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  • Tweaking the Genetic Code: Debunking Attempts to Engineer Evolution

    12/01/2009 9:22:15 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 26 replies · 1,287+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | December 2009 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    A new concept making its way through the scientific community holds that just a few key changes in the right genes will result in a whole new life form as different from its progenitor as a bird is from a lizard![1] This idea is being applied to a number of key problems in the evolutionary model, one of which is the lack of transitional forms in both the fossil record and the living (extant) record. The new concept supposedly adds support to the "punctuated equilibrium" model proposed by the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen J. Gould. Dr. Gould derived his ideas...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 22-28, 2009: Rooms with a View (reader participation)

    11/23/2009 11:16:25 PM PST · by cogitator · 10 replies · 739+ views
    Sorry about not putting up an image last week -- circumstances intervened. But I had already come up with this idea, and I think it's appropriate for a holiday (at least in the U.S.) week where there are a lot of travelers. Also, this is a user participation thread. I invite readers to find other examples and post them here. If you've never done that before, if you find an image, you can (in Windows) click on it and get an option to "Copy Image Location". If you do that, then in a response you use HTML code: img src="image...
  • Early Volcanoes Minted Nickel

    11/22/2009 9:59:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 821+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 20 November 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageGreen gold. A complex geological process produced this sample of nickel sulfide. Credit: Marco Fiorentini, Science Those spare nickels in your pocket might not be there without the help of ancient volcanoes that blasted sulfur dioxide into the sky billions of years ago. The discovery solves a mystery that has dogged researchers for decades, says geochemist Edward Ripley of Indiana University, Bloomington, who was not affiliated with the study. The nickel in ore deposits is actually nickel sulfide, a compound that is rich in sulfur. The sulfur is "critically important," says geochemist Douglas Rumble of the Carnegie Institution...
  • A Global Catastrophic Event Wiped Out Ancient Forests

    11/22/2009 8:10:55 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 129 replies · 2,942+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Fungi are single or multi-celled organisms that break down organic materials, such as rotting wood, in order to absorb their nutrients. Neither plant nor animal, they range from mushrooms to single-celled yeast. Scientists were investigating organic chemicals trapped in an Italian sedimentary rock formation when they found evidence that an extinct fungus feasted on dead wood during a time when the world’s forests had been catastrophically eradicated.[1] What could have caused such a universal effect on forests, and why does organic material remain in rocks that are supposedly 251.4 million years old?...
  • "Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone" (another Evo abandons the HMS Beagle)

    11/20/2009 8:17:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 948+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 18, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone --snip-- "The discovery of pervasive HGT and the overall dynamics of the genetic universe destroys not only the tree of life as we knew it but also another central tenet of the modern synthesis inherited from Darwin, namely gradualism. In a world dominated by HGT, gene duplication, gene loss and such momentous events as endosymbiosis, the idea of evolution being driven primarily by infinitesimal heritable changes in the Darwinian tradition has become untenable." ...
  • Amber-Trapped Spider Web Too Old for Evolution

    11/20/2009 8:37:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 56 replies · 2,508+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Amateur fossil hunters Jamie and Jonathan Hiscocks were looking for dinosaur remains in East Sussex, UK, when they instead found tiny spider webs trapped inside a piece of ancient amber. Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier inspected the amber, which was assigned an age of over 100 million years. He concluded that spiders back then were able to spin webs just like today’s garden spiders.The amber-encased webbing formed concentric circles like those that contemporary orb-weaver spiders manufacture. Also evident were “little sticky droplets along the web threads to trap prey,” Brasier told the Daily Mail. He added, “You can match the...
  • Creationists are ‘liars’?

    11/19/2009 3:13:17 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 327 replies · 3,502+ views
    CMI ^ | Tas Walker, Ph.D.
    Creationists are ‘liars' (?): Geologist Donald Prothero doesn’t like the fact that we don’t agree with his ideas on evolution. I love the attitude some evolutionists have toward professional, scientific debate. Because creationist scientists do not agree with their biased, subjective and unsubstantiated ideas they spit the dummy and call us liars. The latest tirade from geologist Donald Prothero is in an opinion piece in NewScientist entitled ‘Evolution: What missing link?’1 I like that title. His article was picked up by the Telegraph newspaper in the UK which reported, ‘Creationists “peddle lies about the fossil record”.’2 Lies? Are creationists really...
  • Rapid Rifting Presages Future Events

    11/19/2009 8:22:01 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,847+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The Great Rift Valley extends some 4,000 miles southward from Syria north of Israel, through the Gulf of Aqaba, through Ethiopia, and all the way to Mozambique in southeast Africa. It harbors a giant fault, which has been under investigation as a model for sea floor spreading. A recent geologic event rent a gaping crack through the desert of Ethiopia, causing safety concerns for locals. These crustal plate motions may foreshadow rifting events further north in the Great Rift Valley...
  • Rapid Rifting in Ethiopia Challenges Evolutionary Model

    11/18/2009 9:13:37 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 103 replies · 2,008+ views
    ICR News ^ | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Volcanic activity in 2005 accompanied the formation of a deep, wide rift in Ethiopia on part of the 4,000-mile-long north-to-south trending Great Rift Valley fault. Studies show that the injection of mantle material that “unzipped” the earth along the fault operated the same way as similar material does in less-accessible undersea rifts. Scientists knew that rifts were formed in this manner, but the suddenness of this one’s formation astonished them...
  • More Support for Human Role in Chinese Quake

    11/12/2009 12:22:11 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 579+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 6 November 2009 | Richard A. Kerr
    When the Wenchuan earthquake killed some 80,000 people in southwest China in May of last year, suspicion immediately fell on the reservoir behind the nearby Zipingpu Dam. Seismologists knew that several hundred million tons of water had filled the reservoir in the preceding few years and that either the water itself or its weight might have weakened a nearby fault and unleashed the quake. A new analysis finds that both scenarios are plausible, but further insight will require the cooperation of the Chinese government. Last December, an American researcher was the first to prominently report (Science, 16 January, p. 322)...
  • Volcano Plume Sparks Eruption Concerns (Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines)

    11/11/2009 8:27:11 AM PST · by JimSEA · 15 replies · 1,072+ views
    Sky News ^ | Wednesday November 11, 2009 | Joe Braidwood
    Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines, which killed scores in an eruption 16 years ago, has spewed an ash plume leading to fears it may blow again.

    11/10/2009 8:45:14 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 98 replies · 3,433+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | Steve Wolfe
    Probably you have heard the expression, ‘Seeing is believing’, but is that always true? In fact, quite often it’s the other way around: ‘Believing is seeing’. This is true of geology, for example. Geological evidence does not speak for itself, and so it must always be interpreted. And how we interpret that evidence is always influenced by our beliefs. A good example of this is found on a roadside interpretive sign near the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in central Oregon. This is where the John Day River flows through a water gap[1] called...
  • Cambrian Explosion Solved: Elementary, My Dear Darwin

    10/30/2009 8:26:04 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 1,476+ views
    CEH ^ | October 28, 2009
    Oct 28, 2009 — Two articles announced solutions to the evidential problem that most troubled Darwin – the sudden appearance of complex animals at the base of the Cambrian fossil record.  Both of them involve chemical elements.  The only difference is which element. Science Daily announced a “Novel Evolutionary Theory For The Explosion Of Life.”  The article acknowledged that “The Cambrian Explosion is widely regarded as one of the most relevant episodes in the history of life on Earth, when the vast majority of animal phyla first appear in the fossil record.”  The article also acknowledged it to be a...
  • Scientific Conference Refuting Evolution Theory to be held in Rome, Italy

    10/29/2009 8:51:03 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 57 replies · 1,988+ views
    Remnant ^ | October 20, 2009
    Remnant Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OCTOBER 20, 2009CONTACT: H. M. OWEN (U.S.), or PETER WILDERS (Europe), The Scientific Impossibility of Evolution November 9, 2009 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. St. Pius V University (Rome) In Response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Call for Both Sides to be Heard The 150th anniversary of Darwin’s "Origin of the Species" in November 2009 will be the occasion for a unique conference at Pope Pius V University in Rome presenting a scientific refutation of evolution theory. According to Russian sedimentologist Alexander Lalamov...
  • GEOLOGISTS MAKE BETTER ESTIMATES OF ROCK AGES,( May have formed five times faster ...

    10/26/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 1,271+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | October 22 , 2009 | Bradley Cramer and Matthew Saltzman
    PHILADELPHIA -- Ohio State University geologists have found that important rocks from Niagara Gorge -- rock formations that are used to judge the ages of rocks and fossils around North America -- formed five times faster than previously thought. The finding means that scientists will have to re-examine studies of sedimentary rock deposited across North America during the Silurian period, from 416 to 443 million years ago.
  • A Classic Polystrate Fossil (defies evo-assumption that the "present is key to the past")

    10/22/2009 7:38:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 120 replies · 2,502+ views
    ACTS&FACTS ^ | October 2009 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Years ago, National Geographic published a remarkable photograph of a polystrate fossil, a fossilized tree that extended stratigraphically upward through several layers of rock in Tennessee. Its roots were in a coal seam, and the overlying deposits included bedded shale and thin carbon-rich layers. An advocate of any form of uniformitarianism would believe that it took many, many years to deposit this sequence of layers (much longer than it takes for a tree to grow and eventually die and decay), yet one vertical fossil extends through them all. This one fossilized tree offered a direct contradiction to the evolutionary mantra...
  • Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? (Temple of Darwin at it again...LOL!!!)

    10/22/2009 2:44:51 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 81 replies · 2,422+ views
    New Scientist ^ | October 19, 2009 | Nick Lane
    Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? --snip-- The picture painted by Russell and Martin is striking indeed. The last common ancestor of all life was not a free-living cell at all, but a porous rock riddled with bubbly iron-sulphur membranes that catalysed primordial biochemical reactions...
  • Bedrock of a holy city: the historical importance of Jerusalem's geology

    10/19/2009 11:47:57 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 946+ views
    Geological Society of America ^ | Oct 19, 2009 | Unknown
    Boulder, CO, USA – Jerusalem's geology has been crucial in molding it into one of the most religiously important cities on the planet, according to a new study. It started in the year 1000 BCE, when the Jebusite city's water system proved to be its undoing. The Spring of Gihon sat just outside the city walls, a vital resource in the otherwise parched region. But King David, in tent on taking the city, sent an elite group of his soldiers into a karst limestone tunnel that fed the spring. His men climbed up through a cave system hollowed out by...
  • New Way to Tap Gas May Expand Global Supplies

    10/10/2009 9:04:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies · 2,936+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 10, 2009 | CLIFFORD KRAUSS
    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new technique that tapped previously inaccessible supplies of natural gas in the United States is spreading to the rest of the world, raising hopes of a huge expansion in global reserves of the cleanest fossil fuel. Italian and Norwegian oil engineers and geologists have arrived in Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to learn how to extract gas from layers of a black rock called shale. Companies are leasing huge tracts of land across Europe for exploration. And oil executives are gathering rocks and scrutinizing Asian and North African geological maps in search of other fields. The global...
  • Crystal Cave of Giants (Amazing Pictures!)

    09/09/2009 9:42:26 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 52 replies · 3,929+ views
    Stormchaser ^ | September 9, 2009 | George Kourounis
    Crystal Cave of Giants Naica, Mexico - Sept 3 - 6, 2009 Air Temperature of 50C(122F) + Relative Humidity of over 90% = Humidex Value of 105C (228F) !! This is one of the most extreme places on the planet. The Crystal Cave of Giants was accidentally discovered in 2000 by miners working in the silver and lead mine at Naica, Mexico. It lies almost 300 meters (900 feet) below the surface of the Earth and it contains the largest crystals known in the world, by far. The largest crystals are over 11 meters long (36 feet) and weigh 55...
  • Geology Picture of the Weeks, Aug. 26-Sep. 6, 2009: Geologic Color

    08/27/2009 8:54:57 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 816+ views
    Since I probably won't be able to post next week (thought I might try to sneak one in Sunday) I'm putting up some colorful images. Hope you like. Another place I'm unlikely ever to visit: Akpatok Island, Ungava Bay, Canada: From space: Akpatok Island lies in Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, Canada. Accessible only by air, Akpatok Island rises out of the water as sheer cliffs that soar 500 to 800 feet (150 to 243 m) above the sea surface. The island is an important sanctuary for cliff-nesting seabirds. Numerous ice floes around the island attract walrus and whales, making...
  • 'Big one' may hit close to Seattle

    08/16/2009 6:59:14 PM PDT · by Robwin · 21 replies · 1,252+ views
    Tricity Herald ^ | 08/16/2009 | Les Blumenthal
    "Using sophisticated seismometers and global positioning systems, scientists have been able to track minute movements along two massive tectonic plates colliding 25 miles or so underneath the Puget Sound basin. Their early findings suggest a mega-earthquake could strike closer to Tacoma and Seattle than earlier thought. [snip] Earlier calculations creating a virtual earthquake using a supercomputer indicated that such a mega-earthquake in the Northwest could result in ground motion of 1.5 feet per second in Seattle, nearly six inches per second in Tacoma, Olympia and Vancouver, and three inches in Portland. That would be more than enough to cause major...
  • Ian Plimer The Geologist Who Exposed The Great Climate Change Con Job

    07/26/2009 4:17:34 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 857+ views
    UK Spectator/The Lid ^ | 7/27/09 | The Lid
    Back in April Paul Sheehan, till then a member of the Church of Global Warming Hysterics and a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald read and reviewed Ian Plimer's latest book, Heaven and Earth, Global Warming: The Missing Science and emerged from the experience a changed man: Much of what we have read about climate change, [Plimer] argues, is rubbish, especially the computer modeling on which much current scientific opinion is based, which he describes as "primitive."… "Heaven and Earth is an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware...
  • Flumes Zoom in on Mud Rock History (could Cambrian rocks have been laid down in catastrophic flood?)

    07/24/2009 8:47:38 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 604+ views
    ICR ^ | July 24, 2009 | Brian Williams, M.S.
    For decades, museums and textbooks confidently asserted that mud rocks—such as limestone, siltstone, mudstone, and shale—were formed over vast eons as super-fine sediments slowly settled to the bottom of shallow lakes or seas. But new flume studies are challenging old ways of thinking about mud rock formation...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 7-13, 2009: Cauldron of Kilauea

    06/13/2009 6:08:53 PM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 804+ views
    The picture isn't that spectacular; the video (in Quicktime) is. When I saw this I knew it had to be a Geopic of the week (sorry I'm late). The movie is in real-time. Turn up the sound. If you're wondering what this is, it's a view down the throat of the Hale'maumau vent. I wonder if this will eventually rise and fill the crater floor, even if only briefly -- that would be a sight.
  • The Quaternary Period Wins Out

    06/04/2009 9:55:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 739+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 3 June 2009 | Richard A. Kerr
    Enlarge ImageWe're all here. The newly official Quaternary period includes the span of our genus Homo as well as the comings and goings of the ice ages. Credit: Peter Hoey Geoscientists have cut the Gordian knot of geologic timekeeping. Ever since 19th century geologists divided the history of Earth into four periods—the Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Quaternary, oldest to most recent—their intellectual descendants have been dismantling that time scale. But the geologists, anthropologists, glaciologists, and paleoecologists studying the last couple of million years became quite attached to the Quaternary. They gave its name to their journals and even themselves—to...
  • Natural quasicrystals discovered

    06/04/2009 9:06:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 771+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 04 June 2009 | Phillip Broadwith
    Scientists have discovered a rare form of solid - a quasicrystal - in a rock sample from Russia's Koryak mountains. Quasicrystals have unusual properties and have previously only been made in the laboratory. The discovery could redefine the field of mineralogy and expand our understanding of how quasicrystals form, leading to new applications.Quasicrystals are a type of solid with structures in between those of crystals and glasses. They are often compared to Penrose tilings, where two different shapes of tile are tessellated in patterns with local symmetry but more complex overall periodicity. The materials have interesting properties, often being harder or...
  • The Coming Ice Age

    05/12/2009 11:03:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies · 2,836+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 13, 2009 | David Deming
    Those who ignore the geologic perspective do so at great risk.  In fall of 1985, geologists warned that a Columbian volcano, Nevado del Ruiz, was getting ready to erupt.  But the volcano had been dormant for 150 years.  So government officials and inhabitants of nearby towns did not take the warnings seriously.  On the evening of November 13, Nevado del Ruiz erupted, triggering catastrophic mudslides.  In the town of Armero, 23,000 people were buried alive in a matter of seconds. For ninety percent of the last million years, the normal state of the Earth's climate has been an ice age. ...
  • Giant Tsunami Once Washed Over New York Area

    05/04/2009 4:01:15 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 16 replies · 817+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Monday, May 04, 2009
    Remember that huge tidal wave cresting over lower Manhattan in the 1998 asteroid-disaster movie "Deep Impact"? Well, it really may have happened, but long before any skyscrapers were built — around 300 B.C., in fact. Researchers from Columbia, Harvard and Vanderbilt universities first presented the hypothesis at a geologists' conference in December, and spoke more recently to the BBC. Vanderbilt's Stephen Goodbred explained that an unusual eight-inch-thick layer of sea sand and gravel 2,300 years old lies along the shorelines and riverbanks of the entire New York metropolitan area. Such a formation, containing chunks of rock as big as a...
  • News to Note, May 2, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    05/02/2009 11:41:27 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 642+ views
    AiG ^ | May 2, 2009
    News to Note, May 2, 2009A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (Read the following stories, and much more by clicking excerpt link at the bottom) 1. LiveScience: “Swine Flu Is Evolution in Action”Swine flu—both the virus itself and the associated paranoia—seems to be sweeping the world. Is it evolution in action? 2. LiveScience: “Some Dinosaurs Survived the Asteroid Impact”The widely taught model of dinosaur extinction doesn’t line up with the latest fossil findings. 3. National Geographic News: “Baby Mammoth CT Scan Reveals Internal Organs”The preserved baby woolly mammoth shows that it died in an “oxygen-deprived environment” that...
  • Confusing Patterns With Coincidences (Earthquakes)

    04/12/2009 12:48:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 885+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2009 | SUSAN HOUGH
    IN the aftermath of the earthquake at L’Aquila, Italy, on Monday that killed nearly 300 people, splashy headlines suggested that these victims didn’t have to die. An Italian researcher, Giampaolo Giuliani, began to sound alarm bells a month earlier, warning that an earthquake would strike near L’Aquila on March 29. The prediction was apparently based on anomalous radon gas concentrations in the air; the region had also experienced a number of small tremors starting in mid-January. Mr. Giuliani was denounced for inciting panic by Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, and he was forced to take his warning off the Web after...
  • Laser mapping may help solve the mystery of the Mima Mounds

    04/06/2009 10:06:39 AM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 1,022+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 03 Apr 2009 | Sandi Doughton
    Mima Mounds: Scientists say new laser maps suggest glaciers as the architects of the mysterious humps, but one gopher proponent holds firm. From goofy to erudite, more than three dozen theories have attempted to explain the origins of grassy mounds that dot the prairies of Southwest Washington. The latest twist won't settle the debate, but it casts the mysterious hummocks in a different light. Laser light, that is. Scientists used airborne laser surveys to create topographic maps that reveal new details about the so-called Mima Mounds scattered across lowlands south of Olympia and Tacoma. The technique fires 23,000 pulses a...
  • Pictured: The Spectacular Eruption Of An Underwater Volcano In The South Pacific

    03/19/2009 6:16:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,460+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 19, 2009
    Pictured: The spectacular eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 19th March 2009 Spewing clouds of smoke, ash and steam thousands of feet into the sky, these dramatic images and video (below) show the raw power of an undersea volcano erupting. The spectacular columns blasted out of the South Pacific yesterday six miles off the coast of Tonga's main island Tongatapu. The eruption can be seen clearly from the capital, Nuku'alofa, although residents only reported seeing smoke rising from the sea on Wednesday, two days after it is believed to have begun 'It's a...
  • Photo Essay: Spectacular eruption of an underwater volcano

    03/19/2009 6:17:37 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 41 replies · 2,658+ views ^ | 19th March 2009 | staff writer
    Pictured: The spectacular eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific ...The spectacular columns blasted out of the South Pacific yesterday six miles off the coast of Tonga's main island Tongatapu. The eruption can be seen clearly from the capital, Nuku'alofa... Towering above, the sheer power of the underwater volcano could be seen for many miles ...No warnings have been issued to the coastal villages...The situation...helped by trade winds which...blow gas and steam away from the island. The roiling seas beneath the full fury of the undersea volcano which is part of a cluster of 36 in the area...
  • O.C. Residents Feel Mysterrrrrious Shakingggg!

    03/04/2009 3:24:04 PM PST · by TaraP · 24 replies · 1,293+ views
    SANTA ANA (CBS) ― Click to enlarge A shake and some rattled nerves. What was it? Who knows. The investigation continues. AP 1 of 1 Close numSlides of totalImages As mysteries go, it might not rank up there with "What happened to Amelia Earhart?" or "Did Oswald act alone?" but a strange rattling, shaking, and quaking got people in Orange County all shook up yesterday evening...and we can tell you this much, it wasn't an Elvis sighting either. We are used to earthquakes in the Southland, but this was no quake either! Or a sonic boom. We are used to...
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    02/28/2009 8:32:31 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 4 replies · 540+ views
    AiG ^ | February 28, 2009
    News to Note, February 28, 2008 (go to link below to read stories) 1. CBC News: “Montreal Scientists Unlock Mystery of Early Molecular Mechanism”. Have Canadian scientists uncovered the key that makes an evolutionary origin of life plausible? 2. Forbes: “The Dangers of Overselling Evolution” Philip Skell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences for more than three decades, cautions against protecting Darwinism through censorship. 3. The Boston Globe: “Cod in the Act of Evolution” Another example of “evolution in action”—-need we even bother examining the reality to confirm this isn’t what Darwin predicted? 4. BBC News: “‘Ghost Peaks’...
  • Stunning New Evidence of a Higher Ancient Sea Level

    02/25/2009 8:17:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 126 replies · 2,584+ views
    ICR ^ | February 25, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Stunning New Evidence of a Higher Ancient Sea Level by Brian Thomas, M.S.* According to the record in Genesis, there was a time when the entire surface of the earth was inundated with water. This possibility has been ridiculed because of questions regarding the origin and destination of all the extra water that supposedly would have been required to accomplish this.1 But newly described fossils of marine creatures found in a rock quarry in Bermuda indicate that ancient sea levels used to be 70 feet higher than they are today, which presents a puzzle to standard geological thinking.2 Geologist Paul...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Jan. 4-10, 2009: One of the Seven Wonder nominees

    01/08/2009 9:18:44 PM PST · by cogitator · 3 replies · 752+ views
    I guess I heard about this before, but I just read that voting reopened. Go to the linked site for more information, and you can vote if you want to. With all deference to all of the wonders of South America, is there anything that can beat this: An even more spectacular shot is at the site below; can't use a shared link. Find Angel Falls and click to see the big pic. Waterfalls of the World One more:
  • Yellowstone Earthquakes: Supervolcano Update

    01/02/2009 9:32:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 157 replies · 5,759+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | January 02, 2009 | James Pethokoukis
    A Yellowstone earthquake update: 1) The rumbling continues, including 3.5, 3.0 and 3.2 quakes just today 2) Here is some more Jake Lowenstern (the Yellowstone volcano scientist) analysis (via TIME): Jake Lowenstern, Ph.D.,YVO's chief scientist, who also is part of the USGS Volcano Hazards Team, told TIME that it doesn't appear a supervolcano event is imminent. "We don't think the amount of magma exists that would create one of these large eruptions of the past," he said. "It is still possible to have a volcanic eruption comparable to other volcanoes. But we would expect to see more and larger quakes,...
  • Six North American sites hold 12,900-year-old nanodiamond-rich soil

    01/02/2009 10:44:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies · 1,155+ views ^ | 01-01-2009 | Source: University of Oregon in Nanotechnology / Materials
    Abundant tiny particles of diamond dust exist in sediments dating to 12,900 years ago at six North American sites, adding strong evidence for Earth's impact with a rare swarm of carbon-and-water-rich comets or carbonaceous chondrites, reports a nine-member scientific team. These nanodiamonds, which are produced under high-temperature, high-pressure conditions created by cosmic impacts and have been found in meteorites, are concentrated in similarly aged sediments at Murray Springs, Ariz., Bull Creek, Okla., Gainey, Mich., and Topper, S.C., as well as Lake Hind, Manitoba, and Chobot, Alberta, in Canada. Nanodiamonds can be produced on Earth, but only through high-explosive detonations or...
  • Imminent Yellowstone 'Supervolcano' Now 'Unlikely'

    01/02/2009 9:13:55 AM PST · by Flavius · 77 replies · 3,326+ views
    cbs ^ | 1/2/09 | cbs
    NEW YORK (CBS) ― [Click to zoom.] Click to enlarge Yellowstone remains very geologically active — and its famous geysers and hot springs are a reminder that a pool of magma still exists five to 10 miles underground. (File) CBS 1 of 1 Close numSlides of totalImages Related Stories * Yellowstone Earthquakes May Be 'Precursory' Events (12/30/2008) * Author: Yellowstone Park A Ticking Bomb (7/28/2008) * Wolves Of Yellowstone Spur Love And Hate (7/18/2007) * Yellowstone Bulge May Cause Thermal Unrest (3/2/2006) Related Links * Lowenstern Interview With Blogger * Yellowstone Earthquake Map The recent "swarm" of small earthquake tremors...
  • Diamonds Linked to Quick Cooling Eons Ago

    01/02/2009 9:02:31 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 27 replies · 979+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | KENNETH CHANG
    University of Oregon Scientists found microscopic diamonds in the black layer of rock at Murray Springs in Arizona. At least once in Earth’s history, global warming ended quickly, and scientists have long wondered why. Now researchers are reporting that the abrupt cooling — which took place about 12,900 years ago, just as the planet was emerging from an ice age — may have been caused by one or more meteors that slammed into North America. That could explain the extinction of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and maybe even the first human inhabitants of the Americas, the scientists report in Friday’s...
  • Drilling Hits an Active Magma Chamber In Hawaii [good news for science]

    12/17/2008 8:36:40 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 51 replies · 1,975+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 12/17/2008 | timothy
    Smivs writes "The BBC are reporting that drillers looking for geothermal energy in Hawaii have inadvertently put a well right into a magma chamber. Molten rock pushed back up the borehole several meters before solidifying, making it perfectly safe to study. Magma specialist Bruce Marsh says it will allow scientists to observe directly how granites are made. 'This is unprecedented; this is the first time a magma has been found in its natural habitat,' the Johns Hopkins University professor told BBC News. 'Before, all we had to deal with were lava flows; but they are the end of a magma's...
  • Lasers Uncover Craters

    12/03/2008 8:30:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 945+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 1 December 2008 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageUnmasked. Aircraft LIDAR sweeps found this previously hidden impact crater in central Alberta, Canada. Credit: Herd et al., Geology Researchers have uncovered a pond-sized crater in the woods of central Alberta, Canada, carved out by a meteor that slammed into Earth about 1100 years ago. The technique they used to pinpoint the pit--a laser take on radar--figures to help scientists find evidence of hundreds of similar impacts that have remained hidden until now. Every 10 years or so, a sizable chunk of asteroid or comet crashes to Earth, leaving a crater about 40 meters wide. The remnants of...
  • Is there a Freeper Geologist?

    11/05/2008 4:20:40 PM PST · by Battle Axe · 61 replies · 2,052+ views
    11/5/08 | Battle Axe
    I was picking up some field stone and found a very strange rock that could be an egg. It was broken open and there is something inside. I do not know how to put a picture on FR. I need the services of a Geologist. Is there one here?
  • Oldest rocks on Earth found in northern Canada

    09/26/2008 1:31:18 AM PDT · by Soliton · 8 replies · 388+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 25, 2008 | Will Dunham
    A pinkish tract of bedrock on the eastern shore of Canada's Hudson Bay contains the oldest known rocks on Earth, formed 4.28 billion years ago, not long after the planet was formed, scientists said on Thursday. The rocks may be remnants of Earth's primordial crust, which formed on the planet's surface as it cooled following the birth of the solar system, according to Jonathan O'Neil of McGill University in Montreal.
  • Oldest Rocks on Earth Found

    09/25/2008 2:16:24 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 77 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | 9/25/08 | Andrea Thompson
    Scientists have found the oldest known rocks on Earth. They are 4.28 billion years old, making them 250 million years more ancient than any previously discovered rocks. Earth formed about 4.6 billion years ago from a disk of gas and dust circling the sun. Remnants of crust from Earth's infancy are hard to come by because most of that material has been recycled into Earth's interior several times by the plate tectonics that continue to shape our planet's surface. In 2001, geologists found an expanse of bedrock, known as the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt, exposed on the eastern shore of Hudson...
  • Earth Science Ireland chastised over anti-Christian, anti-creationist attitude

    09/13/2008 8:57:11 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 377+ views
    CreationOnTheWeb ^ | September 9, 2008 | Angus Kennedy
    An open letter geologist to geologist by Angus Kennedy We may look at the same facts–the rocks and fossils–-but our underlying presuppositions are different, therefore our interpretations are different. For evolutionists to insist that they have science on their side is for them to ignore the difference between operational science–dealing with measuring tangible things in the here and now (how the world works if you like) and historical science–trying to find out what happened in times past when none of us were present. The first employs fundamental principles and repeatable measurements and experiments and has led to the breadth of...
  • The Carolina bays: Explaining a cosmic mystery PART ONE OF THREE

    09/07/2008 6:57:55 PM PDT · by baynut · 63 replies · 590+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 7, 2008 | Dianne Tennant
    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. The morning began with a brief but vigorous argument - call it a discussion - in the hotel lobby. The breakfast table was loaded with road maps, Google Earth printouts and colorful elevation images intended to help the three researchers locate a curious landscape feature. They were hunting for slight depressions in the earth, dimples almost invisible at ground level but so striking from the air that, for a number of years, they captivated the entire country. Scientists in the mid-1900s devoted careers to their study, debated furiously in print, were celebrated, vilified, laughed at and honored,...
  • Just In: Yellowstone's Ancient Supervolcano 'Lukewarm'

    08/28/2008 12:00:49 PM PDT · by Raineygoodyear · 24 replies · 158+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 28th, 2008
    The geysers of Yellowstone National Park owe their existence to the "Yellowstone hotspot"--a region of molten rock buried deep beneath Yellowstone, geologists have found... But how hot is this "hotspot," and what's causing it? In an effort to find out, Derek Schutt of Colorado State University and Ken Dueker of the University of Wyoming took the hotspot's temperature They found that the hotspot is "only" 50 to 200 degrees Celsius hotter than its surroundings. "Although Yellowstone sits above a plume of hot material coming up from deep with the Earth, it's a remarkably 'lukewarm' plume," said Schutt, comparing Yellowstone to...