
mechanisms execute?


The explanation begs
even deeper questions.

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








Speaking of feathers, how would you like to dive into a
feather on the wing of a red
-
tailed hawk and see its
microscopic structure?


You can live this adventure, along
with many others, in a new film just released in May
from

Illustra Media entitled,

Flight: The Genius of
Birds
.

(Click the link for trailer and ordering
information.)


With cutting
-
edge science, stunning
photography, an original music score and a thoughtful
narration aided by the insight of biologists, the film makes
a convincing case for intelligent design.


Along with the
previous release

Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design
of Butterflies
, this new entry forms the foundation to
Illustra’s new series of high
-
quality nature
documentaries,

The Design of Life
.


Both were produced
in High
-
Definition Blu
-
ray with 5.1 surround sound.

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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








We are very happy to co
-
sponsor

Flight: The
Genius of Birds

and will be drawing attention
to it all month.

CEH

Editor David Coppedge
worked closely with the producer on
scientific research and proofing, but it was
the genius of the production team led by Lad
Allen, with his editor Jerry Harned, working
with the biologists, the animators, the
composer Mark Lewis and the sound
technicians, and others, who made this film a
masterpiece.


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How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

花和羽毛如何








The DVD

is great, but if you have a good home
theater, this is a film to enjoy in an immersive
environment, with a Blu
-
ray player, a large screen
and a surround sound system.

Flight
is the equal
of secular nature documentaries

but without the
Darwinism that is merely assumed by the
others.


It includes several incredible true stories
about particular bird species.


After being amazed
by what you learn, and how beautifully it is
presented, we are sure you will want to order extra
copies of

Flight

to pass around.

Order
today!

DVD ships May 14, Blu
-
ray on June 11.

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And by all means, if you haven’t yet
watched

Metamorphosis
, order them
both!


Readers delighted with the exceptional
work of Illustra Media should support them
financially.


They have plans to augment

The
Design of Life

series with more superb
documentaries on the wonders of the living
world.


Nobody does it better than
Illustra!


Their films are reaching around the
world.


Be part of a team that is dismantling
Darwinist materialism with clear, powerful,
convincing evidence for design.

12/11/2013

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Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

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Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



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Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

找到完好的恐

皮肤


Some material that flaked off a fossil in Alberta was
not stone; it was dinosaur skin.


Discoverers were
excited and puzzled: how could it last so long?


Here’s how Mauricio Barbi of the University of
Regina described their discovery, according to
PhysOrg
:


“As we excavated the fossil,

I thought that we were
looking at a skin impression
. Then I noticed a
piece came off and I realized

this is not ordinary


this is real skin
. Everyone involved with the
excavation was
incredibly excited

and we started
discussing research projects right away.”

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Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

找到完好的恐

皮肤


The reports on

PhysOrg

and on

Nature World
News

focused on figuring what color the skin
was.


Readers who go all the way to the end of the
article, though, find out the really big question:


“But perhaps the

greatest question

Barbi is trying
to answer at the

CLS

is
how the fossil remained
intact for around 70
-
million years.


“What’s not clear is

what happened

to this
dinosaur and how it died,” he said. “There
is

something special about this fossil and the
area

where it was found, and

I am going to find
out what it is.


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Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

找到完好的恐

皮肤


The fossil was found in an area described as a
“robust bone bed.”


Barbi claimed it’s the only 3
-
dimensional dinosaur skin fossil in the
world.


According to the articles, the skin was
preserved “
almost intact
,” with tissues that can be
analyzed:


“For the experiment, the sample is placed in the path
of the infrared beam and light reflects off of it. During
the experiment,

chemical bonds of certain
compounds

will create different vibrations. For
example,

proteins, sugars and fats still found in
the skin

will create unique vibrational frequencies
that scientists can measure.

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Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

找到完好的恐

皮肤



It is astonishing that we can get information
like this from such an old sample
,” said Tim
May,

CLS

Mid
-
IR staff scientist. “Skin has

fat
and lots of dead cells

along with many
inorganic compounds. We can reflect the
infrared beam off the sample and we can
analyze the samples to give us very clear
characteristics.”


They will be studying melanosomes (pigment
cells) in the skin to try to determine what color
the hadrosaur was.

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Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

找到完好的恐

皮肤


Barbi promised he is going to find out what is so
special about his fossil and the area in which it was
found.


His only hope is to abandon the millions
-
of
-
years Darwinian story.


The reason the skin is
intact, and its tissues can still be studied, is that it
is recent

not 70 million years old.


If he were to
propose that explanation, though, his career would
be over.


So strong is the bias against Darwin
skeptics (even stronger against old
-
earth skeptics),
truth no longer matters.


The primary goal of
evolutionary geologists and paleontologists is to
defend Charlie’s quaint Victorian myth against all
the evidence the world throws at it.

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Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

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Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



Incredible advancements in technology are coming from
the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain
animal performance.


Look like a bug
:



New Camera Inspired by Insect Eyes
,”
announced

Science

Now
.


If you thought insects with their
compound eyes had inferior vision to ours, think that no
more:


“An insect’s compound eye is

an engineering
marvel
:

high resolution, wide field of view, and
incredible sensitivity to motion, all in a compact
package.

Now, a new digital camera provides the

best
-
ever imitation

of a bug’s vision, using new optical
materials and techniques.
This technology could
someday give patrolling surveillance drones the same
exquisite vision as a dragonfly on the hunt.”

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



In the Illustra film

Metamorphosis
,

Dr. Thomas Emmel
notes that butterflies have better color vision than
humans.


They can see from infrared to
ultraviolet.


And in the Illustra film

Darwin’s Dilemma
,
we see that compound eyes existed in the Cambrian
multicellular animals, including trilobites and
anomalocaridids.


According to

PhysOrg
, the new camera has an

unmatched field of view
.”


Part of the challenge for
engineers at the University of Illinois was to develop
flexible electronics and optics that could accommodate
curved surfaces.


Even so, their “low
-
end insect eye”
mimic does not reach the performance of
the

design

that inspired it:

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



“Eyes in arthropods use

compound
designs
, in which arrays of smaller eyes
act together to provide image
perception.

Each small eye, known as
an ommatidium, consists of a corneal
lens, a crystalline cone and a light
-
sensitive organ

at the base.

The entire
system is configured to provide
exceptional properties in imaging,
many of which lie beyond the reach of
existing man
-
made cameras.”

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-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

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仿生机器和其他技



It would appear difficult to rephrase that paragraph
in Darwinian terms, since it depends on the use of
concepts like design, configuration, and
exceptional properties.


The project caught the
attention of

Nature
, and

Science Daily

twice
.


The
engineer’s paper was published in

Nature
, which
noted that arthropods differ in the number of facets
or ommatidia.


Some ants have about 100 facets;
praying mantises have about 15,000, while some
dragonflies have up to 28,000.


They ended by
saying, “
Biologically inspired
schemes

for

adapting to different light levels
are also

of interest.


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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



Fly like a fly
:


A biomimetic robot that flies like a fly was
reported in

Science

this week.


It caught the attention
of

Nature

and

Science Daily
.


“RoboBee” doesn’t look
anywhere near as sophisticated as an actual fly (and lacks
digestive, neural, and reproductive systems), but

Nature

called it a “
manufacturing marvel
.”


One of its designers
said, “This is

a major engineering breakthrough, 15
years in the making.



The little robot, weighing only 80
milligrams, has thin membranes for wings that it can flap
120 times a second, similar to a fly’s flapping rate (the
engineers admitted it is only “modeled loosely on the
morphology of flies”). Building a lightweight battery was
one of the biggest challenges, so they had to tether it to a
power source and computer with thin wire.


Still, it’s “pretty
fantastically cool,” an observer said for

Science Now
.

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



The engineering team faced many
challenges.


For instance, if the wings weren’t
exactly symmetrical, it failed to fly.


It “
took
many rounds of tweaking the design before
it finally worked
,” but when the team had their

Kitty Hawk moment
,” they were really
proud.


RoboBee can only fly for 20 seconds,
and wears out after 15 minutes of use.


But it’s
“the

smallest flapping wing aircraft that has
ever been built

and made fully functional,” they
said.


The goal is to get the power supply, flight
control computer and everything else on board.


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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



They envision making swarms of these robots for
search and rescue.



When you scale things
down, smaller is better
,” they said.


That speaks
volumes about the actual living fly, which not only
has everything on board, but also contains
digestive, neural, and reproductive systems.


A fly
or bee is comparatively large for insects, too
(consider gnats and mosquitoes, for
instance).


Recently, a microscopic fairyfly
dubbed

Tinkerbella nana

was discovered with a
body length of 155 micrometers (see

Science
Daily

for picture).


That’s packing a lot of systems
into a very tiny space.

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



Sea horse armor
:


In other biomimetics
news, scientists at

UC

San Diego have their
eyes on seahorses for ideas.


According
to

Science Daily
, “Sea horses get
their

exceptional flexibility
from
the

structure

of their bony

plates
, which
form its

armor
.”


The plates slide past each
other.


The plates can be compressed to half
their size without damage.


The principle
behind the

UCSD

project is broader than one
particular animal:

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

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仿生机器和其他技




The study of natural materials

can l
ead to the
creation of new and unique materials

and
structures

inspired by nature

that are

stronger,
tougher, lighter and more flexible
,” said [Joanna]
McKittrick, a professor of materials science at the
Jacobs School of Engineering at

UC San Diego.


McKittrick and Meyers had

sought
bioinsipiration

[sic] by examining the armor
of

many other animals
, including

armadillo,
alligators and the scales of various fish
. This
time, they were specifically looking for an animal that
was flexible enough to develop

a design for a
robotic arm
.

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



Mr. Clean cicada
:


The 17
-
year locusts are
emerging from hibernation in some parts of the
south this year.

Live Science

reported on work
to understand how the bugs can stay so
clean.


They don’t need to stand in the rain; the
structure of their exoskeleton allows the bugs to
be self
-
cleaning, researchers at Duke University
have found.


“Apparently,

grime can simply
leap right off them
, given dew.”


When
dewdrops merge together, they literally leap off
the bugs, carrying grime with them.


This also
happens on lotus leaves and other “super
-
hydrophobic” surfaces.

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Bug
-
Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

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仿生机器和其他技



“These findings not only can
help

explain the mystery

of how
cicada wings keep clean, but

could
also lead to improved artificial self
-
cleaning materials
. Jumping
droplets

could also help remove
heat from power plants,

Chen said.”

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Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
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Inspired Tech

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仿生机器和其他技



Protein origami
:

Science

Magazine

published a
paper about the use of proteins for self
-
assembling
materials.


A “
Perspective
” piece in the same issue
about the project said that synthetic biology “
aims to
push natural biological systems in novel
directions or to generate biomimetic systems
with new properties
.”


The team from University of
Bristol learned how to control the self
-
assembly of
proteins to generate simple “cages” and patterns out
of coiled
-
coil elements of proteins.


“The

assembly
properties

of the peptides are

governed

by how
their

folding results in the projection

of chemical
functional groups into space.”

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Bug
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Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio
-
Inspired Tech

臭虫眼睛相机,

仿生机器和其他技



Short bows
:

Nature

mentioned the “
worm
-
inspired adhesive
” that came from following
how a spiny
-
headed worm embeds itself in
the tissues of its host.


A bandage built on
the principle is “
more than three times as
adhesive

as surgical staples for affixing skin
grafts.”

Live Science

posted “
Seven Clever
Technologies Inspired by
Animals
.”


Entrants include butterflies,
sharks, worms, cockleburs, beetles, geckos,
and spiders.

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仿生机器和其他技



As usual, evolution was useless in all these stories.


It
was only mentioned occasionally as an ideologically
-
driven afterthought, such as “
Nature has developed
and refined these concepts over the course of
billions of years of evolution
” (
PhysOrg
).


Nature is
not a developer!


Nature is not a refiner.


Nature
knows nothing of

concepts
.


Those are terms from
intelligent design.


The

Nature

paper on the compound
eye begins, “In arthropods,

evolution has created a
remarkably sophisticated class of imaging
systems
, with a wide
-
angle field of view, low
aberrations, high acuity to motion and an infinite depth
of field,” but then says nothing further about evolution.


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仿生机器和其他技



Evolution is not a creator!


Evolution does
not design sophisticated imaging systems
with desirable properties!


Tanya Lewis
at

Live Science

dreamed, “
Over time,
evolution has led to some incredible
developments
, from the

photosynthetic
machinery

in plants to the
human
eye
.”


She needs to awake from her
dogmatic Darwinian slumbers.

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The lingo that predominates in
biomimetics is

design,
inspiration, exceptional
performance
.


Darwinians, pack
up your snake oil wagons and
get out of the way of this new,
popular I.D. parade.

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Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

38

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

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Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


Some claims by evolutionists sound cool, calm and
collected until you see them in context.


An example appeared in

Science
Daily

and

Astrobiology Magazine



a claim that life
may have originated in salty, icy stalactites under
the sea ice.


Need “
clues to the origin of
life
”?


The article says, “
Life on Earth may have
originated not in warm tropical seas
, but with
weird tubes of ice


sometimes called ‘sea
stalactites’


that grow downward into cold
seawater near Earth’s poles, scientists are
reporting.”

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Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


That’s a major shift toward further
implausibility.


From Darwin’s own
speculations about a “warm little pond,”
origin
-
of
-
life researchers have long claimed
that heat is necessary to drive the reactions
for life.


That’s why some have imagined
life’s origin at a hydrothermal vent, or lakes
near a volcano, or at least in the open ocean
exposed to sunlight.


But “sea stalactites” of
ice in the coldest oceans on earth?

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Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


Even more desperate is the analogy the
researchers of the American Chemical Society
posed: these “brinicles,” as they have been
dubbed, look like “chemical gardens” kids play
with.


They look like “
children’s chemistry
sets
, in which tubes grow upward from

metal
salts dropped into silicate solution
.”


Being
made of the wrong stuff, those structures have
absolutely nothing to do with the origin of life.


From there, the article descended into rank
speculation:

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Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


“The

analysis

concluded that brinicles

provide an
environment that could

well
have

fostered

the

emergence

of life on
Earth

billions of years ago
, and could have done
so on

other planets
. “Beyond Earth, the brinicle
formation mechanism

may be important

in the
context of planets and moons with ice
-
covered
oceans,” the report states, citing in particular two
moons of Jupiter named Ganymede and Callisto.”


It’s safe to assume that if origin
-
of
-
life researchers
had something better than this to propose, they
would have proposed it long ago.

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43

Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


NASA’s Astrobiology Institute is a worthless
boondoggle that accomplishes nothing.


Where
is their evidence?


They study planets, rocks,
and possibly oceans, but there is still no
evidence for life beyond Earth’s biosphere.


It’s
an enterprise built entirely on faith in a
Darwinian ideology.


Astrobiology Magazine
publishes almost nothing original.


Day after
day they re
-
post press releases from other
sources that say, “maybe this” and “maybe
that.”


Did you see the government seal of
approval on the webpage?

12/11/2013

44

Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


When “astrobiology” was born as a “new science”
back around 1990 because of a rush to celebrate
possible fossils in a Martian meteorite (since
debunked), then
-
NASA
-
chief Dan Goldin
convinced Congress to fund research into life on
other worlds.


Since then, nothing has been
accomplished to find life elsewhere, and now they
are so desperate they propose cold icicles “could”
be environments for the “emergence” of life on
other planets.


Good grief.


One of our readers
should research how many millions of tax dollars
the government has spent on this Darwinian
fantasy trip.

12/11/2013

45

Detecting Panic in Evolution Articles


检测


化文章的恐慌


This is not to imply that many astrobiologists are not
intelligent, highly
-
educated scientists.


It’s just that their
astronomy has nothing to do with biology.


Detecting
extrasolar planets, studying planetary atmospheres, and
characterizing the nature of living creatures at deep
-
sea
vents is all fine and good, but to imply that life “emerged”
from non
-
living environments is supported by no
evidence whatsoever.


The legitimate studies of planets
could have been funded without inventing a new
word.


Astro
-
biology is a fabrication, spliced out of two
legitimate sciences, astronomy and biology.


It is no
more legit than geo
-
psychology or planetary
sociology.


Without evidence to justify its existence, it
should be called astro
-
bio
-
mythology.

12/11/2013

46




Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

47

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

48

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



In a mathematical tour de farce, two Oxford
evolutionists have applied Darwinian natural
selection to the multiverse to try to explain why
it looks designed.


A press release from the

University of
Oxford

tells how evolutionary theorist Andy
Gardner and theoretical physicist Joseph
Conlon figured that universes give birth to other
universes through black holes.


The ones with
the “fittest” parameters of physics get better at it
and survive:

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Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



“Cosmological natural selection

proposes that,

if
new universes are born inside black holes
, a
‘multiverse’ of many possible universes

could
be
shaped by a process

similar to natural selection

so
that

successive generations of universes evolve

to
become better at making black holes.…


‘This idea of cosmological natural selection is
controversial
, and physicists have pointed out

all
sorts of problems with it
. But

we were interested in
seeing if its basic evolutionary logic actually
works
,’ said Dr Andy Gardner of Oxford University’s
Department of Zoology, lead author of the paper.

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50

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



‘We found that

a general equation from
evolutionary genetics, Price’s theorem
, can
help us to model how selection can work

not only
at the scale of genes and organisms but also at
that of something as unimaginably vast as
multiple universes
,’ said Dr Gardner. ‘Our model
uses

maths similar to the mathematical theory
underlying Darwinian adaptation in biology
,
which explains how the dynamics of natural
selection leads to

organisms appearing
designed

to maximize their fitness.’

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51

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



The

Price equation
, however, is not universally accepted
as a valid description of evolution, dependent as it is on
controversial ideas of kin selection and group
selection.


Van Veelen and others criticized its use in
the

Journal of Theoretical Biology

last year.


Tutorials
at

Evolution and Games

illustrate how Price’s theorem can
produce misleading results.


The Oxford team of two admitted that “
the evolution of
universes is very different from the evolution of
animals
,” but decided that “
models of evolving
universes are quite similar to models of bacterial
evolution
,” so they felt the similar logic made the exercise
worthwhile.


Their original paper,

published in

Complexity
,
is available online

in

PDF

format.

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52

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



So if models of evolving universes resemble
models of biological evolution, what does that say
about the latter?


Let’s use this paper with all its whiz
-
bang
equations to show how to respond to pseudo
-
erudite atheists, without being intimidated by their
jargon and flawed mathematics.


The idea to
master is that

if your thesis is illogical, no amount
of jargon or math will make it logical
.


You don’t
have to be able to follow the math of these Oxford
scholars to conclude that their ideas are laughably
absurd.

12/11/2013

53

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



Suppose, for instance that you want to prove that
gnomes are capable of painting birds’ eggs in the
middle of the night.


In your paper, you let

G

stand for
the available gnome population, E stand for the egg
density per acre,

r

the effective egg coloration rate
and

F
the gnomic fitness increase derived from the
Price equation, assuming the egg
-
painting activity
allows gnomes to produce more offspring.


It doesn’t
matter if you can derive

F

= cov(
G
1



G
2
) + cov(
E
1



E
2
)

r

-
ewT

or anything else, even more impressive
-
looking.


If the assumptions are wrong, the
conclusions must also be wrong.

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54

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



Gardner and Conlon’s reasoning (and math) is
a house of cards on sand in a whirlwind.


They
assumed Darwinism accounts for finely
-
tuned
adaptations in biology, like

avian flight
, blinding
their eyes, as did Francis Crick, who said that
“Biologists

must constantly keep in
mind

that

what they see was not designed,
but rather evolved
.”


They leapt from that error
to assume that evolution can account for fine
-
tuning in the fundamental constants of physics.


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55

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



They borrowed Lee Smolin’s controversial notion of
“cosmic natural selection,” which they admitted
“is

only weakly analogous

to Darwinian natural
selection.”


They further assumed that finely
-
tuned,
life
-
giving universes can emerge from black holes
rather than dissipate in a sea of random particles by
Hawking radiation.


They trusted the shaky math of
Price’s theorem, which embeds evolutionary
assumptions into the terms of its equation just like our
example embedded gnomes into its terms.


They know exactly what they are doing.


Look at the
intellectual hurdles they simply walked around instead
of facing:

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56

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



“This idea

relies on several important
assumptions, all of which are controversial
.
First, it is key to the ideas of Smolin that the
endpoint of black
-
hole formation is actually a
new universe, rather than simply a quantum
mechanical state that will decay over time
and ultimately disappear through Hawking
radiation
.…

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57

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



“Second, Smolin suggests that the

fundamental constants
can change

during the formation of new universes,

but no
physical mechanism is known to account for this.
Third,
Smolin assumes that the

new universe inherits the
constants

of the previous universe, up to small variations.
However
, in the context of the

multiverse
, one should
expect

not just the constants

of the Standard Model to be
ambient, but

also the gauge group (set of forces) and
particle content

of the Standard Model to be ambient
properties as well.

In this case, one would expect far more
dramatic changes

to the physical laws (e.g., the absence of
electromagnetism as a long
-
range force) than simply a change
in numerical constants.

These are all substantial
caveats

(see [16] for an in
-
depth review).

Here, we proceed
on the assumption that they are surmountable.

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58

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



With a leap of faith like that, you can
simply discount everything they say
as foolishness.


Isn’t that exactly what
Paul said the wise of this world do
when facing clear evidence for
design?


Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools.


These two
fallible men know fully well how
designed the universe is:

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59

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



“The

precise numerical values of these
constants
determine much of the physics of
our universe and

pose a double conundrum
for physicists and philosophers.
First, the
values have a

high degree of arbitrariness
:
they are dimensionless parameters that range
over eight orders of magnitude,

for no known
reason
. Second, it is generally acknowledged
that

even rather small modifications to some
of these values would lead to universes that
are vastly less complex than our own
.…”

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60

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



No known reason?


Here you witnessed a willful
escape

from

reason.


Because they stubbornly
refuse to consider

actual

design by a designing
intelligence, they would rather leap into
absurdity, using their God
-
given talents for
abstract reasoning to manipulate numbers that
exclude the obvious out of existence in a
fantasy multiverse of their own imagination. It’s
just what Paul said: “For

what can be known
about God is plain to them
, because God has
shown it to them.


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61

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to
Explain Fine
-
Tuning of the Universe

宇宙学家使用自然
选择
来解

宇宙的微



For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and
divine nature, have been

clearly perceived
, ever since
the creation of the world,

in the things that have been
made
. So they are

without excuse
. For although they
knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks
to him, but they
became futile in their thinking
, and their
foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:19

21).


Futile
thinking implies the

self
-
refuting fallacy
.


By thinking their
own reason emerged from a mindless cosmos, Gardner
and Conlon just undermined its validity.


Such thinking
deserves pity, not funding from the Royal Society, whose
founders believed design came from the Designer about
whom Paul wrote.


Today’s members honor fools by
publishing their folly.

12/11/2013

62




Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

63

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

64



Trouble for Mars Lifers


相信火星有生命的麻



Evidence disputes Mars water, let alone life.


It’s
looking like a toxic place.


Besides, where would the
water come from?


The big mound in Gale Crater, site of the Mars
Curiosity Rover, looked like a tantalizing place to look
for habitability.


Mt. Sharp, as it is called, appeared to
be a mountain laid down by water.


Now, however, it
looks more likely it was built by wind.


Astrobiology
Magazine

shared the bad news from

Princeton
: “If
correct, the research

could dilute expectations

that
the mound holds evidence of a large body of

water
,
which would have

important implications for
understanding Mars’ past habitability.


12/11/2013

65



Trouble for Mars Lifers


相信火星有生命的麻



Where would the water have come from, anyway?

Live
Science

proclaimed that Mars and the core of Jupiter
formed from “
large space crashes.



The energy of
impacts would seem to obliterate volatile compounds
(including water).


That’s why cosmogonists try to find
other sources for Earth’s oceans, assuming it crashed into
existence similarly.


The highly speculative theory
proposed by U of Chicago scientists, given credence in the
article, relies on numerous improbabilities, among them:
(1) dust particles sticking together to make


planetestimals,
(2) sufficient numbers of planetesimals colliding and
accreting together instead of breaking up into fine
particles, and (3) sufficient time before all the planet
-
forming ingredients are expelled from the system.

12/11/2013

66



Trouble for Mars Lifers


相信火星有生命的麻



Michigan State

scientists are divining the
meaning of Martian meteorites again, but they
admit the conclusions are unclear: “
most
meteorites that originated on Mars

arrived on
Earth so long ago that

now they have
characteristics that tell of

their life on Earth,
obscuring any clues

it might offer about

their
time on Mars,” a researcher confessed.


Given
the confusion, they are only “laying
the

groundwork for future researchers

to
answer this

age
-
old question
.”


In other words,
they have nothing to say.

12/11/2013

67



Trouble for Mars Lifers


相信火星有生命的麻



Mars must certainly not be a lively place now, given
what landers have found.


There are “
pesky
perchlorates all over Mars
, ”

Science
Magazine

said.


The chlorine compounds not only erase
carbon compounds by converting them to gas, they
make living on Mars dangerous.


The perchlorates and
other chemicals like gympsum get into fine dust that
blows all over the planet, making it a dangerous place to
send humans.

New Scientist

described how “
Toxic
Mars could hamper planned human missions.



The
fine dust could harm the lungs and thyroid glands of
future astronauts.


Even in the safety of spacesuits, the
electrified dust would stick to everything, making its way
unavoidably into astronaut living quarters.

12/11/2013

68



Trouble for Mars Lifers


相信火星有生命的麻



The bad news is not stopping children
of the Star Trek generation,
though.


Some 78,000 have applied to
go on a proposed one
-
way trip to
Mars,

New Scientist

reported
elsewhere.


Hopefully they won’t find
out too late that it’s a suicide mission.

12/11/2013

69



Trouble for Mars Lifers


相信火星有生命的麻



Mercury is a sterile hell, Venus is a sterile hell, Mars is
a toxic wasteland, and so on out.


In between Venus
and Mars lies this blue jewel we call Earth, blessed
with abundant water, greenery, and life in almost
every nook and cranny.


It has the right magnetic
shield, the right solar energy, the right continental
minerals, the right atmosphere, the right
carbon/oxygen/water/nitrogen cycles


the right
everything.


Doesn’t that send a message we should
heed?


Maybe the Creator gave us all these other
worlds to examine, so that we would appreciate all the
more how well designed our Earth is.


For those not
drunk on Darwine, that has been the primary benefit of
the planetary exploration program.

12/11/2013

70



Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

71

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

72

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


The most information
-
rich medium known
to man has been found in abundance
under the sea, but man didn’t put it there.


In “Ancient

DNA

Found Hidden Below Sea
Floor,” Traci Watson described
for

Science Now

what deep
-
sea explorers
have found in the abyssal plains of the
Atlantic, 3 miles below the ocean surface:

12/11/2013

73

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


“In the middle of the South Atlantic,
there’s

a patch of sea almost devoid of
life
. There are no birds, few fish, not even
much plankton. But researchers report
that they’ve

found buried treasure

under
the empty waters:

ancient

DNA

hidden in
the muck of the sea floor
, which lies
5000 meters below the waves.”

12/11/2013

74

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


The

DNA

is contained in fossils of foraminifera,
radiolarians and other planktonic creatures that have
settled to the sea floor.


Pedro Martinez Arbizu, a
deep
-
sea biologist of the German Centre for Marine
Biodiversity Research, said, “We have been able to
show that the

deep sea is the largest long
-
time
archive of

DNA
, and a major window to study past
biodiversity.”


It’s like finding a new fossil record.


Some of the 169 forams and 21 radiolarian species
were unknown.


Even species without hard shelly
parts yielded

DNA.


A British scientist said, “These
records are telling you new information that wasn’t
found in the fossil record.”

12/11/2013

75

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


Another team found traces of

DNA

from 2700
species in the shallower bottom of the Black
Sea, including

DNA

from algae, fungi, and
dinoflagellates.


Scientists expected
that

DNA

could not survive exposure to oxygen,
but apparently newer material cut off the
oxygen from deeper sediments, preserving the
genetic material.


Watson said, “more recent
Black Sea sediments weren’t exposed to
oxygen at all.”

12/11/2013

76

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


The Black Sea team claims the
sediments are 9,600 years old; the
Atlantic team claims the DNA

they
collected is 32,500 years old.


The
article did not explain the dates, but
suggested that they were estimated
from “first appearance” of certain
species according to evolutionary
assumptions.

12/11/2013

77

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


Two observations should jump out at this
announcement.


One is that even with evolutionary
assumptions, they are only claiming a 32,500
-
year
maximum date for what they found.


That’s a tiny
fraction of the millions and billions of years they
assume plankton should have been settling onto the
sea floor.


If the

DNA

is protected from oxygen by
what lies above it, why didn’t they find

DNA

hundreds
of thousands or millions of years old?


After all,
evolutionists explain away dinosaur soft tissue by
claiming it can last over 70 million years.


More likely,
the

DNA

is even younger than they think.


It could not
survive degradation, under ideal conditions, for more
than a few thousand years.

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78

Buried Treasure Found Under the Ocean: DNA


海洋底面
发现
的宝藏:脱氧核糖核酸


The other observation is the remarkable difference
between minerals and information.


Non
-
living rocks
and mud are composed of relatively simple mineral
compounds that carry no message.

DNA, by contrast,
bears information


the wherewithal to build a
complex organism like a radiolarian or foramina, with
all its molecular motors, digestive, respiratory, and
excretion systems.


Some of the shells of these
creatures look like cathedrals or spaceships.


What a
thought that information is still present in this dark,
cold, otherwise sterile realm.


It’s like finding books
inside a cave, or hard drives on the moon.


The best
explanation (from our common experience) for
information
-
rich systems is intelligent design.

12/11/2013

79




Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

80

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

81

Moon Water and Magnetism Mystifies Astronomers


月球的水和磁性迷惑天文学家


Two mysteries from the moon are forcing revisions to
textbooks.


One concerns water in moon minerals.


The other
concerns the moon’s magnetic field.


Mare Basalts Surprisingly Magnetic


“New research

sets back date of moon’s dynamo 160
million years
,” reported

PhysOrg

based on a paper
in

PNAS
.


A team of geophysicists was surprised to find
evidence from magnetic signals in moon rocks that the moon
must have had a magnetosphere
-
generating dynamo that
lasted much longer than they thought possible.


Current theory
must be inadequate, because “The lifetime of the ancient lunar
core dynamo has

implications for its power source and the
mechanism

of field generation,” the scientists wrote.


They
were driven to postulate unlikely mechanisms to keep the
hypothetical dynamo going:

12/11/2013

82

Moon Water and Magnetism Mystifies Astronomers


月球的水和磁性迷惑天文学家


“These data extend the known lifetime of the
lunar dynamo by

160 My and
indicate that
the field was likely continuously active
until well after the final large basin
-
forming impact.

This

likely excludes
impact
-
driven changes in rotation

rate as
the source of the dynamo at this time in
lunar history. Rather,

our results require a
persistent power source like precession
of the lunar mantle or a compositional
convection dynamo
.”

12/11/2013

83

Moon Water and Magnetism Mystifies Astronomers


月球的水和磁性迷惑天文学家


Space.com
’s headline reads, “
Mystery of Moon’s Magnetic Field
Deepens
.”


Improbabilities that Are All Wet


When a Mars
-
sized object hit the Earth to form the moon
(according to a popular theory), it should have obliterated all
volatile compounds, like water, requiring Earth’s oceans to form
later from impacts from wet comets or asteroids.


That theory has
been impacted itself by studies of water
-
bearing minerals in moon
rocks, prompting

Science Daily

to report, “
Moon and Earth Have
Common Water Source.



Another

Science Daily

article suggests
the new theory, “
Water on Moon, Earth Came from Same
Primitive Meteorites.



A new analysis of Apollo moon rocks
dispels ideas that comets brought the water.


It must have come
from carbonaceous chondrites, the study concludes.


Lisa Grossman at

New Scientist

believes “
Moon water came
from young wet Earth
.”

12/11/2013

84

Moon Water and Magnetism Mystifies Astronomers


月球的水和磁性迷惑天文学家


“The

notion

that all Earth’s water was

delivered by
comets or asteroids
has

just taken a hit
. Chemical
analysis of lunar rocks

suggests

that

Earth was born
wet, and it held on to its water long enough to
donate some to the moon.”


This is a flagrant reversal of the idea that a moon
-
forming impact left the moon bone
dry.


Measurements of water
-
bearing minerals on the
moon show it’s not just a little water they’re talking
about.



The minerals hold as much as those in
Earth’s upper mantle
,” Grossman says.

Nature
News

portrays the head
-
scratching this finding causes
for modelers:

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“That still leaves

a potential gap

in the Moon
-
forming

model
. Some planetary scientists
had

reasoned

that the

heat generated by the
collision would have boiled away any water
that Earth

might have transferred to the
coalescing Moon. The

findings “are
screaming that there’s something about the
Moon’s formation that we’re not quite
grasping
”, says study co
-
author Erik Hauri of
the Carnegie Institution for Science in
Washington

DC.”

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The findings beg for a new explanation.


Meteorites
could not have brought the water unless the moon
were still molten, but the moon would have solidified
too rapidly.


All one of the researchers could figure out
was that the water came from the only place they
know had water: the Earth.


So how did the Earth
“donate” some water to the moon?


This calls for a
delicate scenario: the hypothetical impactor that hit
Earth had to loft just enough material off our primordial
planet to form a large moon without destroying all
Earth’s primordial water.


Then, some of that water
lofted into orbit had to migrate to the moon:

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“It

no longer looks likely

that all the water
in the material that formed the
moon

evaporated instantly

in the giant
initial impact.

Instead, it now seems more
probable

that

water migrated over a
period of centuries
out of the cloud of
debris that coalesced into the moon.”


Apparently, “likeliness” has evolved in the
modeler’s minds.


The new findings forced a
reassessment of what scientists thought was
“probable.”

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But the explanation begs a new question: where did the Earth
get its water to donate?


Current theory does not allow a body
at Earth’s location to garner water from a spinning debris
disk.


Adding a little more ad hoc can get the job done:


“[Alberto] Saal [of Brown University]

thinks

that Earth

may
have formed
near

where the asteroid belt is now
, which
is

far enough from the sun for water to condense
. The
planet

would then have migrated

inward.
It’ll be a tough
theory to prove
, because Earth’s geologic activity has been
recycling rocks, and

thus erasing the evidence, for billions of
years.”


The new model would claim that the early Earth was not
habitable, but through a series of lucky breaks, migrated into
the habitable zone, where everything worked out just right for
microbes to emerge and become planetary scientists who
figured it all out.

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月球的水和磁性迷惑天文学家


These reports should anger anyone who watches
science shows and reads textbooks that make the
formation of the Earth and its large Moon look so
easy.


No theory can account for the
observations.


Instead, secular moyboys (believers in
“millions of years, billions of years”) concoct fantastical
models to preserve their fantasies from the
evidence.


Did you catch the howler in the quote
above?


Earth has been “erasing the evidence, for
billions of years.”


Quick!


What does that imply?

This
is a fact
-
free story



even the part about erasing the
evidence for billions of years.

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月球的水和磁性迷惑天文学家


Before, the priests of the planetary evolution cult needed
just a delicate impact from a Mars
-
size object (itself a
highly improbable event) to form the moon, followed by
some hand
-
waving and chants, to bring in a series of
unknown wet impactors to form Earth’s oceans.


That
was unlikely enough.


Now, they need Earth to form out
in the asteroid belt, where water
can

conceivably

condense, followed by a lucky pitch
from Jupiter or Saturn to careen our dead planet right
into the batter’s box of the habitable zone.


That all had
to happen before the Mars
-
size impactor came in, this
time even more delicately, to loft water into Earth orbit
without losing it, so that it could transfer the water to a
new moon (which happens to be just right to support life
on Earth).

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Nobody would believe this series of ad hoc events
unless it were absolutely necessary to preserve
secular materialism and long ages for Darwin.


We
won’t even go into the much more highly fantastical
tales needed to get life, multicellularity, consciousness
and intelligence to “emerge” from hot wet muck.


Scientists speak of new data as “constraints” for their
models.


That’s why raw data from planetary missions
is so valuable.


The more constraints on storytellers,
the better.


As of now, they appear to have just one
hand free to wave from the straitjacket the data have
put them in.


Maybe the next data will constrain the
remaining hand
-
waving arm, and gag the mouth, too.

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Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

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93

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

94

Talking Plants and Secret Networks


说话
植物和秘密网



There was a time when talking plants was
mythology.


Now, it’s science.


Hidden Messages in Plain Sight


Plants don’t speak English, obviously.


Somehow,
though, they communicate through channels scientists
are only beginning to understand.


No less
than

Science

Magazine
, the most respected journal in
America, said this: “
Shhh, the Plants are Talking.



In
the “Science Shot” article, reporter Andrew Porterfield
described controlled experiments in Australia that
showed chilis grow better when basil is
nearby.


Somehow, the basil coaxes the chili plants
through a hidden mechanism:

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植物和秘密网



Because

light, touch, and chemical
“smell” were ruled out
, the team
proposes that the finding points to

a new
type of communication

between
plants,

possibly involving nanoscale
sound waves
, traveling through the dirt to
bring

encouraging “words”

to the
growing seeds. Understanding this

novel
communication

could help growers boost
crop yields and increase global food
supplies.

How neighborly
.

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植物和秘密网



Live Science

put it this way: “
Even in the plant world
,
babies fail to thrive without a

friendly community
chattering nearby
, according to a new study.”


We weren’t
kidding about talking plants.


Reporter Becky Olson
headlined her article, “
Plants Talk
: Seedlings Thrive with
Encouraging ‘Words’
.”


The Underground Fungal Railroad


More evidence is arising that plants communicate throughout
ecological communities through a network of fungal threads
in the soil.


The fungi reward the plants for sharing nutrients
by passing messages along, in a symbiotic
relationship.


The

BBC

News

featured more discoveries
about the underground network, as
did

PhysOrg
.


The

BBC

article claims that work in the

UK

is
the first to show plant communication via the fungal railroad.

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植物和秘密网



The research appears to show that a bean plant under
attack by aphids can send out a warning through the
underground communication channels.


Plants getting
the message set up defenses, but plants without the
fungal network do not.


One of the researchers was
delighted at this “
abject surprise

that it was

just so
powerful


just such a fantastic signalling
system
.”


The

BBC

called this an “
evolutionary role
” for the
fungus without explaining how a blind, purposeless
process could discover

any

role in complex
communications systems.

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植物和秘密网



Some day soon we may decipher the
language of plants.


Here are some
predictions.


Favorite joke: that some
humans think the underground railroad
evolved.


Favorite saint: Basil.


Weather
report: Chili today and hot
tamale.


Favorite pastime: sending
intelligently designed signals.


Favorite
cowboy line: Where never is heard a
discouraging word.


Favorite hymn: Praise
God from Whom all blessings flow.

12/11/2013

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Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

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100

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



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令人惊



物走极端


Today’s entry features a mammal, a bird and an insect that have
good reasons to show off.


The insect
:


A little moth has hearing unsurpassed in the animal
kingdom

(but we already know, from the film

Metamorphosis
, that
any lepidopteran undergoing transformation from caterpillar to
flying insect has much to boast about already).

Humans with
optimum hearing can hear about 20 kHz.


That’s nothing for the
greater wax moth.

Science Daily

reported research at the
University of Strathclyde that measured sensibility up to 300 kHz
in this little, inconspicuous, gray insect.


The lead researcher
remarked, “We are

extremely surprised

to find that the moth
is

capable

of hearing sound frequencies

at this level

and
we

hope to use the findings to better understand air
-
coupled
ultrasound
.”


The moth’s hearing system appears overdesigned
for detecting bat echolocation calls, so why would this extreme
hearing evolve?


Ultrasound tends to drop in intensity through air
faster than lower frequencies do.

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物走极端


The mammal
:


Speaking of bats, one flower
-
feeding bat
species has a dynamic tongue that works like a nectar
trap.

Live Science

and

National Geographic

have electron
micrographs of the tongue tip from Pallas’s long
-
tongued
bat.


Researchers at Brown University showed that blood in
the tongue instantly fills dozens of papillae, or protrosions, in
the tongue, allowing the bat to lap up much more nectar than
a flat tongue could.


This all happens in less than the blink of
an eye


0.04 second.


A slow
-
motion video on

National
Geographic

reveals action too fast for the eye: the papillae
straighten and the tongue tip grows by 50% when the tongue
hits the nectar.


The bat benefits from this mechanism
because it has to expend a lot of energy hovering near the
flower, so the more nectar retrieved from each sip, the
better.


The full paper can be found on

PNAS
.

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物走极端


The bird
:


Those emperor penguins that starred in
the documentary

March of the Penguins

looked
mighty cold out there in the Antarctic
wind.


Surprisingly, their outside feathers are even
colder!

New Scientist

told how their freezing
exteriors prevent heat from leaking out of their
bodies.


Now for a bird bonus about the flying
variety:

PhysOrg

told about how scientists are
using tiny geolocators on migrating birds like the
Manx shearwater to understand how they adapt
their behaviors to changing environmental
conditions.

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物走极端


The movie
:


Illustra Media’s new
documentary

Flight: The Genius of Birds

is
being released on DVD

today.


It has another
fascinating tongue story to tell, and a great
migration story, too


just two glimpses into a
film packed wonderful scientific discoveries
about avian flight, told beautifully in this new
documentary with great cinematography and
outstanding animation.


You can order a copy
right now by

clicking the link
.


Watch the trailer
full
-
screen

here
.


Join the
Illustra Facebook
page

for news and updates.

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物走极端


Learning details of wonders in the animal world
provides immunity against Darwinian
indoctrination.


That’s why we love sharing the latest
discoveries here.


We highly recommend the new Illustra film

Flight: The
Genius of Birds
.


You can order the

DVD

today, but if
you have a good home theater, you might want to wait
till June 11 to get the Blu
-
ray version with its
outstanding detail and sound.


Or, you can get
the

DVD now to watch and give away, ordering the
Blu
-
ray version for your library to go with your
HD

copy of

Metamorphosis: the Beauty and Design of
Butterflies


a terrific pair you’ll want to watch again
and again.

12/11/2013

106




Gloria Deo


愿荣耀归上帝

12/11/2013

107

Sermons From Science
--

June 2013

科学布道
--

2013

6


Sermons from Science is now published in both
YouTube under the name “Pastor Chui” and also in
PowerPoint slides in the website
http://ChristCenterGospel.org.

The contents of this presentation were taken from Dave
Coppedge’s website http://crev.info. May God have all
the glory.

Let us pray for Dave Coppedge’s fast recovery from
cancer surgery.


Pastor Chui

http://ChristCenterGospel.org

ckchui1@yahoo.com



12/11/2013

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Out
-
of
-
Order Fossils Make Darwinists Wave Hands


混乱化石使达






When a fossil violates Darwinist expectations, it
never falsifies the theory.


It just creates a new
round of imaginative gesticulations.


Bad, monster, bad
:

National Geographic

wrote
a headline, “
New Sea Monster Found,
Rewrites Evolution?



The question mark
implies, “Of course not,” even though the partial
ichthyosaur fossil found in Kurdistan is “
Out of
time
,” according to

Live Science
.


Actually, it
wasn’t lacking time.


It had plenty of time to
create problems for Darwinists:

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-
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-
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“Researchers had previously believed

that
ichthyosaurs

declined throughout the
Jurassic

Period, which lasted from 199 million to 145
million years ago, with the

only survivors rapidly
evolving

to keep ahead of repeated extinction events.
The

new fossil, however, dates from the
Cretaceous

Period, which lasted from 145 million to
66 million years ago.
It looks remarkably like its
Jurassic brethren, revealing a surprising
evolutionary statis

[sic, stasis]
.


The fossil “represents

an animal that seems ‘out of
time’ for its age
,” study researcher Valentin Fischer
of the University of Liège in Belgium said in a
statement.”

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-
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-
Order Fossils Make Darwinists Wave Hands


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Now, the gesticulation: one evolutionist called it
a “
ghost lineage
” (i.e., “changing very little
over millions of years”).


Another called it a

living fossil of its time
.” One “
never even
imagined
” it could survive so long.


One said “
it
shouldn’t be there, but it is.



The new story
will apparently read: “The resulting ichthyosaur
family tree

suggests

these marine reptiles
stayed diverse into the Cretaceous,

only to go
mysteriously extinct

95 million years
ago.”

National Geographic

is holding out hope
that a single specimen won’t “rewrite evolution”.

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-
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-
Order Fossils Make Darwinists Wave Hands


混乱化石使达






Go, ginkgo
:


Speaking of stasis, the unusual tree

Ginkgo
biloba

is a classic “living fossil.”


Because it is the now the
“most abundant cityscape tree in the world,” one might be
growing in a park near you.


Evolutionists, though,
consider it an exception to their rule, “evolve or
perish.”


J. C.
McElwain

wrote in

Science

Magazine

about
a new book about the ginkgo tree by Peter Crane:


“Ginkgo is among Earth’s oldest
-
living organisms,
reaching ages of around 1500 years.

It is a “living
fossil,”

belonging to

a family line extending back over
200 million years.

It is a

symbol of morphological
stasis

yet
incredible persistence
, having survived

two
of the five great mass extinction events

in Earth
history.”

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-
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Now, the gesticulation: maybe it’s because it
invented lignotubers, “among ginkgo’s
adaptations that have ensured its persistence
and resilience through hundreds of millions of
years

of global change.”


Funny no other plant
borrowed that idea.


McElwain relishes in some
tidbits of “subtle” evolutionary change, even though
the tree is a “
poster child for morphological
stasis
”.


He puts a positive spin on how ginkgo
fossils can “
inform us about the tempo and
nature of plant macroevolution
.”

Then he
relishes how Crane makes the most
of

reverse

evolution:

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-
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-
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“He

holds

that

Darwinian microevolutionary
processes and contingency can account for
most of the patterns observed in the plant
fossil record
, and he

downplays (but does
not entirely discount) the roles of
evolutionary innovations and
environmentally driven macroevolutionary