Science & Evolution
Posted 10/30/15 at 6:25 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis and Anthony Gutierrez
The Shroud of Turin – revered by many as the burial cloth of Jesus — might be authentic after all, a new DNA study suggests.
After radiocarbon testing in the 1980s dated its origin between A.D. 1260 and A.D. 1360, many dispelled the legend surrounding the artifact.
Then some challenged the testing process because scientists had examined patches added to the shroud, not the original cloth. The patches were much newer than the original shroud.
In the most recent study, Gianni Barcaccia, a geneticist in the University of Padua in Italy, found human DNA of Middle East origin on the cloth.
“One of the most abundant human mitochondrial haplotypes among those discovered on the shroud, is still very rare in Western Europe,” Barcaccia told Live Science. “It is typical of the Druze community, an ethic group that has some origin in Egypt and that lives mainly in restricted areas between Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine.” FULL POST
Posted 10/15/15 at 7:18 PM | Shaila Touchton
For those who are in union with Christ, temptation and addictions are unable to touch us. Tobacco addiction is an addictive poison clearly harmful to our health and that itself makes a sin, hurts our testimony because it controls us which brings death and destruction. The Bible says, when it is finished, sin brings forth death. Proverbs 5:22 says the evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. Jesus said that the Devil is a liar, thief, and murderer who only comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Scripture warns us that “If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” - 1Corinthians 3:17.
Another big problem is when Parents, families, relatives and friends who get addicted to tobacco are controlled by their evil desires by setting bad examples for their children to follow. There are some other parents who will hide their addiction from their family members and pretend to be Godly and follow the hypocritical carnal path of lying, while defending themselves and living still a spiritually defeated Christian life. Then there are some who sit with their children and enjoy tobacco together as a family instead of sitting together praying and enjoying quality time with family members. As parents we must teach our children not to be controlled by evil desires but to learn to resist and control them. James 4:7 says “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. FULL POST
Posted 10/5/15 at 7:01 AM | Daisy Grace
The next iPhone that's about to be announced in the beginning of September will have more than one new thing to offer, and you might wonder where your focus should be when making your choice. This year around, the update should be about both better hardware and improvements on the side of functionality. Which is worth more your money? Keep reading for more insight.
First off, the upcoming iPhone is definitely one that will be more functional. When it comes to apps, you will be able to use multiple ones with much more ease than previously. The new iOS9 operating system allows you to view two apps at once and go back to the previous one more easily. Then, your iPhone should become more your partner of choice for many tasks. Previously, your phone could've been considered as a backup option to work or navigate and compare things, but the upcoming iPhone should change your perspective on that topic.
A camera worth the consideration
Is that worth more than a better camera? If you like to take pictures with the front camera, the upcoming iPhone will feature a better one than its predecessors. Rumors about the back camera being around 12 megapixels are circulating a bit and there will be some improvements on that end as well. The iPhone 6S/7 should then be a phone that's worth a lot as a gadget. So, the back camera will perform better as usual than the front one, which is expected to have about half the number of megapixels, as it's often the case with most models. Then, on the more hopeful side, the back camera could be even stronger than this first round of rumors with 21 megapixels being another number thrown around. Then, that would mean that despite the lack of a major makeover in many areas of the phone, this new version could simply allow you to kill it on your Facebook page with some great image quality. FULL POST
Posted 9/25/15 at 5:10 AM | Sylvie Simms
Blaze Systems has created an infographic that provides a comparison between a Paper or Office® Based Laboratory vs a LIMS Based Laboratory.
Posted 9/15/15 at 7:53 PM | Mike Keas
In 2013 Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design became a national bestseller, provoking a debate that has engaged reputable opponents. Now a sequel book is available: Debating Darwin’s Doubt: A Scientific Controversy that Can No Longer Be Denied:
Leading scholars in the intelligent design community respond to critiques of Meyer’s book and show that the core challenge posed by Meyer remains unanswered: Where did the influx of information essential to the creation of new body plans come from? In addition to ten chapters by Stephen Meyer, Debating Darwin’s Doubt also includes contributions from biologists Richard Sternberg, Douglas Axe, and Ann Gauger; philosopher of biology Paul Nelson; mathematicians William Dembski and David Berlinski; and Center for Science and Culture research coordinator Casey Luskin. In forty-four chapters, these contributing authors explore topics such as orphan genes, cladistics, small shelly fossils, protein evolution, the length of the Cambrian explosion, the God-of-the-Gaps objection to intelligent design, and criticisms raised by proponents of theistic evolution. Anyone who wants to understand the cutting-edge of current scientific debates over modern Darwinian theory needs to read this book.
Posted 9/14/15 at 2:51 AM | Daisy Grace
Have you heard about these companies trying to create the car of the future? Of course, over time we've seen car companies building and showing the latest prototypes, but over the past few years it's companies like Google that have made the headlines in attempting to create the perfect electric car, and even trying to go driverless with their concept. Now, Apple is choosing to jump into the mix with a new project that aims to go outside the company's comfort zone, and just like Google, hoping to generate an even greater reputation towards the public by creating perhaps the future standard when it comes to driverless and electric cars.
What does such a project involve? Well, first and foremost security, but then features come as a close second. The products like best laptops and car looking attractiveness, despite being a car, has to be attractive enough for people to make the switch, and people have to feel safe, or perhaps even safer, for them to put some money on the concept. Google has already suggested some solutions with some automatic breaking when coming close to contact with other cars and objects, but there still has to be things that Apple must do to stand out. Here are some suggestions and maybe what we should expect from the company when it comes to their car project: FULL POST
Posted 8/31/15 at 7:32 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Did an amateur astronomer and self-described “historical detective” stumble upon a remarkable planetary alignment that corresponds with the date of Jesus’ death on the cross?
“I came across a very unique geometric pattern,” says Miguel Antonio Fiol, an entrepreneur and part-time researcher. “The pattern was a representation of the crucifixion – it pointed me to Jesus of Nazareth,” he says.
With Saturn as the “head” of Jesus complete with a halo or crown of thorns formed by Saturn’s famous rings, Jupiter and Uranus formed the outstretched arms of Jesus, and Earth and Venus represented His feet. Fiol was astonished when he connected the dots and this striking image emerged.
This unusual planetary alignment appeared in mid-March through mid-April of 33 A.D., and has only appeared six times between the year zero and 2000 A.D.
In his research, Fiol used an Orrery model to study the relationships of the planets on April 3, 33 AD, the date several other scholars have favored for the climactic moment in world history. FULL POST
Posted 6/22/15 at 6:53 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Scientists in Sweden were astounded to find the body of a small baby beneath the feet of a mummified bishop who died in the 17th century.
A CT scan of the exceptionally-well preserved remains of Bishop of Lund, Peder Winstrup, revealed a six-month-old fetus beneath his feet in his coffin, according to a story by Christian Today.
The baby may not be related to the bishop but may be that of a woman who lost the child through miscarriage, Per Karsten, director of the Lund University museum told Christian Today.
At that time, there was no baptism for miscarried babies. It was thought that their souls were lost for eternity and could never enter heaven.
In the five weeks between the bishop’s death and his funeral, the mother might have bribed a church official to bury her lost baby with the bishop, with the thought that this would ensure his or her entrance to heaven, it was theorized.
Winstrup’s body is one of the best preserved from that time period, with all his organs intact. Scientists are studying his remains to provide facts about the conditions of people in that area during the 17th century, according to Christian Today. FULL POST
Posted 3/18/15 at 4:14 PM | Mike Keas
I will highlight resources that support my 2015 Stand Firm Conference presentation, which carried the same title as today's blog. As a historian and philosopher of science, I address the question of whether Christianity has fostered scientific discovery. Earlier I published an essay that addresses some aspects of this question:
Discovery Institute hosts a website that explores science and faith. Here are some of its resources that support my main point today:
Are Christianity and science at war with one another? Not according to leading historians. "The greatest myth in the history of science and religion holds that they have been in a state of constant conflict," wrote historian of science Ronald Numbers in 2009. Dr. Numbers is not an adherent to any religious faith. He is also a leading expert on the history of science and religion. Why does the popular "science vs. Christianity" stereotype continue despite the impressive historical evidence otherwise? While some perpetuate this stereotype out of a deep desire to descredit Christianity, others simply repeat the stories in ignorance of their mythical status.
The truth is that science and biblical religion have been friends for a long time. Judeo-Christian theology has contributed in a friendly manner to such science-promoting ideas as discoverable natural history, experimental inquiry, universal natural laws, mathematical physics, and investigative confidence that is balanced with humility. Christian institutions, especially since the medieval university, have often provided a supportive environment for scientific inquiry and instruction.
Posted 1/30/15 at 9:35 PM | Mike Keas
Let's survey some important recent resources that will help you explore the theory of intelligent design and the theistic religious implications of these scientific discoveries.