Misc Science Topics In the News

A while back, a reader was making an argument for very long distance space travel via-wormholes. The assertion here was the fact that space travel of that level would require an pretty enormous amount of energy that would equal millions upon millions of nuclear explosions over many years, thus not realistically possible to obtain.

Space.com also makes a similar case in it’s article…”Warp Speed Will Kill You”

“There are just two hydrogen atoms per cubic centimeter on average in space, which poses no threat to spaceships traveling at low speeds. But those same lone atoms would transform into deadly galactic space mines for a spaceship that runs into them at near-light speed, according to calculations based on Einstein’s special theory of relativity.”

What about the Star Trek solution using shields?  A vast amount of  energy over long periods of time would also be required which makes this kind of space travel all the more impractical. If one thinks of the occult which has stories of transporting physical objects by disappearing in one location then appearing in another (sort of like beam me up Scotty) then it’s quite possible to obtain such long distances at fast speeds.

Global Warming Alarmists team up with Evolutionists to oppose New Bill…

New York Times reports with their spin…

“In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

“The bill, which has yet to be voted on, is patterned on even more aggressive efforts in other states to fuse such issues. In Louisiana, a law passed in 2008 says the state board of education may assist teachers in promoting “critical thinking” on all of those subjects.”

One of the things the liberal scientific establishment hates (which also goes for man-made climate change) the most is teaching and practicing critical thinking. This concept is generally accepted for conservative viewpoints but not for their own especially if the conclusions are outside evolutionary thinking or man-made global warming. Biochemist, author and intelligent design advocate, Michael Behe’s colleague, pro-evolutionist Prof. Steven Goldman once said back in 2006, pointing out some flaws in the scientific community in regards to the discovery of RNA which was opposed by the majority of that time, said the public still must follow them.

Sound a bit religious and blind faith? There was a huge uproar for awhile over Louisiana’s  “critical thinking”  law claiming it’s all about casting doubt on evolution. After the bill passed some special interests advocated the governor will be impeached.

We know scientific consensus can be tampered with as climate gate has plainly shown. The requested information which was by the law was violated which eventually lead to the leak. It was hard at first for the mainstream media to be critical of the research of man-made global warming as the result of the leaked e-mails in climate gate. But not for the BBC which before was a huge proponent of man-made global warming…For the first time it began to question it with real observations rather than computer simulations,For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.” Climate gate opened a lot of eyes to the scientific establishment which can also be as greedy as some big businesses.

Fruit Flies and Design

Remember Sarah Palin on fruit flies? She was blasted by special interests as being anti-science for opposing such research at least in the short term as the country was going through a recession. Granted fruit fly research is valuable as it can lead to treatments of disabilities like muscular dystrophy.  Some new research has come out and it’s very interesting.

In science daily

“Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified a protein called Sestrin that serves as a natural inhibitor of aging and age-related pathologies in fruit flies. They also showed that Sestrin, whose structure and biochemical function are conserved between flies and humans, is needed for regulation of a signaling pathway that is the central controller of aging and metabolism.”

Also, fruit flies can out perform bodybuilders by not double but triple the amount. Fruit flies have muscles that are among the strongest in the animal kingdom. Their eye sight is incredible as well…“This simple insect can achieve sophisticated color discrimination and detect a broader spectrum of colors than we can, especially in the UV” It is interesting to note that humans share some of the same genes with fruit flies.

When one approaches this with creationism in mind, we know it’s an advanced design that needs to be understood even further and use it for the benefit of mankind. 

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6 thoughts on “Misc Science Topics In the News

  1. NYTimes: ““In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

    OK, class, what are the advantages and disadvantages of evolution?

    Let’s start with the disadvantages. Many people don’t like it because it offends their religious views. It requires us to keep inventing new antibiotics, as microbes evolve resistance. It causes some people to justify eugenics and genocide policies. It defeats many efforts to save animals from extinction, when they change in captivity. We could save millions of our hard-earned tax dollars that fund research into evolution. Drug companies could save millions not having to investigate evolutionary principles in medical discoveries. Students must continue to learn new facts about it, rather than relying upon the ones their grandparents learned decades ago.

    Then the advantages of evolution. All the available evidence confirms its truth.

    .

    Well, that’s it then. Evolution has at least seven disadvantages, and only a single advantage. After discussing the advantages and disadvantages of evolution in my class, I have decided trhat the disadvantages numerically outweigh the advantages, so evolution will not be taught.

  2. NYTimes: ““In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

    OK, class, let’s expand the mandate of our newest law in Kentucky. Today we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of gravity.

    Let’s start with the disadvantages. Gravity can cause buildings to fall down, injuring or killing thousands of people. Without gravity, we could keep airplanes in the air without burning all that fuel–which would decrease global warming. Gravity causes our hearts to work harder, leading to heart disease and death. We could save millions of our hard-earned tax dollars that fund research into gravity.Without gravity, there would be no tides, and the sea level would always be the same. Travel would be much easier; we could merely launch ourselves and float to our destinations.

    Then the advantages of gravity: All the available evidence confirms its existence.

    .

    Well, that’s it then. Gravitation has at least six disadvantages, and only a single advantage. After discussing the advantages and disadvantages of gravitation in my class, I have decided that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, and gravitation will not be taught.

  3. “In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

    Of course, Kentucky is considerably below the national average on both reading and math scores, for both 4th and 8th grade levels.

    As Michael notes, several other states have similar policies and legislation. Louisiana was a pioneer. Louisiana is in the backwaters nationally, and scores lowest of any state for math comprehension.

    Let’s see. Mississippi HB214 encourages teachers to “answer questions from individual students on the origin of life” as they please. Hm. Mississippi beats Louisiana to the absolute bottom in both math and reading scores. Georgia abandoned the anti-evolution textbook sticker only after losing in court.[1] Georgia is below national average in all categories. Although legislative attempts failed there, the Alabama State Board of Education had voted unanimously to continue using a biology textbook sticker disclaimer that describes evolution as a “controversial theory.” Alabama is far below average in all categories, and dead last in 8th-grade math.[2]

    So it appears that “critical analysis” policies and legislation thrive best in the poor soil of educational swamplands, where math and reading cannot grow.[3]

    Doesn’t that make you feel good about the company you keep?

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    [1] Selmer v Cobb County, 449F3d1320

    [2] Statistics gleaned from U.S. Dept of Education, Natl Ctr for Education Statistics, NAEP, 2007 Mathematics and Reading Assessments.

    [3] Texas may seem an exception. However, the efforts there came from a relatively small group of avowed crerationists. Their spokesman, Don McLeroy, was recently defeated as chairman of the State Board of Education. Also, disparity within the state is high, with urban centers far outscoring conservative rural areas.

  4. Most creationists are also climate-change denialists. This seems strange. Creationists believe that the Earth and all its bounty are the direct creation of God. It is therefore amazing that they they treat this Earth as their own private toilet.

    The casual; observer might be pardoned for thinking that creationists would feel at least some responsibility for taking care of the Earth, or at least for not wantonly trashing it. If I give my son a valuable watch, and he proceeds to hack it apart and sell the jewels, should I not be upset? Sure, it was a gift, but…. Might we suppose that God might be a little torqued by creationists’ refusal to spend a dime to mitigate the destruction of His species, to feel any concern for the millions of people whose water supply is going away, who farmlands are becoming salt-infested, who suffer more drought and flooding?

    Creationists do not interpret the Bible; they take each word literally. But the biblical injunction to “subdue” the Earth need not necessarily extend to raping and pillaging it, leaving only a smoking ruink for their grandchildren. Yet creationists, by and large, will not even consider any evidence that their actions might be causing world-wide damage.

    Your grandchildren will curse you for your greed and willful blindness. But you also offend God by crapping on His creation.

  5. Michael pontificates on fruit flies: “When one approaches this with creationism in mind, we know it’s an advanced design that needs to be understood even further and use it for the benefit of mankind. ‘

    No. When creationists approach the wonders of the fruit fly, they stop dead in their tracks,and cannot proceed.

    Was it creationists who discovered these amazing attributes of the fruit fly? No.

    Is it creationists who conduct research on their anti-aging properties.of the fruit fly? No.

    Will it be creationists who exploit these properties for the benefit of mankind? No.

    The only thing creation science is good for is denying and distorting real science to conform to their preconceived views. Their map dopes not conform to the landscape, so they are lost before they start.

  6. “Misc Science Topics In the News”

    Hazards of space travel, global warming, fruit flies.

    Must be a slow week for creationist news. But then every week is a slow week for creationism. Nothing ever changes.

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