Technological Free Fire Zone

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.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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3 responses to “Technological Free Fire Zone

  1. I like that first idea with TNA. When trying to generate artificial life which should go for TNA instead of our fickle DNA. Much more robust, but still easy to destroy with a whiff of, say nitric acid, in case it gets too dangerous.

  2. Dave Luckett

    I’ve been reading odd pieces about the Alcubiere-White warp drive concept for years now. It would require an enormous source of energy – the best candidate is a matter-antimatter reactor, which is unthinkably far beyond current technology. Trying to conceptualise such a thing is like H erectus staring into his campfire – the very latest thing, built on stones, yet – and thinking “blast furnace”.

    But it’s a hope, if we don’t kill ourselves or the planet first.

    We gotta get off this rock. What makes me spit is that I can remember the words coming back from the Moon, but to remember them, you’ve got to be well into middle age now.

    I remember the joy and the triumph.
    It was the year that I turned eighteen,
    That a man spoke a word in the silence
    Of a world words had never been.
    Fifty-two years gone and somehow
    Silence no longer seems to call.
    And so this is the last filksong,
    The very last filk of all.

    I thought I would see, if I lived long,
    Lights in the dark, where the fires showed
    The ships headed out for the darkness
    On our last and our longest road.
    Fifty-two years, and I know now
    Lights can go out, and the darkness fall,
    So this is the last filksong,
    The very last filk of all.

    Fade into silence; let the notes dwindle and die.
    Whatever happened to “Harbors” and “Hope”?
    Tell me, when did we kiss the dream good-bye?

    Oh, I know that it won’t be forever.
    Some day the miracles will return,
    And there will be lights in the darkness,
    Where only the far stars burn.
    But fifty-two years are too many.
    I’ll never see those lights at all,
    So this is the last filksong,
    The very last filk of all.
    The very last filk of all.

  3. Dutch creacrap outfit has provided some undeniable proof for the Global Flood and the extra-Biblical Ice Age that followed.

    The first one is taken over from CMI. A fox has traveld from Spitsbergen (aka Svalbard) via the north of Greenland to Ellesmere Island. “all migrations were aided during the early centuries after the Flood by the conditions provided by the Ice Age.” So the sloth and the marsupials obviously have pulled it off too.

    Polar bears, grizzly bears and sun bears are capable of producing fertile offspring. So the biological concept of species is questionable.

    “Het lijkt er daarom sterk op dat alle beren familie van elkaar zijn, en daarin zijn ze niet de enige. Ook bij andere dieren neemt men dit waar. Dit past goed in het Bijbelse plaatje dat de dieren zich, na de zondvloed, vanuit één ‘oerpaar’ over de aarde hebben verspreid en zich daarna zijn gaan differentiëren.”

    “That’s why it looks like that all bears are related, and they are not the only ones in this respect. We can observe this with other animals too. This fits well in the Biblical picture that the animals, after the Great Flood, have spreaded starting with one ‘ur-pair’ all over the world and afterwards went on differentiating.”

    Still not convinced? Then go listen to Paul Garner (the video is in English).

    From Biblical Creation Trust:

    “Paul Garner MSc, FGS is a full-time Researcher and Lecturer for BCT. He has an MSc in Geoscience from University College London, where he specialised in palaeobiology. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of several other scientific societies. His first book, The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theories on a Biblical Foundation, was published by Evangelical Press in 2009.”

    So it must be good.