News from various sources
ROCK FORMED FAST!
LiveScience (15th February 2018) reported that a photo of a sea-stack known as Dun Briste (left) off the coast of Co. Mayo, Ireland, had shot to the top of the internet site Reddit. But according to Maria McNamara, a paleobiologist at the University College Cork, in Ireland, the post's captivating title — "What millions of years look like in one photo" — isn't exactly accurate.
She said that the sea stack is old, but "almost certainly doesn't represent millions of years" of geological processes, "Rather, [it likely formed in] tens to hundreds of thousands of years," she said. The report concluded that “the sea stack formed millions of years ago, but it formed very quickly.”
COMMENT: This is most interesting. Firstly, there is the admission that rock layers don’t need vast time periods to build up. Secondly, despite the admission that this sea stack formed quickly, the millions of years still had to be fitted in somehow.
ODD-BALL - OR SPECIAL?
According to Space.com (16th January 2018) “Our solar system may be an oddball in the universe. A new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope shows that in most cases, exoplanets orbiting the same star have similar sizes and regular spacing between their orbits. By contrast, our own solar system has a range of planetary sizes and distances between neighbours. The smallest planet, Mercury, is about one-third the size of Earth — and the biggest planet, Jupiter, is roughly 11 times the diameter of Earth. There also are very different spacings between individual planets, particularly the inner planets.” The research team suggested that ”this means our solar system may have formed differently than other solar systems.”
COMMENT: It is the uniqueness of our solar system which makes life on earth possible. We believe this is because our planet was created as an abode for life rather than being some fluke of nature.
“EARLY HUMANS COULD SPEAK” WHY NOT?
According to language expert Professor Daniel Everett, “humans may have learned to speak far earlier than previously thought,” reported The Independent (20th February 2018) “Far from being ‘stupid ape-like creatures’, the ability of Homo erectus to cross bodies of water indicates members of this species were able to talk to one another. Professor Everett announced his controversial idea at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.” The report concluded that “the origin of language is shrouded in mystery.”
COMMENT: Creationists have always insisted that the Homo erectus people were fully human, so we would expect them to have been able to speak. We believe that language was initially given to the first humans by God, and was used to talk to Him. The origin of modern languages is explained in Genesis eleven.
SCALLOPS’ EYES HAVE IT
Scientists have discovered that scallops have “amazing eyes,” reported Science News (30th November 2017). “Each of a scallop’s eyes — it has up to 200 of them, each about a millimeter in diameter — contains millions of perfectly square, flat crystals that build up into a mirrored mosaic, new research shows. And that shiny surface is curved in a way that lets a scallop focus light onto two different retinas.” Marine ecologist Daniel Speiser said, “It’s such an unusual visual system. The closer you look, the more puzzling it gets.” Biologist Benjamin Palmer said, ““That's really weird. It’s the first time we've seen a perfect square!” The report concluded, “Why they have so many eyes and such complexity within each eye remains a mystery.”
COMMENT: God’s creation is always surprising the experts! Why do so many of them still reject the obvious conclusion that there is a designer? Darwinism simply can’t explain the origin of these eyes.
AN ILLOGICAL ARGUMENT
According to Science Daily (18th December 2017) “A new analysis of the oldest known fossil microorganisms provides strong evidence to support an increasingly widespread understanding that life in the universe is common.” This claim is based on the discovery of “3.465 billion-year-old” microorganisms in Western Australia. “The evidence that a diverse group of organisms had already evolved extremely early in the Earth's history — combined with scientists' knowledge of the vast number of stars in the universe and the growing understanding that planets orbit so many of them — strengthens the case for life existing elsewhere in the universe because it would be extremely unlikely that life formed quickly on Earth but did not arise anywhere else.”
COMMENT: So the argument is, “It can’t only have happened on earth, so it must have also happened elsewhere in the universe.” This is rather like discovering a £1 coin in a large field and saying, “This can’t be the only coin in a field this big. There must be others If we look long enough.” Also, this doesn’t explain what these organisms had “already evolved” from or how life began.
BIRD FLIGHT “MORE COMPLEX THAN THOUGHT”
Science Daily (13th December 2017) reported: “The flight speed of birds is more complex than research has previously managed to show. In a new study from Lund University in Sweden, researchers have found that birds use multiple methods – each one simple yet effective – to control their speed in the air and compensate for tailwind, headwind and side wind.” Researchers concluded that “birds compensate for headwinds by increasing the frequency of their wing strokes and thereby flying faster; they compensate for tailwind through fewer wing strokes compared to when there is no wind.”
COMMENT: Modern aircraft need complex equipment to do the kind of manoeuvres that birds do. This equipment is designed and fitted by engineers. Birds couldn’t have evolved these “complex” methods by gradual evolution. It had to work the first time. More evidence of the great Creator-Designer!