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  • What are Nanobacteria?

    03/13/2003 12:39:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies · 1,478+ views
    NanoBacLabs ^ | 2001 | NanoBacLabs
    The term Nanobacteria is short for its scientific genus & species name Nanobacterium sanguineum, a Latin scientific term that means blood nanobacteria. Nanobacteria are nano-sized in that they are from 20-200 nanometers in size and are the smallest known self-replicating bacteria (a nanometer is 1 billionth of a meter and is approximately the width of ten hydrogen atoms side-to-side) Nanobacterium sanguineum is recognized as an emerging infectious disease. Nanobacteria have been shown to cause the calcification in coronary artery disease and vascular disease atherosclerotic plaque. (Miller V, et al, Mayo Clinic, Journal American College of Cardiology, March 2002 & Submitted...
  • Organic Molecule, Amino Acid-Like, Found In Constellation Sagittarius

    03/28/2008 6:11:45 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 62 replies · 1,990+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Mar. 27, 2008 | Science Daily
    ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2008) — Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn have detected for the first time a molecule closely related to an amino acid: amino acetonitrile. The organic molecule was found with a 30 metre radio telescope in Spain and two radio interferometers in France and Australia in the "Large Molecule Heimat", a giant gas cloud near the galactic centre in the constellation Sagittarius (Astronomy & Astrophysics, in press).  Amino acetonitrile. (Credit: Sven Thorwirth, MPIfR) The "Large Molecule Heimat" is a very dense, hot gas clump within the star forming region Sagittarius B2....
  • Building block of life found on comet

    08/17/2009 8:26:35 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 43 replies · 1,915+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:45pm EDT | Steve Gorman
    The amino acid glycine, a fundamental building block of proteins, has been found in a comet for the first time, bolstering the theory that raw ingredients of life arrived on Earth from outer space, scientists said on Monday. Microscopic traces of glycine were discovered in a sample of particles retrieved from the tail of comet Wild 2 by the NASA spacecraft Stardust deep in the solar system some 242 million miles (390 million km) from Earth, in January 2004. Samples of gas and dust collected on a small dish lined with a super-fluffy material called aerogel were returned to Earth...
  • Life's Building Blocks Found on Surprising Meteorite

    12/16/2010 5:53:58 AM PST · by FatherofFive · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | Wed Dec 15, 6:15 pm | SPACE.com Staff
    Scientists have discovered amino acids, the building blocks of life in a meteorite where none were expected. The finding adds evidence to the idea that some of life's key ingredients could have formed in space, and then been delivered to Earth long ago by meteorite impacts. The meteorite in question was born in a violent crash, and eventually crashed into northern Sudan
  • How Evolutionists Misunderstand Entropy

    11/20/2009 6:40:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 173 replies · 2,851+ views
    Creation Matters ^ | Timothy R. Stout
    It has always amazed me how unconcerned evolutionists seem to be about entropy and the problems it poses both for a natural origin of life and for macroevolution. The argument from entropy is one of the most powerful arguments against the spontaneous formation of life from a random association of non-living chemicals...
  • Natural selection cannot explain the origin of life (Darwin's epic failure re: comprehensive ToE)

    11/12/2009 8:53:24 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 222 replies · 3,116+ views
    CMI ^ | November 12, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati and Don Batten
    While Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has been described as “a grand narrative—a story of origins that would change the world”,1 ironically his book very pointedly avoided the question of the origin of life itself. This ought not be surprising. Darwin’s theory of the origin of species “by means of natural selection”2 presupposes self-reproduction, so can’t explain the origin of self-reproduction. Unfortunately, many proponents of evolution seem unaware of that. They don’t acknowledge that natural selection requires pre-existing life. As leading 20th century evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky lamented: ...
  • Minimal Complexity Relegates Life Origin Models To Fanciful Speculation

    11/10/2009 8:11:47 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,237+ views
    UncommonDescent ^ | November 10, 2009 | Robert Deyes
    Former Nature editor Philip Ball once commented that ‘there is no assembly plant so delicate, versatile and adaptive as the cell” (1). Emeritus Professor Theodore Brown chose to wax metaphorical by likening the cell to a fully-fledged factory, with its own complex functional relationships and interactions akin to what we observe in our own manufacturing facilities (2). In recent years the seemingly intractable problem of explaining how the first cell came into existence through chance events, otherwise known as the ‘Chance Hypothesis’, has become more acute than ever as scientists have begun to realize that a minimum suite of functional...
  • Free Speech Prevails as Stephen Meyer Speaks on Intelligent Design to Huge Crowd (in CO)

    11/02/2009 8:38:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,826+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 31, 2009 | John West, Ph.D.
    Castle Rock, Colorado—Despite the first major snowstorm of the season, and unrelenting efforts by malicious Darwinists to prevent people from registering, a huge crowd of around 1,000 people showed up Friday night to hear Dr. Stephen Meyer present the DNA evidence for intelligent design based on his new book Signature in the Cell. Meyer, Michael Behe, David Berlinski, and myself are in Colorado to speak at the Legacy of Darwin ID Conference sponsored by Shepherd Project Ministries. On Saturday, Michael Behe will present the evidence against modern Darwinism from his books Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution;...
  • News to Note, October 31, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    10/31/2009 8:19:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 678+ views
    AiG ^ | October 31, 2009
    (See all these news nuggets and more by clicking the excerpt link below): 1. BBC News: “Darwin Teaching ‘Divides Opinion’” Darwinism is a controversial topic, and many believe creation should be taught in the classroom. But why is that news? 2. ScienceDaily: “Junk DNA Mechanism that Prevents Two Species from Reproducing Discovered” Has the U.S. government finally supported creationist research? Alas, no, but the results of a National Institutes of Health study fit squarely within the young-earth creation framework. 3. PhysOrg: “Charles Darwin Really Did Have Advanced Ideas about the Origin of Life” Charles Darwin was convinced that life’s origin...
  • Can Life Exist on Other Planets?

    10/29/2009 8:08:40 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 43 replies · 1,988+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | October 2009 | Danny Faulkner, Ph.D.
    Many people make a distinction between the origin of life and the evolution of life. In this view, biological evolution refers to the gradual development of the diversity of living things from a common ancestor, while the ultimate origin of life is a separate question. This is a legitimate point, but evolution is about much more than just biology. The evolutionary worldview is that all of physical existence, both living and non-living, arose through purely natural processes. With this broad definition of evolution, abiogenesis--the spontaneous appearance of life from non-living matter--is a necessity. If life did arise on earth by...
  • Darwin’s Defenders Deny Life’s Evident Design

    10/25/2009 10:42:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,225+ views
    Church Report ^ | October 23, 2009 | Stephen Myer, Ph.D.
    Following on the heels of his last bestseller, The God Delusion, Darwinian biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has scored another publishing triumph. The No. 5 bestseller in the country, according to the New York Times, is Dawkins’s The Great Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. You might think his success would give him the courage to face critics of his ideas in open debate. But you would be wrong. As one of the architects of the theory of intelligent design, I have formally challenged Dawkins to debate our contrasting views of evolution before the public, but his representatives have...
  • 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...
  • Leading Darwinist Richard Dawkins Dodges Debates, Refuses to Defend Evolution...(what a coward!)

    10/07/2009 8:18:14 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 79 replies · 3,666+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | October 6, 2009
    Seattle – Richard Dawkins, the world’s leading public spokesman for Darwinian evolution and an advocate of the “new atheism,” has refused to debate Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, a prominent advocate of intelligent design and the author of the acclaimed Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. “Richard Dawkins claims that the appearance of design in biology is an illusion and claims to have refuted the case for intelligent design,” says Dr. Meyer who received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge in England. “But Dawkins assiduously avoids addressing the key evidence...
  • Did Ribonucleoproteins Spark Life?

    06/15/2009 11:43:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,040+ views
    ICR ^ | June 15, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Despite “decades of persistent failure to create life by the ‘spark in the soup’ method,”[1] evolutionary biochemists are still trying to find an exclusively naturalistic explanation for how the first cell developed. Many possible chemical precursors to life have been systematically ruled out by rigorous experiments. What they have found is that the molecules necessary for life are found exclusively within cells that are already living. One explanation proposed by evolutionists...
  • In the Beginning was Information: Life Requires a Source of Information (Ch 12)

    05/16/2009 8:13:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 36 replies · 762+ views
    AiG ^ | May 14, 2009 | Dr. Werner Gitt
    Chapter 12: Life Requires a Source of Information by Dr. Werner Gitt May 14, 2009 The common factor present in all living organisms, from bacteria to man, is the information contained in all their cells. It has been discovered that nowhere else can a higher statistical packing density of information (see appendix A1.2.3) be found. The information present in living systems falls in the category of “operational information” as discussed in chapter 7. This information is exactly tuned in to the infinitude of life processes and situations, and its origin can be ascribed to creative constructional information (chapter 7). The...
  • Evolutionary origin of life even more difficult

    05/12/2009 5:02:41 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 52 replies · 1,101+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Michael J. Oard
    Evolutionary origin of life even more difficult Michael J. Oard Both evolutionists and creationists concede that the naturalistic origin of life is extremely difficult to fathom. Our understanding of life has come a long way since Stanley Miller’s simplistic exploration in 1953, which used the wrong chemicals and achieved only simple amino acids. Using what is believed to be a more realistic primitive atmosphere, little if any amino acids have been formed.[1] Since Miller’s experiment, DNA has been discovered and all the myriad machine-like components of the cell have shown the extreme complexity of even the ‘simplest’ looking life. Back...
  • In the Beginning was Information: Some Quantitative Evaluations of Semantics (Ch 10)

    05/05/2009 8:09:15 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 5 replies · 320+ views
    AiG ^ | April 30, 2009 | Dr. Werner Gitt
    In the Beginning was Information: Some Quantitative Evaluations of Semantics (Ch 10) by Dr. Werner Gitt We can now begin to evaluate semantic information quantitatively, after having considered the essentials at the semantics level in the preceding chapters...
  • Ancient Oxygen-Rich Rocks Confound Evolutionary Timescale

    04/08/2009 8:25:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 117 replies · 1,922+ views
    ICR ^ | April 8, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Ancient Oxygen-Rich Rocks Confound Evolutionary Timescale by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Many origin of life researchers have for decades argued that the early earth must have had a “reducing” atmosphere, meaning that it had very little oxygen. This argument has no direct evidence to support it other than the knowledge that oxygen destroys the delicate molecules that comprise cells today. If the first living cells evolved, they would have needed an atmosphere with little or no oxygen. But new research supports the idea that the earth’s surface was always oxygenated...
  • In the Beginning was Information (Ch. 4, The Five Levels of the Information Concept)

    03/22/2009 4:12:55 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 627+ views
    AiG ^ | March 19, 2009 | Dr. Werner Gitt
    In the Beginning was Information: The Five Levels of the Information Concept ...Because of the philosophical bias, both information and life itself are regarded as purely material phenomena in the evolutionary view. The origin and the nature of life is reduced to physical-chemical causes. In the words of Jean B. de Lamarck (1744–1829), “Life is merely a physical phenomenon. All manifestations of life are based on mechanical, physical, and chemical causes, being properties of organic matter” (Philosophie Zoologique, Paris, 1809, Vol. 1, p. 104 f). The German evolutionist Manfred Eigen expressed a similar view [E2, p. 149]: “The logic of...
  • Intelligent debate (Defending the Science of Intelligent Design)

    03/07/2009 4:26:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,273+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Lael Weinberger
    ...Embarrassed Darwinists The next for consideration is Jonathan Wells and his Icons of Evolution. A stinging critique of ten familiar textbook evidences for evolution, Wells’ book provoked shrill cries of dismay from Darwinists, including Jerry Coyne and Eugenie Scott. Wells’ reply is highlighted as a rhetorically powerful rebuttal in which he catches his critics in scientific carelessness and in the debate tactic of ‘shifting the goalposts’. An example is the issue of embryonic homology—the Darwinian claim that embryos in various vertebrates look alike at various stages of development, and that this indicates common ancestry. Wells pointed out the extensive dissimilarities...
  • Using Engineering to Prove Evolution (why does this sound like intelligent design?)

    03/04/2009 7:47:16 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 391+ views
    CEH ^ | March 3, 2009
    Using Engineering to Prove Evolution    March 3, 2009 — David Deamer smiling at a tide pool: is there an evolutionary connection?  The picture accompanies an article on Science Daily about Deamer’s latest thinking on the origin of life.  He’s going to share his ideas at a symposium in Oakland, California, organized by Eugenie Scott of the NCSE. According to Deamer, life began with complex systems of molecules that came together through the self-assembly of nonliving components.  A useful metaphor for understanding how this came about, he said, can be found in combinatorial chemistry, an approach in which thousands...
  • 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’...
  • Preliminary Remarks about the Concept of Information (discovering life's instruction manual)

    02/27/2009 7:26:13 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 83 replies · 737+ views
    AiG ^ | February 26, 2009 | Dr. Werner Gitt
    Preliminary Remarks about the Concept of Information by Dr. Werner Gitt February 26, 2009 By way of introduction, we shall consider a few systems and repeatedly ask the question: What is the reason that such a system can function? 1. The web of a spider: In Figure 1 we see a section of a web of a spider, a Cyrtophora in this case. The mesh size is approximately 0.8 x 1.2 mm. The circle in the left picture indicates the part which has been highly magnified by an electron microscope to provide the right picture. The design and structure of...
  • Origin of life questions, and what biblical creationists really believe

    02/07/2009 12:39:59 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 13 replies · 1,050+ views
    CMI ^ | February 7, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    In reality, evolution has done nothing to help real science, and has actually hindered it in many ways...
  • A simple fusion to jump-start evolution

    12/23/2008 5:00:16 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 21 replies · 655+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | 18-Dec-2008
    With the aid of a straightforward experiment, researchers have provided some clues to one of biology's most complex questions: how ancient organic molecules came together to form the basis of life.
  • Was life on Earth inevitable? (Life's origins: An inevitable miracle?)

    11/19/2006 1:16:22 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 11 replies · 342+ views
    Nature ^ | November 14, 2006 | Philip Ball
    The appearance of life on Earth seems to face so many obstacles — sourcing the right ingredients, for example, and arranging them into living things (while being bombarded by meteorites) — that scientists often feel forced to regard it as almost miraculous. Now two US researchers suggest that, on the contrary, it may have been inevitable. They argue that life was the necessary consequence of available energy built up by geological processes on the early Earth. Life sprang from this environment, they say, in the same way that lightning relieves the accumulation of electrical charge in thunderclouds. In other words,...
  • Chance and necessity do not explain the origin of life

    01/07/2005 7:55:13 AM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 867 replies · 6,747+ views
    Cell Biol. Int / Pubmed ^ | 01/06/05 | Trevors JT, Abel DL.
    Where and how did the complex genetic instruction set programmed into DNA come into existence? The genetic set may have arisen elsewhere and was transported to the Earth. If not, it arose on the Earth, and became the genetic code in a previous lifeless, physical-chemical world. Even if RNA or DNA were inserted into a lifeless world, they would not contain any genetic instructions unless each nucleotide selection in the sequence was programmed for function. Even then, a predetermined communication system would have had to be in place for any message to be understood at the destination. Transcription and translation...
  • Study Suggests Life On Earth Sprang From Borax Minerals

    01/10/2004 8:05:30 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 204 replies · 847+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 09 January 2004 | Staff
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Researchers at the University of Florida say they have shown that minerals were key to some of the initial processes that formed life on Earth. Specifically, a borax-containing mineral known as colemanite helps convert organic molecules found in interstellar dust clouds into a sugar, known as ribose, central to the genetic material called RNA. This announcement provides a key step toward solving the 3-billion-year-old mystery of how life on Earth began. The findings will appear in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Steven Benner, Alonso Ricardo, Matthew Carrigan and Alison Olcott built on a famous experiment done...
  • Unboilable bug points to hotter origin of life

    08/18/2003 5:46:43 PM PDT · by gd124 · 24 replies · 409+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday August 15, 2003 | Alok Jha, science reporter
    Scientists have discovered the world's toughest life form. The single-celled microbe, called "strain 121" for the moment, can survive at a scorching 130C higher than the boiling point of water and nearly 20 degrees higher than the previous record holder. The discovery is announced today in the journal Science by Derek Lovley and Kazem Kashefi of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It raises the possibility that life began on earth earlier than currently thought. "Our goal was not to break the temperature limit," said Prof Lovley. "As part of the general characterisation of any organism, you look at what...