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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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Bioluminescence – Part 1

This month, I would like to start a new series featuring organisms that have the ability to glow. Some of these organisms are pretty crazy. But let’s begin with a common one. Fireflies are probably the most familiar of all the illuminating organisms. They employ light-generating organs called photophores. Here’s how they work. A chemical […]

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May 2, 2020
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How Do Viruses Fit Into the Creation Model

World attention is focused on the coronavirus that is causing a global pandemic. People’s perception of viruses is almost totally negative. With this terrible reputation, we might be inclined to ask why God made viruses in the first place. Unlike bacteria, single-celled organisms that are alive and can reproduce, viruses are non-living capsules of DNA. […]

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April 3, 2020
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H2–Oh Really!

Just about 70% of the adult human body is composed of water. Interestingly, almost the exact same percentage of our Earth is covered by water. Through the years, scientists have pointed out a number of unique attributes of water that make it ideal for life as we know it to exist on Earth. The viscosity […]

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March 2, 2020
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The New Atheism Fails

Over the last decade or so atheism took a more aggressive turn. Four authors in particular were celebrated as the “Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse” (an allusion to the biblical horsemen of Revelation). These four, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, promulgated atheism with a missionary zeal. Their books became best sellers as they […]

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February 1, 2020
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The Chinese Nian Monster

January 1st marks the beginning of the new year for most of the world. But for the Chinese, this greatest holiday of the year varies because their ancient calendar was based on the lunar cycle. The Chinese New Year is a single day, but the celebration has become synonymous with the “Spring Festival,” which lasts […]

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January 2, 2020
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