News from various sources

TUNAS’ “ELEGANT ENGINEERING”

Cutting through the ocean like a jet through the sky, giant bluefin tuna (left) are built for performance, endurance and speed. Just as the fastest planes have carefully positioned wings and tail flaps to ensure precision maneuverability and fuel economy, bluefin tuna need the utmost control over their propulsive and stabilizing structures as they speed through the ocean. “ So began a report in Science Daily (20th July 2017).  Researcher Vadim Pavlov said, “Animals are exciting sources of elegant engineering solutions in aero- and hydrodynamics. What we have discovered in these tunas is unlike other animal hydraulic systems.” He said that tunas have “complex functions to generate hydraulic pressure that provides fine adjustment of the shape of their fins.”

COMMENT: So chance evolutionary processes produced “elegant engineering solutions”, and “complex functions to generate hydraulic pressure.”? Who are they trying to kid? Sadly, many people do fall for this unscientific nonsense.


BAD NEWS FOR ET FANS

According to space.com (19th July 2017), “The potentially Earth-like planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system may not be so conducive to life after all. Intense radiation and particles streaming from their host star have likely taken a huge toll on all seven of these worlds, even the three that apparently lie within the ‘habitable zone,’ where liquid water could theoretically exist on a planet's surface.”  This radiation would largely destroy any atmosphere that had existed on the planets. "This would hurt the chances of life forming or persisting," said researcher Avi Leob.

COMMENT: How frustrating for those searching for evidence of ET life. This kind of evidence underlines just how special planet earth is. This is because God designed it to support life and especially as a home for humans.


INSPIRED BY INSECT’S WINGS

Science Daily (2nd August 2017) reports :“Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas (left) – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities.” They used high-speed microscopic photography to study how the wings repel water, to help them “engineer artificial objects that are useful to humans."

COMMENT: Yet another example of human engineers recognising that nature’s (God’s) designs are worth copying. Will they credit Him?


SCIENTISTS INVENT FIRST FLOWER

“Scientists find ‘first flowering plant’,” ran a headline in The ‘I’ newspaper (2nd August 2017). According to the news item scientists had deduced that the first flowering plant, which existed “140 million” years ago, bore a “striking resemblance to  a water lily [and] was the mother (and father) of every flowering plant living today…. No fossils of the flower have been found, but scientists inferred what it must have looked like after analysing a mass of botanical data.” Science Daily admitted that “the origin and early evolution of flowering plants and especially their flowers still remains one of the biggest enigmas in biology, almost 140 years after Charles Darwin called their rapid rise in the Cretaceous ‘an abominable mystery’."

COMMENT: It’s clear that these scientists have not found the first flowering plant, but have invented it! In fact, they admitted it was a guess. Sadly, much of what passes as science these days consists of guesswork, especially where evolution is concerned.


FOSSIL BEETLE “CAUSES ASTONISHMENT”

“The discovery of a beetle from the late Permian period is throwing a completely new light on the earliest developments in this group of insects,” according to Science Daily (24th July 2017). This fossil – claimed to be “300 million years old” is “causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists.” It has been “identified as a modern beetle, in spite of its remarkable age. Modern characteristics are the antennae resembling a string of beads, antennal grooves, and the unusually narrow abdomen, tapering to a point. What is more, unlike previously known Permian beetles, the wing cases are completely hardened, the body's surface is largely smooth, and the thoracic segments responsible for locomotion show modern features.”

COMMENT: Just how the discovery of the fossil of “a modern beetle” in rocks which are supposed to be 300 million years old sheds any light on evolution is a mystery to us. This is a classic case of non-evolution!  And if the rocks really were that old, it would be even more remarkable.


APES ONLY “SWING” IN TREES

Scientists have discovered that great apes, including our supposed “cousins” the chimpanzees, “have absolutely no appreciation of music”, reported Metro (30th April 2017). Experiments in which music was played to more than 60 chimps and orangutans  “highlight the possibility that music appreciation is something that is a uniquely human trait.”

COMMENT: Surprise! Surprise! Apes can’t sing either.


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