BIOMIMETICS LEADS TO AMMONIA BREAKTHROUGH
3 fertilizer. Each year, nearly 500 million tons of ammonia are produced using the Haber–Bosch process, which works at high
pressure and temperature and consumes some 1% of the world’s energy.
Nitrogen gas is also converted to ammonia in plants, a process called nitrogen
‘fixation’. However, it works at normal temperature and pressure using enzymes from
certain bacteria. The University of Utah scientists used a fuel cell to imitate this
biological process. The big advantage is that ammonia is produced without the need
for extreme pressure and temperature.
Human intelligence, creativity, and technology were once again used to
copy this process, demonstrating something of the wisdom, power, and intelligence of the Creator, who invented it first. Let’s give credit where credit is due
Brown, E., Imitating nature to produce ammonia, IEEE GlobalSpec,
insights.globalspec.com, February 2017.
Compare Demick, D., The molecular sledgehammer, Creation
24( 2): 52–53, 2002;
SETI SEARCH REPORTS … NOTHING
The SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) project has released a report
which says it may never find anything ‘out there’.
The team analyzed signals from a sample of 692 nearby stars but found
no ‘intelligent life’. One member said: “It’s like finding a needle in a
haystack. But we don’t know how many needles are there.” Previously, what
were seen to be hopeful signs have turned out to be embarrassing mix-ups
A considerable funding boost from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has
added impetus to the ongoing search for life beyond Earth, but even New
Scientist magazine is pessimistic about a positive outcome.
It reported both Avi Loeb of Harvard University and Claudio Grimaldi of
the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne as saying that the search
may ultimately prove fruitless.
What is not fruitless is the search for God the Creator Who has already
revealed that He is the Intelligent Source from which life came, when He
created Adam from the dust of the ground.
Enriquez, J.E. et al., The Breakthrough Listen search for advanced life: 1.1–1.9 GHz observations
of 692 nearby stars,
seti.berkeley.edu, April 2017.
Crane, L., We still haven’t heard from aliens—here’s why we might never,
newscientist.com, April 2017.
TISSUE ‘PRESERVED’ IN ‘SHIN DESTROYER’ DINOSAUR
Ghostbusters movie, but more interesting is the claim that soft tissues
have been preserved in the supposed 75 million-year-old specimen.
The ankylosaur has been named Zuul crurivastator; Zuul because
of its ‘likeness’ to the movie monster, while crurivastator translates to
‘destroyer of shins’. It had a sledgehammer-like end to its 3 m-long
(10 ft) tail, bony spikes along its 6 m-long ( 20 ft) body, and weighed
about 2,500 kg ( 5,500 lb).
One of the researchers said: “Most excitingly, soft tissues such as
scales and the horny sheaths of spikes are preserved, which will be a
focus of our future research.”
While researchers include things like fossilized impressions of skin
as examples of soft tissue ‘preservation’, this find includes a substantial
black film of what appears to be keratin, the protein which makes things
like hair, nails, and reptile scales. If still intact, it would add to the grow-
ing list of actual, intact and unfossilized soft tissue discoveries which
contradicts belief in long ages. For more, see
Geggel, L., Spiky Ankylosaurus looks like monster from ‘Ghostbusters’,
livescience.com, May 2017.
Arbour, V.M. and Evans, D.C., A new ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, USA, based on an exceptional skeleton with
soft tissue preservation, R. Soc. Open Sci. 4:161086, May 2017 | doi:10.1098/rsos.161086.