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Fossil Fuels – Part 1

This month we introduce a new series, a review of some of the creation-related things we can learn from fossil fuels. Our modern lifestyle is largely built on the fossil fuel industry. Extensive research into coal, natural gas, propane and oil has given us a greater understanding of the origin of these materials and a […]

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May 2, 2021
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Bioluminescence – Part 12

This is the last of our series on animals that have the ability to glow at night. I want to end by discussing bioluminescent pterosaurs. The Bible references the “fiery flying serpent” (Isaiah 14:29, 30:6). I’ve written a whole journal article on glowing reptiles that fly. But here I want to specifically discuss their light. […]

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April 2, 2021
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Bioluminescence – Part 11

We are coming to the end of our series on glowing organisms. We’ll wrap it up next time. But first I want to discuss some really amazing biofluorescence recently discovered in mammals. Shining a UV flashlight on flying squirrels causes them to glow bright pink! Why does the squirrel do this? Biologists have speculated that […]

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March 1, 2021
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Bioluminescence – Part 10

Have you ever heard of a tardigrade? That’s this piggy-looking fellow with the nozzle mouth to the right. Tardigrades are microscopic eight-legged animals that are sometimes called “water bears.” They have a tough outside shell like a beetle, and up to six claws on each foot. Their mouth is used to bore into plants and […]

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February 2, 2021
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Bioluminescence – Part 9

Hopefully you are not wearying of all of our discussion of glowing creatures. We have just a few more fascinating animals to investigate before we complete our survey. Consider the photo to the right, a luminescent reptile! This picture was taken in 2015 in the Solomon Islands. Divers observed the strange sight of a glowing […]

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January 1, 2021
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Bioluminescence – Part 8

This month we turn our attention from deep sea creatures to the crawly world of arthropods, specifically the bioluminescent millipede. As you can see to the right, this organism uses a special protein to produce a beautiful bluish glow right through its crusty outer layer. The neon-like light can be bright enough to read by. […]

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December 2, 2020
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Bioluminescence – Part 7

The next installment of our ongoing series on bioluminescent creatures focuses on larger marine organisms, glowing fish. Perhaps you recall the angler fish that was a villain in the movie Finding Nemo. Pictured on top, this ugly occupant of the dark, silent deep has a spiky fin ray that sticks out of its forehead, acting […]

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November 2, 2020
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Bioluminescence – Part 6

Last month, we discussed bioluminscent bacteria, including dinoflagellates, tiny marine plankton that can sometimes cause the surface of the ocean to sparkle at night. Certain other bioluminescent sea creatures utilize the glow of the tiny microorganisms to make themselves glow. Consider the Bobtail Squid. It employs glowing bacteria in a symbiotic relationship. The bacteria inhabit […]

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October 3, 2020
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Bioluminescence – Part 5

We’ve considered some of the macroscopic glowing organisms (flies, worms, mushrooms), but what about the microscopic world of bacteria? Most of the luminescent bacteria dwell in the marine habitat. Stories of “glowing oceans” go back for thousands of years. In 300 BC, Aristotle wrote that lightning was similar to when “you strike the sea with a […]

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September 2, 2020
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Bioluminescence – Part 4

This month we continue our series on organisms with bioluminescence and turn our attention to glowing mushrooms. Mushrooms are a fungus. and currently about 80 different fungi have been found with luminescent capability. Some, like the foxfire to the right, are bright enough that you can read a book sitting next to them. Perhaps the […]

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August 3, 2020
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Bioluminescence – Part 3

This month’s blog is a collaboration with George Damoff, PhD. George is a megadrilologist (earthworm biologist). Last month’s article on “glow worms” caught his attention and he was eager to “dig into” this topic with me. While glow worms are larvae of insects, true worms (annelids) have also been known to emit light. There are […]

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July 3, 2020
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Bioluminscence – Part 2

Last month we considered the wonder of simple fireflies and their amazing light-generating organs called photophores. This month I want to consider glow worms. There are different kinds of light-producing worms. Some are merely juvenile fireflies. In their wingless, larvae state, these bioluminescent worms have the same photophores as adult beetles.  These glow worms are […]

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June 1, 2020
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