The creationists aren’t making any news lately, but we found some science articles at the PhysOrg website that should grab your interest. The first is Researchers can store the Declaration of Independence in a single molecule. One excerpt should be enough to get you interested, with our bold font added for emphasis:
DNA is an inherently fragile molecule, susceptible to degradation from numerous naturally occurring enzymes, sunlight, and a slew of acids and bases. For a more robust medium of genetic storage, [John] Chaput chose threose nucleic acid. TNA is much hardier and less prone to degradation from physical factors, including enzymes and acids and bases, but it is not indestructible.
He has theorized that — due to the medium’s incredible complexity — all of human history, every book ever written, every song ever sung and every Instagram brunch photo ever taken could be stored in half a cup of liquid TNA. “These systems open the door to new possibilities,” Chaput says. They’re “quite different than the ones used by nature.”
It would seem that the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — isn’t using the most efficient data storage system.
Okay, here’s another: Organic materials essential for life on Earth are found for the first time on the surface of an asteroid. The headline alone is enough to horrify creationists. Here’s one excerpt:
New research from Royal Holloway, has found water and organic matter on the surface of an asteroid sample returned from the inner Solar System. This is the first time that organic materials, which could have provided chemical precursors for the origin of life on Earth, have been found on an asteroid.
The single grain sample was returned to Earth from asteroid Itokawa by JAXA’s first Hayabusa mission in 2010. The sample shows that water and organic matter that originate from the asteroid itself have evolved chemically through time.
Here’s one more: A potential model for a real physical warp drive. It says:
A pair of researchers at Applied Physics has created what they describe as the first general model for a warp drive, a model for a space craft that could travel faster than the speed of light, without actually breaking the laws of physics. Alexey Bobrick, and Gianni Martire have written a paper describing their ideas for a warp drive and have published it in IOP’s Classical and Quantum Gravity.
Here ya go: Introducing physical warp drives. The PhysOrg article continues:
Back in the ’60s, television viewers became familiar with the idea of a warp drive courtesy of the television show “Star Trek.” … Physicists have scoffed at the idea of a real warp drive, however, because it suggests travel faster than light. But in actuality, as the name of the drive suggests, such an engine did not actually push the craft faster than the speed of light; instead, it simply warped space time in a way that allowed for using a shortcut.
Alas for all you Trekkies, the article ends with this:
Because of the implied difficulties, a warp drive created from the model developed by the researchers could not be built today, but it does suggest that someday it might be possible.
With those items to stimulate you, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Please use the comments for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
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