Evolution….A Religion in Itself

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Evolution, the development of a Universe and all that is in it, including mankind.  Most evolutionists believe that the Universe was created by the “Big Bang” theory. 

A very simplified version for the explanation of the “Big Bang” from the “wisegeek.org”:

“The Big Bang theory is science’s best explanation of how the universe was created. The theory asserts that our entire universe was created when a tiny (billions of times smaller than a proton), super-dense, super-hot mass exploded and began expanding very rapidly, eventually cooling and forming into the stars and galaxies with which we are familiar. This event is said to have happened approximately 15 billion years ago.”

I have a lot of problems believing this theory.

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Miniature ‘human brain’ grown in lab

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

Miniature “human brains” have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.

The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.

The study, published in the journal Nature, has already been used to gain insight into rare diseases.

Neuroscientists have described the findings as astounding and fascinating.

The human brain is one of the most complicated structures in the universe.

Scientists at Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have now reproduced some of the earliest stages of the organ’s development in the laboratory.

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Scientists achieve true information teleportation on a computer chip exploiting quantum spookiness

information

Friday, August 23, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Well, it’s not Star Trek – far from it, actually. But right now, it’s the next-best thing and, in any event, it’s important.

Teleporting was popularized by the 1960s-era sci-fi hit that spawned a “new generation” of films stretching from the 1980s to present day. And while transporting human particles long distances through time and space is the creation of Hollywood, researchers in Zurich, Switzerland, have managed to “teleport” information from point A to point B in an electronic circuit.

Transporting information, not humans – yet

Earth’s core far hotter than thought

New measurements suggest the Earth’s inner core is far hotter than prior experiments suggested, putting it at 6,000C – as hot as the Sun’s surface.

Earth layers graphic The Earth’s solid inner core is surrounded by a fast-moving liquid core, giving rise to the planet’s magnetic field
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By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News

The solid iron core is actually crystalline, surrounded by liquid.

But the temperature at which that crystal can form had been a subject of long-running debate.

Experiments outlined in Science used X-rays to probe tiny samples of iron at extraordinary pressures to examine how the iron crystals form and melt.

Seismic waves captured after earthquakes around the globe can give a great deal of information as to the thickness and density of layers in the Earth, but they give no indication of temperature.

That has to be worked out either in computer models that simulate the Earth’s insides, or in the laboratory.

X-ray vision

Measurements in the early 1990s of iron’s “melting curves” – from which the core’s temperature can be deduced – suggested a core temperature of about 5,000C.

“It was just the beginning of these kinds of measurements so they made a first estimate… to constrain the temperature inside the Earth,” said Agnes Dewaele of the French research agency CEA and a co-author of the new research.

X-ray diffraction setup at ESRF
Iron samples were subjected to enormous pressures before being probed with a spray of intense X-rays

“Other people made other measurements and calculations with computers and nothing was in agreement. It was not good for our field that we didn’t agree with each other,” she told BBC News.

The core temperature is crucial to a number of disciplines that study regions of our planet’s interior that will never be accessed directly – guiding our understanding of everything from earthquakes to the Earth’s magnetic field.

“We have to give answers to geophysicists, seismologists, geodynamicists – they need some data to feed their computer models,” Dr Dewaele said.

The team has now revisited those 20-year-old measurements, making use of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility – one of the world’s most intense sources of X-rays.

To replicate the enormous pressures at the core boundary – more than a million times the pressure at sea level – they used a device called a diamond anvil cell – essentially a tiny sample held between the points of two precision-machined synthetic diamonds.

Once the team’s iron samples were subjected to the high pressures and high temperatures using a laser, the scientists used X-ray beams to carry out “diffraction” – bouncing X-rays off the nuclei of the iron atoms and watching how the pattern changed as the iron changed from solid to liquid.

Those diffraction patterns give more insight into partially molten states of iron, which the team believes were what the researchers were measuring in the first experiments.

They suggest a core temperature of about 6,000C, give or take 500C – roughly that of the Sun’s surface.

But importantly, Dr Dewaele said, “now everything agrees”.

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Futurist Offers Intriguing Concept at TED Conference — Revival of Extinct Species

Source  –  CBS San Francisco

 

roda Dinosaur and Fossil Park, Gandhinagar (Photo By FabSubeject, via Wikimedia Commons)

Speaking from the prestigious TED Conference in Long Beach Wednesday, Sausalito activist Stewart Brand said scientists are developing the ability to reassemble an extinct animal’s genome, and even recreate the animal itself.

 

Brand, who gained fame after he campaigned to have the original NASA space photos of earth published, and subsequently created the Whole Earth Catalog, said Wednesday that “de-extinction” could be used to help restore organisms and habitats damaged human activity, according to a report in the Marin Independent Journal.

A team of Harvard geneticists are currently working to bring back the passenger pigeon, which has been extinct since 1914, according to the TED website. The passenger pigeon is considered a keystone species because it aided the survival of the buffalo, according to TED. Researchers believe it may now be possible to alter the genetic makeup of a close relative, the band-tailed pigeon, to re-engineer the passenger pigeon.

The Jurassic Park-like science was already used to recreate an extinct variety of wild mountain goat in 2010, but the animal died after just minutes due to a lung defect, reports TED.

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