Diverse Geological Landscapes Found on Mars

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Curiosity has beamed back some really remarkable images from Mars in the past couple of days.  The site for its landing was chosen because it appeared from satellite images that there was layered rock and some diversity of chemical signatures at different elevations but the pictures taken from ground level reveal a more spectacular and […]

The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth, Part I – Confirmation Bias

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According to young earth creationists, there isn’t enough salt in the oceans if the earth is old. Recent references to this argument have spurred me to look a little closer at how it is being used today. What I find is that it appears to have only a purely rhetorical use as the actual data about the ocean’salinity suggests that the amount of salt in the sea is a useless tool for indicating the earth is old or young.

The Mars Curiosity Rover: A Geological History Detective

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How could anyone not be curious about Mars Curiosity rover?   NASA gambled by playing up the “7 minutes of terror” landing, using social media very adeptly to get a huge audience right in the middle of the Olympics.  Failure of the rover to safely land surely would have been a crushing blow to the […]

NH Notes: Exploding Termites – Sacrifice for the Good of the Whole Organism

The smaller worker termites with the blue abdomens are the ones that have chemicals stored up that can be released by busting their abdomen open and mixing the substance with salivary material to make a toxic substance that will kill an invading enemy.  The larger termites in the picture are guard termites.

One of the stranger behaviors of termites was reported this past week and a summary can be found in a note in Nature. This report contains a description of exploding termites! How, and probably more intriguing, why would a termite explode and commit suicide?

Isaac Newton on the Mosaic Account of Creation

Sir Isaac Newton (16??

Creation chronometry was a much debated topic in the late 1600s and early 1700s among Christians with virtually no opinion expressed being of the same kind that that could be described as a literalist view held today. I often wonder what would have happened had the Westminster Confession of Faith been written after this debate rather than before it given how the landscape of the discussion changed in the 40 years after the Assembly of the Westminster Divines met.

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