Geoscience Research Institute

News Archives – July-Dec 2001

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  • Engineers Ask Nature for Design Advice / December 11, 2001 / Jim Robbins / New York Times
  • Did Noah really need the Ark? / December 8, 2001 / Kevin Cox / Globe and Mail (Canada), p.F6 — Two sets of geologists are having a flood feud. The Americans say they have proof that the Great Deluge happened just when the Bible says it did. The Canadians say it’s hogwash.
  • Bird Searches for Ark / December 3, 2001 / Ted Olsen / Christianity Today — world’s highest-resolution commercial imaging satellite will investigate the “Ararat Anomaly”

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  • Straddling a Speeding Proton / 5 October 2001 / Geoff Brumfiel / Physical Review Focus — protons undergoing acceleration either decay or collide, depending on your perspective, according to a paper in the 8 October print issue of Physical Review Letters
  • Language gene found / 4 October 2001 / John Whitfield / Nature science update — the first linking of a gene to language could speed our understanding of this most unique and most controversial of human abilities
  • Black Death’s DNA / 4 October 2001 / John Whitfield / Nature science update — the plague bacterium joins the ranks of completed genomes
  • CERN to spew black holes / 2 October 2001 / Philip Ball / Nature science update — mini black holes could reveal hidden dimensions of space
  • The Recession of the Moon and the Age of the Earth-Moon System / December 1999 / Tim Thompson / Talk.Origins Archive

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  • Etna in identity crisis / 30 August 2001 / Tom Clarke / Nature science update — Sicily’s volcano could be getting more violent
  • Volcano Live / John Seach (Australian volcanologist) — 1.5 million hits per month
  • Volcano World / supported by NASA — the web’s premier source of volcano info
  • Rivers of fire / 22 May 2000 / Philip Ball / Nature science update — the first observation of burning sulphur flows from a volcano reveals that such features may be common on Earth and beyond

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  • The suspenders of disbelief / August 17, 2001 / Robert Cushman / National Post — a 50-year-old dramatization of “Inherit the Wind” that pitted the advocates of Darwinian evolution against the defenders of Biblical creationism
  • Water turns to jelly under pressure / 17 August 2001 / Philip Ball / Nature science update — syrupy squeezed water could affect proteins and plate tectonics
  • Moon making made easy / 16 August 2001 / John Whitfield / Nature science update — Mars-sized mass implicated by new model for Moon’s violent birth
  • Fundamental constant swells / 14 August 2001 / Philip Ball / Nature science update — the universe may be built on shifting sands
  • ID [intelligent design] as a Theory of Technological Evolution / August 10, 2001 / William A. Dembski / Discovery Institute
  • Mass Extinctions Face Downsizing, Extinction” requires free registration / 10 August 2001 / Richard A. Kerr / Science, v.293, p.1037 — A bunch of sea urchins turned up in the Cretaceous like a bad penny, millions of years after they were believed to have gone extinct. Their reappearance casts doubt on the existence of one long-presumed mass extinction and by implication the existence of several others.
  • The Genetic Mystery of Music / August 2001 / Josie Glausiusz / Discover, v.22 — Is music hardwired into the brain or carried in the genes? Even if music isn’t rooted in evolution, there is something about its sheer power that sets it apart from other arts.
  • The Creature from the Zuni Lagoon / August 2001 / Heather Pringle / Discover, v.22 — a relentless dinosaur hunter unearths an entire ecosystem from the middle Cretaceous period, not to mention some exotic new cousins of T. rex
  • Did Life on Earth come from Mars? / August 2001 / Robert Irion / Discover, v.22 — chunks of planets were flying all over the place when the solar system was young and some may have carried hitchhikers 
  • Curved Space / August 2001 / Bob Berman / Discover, v.22 — the universe isn’t flat: it’s more like a hike in the Rockies
  • Three Biblical Principles For Environmental Stewardship / August 2001 / Calvin B. DeWitt / Leadership University (Campus Crusade for Christ) — earthkeeping, Sabbath, fruitfulness
  • The Gospel of the Trees / August 2001 / David Klinghoffer / Leadership University (Campus Crusade for Christ) — the strange rise of eco-faith
  • The Cambrian Explosion Exploded?” requires free registration / 20 July 2001 / Richard Fortey / Science, v.293, p.438-439 — At the beginning of the Cambrian period almost all the main types of animals that are still dominant today suddenly emerge in the fossil record. But was there a Cambrian “explosion” that saw accelerated evolution, or was there an extended period of evolutionary genesis in the Precambrian that did not leave a trace in the fossil record?
  • Mountain erosion over 10 yr, 10 k.y., and 10 m.y. time scales” / July 2001 / James W. Kirchner, et al. / Geology, v. 29, p.591-594
  • Extending the Calibrated Radiocarbon Record” requires free registration / 29 June 2001 / Edouard Bard / Science, v.292, p.2443-2444 — the record from 24,000 to 45,000 years before present shows large fluctuations in the radiocarbon ratio and is an important step toward an extended calibrated record; see also: “Extremely Large Variations of Atmospheric 14C Concentration During the Last Glacial Period” requires free registration / 29 June 2001 / J. Warren Beck, et al. / Science, v.292, p.2453-2458
  • COSMOLOGY: Magnetic Mysteries” requires free registration / 29 June 2001 / Axel Brandenburg / Science, v.292, p.2440-2441 — magnetic fields may have arisen in the early universe and could have played an important role in many astrophysical phenomena ever since
  • The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change / May 2001 / Stephen R. Palumbi / W.W. Norton — see also Amazon
  • Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature / February 2001 / Eric J. Chaisson / Harvard University Press — see also Amazon
  • Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertainty / February 2001 / Helga Nowotny, Peter Scott, and Michael Gibbons / Polity Press — see also Amazon
  • Creation Research — seeks, investigates, and promotes evidence for the biblical account of creation
  • Target Earth — links to possibilities available in the community of people that care about God’s creation and are working to fulfill a commitment to caring
  • Christ and Creation’s Longing” / December 1997 / Richard John Neuhaus / First Things, n.78, p.20-25 — a creationally situated humanity and an environmental theology and piety that is coherent, comprehensive, compelling, and true to the revelation of God in Christ
  • Christian Environmentalism / 1992 / Ray Bohlin / Leadership University (Campus Crusade for Christ) 

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  • Seven Years of Starlight and Time” / August 2001 / D. Russell Humphreys / Impact, n.338, Institute for Creation Research
  • The Microwave of Evolution” / August 2001 / Henry M. Morris / Back to Genesis, n.152, Institute for Creation Research
  • Let the Earth Speak of God’s Creation / 2001 / Albert A. C. Waite, ed. / Mandra Publishing, Risely, Great Britain — e-mail: Mandra0714@aol.com

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  • Dinosaurian growth rates and bird origins” requires free registration / 26 July 2001 / Kevin Padian, Armand J. de Ricqlès, and John R. Horner / Nature, v.412, p.405-408
  • Time magazine’s new ape-man / July 24, 2001 / James Perloff / WorldNetDaily.com — publication’s latest evolution contention less-than-believable
  • Intelligent design advocate asserts reconciliation with Baylor faculty / July 24, 2001 / Tammi Reed Ledbetter / Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press — William Dembski praised the support he has received from Baylor University President Robert Sloan following a year of conflict ignited by Dembski’s demotion as director of the Polanyi Center for Complexity, Information and Design
  • Geologist Fights to Save Dinosaur Fossils / July 23, 2001 / Michael Janofsky / New York Times
  • Ye Shall Be as Gods / July 20, 2001 / Roger Kimball / Wall Street Journal — honoring Whittaker Chambers, a deeply religious man: Chambers’ revelation about naturalistic world views such as communism and scientism flashed upon him one day while gazing at his infant daughter. She was not created by any random coming together of atoms in nature, but by immense design. Even with the staggering strides in science and technology, not every human problem is susceptible to mankind’s ingenuity and control.
  • Johnson: Evangelicals focus on the heart at expense of the mind / July 19, 2001 / Jeff Robinson / Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press — Phillip E. Johnson at a recent conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Watching boils pot / 18 July 2001 / Erica Klarreich / Nature science update — frequent check-ups could stop quantum data decaying
  • Decision Time: How Did It Really Happen? (.pdf) / August 25, 1999 / Bernard E. Northrup — scanning well over one 125 direct correlations between the physical record of the rocks and the biblical record
  • The Rocks and Shoals of Creation Studies in Prediluvian Research (.pdf) / Bernard E. Northrup

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  • Primate Origins of Human Cognition and Behavior / July 2001 / Tetsuro Matsuzawa / Springer-Verlag — see also Amazon
  • Artificial Intelligence for the New Millennium / June 30, 2001 / Barnaby J. Feder / New York Times
  • ARN-Announce / June 29, 2001 / Dennis Wagner / Access Research Network, n.16 — upcoming events and new articles, books, videos and other resources on Intelligent Design
  • We’ve got company / June 29, 2001 / Suzy Hansen / Salon.com, San Francisco — astronomer David Darling talks about the controversial science of astrobiology and the near-certainty that extraterrestrial life forms exist in our solar system
  • Single mite female / 29 June 2001 / John Whitfield / Nature science update — bacteria turn a male mite into a genetically under-endowed female
  • Genomics: Genes lost during evolution” requires free registration / 28 June 2001 / Jeroen Roelofs and Peter J. M. van Haastert / Nature, v.411, p.1013-1014
  • Mineral disequilibrium in lavas explained by convective self-mixing in open magma chambers” requires free registration / 28 June 2001 / S. Couch, R. S. J. Sparks, and M. R. Carroll / Nature, v. 411, p. 1037-1039
  • Protein dispensability and rate of evolution” requires free registration / 28 June 2001 / 
    Aaron E. Hirsch and Hunter B. Fraser / Nature, v.411, p.1046-1049
  • Chaos killed the dinosaurs / 28 June 2001 / Tom Clarke / Nature science update — subtle shifts in the solar system could have caused the dinosaur-devastating crash
  • Scott Blows Smoke in Science / June 25, 2001 / Phillip Johnson / Weekly Wedge Update, Access Research Network
  • Seeing Faith Through Science / June 23, 2001 / William Lobdell / Los Angeles Times — Hugh Ross, astronomer and minister, looks to biology, physics and other fields in an effort to prove the Bible’s truth. He draws fire from scientists and fundamentalists alike.
  • Human genome debugged / 21 June 2001 / Helen Pearson / Nature science update — quarrel over bacteria-to-human gene transfers resolved
  • Ignorance Is No Crime / Summer 2001 / Richard Dawkins / Free Inquiry magazine, v. 21, n.3 (Council for Secular Humanism)
  • Spotted: mass exodus from the Sun / 19 June 2001 / Jim Giles / Nature science update — flavor-switching solves riddle of missing neutrinos
  • Errors and Alarms / June 18, 2001 / Phillip Johnson / Weekly Wedge Update, Access Research Network
  • Stiff challenge to spacetime / 12 June 2001 / Philip Ball / Nature science update — magnetic fields flatten curved space and cast doubt on the Universe’s youth
  • Deep Black Sea / May 2001 / Robert D. Ballard / National Geographic, p.52-69 — ancient shipwrecks and telltale shells bring to life epics of distant trade and a prehistoric flood
  • Pterosaurs / May 2001 / Richard Monastersky / National Geographic, p.86-105 — largest animals that ever flew, pterosaurs ruled the skies for 150 million years before their sudden demise
  • Did those feathers tickle or what? / May 2001 / American Museum of Natural History — first complete specimen of a feather-covered dinosaur that couldn’t fly
  • Dinos invented the huggies / April 26, 2001 / Geological Society, United Kingdom — fossil dinosaur covered from head to tail with downy fluff and primitive feathers
  • Astrobiology / April 2001 / Monica M. Grady / Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Religion Explained / April 2001 / Pascal Boyer / Basic Books — as an anthropological explanation for religious feeling, it is sure to arouse controversy; see also Amazon
  • Evolutionary Biology: How Do New Species Arise? / 5 January 2001 / ScienceWeek
  • The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms / January 2001 / Marcus Chown / Oxford University Press — see also Amazon
  • The Genomic Revolution / American Museum of Natural History
  • Powers of Ten (Interactive Java Tutorial) / Michael W. Davidson / Florida State University — in successive orders of magnitude view: the Milky Way, the Earth, a tree, a leaf, leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA, electrons and protons
  • Terrestrial Magnetism / Herbert Frey, et al. / NASA — satellite magnetics and models; crustal anomalies; origin of core field; Martian magnetics; rock magnetism
  • Evolution Poster / Chick Publications, Inc. — 2½ foot long poster; uses humor and facts to expose the truth about Heidelberg man, Piltdown man and others
  • A Thin Cosmic Rain: Particles from Outer Space / November 2000 / Michael W. Friedlander / Harvard University Press — see also Amazon
  • Maybe We Are Alone in the Universe, After All / February 8, 2000 / William J. Broad / New York Times
  • Concerned Citizens for Objective Science Education / September 1999 (founded) / Nebraska — internet-based, grass-roots organization, dedicated to helping people understand the controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution to our public school children