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Today's Creation Moment

Oct
18
Atoning Pitch
Genesis 6:14
"Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch."
Wood will get waterlogged, if it is left in water for too long. And yet wood has often been used throughout history to build boats and ships. For example, the city of Pensacola, Florida, was, in many...
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Animals

A Lesson from the Beekeeper

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Psalm 119:103
"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

When I was in my twenties, I had a friend whose father, Peter, kept bees. One day, he invited me to help collect honey. I was fascinated by the paraphernalia that goes with this activity – the  costume, the hood, the smoker, and the hives. Peter had ten  Beeshives. His bees were very distinctive. They had a deep brown abdomen with a single yellow stripe across the middle of it.

One Best Friend, Many Varieties

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Genesis 1:25
“ And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

There is a story about a man, who had a dog. A friend asked him what kind of dog it was. The man replied “He is a Heinz dog”. “I have never heard of a Heinz dog”, said the other. “Sure you have”, said the first. “He has 57 varieties”. 

A Tale of Whale Evolution

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Genesis 1:21
“So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

London’s famous Natural History Museum features an enormous gallery, where, among other large creatures, you can see a life-size blue whale hanging from the ceiling.

The Home Life of the Beaver

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Ecclesiastes 3:20-21
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"

Frequent excursions into the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument bring me regularly into areas populated by beavers. Many of the ponds around the Hummocks show signs of beaver activity. One notable dam, which I often see on the trail, is over four Beaverfeet high, and is easily over 50 feet long.

Eight Legged Thievery

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John 10:10
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Out of more than 30,000 species of spiders, there are three species that make their living through thievery. Several years ago that number was raised from two with the discovery of a tiny, thieving Diagram of the internal anatomy of a female two-lunged spider. species on the island of Taiwan. The other two species live in South America and are known to steal only silk from the webs of other spiders.

He Literally Walks on Water

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Matthew 14:25
"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea."

Would you like to be able to walk on water the way Jesus did? The closest human beings have come to walking on water is water skiing, which some even do without skis. But they still need a Brown basilisk, basking in the sun. powerful and noisy power boat to do it. But there is an animal that can walk on water without help of any kind.

There Could Be Magic Dragons

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Psalm 148:7, 10
“Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps…Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl.”

Numerous television programs have been made about the Komodo dragon and the creatures are even going on display at some zoos. Reaching up to 400 pounds, they can even outrun a man. And they eat anything that they find dead or alive. Even a simple bite from a Komodo dragondragon will prove fatal within 72 hours unless you get immediate treatment.

The Deception of a Glow in the Dark Shark

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Jeremiah 17:9
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?"

The creation is filled with plants and animals which use deception to survive. The glow in the dark cookie-cutter shark is a master at such deception.

The Amphipod's Unique Escape

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James 4:7
"Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

The hunted are smart to stay downwind of the hunter. Many predators hunt using scent, at least in part. The same principle works in water. Many predators smell chemicals given off by their Amphipodprey and use that scent to help them locate their prey. If you were a predator in a stream you would be smart to stay downstream from your prey. The prey won't smell you.

The Key to Real Leadership

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Proverbs 12:24
"The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute."

Wasp colonies in temperate zones usually wait until the end of summer to raise male young. That's because male wasps are typically useless consumers of food. They don't do anything waspworthwhile in the nest, nor do they help gather resources.

Not Every Gift Has Value

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Romans 6:23
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."

Human bridegrooms are not the only males who give gifts to their intended. The birds and the flies do it, too. On a previous program we talked about how the bower bird woos his potential mate by Dance flybuilding a hut for her and decorating it with bright objects.

Birds Do Mental Time Travel

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Matthew 13:4
"And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up...."

Episodic memory, the ability to remember something that happened in the past is called mental time travel. It has long been thought that only humans are capable of episodic memory. New research suggests that some birds are also capable of mental time travel.

The Squid Without a Shadow

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Psalm 18:28
"For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness"

Many marine creatures reflect surrounding light. They can do so because of tiny light-reflecting platelets. Typically, these crystalline platelets are made of purine, one of the building blocks of DNA, but these particular crystals cannot change how much light they reflect.

Geckos Don’t Need Flashlights

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Psalm 146:8
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous....

You get up early. The illumination isn't very good, you put on your socks anyway, only to find out, in the light of day, that you have one blue and one gray sock on. That's because our eyes have cone cells to detect color, as well as rod cells that are sensitive to light, but cannot see color. So, as the light level Gecko (not the hooded gecko).becomes lower, we have a decreasing ability to detect colors.

Learn of God’s Loving Provision

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Job 12:7-8
"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."

A number of species of fish live, apparently comfortably, in Antarctic waters as cold as the freezing temperature of seawater, which is a couple of degrees colder than fresh water. This presents us with several mysteries. First, cold slows down the chemistry necessary for life. At these temperatures, life's Ocellated Icefishchemistry all but stops.

Airplane Fingers

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Genesis 1:20
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."

Aerodynamics, the science of flight, is a highly complex science. This is because many complex forces are acting on anything in flight. These forces include the power available for flight and drag produced by the flying object. Each of these categories include many additional forces that depend on the shape of the Learjet with wingletsflying object, the shape and length of the wings, the speed and the altitude.

Those Gifted Red Knots

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Psalm 145:15
"The eyes of all wait upon thee: and thou givest them their meat in due season."

Shore birds like the oystercatcher search for buried mollusks by touch. They poke around in the sand, hoping to find a hard-shelled mollusk. But if you have ever tried to find something that was hiding where you couldn't see it, you know that this method of looking for something is not very efficient. But another Red Knot bird in the watershore bird, the red knot, seems to know just where to find its hidden food.

God’s Loving Ownership

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Psalm 50:11
"I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine."

Have you ever tried to get a bottle in a baby's mouth in a dark room? It would be handy if the baby had a glowing target on its mouth. God has given the Gouldian finch, a native of Australia, a unique solution to this problem.

Ant Imposter Glorifies God’s Creativity

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Psalm 104:24
"O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full thy riches."

Deep inside an ant colony, perhaps in a decaying log in northern Idaho or even the north woods of Minnesota, there are ants who only think they are taking care of their pupae. In addition to attending to their young, however, they are providing a dangerous ant predator with food and protection as it matures.

Tiny Superlatives and God’s Love

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Psalm 10:14
Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

Hummingbirds are among the most exquisite jewels in God’s creation. Many of their activities and habits seem almost unreal.

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