Midweek links: Dino Print Cookies, Velvety Flowers, Heavenly Sounds, and Real Science

Dinosaur footprints

Dinosaur footprints (Photo credit: MuseumWales)

Proverbs 31 woman (who usually writes about home canning and such) had such a cool recipe for Dinosaur Fossil Footprint Cookies that I knew I had to share these with you all.  These would be great for a birthday party, or almost any time.

I haven’t mentioned my favorite Ice Age Civilization guy in a while, but James Nienhuis has a great post on Questions You Should be Asking with short answers.  I’ve talked about how the mountains were covered, and what caused the Ice Age, but I’ve never heard of water being “carburated” and Mr. Nienhuis hasn’t written anything else on it (unless it’s in his new book).  Shall we ask him what he’s talking about?  (Just in today, another short article from his blog that talks about Elephants in Europe!)

English: The Red Rectangle Nebula. An excellen...

The Red Rectangle Nebula

Dr. Rhonda has a great post today on how we can have such a huge universe with stars billions of light years away in just a few thousand years.  I followed her link to Dr. Lisle’s article and really enjoyed his picture diagrams.  It is so much easier to understand something with a drawing than with just words, isn’t it?

If you have a facebook account, be sure to check out what I have up on my page.  It’s super easy to pass on cool stuff from other creation pages that would take a lot more time to write up on here.  For example, when I logged on today my 5-year-old snuggled on my lap while we watched a rather weird sounding video of the sounds the heavens are making right now.  Awesome!

Today I also got this week’s e-mail update from Creation Research.  Unfortunately, they are updating their whole website, so the application page is blank below, but you can probably email them HERE and include the info they would ask for (your name, state and country) to get signed up for yourself.  This week they talked about a Science Daily article about how most flowers have “petals, whose stunning structure is best seen under an electron microscope.”  These cone-shaped surface cells are what make roses and petunias look so velvety.

Petunia, Thun, Switzerland. Français : Fleur d...

We’re just discovering why God bothered to give flowers such complex designs.   It turns out that these special shapes help the bees and other bugs hold on when the wind blows.   CR reminds us that the varieties of flowers which don’t have these fancy footholds survive because of other colors and designs bees prefer when there isn’t much wind.  This is what “natural selection” actually means; it is the process of living things with variations that still work staying alive.

For me, it’s nice to see real science going on rather than a bunch of impossible guesswork about the past.  The scientists saw something interesting that they didn’t understand, they made a guess about why it might be that way and figured out a test to check it out.

That reminds me, I finally had a chance to listen to the last week’s Creation Today episode and was very impressed.  The second half of the half-hour show is all about how Evolution isn’t science (like the flower study) and how schools are turning away from experiments and research to even more “facts” for all you guys to try to cram in your heads (I feel your pain!).  My favorite part is when Paul Taylor tells about his experience as a science teacher who first introduced the theory of Evolution to young teens who were well grounded in science.  I just love their reaction!

This idea of real science also ties into an article I ran into at the Ask John Mackay section of Creation Research.  Professor Ed Neeland talks about how bizarre it is to look at the “simple” cell (you know like the very first life form that spontaneously came into being Once Upon a Time) and think that it isn’t designed.

“Our efforts to replicate the building blocks of the cell have been a dismal failure.  It takes smart scientists, million dollar equipment and controlled conditions to produce a few simple chemicals found in the cell.  What do you think happens to simple chemicals when you remove the design and controlled conditions?  Just what you expect.  They don’t self-assemble into a cell but make but a tarry mess.”

Science Class

Does your science class look like this? or…

Students of SASTRA in their classroom

Or this?

Storytime on the Couch - If You Take A Mouse T...

Of course, my kids’ looks more like This except when their Daddy helps them!

As for me, I’m more than happy to give credit where credit is due to the Great Designer Creator, but I don’t have a whole life style built around me, myself and my desires for right now.

Psalm 112:1  Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Psalm 117:2  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 146:10  The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 148:1  Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

And the other 20 times this phrase is used…

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