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Today's Creation Moment

The Creator's Gift of Intelligence
Psalm 111:10
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."
In many of our Creation Moments programs, we have shown that animal intelligence is not a result of evolution but God's gift to His creatures. While animals are limited to a much smaller area of...

The Genius of Insect Flight

Psalm 105:31
"He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and lice in all their territory."

Flying insects have been a huge mystery to scientists, especially those who believe in evolution. Until recently, scientists didn't know how flying insects could fly. Wind tunnel tests on insect wings showed that their wings produce anywhere from a third to half as much lift needed for flight, depending on the species. Yet, horseflies have been clocked flying at up to 90 miles per hour!

Detailed research on the biomechanics of insect flight has now revealed how they manage to fly. Insect flight does not use quite the same principles as airplane flight. Unlike the wings of a modern airplane, insect wings trace a figure eight during flight. If an airliner's wings attack the air at an angle of more than 18 degrees, the vortex that provides lift to the top of the wing pulls away from the wing and the result is a stall. Insect wings, however, attack the air at a much steeper angle. Why doesn't the lifting vortex pull away from an insect's wing, leaving the insect in a stall? Researchers learned that because the insect's wing is moving faster at the tip, the lifting vortex does not pull away from the wing and gives the insect a 70 percent increase in lift.

Evolutionists depict today's flying insects as descendants of ancient insects that could only glide. Then, over supposed millions of years they developed the wings and flight skills of modern insects. This recent research, however, reveals that insect flight is no chance development. It was carefully engineered by a Creator from the very beginning.

I thank You, Lord, for Your mighty Word has created faith in me and brought me salvation. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Discover, 4/00, pp. 27-28, "What's the Buzz?"