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Louisiana the Only State to Promote Academic Freedom (So Far)
Last month, Louisiana became the only state to set into law some measure of academic protection for teachers who wish to present more than one side of the origins debate. The Louisiana Academic Freedom Act will shield public school teachers from discrimination or job termination if they introduce material on controversial topics in the science classroom, including evidence against biological evolution.Critics say the acts intention is to introduce creationism into the classroom. But just what exactly in the act's provisions irks these critics? Read the entire article.
Tasmanian Devils: Extinction, not Macroevolution
Tasmanian devils are breeding at younger ages, and researchers at the University of Tasmania in Australia believe the phenomenon is caused by an evolutionary response to the cancer that is devastating these small marsupials. With the disease cutting their total years down to two or three, Tasmanian devils have begun to breed as early as age one.Does the life and death struggle of the Tasmanian devil demonstrate strong selection for rapid evolution? Read the entire article.
Fossil Feathers Convey Color
Analysis of an unusual Brazilian fossil has led U.S. researchers to link microscopic fossil features to bird feather colors. The fossil has dramatic black and white banding patterns that have been interpreted as post-fossilization bacterial activity. However, there are structures in the rock in which it was found that are the same size and shape as cells from living dark feathers.Not only does this fossil contain the structure and shape of delicate cells, it also displays carbon-rich stripes corresponding to the preserved melanosomes. What kind of event could account for this level of preservation? Read the entire article.
ABC News: Camels Are American Emigrants
Some scientists believe that camels originated in North America and migrated from there. A recent ABC news story declared that "the fossil record, from over 20 million years ago, shows that every camel came exclusively from [North America]."However, what the fossil record really shows are fossilized camels. The reported migratory patterns and dates do not come from the fossil record, but from a set of assumptions. Read the entire article.
World's First Artificial DNA Molecule (Well, Almost)
Biomimicry is the science of designing machines that follow patterns that can be observed within God's creation. One example of this is the helicopter, which aviation pioneer Igor Sikorski designed after a lengthy study of dragonflies. Another case is the cutting-edge, self-cleaning boat coatings modeled on shark skin.Recently, biomimicry has been taken to another level: molecular. Japanese chemists have discovered how to mimic DNA. But how close is it to the real thing? Read the entire article.
A Natural Cause of Greenhouse Gas
Data collected through the 1980s and 1990s strongly suggested that the earth was warming. Some scientists believe the phenomenon is man-made. Other researchers are convinced that the warming trend was caused naturally, perhaps by an increase in the sun's radiation.Resolution of these debates seems a long way off, but a new discovery may add weight to the idea that the earth and everything in and around it, including the atmosphere, was designed by God. Read the entire article.
National Geographic's Flatfish Story Falls Flat
Evolutionists are praising research recently conducted on flatfish fossils, and one banner publication went a bold step further in claiming that the find contradicts intelligent design and creation arguments.National Geographic posted the story based on Chicago paleontologist Matt Friedmans research on two flatfish fossils found in northern Italy. Do the fossils represent evolutionary transitions from fish with eyes on either side of their heads to flatfish? Read the entire article.
New Antibiotic Kills Drug-resistant Superbugs
Antibiotics are a bit like electronic products. Given time, they become obsolete. Scientists at the Rockefeller University have taken antibiotic technology to the next level by targeting bacterial genes. A new drug may have turned the tables on drug-resistant "superbugs."Though scientists have intelligently designed a drug that may remove the dreadful threat of MRSA infection, the fact remains that drug-resistant bacteria do not demonstrate macroevolution. Read the entire article.
Human-pig Embryos: A Question of Morality
Researchers at the University of Warwick are attempting to develop human-pig hybrid embryos. The project's application received approval from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the U.K.'s fertility watchdog agency, in January 2008.No reasons are given for why it is necessary or why it is ethical. Since the experts are interested in it, and the HFEA has licensed it, this is evidently considered sufficient justification to pursue the project. But is this reason enough? Read the entire article.
Understanding the Stem Cell Debate
In the ongoing debate about stem cell research, few people differentiate between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Also, few know that there are over 70 successful treatments from adult stem cells and none from embryonic. Those who support the use of embryonic stem cells claim that these cells have the best potential for health and medical research.However, investigators have successfully converted adult stem cells back to pluripotent cells. Read the entire article.