DNA and Diet Question

A reader asks: Evolutionists argue that DNA is evidence that we all came from a common ancestor. We argue that it is evidence of a common designer (one God). I don’t know enough about biology, but maybe Diane Eager could look at this question – I was wondering if another reason for all plants and […]

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Ginkgo Leaf & Fossil

Gingko a Non-Evolver

Gingko a non-evolver, according to a report in ScienceDaily 4 July 2017. Scientists from Lund University have developed a method of analysing the organic molecules in fossil leaves and comparing their biomolecules to those of modern leaves and determine their affinities to one another. It seems fossil ginkgoes are biochemically similar to modern ginkgoes. ScienceDaily […]

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Steel Sheets

Bone Inspired Steel

Bone inspired steel made, as described in Science (AAAS) News and New Scientist 9 March 2017 and Science doi: 10.1126/science.aal2766, 10 March 2017. Metal fatigue is the weakening of a metal structure when it is repeatedly subjected to forces (“load cycling”), leading to the formation of microscopic cracks, as happens where aeroplane wings move up […]

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Bird Wing

Dinosaur Age Bird Keratin

‘Dinosaur age’ bird keratin found according to reports in ScienceDaily 21 November 2016, ABC News 24 November 2016 and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617168113, published online 21 November 2016. In recent years scientists studying the microscopic structure of fossil birds and dinosaurs, have found small structures that look like melanosomes, granules containing the pigment melanin. There has […]

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Natural Insecticide Recreated

“Natural Insecticide Recreated in the Lab” is the headline of an article in Biology News Net, 23 Aug 2007. A team of British scientists has made a compound named azadirachtin, a substance that inhibits the development of a numerous destructive insects, but does not harm beneficial insects such as bees and ladybugs. The compound occurs […]

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Efficient Fragrance

“Efficient fragrance” brings in bumblebees, as reported in Science, 3 Aug 2001, p763. Snapdragons attract bumblebees with their colourful petals and then entice them to land inside the flower by producing a scent. Botanists studied the biochemical pathway that produces the scent and found it is only active in the inner surface cells of the […]

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Earth’s Starter Mix

“Earth’s starter mix may have been sloppier than anticipated”, according to a report in Nature Science Update 8 March 2002. Japanese scientists have studied the chemical composition of minerals believed to make up the lower mantle of the earth and found they contained enough water to fill the earth’s oceans five times over. The lower […]

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Digital DNA Storage

Digital DNA storage developed, according to Nature News, ScienceNOW and Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1226355 16 August 2012 and ScienceDaily 17 August 2012. A team of scientists led by George Church of Harvard Medical School have developed a method of storing digital information on DNA. DNA information is encoded in a 4-letter system, A, T, C, and […]

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Amazingly Intact Ancient Arthropod

Amazingly intact ancient arthropod found according to reports in ScienceDaily 7 & 9 February 2011 and Geology, 2011; DOI: 10.1130/G31648.1. The exoskeletons or hard cuticles of arthropods are formed from chitin fibres embedded in structural proteins. Chitin is a modified carbohydrate made from long chains of a glucose derivative named N-acetylglucosamine. Proteins and carbohydrates are […]

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Chemists Win Nobel Prize for Sorting Right from Left

Chemists win 2001 AD Nobel Prize for sorting right hand from left after 33 years of research. Many molecules come in two slightly different shapes. They are like your two hands – they contain the same components but are mirror images of one another in shape. The different forms of molecules are referred to as […]

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