Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

REWIND: The Life of Charles Darwin

In History, Science on June 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

The recent Darwin movie entitled CREATION was released on DVD this weekend…

Charles Darwin, photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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This year marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.  While he was not the first to suggest evolutionary theories, but he is the figure most remembered for it due to the publication of his book “On The Origin of Species” 150 years ago.  This feature with three scientists from completely different perspectives on evolution discusses the life and legacy of Charles Darwin.  Participants include Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis, Dr. Keith Miller of Kansas University and Dr. Michael Behe of Lehigh University.

Jupiter Impact

In Current Events, Science on June 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Photo courtesy of Space Weather

Photo by Anthony Wesley, Broken Hill Australia

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On June 3rd, an object slammed into the planet Jupiter. About one year ago, a similar event occurred.   Here is a feature I produced last year which describes the previous impact but also the role that this large planet plays in our solar system in protecting our own planet.

My guest is Dr. Donald DeYoung, Astronomer and Chair of the Physical Science Department at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN.

Rewind: The Life and Legacy of James Clerk Maxwell

In History, Science on May 19, 2010 at 2:37 am

James Clerk Maxwell
photo courtesy of James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

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Next month marks the 179th anniversary of the birth of one of the most significant scientists of the 19th century. His research would lead to the development of radio, television, radar and the cellular phone. Britain’s Royal Society of Science says that “his contributions to science cannot be over-stated.”

This report looks at the life and legacy of this scientific giant, James Clerk Maxwell; featuring Randy Guliuzza, National Representative of the Institute for Creation Research.

Recommended resources:

1. The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, by Lewis Campbell and William Garnett (McMillian and Co., 1884). Available online from Google Books.
2. Man of Science, Man of Faith: James Clerk Maxwell, by Christine Dao. Originally published in Acts & Facts. 37 (9): 8.
3. Five of Maxwell’s Papers are available from Project Gutenberg by clicking here.
4. James Clerk Maxwell by Ann Lamont. Creation 15(3):45-47
5. “Maxwell and creation: Acceptance, criticism, and his anonymous publication” by Philip L. Marston (2007). American Journal of Physics 75 (8): 731–740. It can be purchased online here.
6. Physical Sciences for Christian Schools by E.L. Williams and George Mullinger (1974, BJU Press).

Rewind: Trees and Leaves

In General Interest, Science on May 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

This is one of my favorites from May 6, 2009:
photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Spring has finally arrived in most parts of the country, and with warmer temperatures and longer days, flowers and trees are once again putting out their leaves.

This feature takes a look at these amazing parts of God’s creation with Dr. Jay Wile, author of the Apologia Science Curriculum, and Dr. Frank Sherwin, Senior Lecturer with the Institute for Creation Research.

Book: Discovery of Design

In Science on April 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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What does a firefly, a lobster’s eye, a dog’s paw and a young corn plant have in common? They all have inspired scientists and inventors to look at the world differently. This piece features a conversation on “elements of design from creation” with Dr. Donald DeYoung, Chairman of the Science and Math Department at Grace College, Winona Lake, IN.

In 2009 he coauthored Discovery of Design: Searching Out the Creator’s Secrets (Master Books).

To learn more about design from creation, visit the Discovery of Design website.

Interview Extras:

There are a number of design elements from the original that I wasn’t able to include in today’s feature:

The Feather and Velcro (1:50):

The Femur Bone and the Eiffel Tower (2:07):

The Beech Tree Leaf and Satellite Technology (1:46):

The Buckey Ball (2:36):

Intelligent Design Discrimination Case at JPL

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Science on April 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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In 2008 the movie “Expelled” presented evidence of the discrimination many scientists face in the academic community for not holding to Darwinian evolution.

David Coppedge has been a regular Prime Time America guest over the last few years on a variety of astronomy topics, and he finds himself in an “expelled” situation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  This feature takes a look at his case with his lawyer William J. Becker, Jr., and Casey Luskin, policy analyst for the Discovery Institute.

If you’d like to sign an on-line petition calling for academic freedom in cases like David’s, click here.

To read the complaint filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court on April 14th, click here.

Book: The Fossil Record: Unearthing Nature’s History of Life

In Culture, Current Events, Science on April 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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Evolutionists point to the fossil record for support of their theory, but what does it really reveal?  Geologist Dr. John Morris (President of the Institute for Creation Research) has written a new book that takes a look at fossils and what they tell us about the past.

For more information about: The Fossil Record: Unearthing Nature’s History of Life (ICR, 2010), click here.

Technology: Omnivorous Engine

In Culture, Science, Testimonies on April 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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This week marks the annual observance of Earth Day.  In 2008 I had a chance to get a tour of the Transportation Research Division of Argonne National Laboratory.

This report looks at a new engine being developed that will be able to burn multiple types of locally produced fuel.  Don Hillebrand is Director of the Center for Transportation Research in the Energy Systems Division for the Argonne National Laboratory.

Science: Another Look at Stem Cell Research

In Culture, Current Events, General Interest, History, Science on April 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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The debate over “Stem Cell research” has not been in the news in recent months due to the health care reform debate and current financial and jobs related issues; but research continues to go on all around the world. This feature is another look at the topic, focusing on some of the advances being made in adult stem cell research and the possible ethical concerns they produce.

Guests include Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research, and Mike Riddle, National Speaker and Apologist for Answers in Genesis.

If you’d like to hear the first feature I produced with Mike Riddle from 2008, click here.

Science: Understanding Earthquakes

In Current Events, General Interest, History, Science on March 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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In the last few months we’ve seen the terrible destruction caused by large earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and now Turkey.

This feature comes from a conversation I had with two geologists about the forces at work in an earthquake and why they happen where they do.

Guests include:

Dr. Andrew Snelling, Geologist and Director of Research for Answers in Genesis and author of The Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation and the Flood (ICR, 2010)
Dr. Steve Austin, Senior Research Scientist and Chair of the Geology Department for the Institute for Creation Research. Author of the article “Earthquakes in these Last Days.”