We Give Thanks To Remarkable Discoveries

It is thanksgiving in America, a time where families and friends get together and give thanks. This tradition came about in 1621 when colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast together which later became known as Thanksgiving. However,  it wasn’t until during America’s Civil War in the 1800s when Lincoln made it a national holiday.

As Christians, we thank God for our faith, we thank God for various things we have in life. One of the things that we should be thankful for is a young earth because it makes science that much more interesting. We can expect to find a lot more activity in our solar system in which to study with our space probes than if the universe was very old. Organic material like protein being discovered on a regular basis. For example, North Carolina State University discovered a dinosaur known as Mongolian oviraptor found protein from its sheath!

“During preparation of the specimen, the scientists noticed that there was a thin lens of white material extending beyond one of the bony claws on a forelimb that differed in texture and color from both the sediment and the bone. It was also located where a claw sheath would be.”

“After the calcium was removed, the antibodies reacted much more strongly, indicating the presence of beta-keratin and preservation of original molecules.

The conventional wisdom is right, organic material doesn’t last millions of years, only thousands. In another discovery, a bird which has been dated by evolutionists to be 130 million years old discovery soft tissues namely protein.

“New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils.” -Science Daily

Since there isn’t a wide range of calcium or cysteine found in dead birds of the most recent till 130 years back the hypothesis for trying to keep this fossil million of years old is dead in the water. But with common sense along with reality, these discoveries are possible because the earth is young confirming the Bible! And so, we give thanks :)

Mark Armitage vs California State University

When Mary Schweitzer first discovered soft tissue in a T-Rex back in 2005, she encountered much criticism but later on her discovery was vindicated. Unlike Mark Armitage who got fired in 2014 from the University for his research which was published in a peer-preview paper which went international.

“Yet no one else has lost a position over such a paper. So the question is: Why did Armitage alone get fired? There must have been something else.” 

How many creationists discover soft tissues in fossils and publish their findings in secular peer-review papers? The firing of Mark Armitage was on the basis of religious discrimination which was groundbreaking without a doubt in order to set an example for future creation scientists who are thinking of publishing their findings while working for a University as a creationist. I will get more into his case in a moment. I would like to introduce Mark to those who are unaware of him as well as reminding those on who he is.

Mark Armitage  was a microscopy laboratory director at the University of California which duties included teaching students on how to use very complex equipment. He also has 30 publications to his credit. It was 2012 when he made a stunning discovery. In a horn of a  Triceratops horridus specimen assumed to be 65 million years old in the framework of evolution, not reality. The horn was 48 inches long which contained soft tissue that was about to become bone and what is really interesting it was discovered in the presence of bacteria, insects, and plant material. Organic material degrades very rapidly especially when you have bacteria, and insects present. This is a fact!  Mark goes into great detail on his amazing discovery in the video below…

On to Mark Armitage’s case, the paper in question which leads to his firing at the University was first published in American Laboratory magazine in that same year when he made the discovery then in 2013,  the discovery was published in a peer-reviewed journal called, Acta Histochemica where he made no mention of creationism nor a young earth in his conclusions. It was all about what he had found in the fossil! Yet, not long after that he was fired with some lame excuse that there was a lack of funding to pay for his salary and a need for his services (teaching students on how to use very complex equipment).

Superior Court Judge Dalila Lyons issued in July a tentative ruling against the university’s request for summary judgment. And in October 2016 it was announced that the university settled out of court paying Mark Armitage 15 times more than his annual salary. Apparently, the university had plenty of funds for a huge cash settlement which could have been used for his salary. It was a clear win for Armitage and creationists who pursue jobs in the field of science at universities!

On a side note, here is another video which refutes old earth creationists who have embraced the time frame of evolution (but not evolution itself) on the preservation of soft tissue…

Cosmologists Are Lost In the Dark

Ever since two rescue theories such as dark matter and dark energy were proposed and have been studied many times over using some of the most advanced and expensive equipment known to man has yet to lead to any sort of breakthrough. Many articles have been appearing lately in the last few months about their “lack” of knowledge and their inability to directly detect it.

Here are just a few of them…

The search for dark matter

“What we do know about dark matter comes from the ways it’s influenced the universe nearly as far back as the Big Bang. Like paw prints left by an elusive animal, the cosmos is full of signs of dark matter’s existence, but we haven’t actually seen the creature itself.”

“So far, not a single experiment has yielded a definitive trace of dark matter.”

Dark Matter Just Got Murkier

“We have never directly observed dark matter, but we know a great deal about what it must be: It must be massive (because it affects the rotation of galaxies); it must be electrically neutral (because we can’t see it); it must be different from ordinary matter (because we see no evidence for it interacting with matter in the usual ways); and it must be stable (because it has existed since the dawn of the universe). These properties are unequivocal.”

“However, we don’t know exactly what it is.”

The dark universe

“The existence of dark matter has been inferred from the motion of stars since the 1930s, but its nature remains a mystery. The dark-matter particle posited by the most popular theory has not been shown to exist — if it is to make an appearance, it may be now or never. The search is narrowing and the possibilities are dwindling; physicists may soon have to move on to alternative explanations”

“Explaining dark energy is even tougher. The discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe in 1998 called for a driving force that opposes the pull of gravity (S205). At the heart of attempts to characterize this energy is a deceptively simple question: is dark energy constant? Finding out will require looking back in time, to the birth of the Universe” 

Something is wrong with dark matter

“The LUX measurement is simply the most recent and most powerful of a long line of searches for dark matter. They found no evidence for the existence of dark matter and were able to rule out a significant range of possible WIMP properties and masses.”

Dark Matter and The Big Bang

This may surprise some but it wasn’t proposed by an atheist nor an agnostic, nor some sort of special interest group but rather a Belgian Jesuit priest living in the 1920s, who was an astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven. He was the first to propose the expansion of the universe. A couple of years later it was Edwin Hubble who declared the expansion of the universe which was predicted by Einstein’s theory of gravity, and general relativity, more than a decade earlier. However, this caused a problem for those who believed the universe was eternal which including Einstein. So he did was like what most evolutionists do in this situation when observational data conflict with their theory, Einstein came up with a rescue hypothesis ( cosmological constant ) in order to keep the universe eternal.

But the rescue hypothesis didn’t hold up instead evolutionists began to propose “constant density” whereby increases in the matter just pops into existence spontaneously. Eventually, it changed in 1965 with the discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), a low-level, nearly uniform radiation permeating the universe from all directions.

The Big Bang Theory took hold and replaced the old theory in the mid 60’s after the discovery of CMB despite opposition from those like  Fred Hoyle who said…

“[The Big Bang] is an irrational process that cannot be described in scientific terms … [nor] challenged by an appeal to observation.”

Changing The Big Bang Theory Back To Eternal

The reason for the opposition much like Einstein was the fact that the Big Bang Theory gave the universe a beginning and when you have a beginning, you require a cause for that beginning to happen whereas eternal, there is no such cause required because it’s always there and things can evolve from it. This type of explanation for how the universe evolved are much easier to create a storyline when the tools and material are already created into existence. For example, Stephen Hawking came up with the idea of universal quantum singularity, where there was no origin in time which makes it basically eternal. He described our universe having many different histories (multi-universes) and we are supposedly just some of them! Unlike in Creationism where there was a beginning and will be an end, this is called, “finite”.

By no means does these newer theories solve anything as far as the Big Bang goes…Major questions remain and are just a few of them…

  1. How did nature choose the specific laws which control the universe, as deduced from observation?”
  2. How did the universe start off with an initial state in such a high degree of homogeneity?”
  3. Why, after 13.8 billion years since the big bang, is not the universe in thermal equilibrium?”

 

What about Dark Energy?

Dark energy was invented because the universe was moving apart faster than astronomers had predicted, and dark energy was created in order to explain the mystery. This is very common in theories pertaining to its supposed evolution. When observational data doesn’t match up with their beliefs, they involve new things to solve problems in their story but that doesn’t make it factual in fact it opens up more complexity as we shall see in a moment.

In Conclusion

The big bang today relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities, things that we have never observed despite all the new technology—inflation, dark matter, and dark energy which is what holds the whole theory together because without them there would be a fatal contradiction between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory.

For instance, In 1978, Princeton physicist Bob Dicke along with other scientists noticed the universe is finely tuned, “too perfect” in their opinion for something to have been created by random natural causes. A little bit too much, the universe tears itself apart, a little bit too less of an expansion and the whole universe collapses. It had to be finely precise without a reason to do so. Sounds complicated? Indeed! One of the things I have always stressed in this blog when a theory becomes more and more complex, it is usually an indicator that the theory is not based on reality.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Romans 1:21 KJV

Cosmology guru Alan Guth eventually invented the hypothesis known as “inflation” however, he was unable to figure out how to stop it once it got started. Over time others joined in and came up with ideas of their own. What seemed to be the greatest problem-solving idea which kept the Big Bang Theory alive was falsified a year later when it failed to produce a smooth universe. This was not the end for inflation rather it required a rescue device to save it. So inflation which is needed to keep the Big Bang alive needed saving itself. Otherwise, as Guth knew but despised, the evidence does in fact point to an intelligent designer namely God :)

The New Trump Administration: What does it mean for science?

Pollsters often times proclaim their polls are accurate within a certain margin of error because of the science that they use but as we discovered in America’s latest presidential election, they were way off in their predictions!

Mainstream media including right-leaning Fox News were in shock! How could they possibly be so wrong with their data? Donald Trump wasn’t a politician, his personality contained a huge ego which involves a short temper. He used social media to attack those whom he disagreed with. He made lame comments about Republicans as well as his Democrat opponent who were running against him along with his lame comments about women and at times turned the presidential primary into a mudslinging circus rather than debating about things like the economy. This made people feel uncomfortable admitting to the pollsters that they were going to vote for Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton.

donald-trump

His kids defended him claiming this was how America felt too. In a way his kids were right, America is fed up with career politicians who don’t live up to their promises. They are concerned about the economy which has been limping along since the Great Recession. More Americans are on food stamps, 95 million Americans left the job force because they couldn’t find work, one in six who are 18-34, are either in jail or living at home without a job. President Obama passed a stimulus bill in his first term, but what has he done for the economy since? People ask! He passed Obamacare which taxed the rich more, it also taxed how many medical devices produced rather than the profit from those medical devices which favorited big established companies who can afford those taxes rather than a small or start-up company. 17,000 new rules for health care were added. Premiums for many who are on Obamacare are going up in 2017. Some insurance companies are leaving the government network. Millions lost their doctors even though it was promised to them they could keep their doctors once the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented!

Hillary Clinton had problems of her own that were major like a lot of scandals which included the handling of classified e-mails to her home and another which cost four American lives. Many in America didn’t trust her as a result. They also didn’t  think she would change things in Washington. So they gave an outsider a chance to change America! This leads to the main focus, what does that mean for science?

Science research has suffered in recent years because of a lagging economy. In a robust economy, more tax revenue is collected thereby making funding for programs like science more accessible. Also, fraud has affected science research, there have been calls for more accountability by pushing for tougher punishments for those found guilty of fraud in science which is a good thing.

Donald Trump is not a scientist but neither was President Obama nor Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump hardly knows anything about creationism vs evolution debate, what he knows is how to run a business successfully and he wants to bring that experience to the national level to turn America’s economy around for the better! If Trump is successful and the economy improves much better under his leadership, this will provide a lot more funding for science research in general!

Juno’s Spectacular Mission

Juno is considered to be the fastest spacecraft to date, but it’s mission is even more spectacular. We know Jupiter to be the largest planet in our solar system but it also contains a very harsh environment. So harsh in fact, specialized material was created for the spacecraft in order to protect key electronics. Around Jupiter contains debris and extreme radiation that could render any flying object with electronics useless. NASA’s engineers came up with up some incredible math that would guide Juno to more than 130,000 miles an hour to this massive planet in a particular area which would be less harsh compared to other areas as high energy electrons are moving at the speed of light and then burn it’s engine for 35 minutes to slow the spacecraft down so that Jupiter’s gravity would take hold, thus an orbit around Jupiter.

It was specular intelligent design at work here! NASA had accomplished a feat that has never been accomplished before. Sadly, it is not all specular. While collecting data from Jupiter is good science, the use of the data is going to be used by evolutionists to create a story on how Jupiter formed and perhaps even Earth.

However, like in previous missions the latest being Pluto, some of the mysterious (observations) will be in conflict with the age of the planet. These are not the type of surprises that evolutionists expect. For example, Pluto was assumed to be a dead planet, far away from the sun, because it’s considered to be billions of years old. The environment of space is cold and it is just like a cup of coffee, you heat it up, and when you take away the heat, it cools down. Other examples include…

It was discovered that some asteroids have rings, why would that show youth rather than billions of years? Asteroids do not contain a lot of gravity, which would affect the rings being able to last billions of years. Even with computing in evolutionary assumptions, models have shown that these rings could last only 100 million years max! That is a far cry from 4.5 billion years old! This is not to suggest those rings are 100 million years old, but pointing out the fact that the computer programmers who believe in evolution cannot compute 4.5 billion years with reality. It is nothing more than tweaking their models to fit observations to assumptions of long ages.

Ceres is another where scientists are confronted with youthful features being discovered, temps inside are warmer, how could a small object stay that warm in cold space over 4.5 billion years? Only something much younger would be able to stay that active.

And the list of other discoveries are long…This is why space exploration is more intriguing than ever! It is not as old as evolutionary scientists would like us to believe but rather only thousands which confirms the biblical account which also means there are a lot of amazing activities going on in our solar system because of its youthful features! What they will find in Jupiter will be features that defy long ages that will present them puzzles because it is not fitting into the evolutionary time scale. But as for us creationists, this is an exciting time! It is predicted here that Jupiter doesn’t agree either will being billions of years old :)

New Ceres Data Defies 4.5 Billion Years

This has been and is going to continue to be a reoccurring theme! As we explore the solar system, Planetary scientists who believe in evolution are going to have to come up with new speculation on why the data is not confirming billions of years. Here is a prediction, when New Horizons passes by its next object in deep space, it too is going to discover youthful features that will surprise scientists much like Pluto did, much like other planets and moons did in our solar system.

So what is the new data which defies 4.5 billion years? Here take a look at this picture…

ceres bright-spots

You noticed bright spots on the surface. These bright spots on Ceres have stunned planetary scientists because of their implications. The bright spots as you see here are epsom salts which came from water-ice. Occator is the name of the crater where we see here the epsom salts. Planetary Scientists believe this crater is 80 million years old, however, the bright spots they say in their own words, “should not have lasted nearly that long.”  They are quite right, because you have a dwarf planet with no atmosphere, and over millions or even billions of years would have long gone. Water evaporates very rapidly with no atmosphere and what they say would be left is…“magnesium sulphate spots.” So if Ceres was that old, we wouldn’t be seeing what we are seeing today! But if Ceres is younger then what they say, these features are a confirmation rather than a data conflict! There is no doubt, the evidence suggests that Ceres is younger than its assumed old age.

Since this conflicts with planetary evolution, evolutionary scientists have to work on their story on how the impossible just happened before their eyes and then fit that back into their belief system. This is why it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does believing in God!  I love space exploration, I hope to see a lot more, these discoveries are very exciting and also a confirmation of creationism.

Discovery of New Soft Tissue

Somebody call Dr Xiaoya Ma on the things which are possible in evolution and also on the things that are impossible in evolution! Why? Because she has galvanized the field of neuropaleontology!

Before we learn on how she galvanized the field of neuropaleontology let’s begin by introducing to my readers on who Dr Xiaoya Ma is. She is a NERC Research Fellow who works in the division of ES Invertebrates and Plants Palaeobiology. She has keen interest in researching Cambrian fossils in order to obtain more confusion about evolution, oops I mean to understand it. This presents a challenge for her because the animals found in the Cambrian have no evolutionary ancestors along with no new body parts having appeared since. Scientific American called the Cambrian fossils, ‘Evolutionary biology’s deepest paradox’.  And it is not getting any clearer for evolution, but confirming creationism even more.

Before 2005, no evolutionary scientist thought it was possible for soft organic tissue to survive for millions of years. Because they believed soft tissue could only survive a million years or less. So they didn’t bother looking for it, rather soft tissue was discovered by accident.  A young Tyrannosaurus rex contained proteins in its leg! A female researcher had been dissolving the fossil in acid when she made the discovery. Schweitzer who made the discovery, announced to the world there was blood vessels and structures that looked like whole cells inside of T. Rex’s bone! She took a lot of heat from this discovery, later on it was confirmed to be soft tissue. So how could a bone 68 million years old contain organic proteins (soft tissue)?

For creationism, the discovery presented no problems, in fact it confirms a young earth not billions of years old. So what did they come up with for an explanation to keep the bone millions of year old? Schweitzer suggested in 2013, that iron might be the cause of preservation of soft tissue found in T-Rex. The creationist model on preservation would be the flood where T-Rex was buried quickly which didn’t allow the usual characters to degrade it.

But you think a bone containing proteins that are assumed by evolutionists to be 68 millions years was something, you haven’t seen nothing yet which brings us back to Dr Xiaoya Ma!  In what is commonly called, the “Cambrian explosion” was discovered the unthinkable or the impossible for those who believe in evolution! It makes T-Rex’s discovery look like child’s play for trying to keep things old in the evolutionary framework when the evidence disagrees! You see, carbonized residues from a arthropod’s brain was discovered!  What is an arthropod? It’s an invertebrate animal with an “exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body, and jointed appendages. Arthropods form the phylum Arthropoda, and include the insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans.”

How does a fossil from the Cambrian explosion considered by evolutionists to be 520 million years old retain its brain? Doesn’t bioturbation, oxygen and bacteria degrade organic material that leads to its destruction? It is not possible for fossils that are supposedly 520 millions of years old to remain in one place with all the environmental changes which evolutionists believed happened over the span of many millions of years.

Let’s switch gears now, evolutionists believe this is an animal which lived 520 million years ago, what the comparison to the creatures of today?

“The F. protensa nervous system closely resembled that of modern mandibulates, which include insects and crustaceans; these similarities, the researchers claimed, suggested that the key characteristics of the group’s nervous system developed much earlier than previously thought.” (Nature, 490:258–61, 2012).

Dr Xiaoya Ma wasn’t finished yet, she is only just beginning. In 2014, she discovered ten more fossils with brains along with more body parts, “optic nerves”.

While these discoveries are not the latest, an article was brought to my attention about preservation of the brain. Here is the thing about evidence falsifying evolution, firstly…it’s impossible. Secondly…acceptance. Thirdly…Excitement. Neither of these shed’s more light for evolution, rather it just confuses more and more which is common with theories that are not true. But for creationists, we live in some unique times because we have more information that is totally amazing and mind-blowing which is glorifying to God about His creation than generations living before us!  And yet, this is only the beginning, there is so much more to learn!