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Today's Creation Moment

Dec
10
Busy Mushrooms
Joel 1:17
"The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered."
If it weren't for mushrooms, there would be so many un-decayed dead trees that there would be no room on Earth for anything else to grow. But mushrooms don't just recycle dead trees. They help make...
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Animals

What the Cat Knew

Proverbs 16:23
"The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips."

While modern computers can do increasingly amazing things, they would not compete well on even a simple task with an animal.

Unknown Treasures Still Being Discovered

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Proverbs 31:22
"She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple."

Many types of insects make silk. Among them, they make many types of silk. But many of the multitude of species of the caddisfly make a very unique silk even among silk-makers.

The Adder that Tells Time

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Job 26:13
"By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent."

Australia has many unique creatures that people find fascinating. One example is the floodplain death adder and its habit of eating dangerous frogs.

What Did History Do with the Dinosaurs?

Genesis 1:24
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

We are often asked why, if the Bible's account of creation is true, don't dinosaurs appear in any historical documentation. After all, according to the Bible, both the great land creatures and humans were created on day six of creation week.

Barreleyes

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Jeremiah 32:27
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"

Almost all sighted animals that aren't insects see with eyeballs. But that is not true of a fish named barreleyes, and that's for a good reason.

The Fastest Jaws in the World

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Psalm 46:7
"The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

If an octopus thinks you have found him in his lair, he will squirt ink in your face and hope, in your surprise, you don't see him fleeing. On the other hand, challenge a bull, and you will have more fight on your hands than you want. Other creatures will evaluate the situation to determine whether fight or flight is the best response.

The Buzz About Chance

Acts 1:26
"And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles."

With the early morning dew on the leaves, a vegetable garden may seem a very peaceful place. Actually, though, it's a war zone.

Chameleon Changes in Unexpected Way

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Psalm 7:1b
"O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me..."

Evolutionary naturalists have predicted that a given creature should have pretty much the same strategy for dealing with any of the predators that seek it out. As our knowledge of the animal world grows, they are beginning to realize that they may have to reexamine their prediction.

New Science Based on an Old Truth

Job 36:22
"Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?"

While the development of a new science is helping mankind, it says something that many scientists did not intend to say. The science is called biomimetics. As the name suggests, biomimetics is based on the idea that if we copy designs found in nature, we can often improve our own technology.

Dinos on Ice?

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Job 38:29
"Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?"

The fact that dinosaur fossils are found in the Arctic suggests that there have been catastrophic changes on this Earth since those dinosaurs lived. Some of the changes, like the worldwide flood, are even described in the Bible.

The Lonely, Bold Traveler

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Psalm 107:8
"Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"

Even life that exists where sunlight never reaches nevertheless gets its nutrients as a result of photosynthesis. Furthermore, no matter what the organism, it always lives in some sort of community with other organisms.

Lobsters Can Affect Our Thinking

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Jeremiah 5:26
"For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men."

With no backbone and not much of a brain, the lobster is usually depicted as pretty low on the evolutionary scale. It follows that lobsters are also intellectually pretty dim.

Magpies Reflect on Themselves

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2 Chronicles 9:23
"And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart."

When you look in a mirror you are conscious of seeing yourself. Bottlenose dolphins, elephants and primates in general have also shown this ability, but that's about it.

Worm's Glue May Fix You

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Job 12:7
"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee...."

While materials scientists are always interested in super-strong glues, they are especially interested in super-strong glues that harden under water. It turns out that a small marine worm called the Sandcastle Worm has a few things to teach them.

New Avian Speed Champion Discovered

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Job 9:10
"Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."

A peregrine falcon diving toward its prey reaches a relative speed of 200 body- lengths per second. This is close to the 207 body-lengths that the space shuttle travels as it enters our atmosphere. Thus, the peregrine falcon was thought to easily be the fastest dare-devil bird on Earth.

Monkeying with Genetics

Job 7:17
"What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?"

We have all heard the claims – and school textbooks love to include it – that humans and chimpanzees are about 99 percent genetically identical. However, that claim evaporates when the details of what is being compared are examined.

Birds' Unique Leg Structure Says No Evolution

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Genesis 1:21
"And God created ... every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

Countless television programs, museums, textbooks, and popular articles tell us that the birds evolved from dinosaurs. It now appears that this claim is even less credible!

Nasty Nannies

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Romans 8:21
"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."

There is a species of ant that, although quite small, makes slaves of yet smaller ants. This slave-making ant makes its nest inside acorns, and unlike the species they enslave, they have chemical weapons and powerful jaws.

Man Is Not First to Do Genetic Engineering

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Genesis 9:3
"Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."

"You are what you eat." We've all heard the saying. It doesn't mean that if you eat a lot of chicken, you'll literally become a chicken. But now science has discovered a creature for which the saying is literally true, in part, right down to the genetic level.

Moths Fool Bats

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2 Corinthians 11:14
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."

When one thinks of clever creatures, moths are probably not the first creature that come to mind – in fact, they probably don't come to mind at all!

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