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Today's Creation Moment

Jun
24
The Stones at Carnac
Genesis 11:8
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”
On the southern coast of the Breton peninsula in Northern France is a small rural town called Carnac. It is a pleasant enough seaside resort. I remember enjoying a couple of days there with my family...
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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.

The Mouse with Radiation Protection

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1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care on him; for he careth for you.

Most mice are nocturnal. The African four-striped grass mouse, however, operates in the fierce equatorial sun.

Taking a Bite Out of Stress

Psalm 130:4
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Research has repeatedly shown that dogs can be an effective sedative. Continued research has now shown that dogs can relieve more stress and promote better health than even the presence of a close friend will do.

Stone Makers

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Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Modern sophisticated laboratories have produced many specialized materials with amazing qualities. Yet, many creatures make ceramic materials that are stronger and tougher. If a crack starts in a piece of our ceramic, over time it grows. The same crack will not grow in ceramic made by the oyster.

Smart Lobsters

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Proverbs 21:24
Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Do spiny lobsters know that they are a delicacy to many, if not most, of the carnivores on earth? New research into the social habits of spiny lobsters shows that much of their interaction with each other is based on the fact that they have learned to cooperate in order to survive their many predators.

Scuba Gear for Bacteria

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Job 21:22
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Biotechnology may be a new word to you. It’s a relatively new science. Biotechnology is the science of engineering custom-made life forms. For example, biotechnologists can add to a bacterium the gene that makes fireflies glow. This procedure gives the bacterium the ability to glow.

Reptilian Housing Development Expert

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Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

He looks slow and unimportant. He spends 90 percent of his time underground. But the gopher tortoise constructs a housing development that is home to over 360 species. In addition, his  tunnels provide emergency shelter to many other creatures during forest fires.

Masters of Mimicry

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Isaiah 40:28
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

Though they are only insects, stick insects seem to have an amazing knowledge of their surroundings. They are geniuses at using their predators’ weakness for their own protection.

How to Engineer a Better Turtle

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Genesis 1:21
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Leatherback turtles make use of far more of the sea than most creatures. They can dive to depths of over 4,000 feet. They prefer cold, open ocean waters but lay their eggs on tropical beaches. Not only are they found all over the world, but the same individual may be found all over the world. In 1970, a turtle that was tagged off the South American coast also turned up just off the West African coast, almost 4,000 miles away.

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