Water Plumes Provide an Opportunity to Test Models

by Jeff Zweerink

Earlier this week, news of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa splashed across news headlines. The excitement about the discovery was not the existence of water, but the likely source of the water.

What They Discovered

Using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers observed Europa as it passed in front of Jupiter. As the moon begins to transit,...

Did Neanderthals Make Jewelry?

by Fazale Rana

I was a troublemaker in high school. And that meant I spent more than my fair share of time in Mr. Reynold’s office—our school’s vice principal.

It wasn’t long before we developed a bit of a dance that played out each time I was summoned to his office. Mr. Reynolds would accuse me of some misdeed (for which he usually had ample evidence) and I would respond with an elaborate...

Reflections on Social Media: Is Digital Networking a Good Phenomenon? Part 2

by Ken Samples

It seems a safe assumption that all new technologies—from cell phones to social mediapresent its users with both positive and negative possibilities. The challenge resides in learning how to manage the technology so one maximizes the positives and minimizes the negatives. How can we do this for the emerging and enormously popular phenomenon known as social media?

In...

Another Reason to Thank God for Earthquakes

by Hugh Ross

Earthquakes can be scary, even relatively small ones. Many years ago, when we were living in a townhouse, we experienced a magnitude 6.1 earthquake where we were situated right above the epicenter. The quake immediately woke us up and shook us quite violently. It caused the drawers in our bedroom chest to fly across the room, hit the opposite wall and splinter. However, thanks to California...

What Evidence Is There for a Multiverse?

by Jeff Zweerink

If the Sun quit shining right now, we would not know it for more than eight minutes. It takes light (or any other form of information) that long to travel from the Sun to Earth. Light covers the distance from the Moon in about a second. Light from Andromeda, the closest large galaxy, travels for 2.5 million years before reaching Earth. The more distant the object, the longer light must travel....

More Viruses Than Stars? No Way!

by Anjeanette Roberts

There are 10 million times more viruses than stars in the universe. But if viruses cause millions of human deaths every year, and many millions more are sickened by these tiny predacious parasites, why would God create such things?

When others learn I’m a virologist they often respond with questions such as, “Are viruses alive?” When they learn that I’m a...

Balancing Apologetics and Experiential Knowledge of Christ

by Hugh Ross

Apologetics, and especially apologists, have frequently gotten a bad reputation in the church for being all head and no heart. I often encounter this assumption when I speak, particularly when audiences learn that I was a research astronomer at Caltech and even more so when they discover that I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Thus, it is not surprising that I get a lot of questions...

Blood Flow to Brain Contributes to Human Exceptionalism

by Fazale Rana

Are human beings exceptional? Are we unique, as the Bible teaches?

Recent work by paleoanthropologists from Australia adds to the mounting scientific evidence for human exceptionalism. These scientists demonstrate that modern humans have an unusually high rate of blood flow to our brains, compared to other primates, including the hominids represented in the fossil record.1...