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Today's Creation Moment

Aug
17
Meet King Kong's Opposite!
1 Samuel 17:45
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the...
Probably one of my all-time-favorite movies is King Kong. I'm talking about the original black-and-white film made in 1933 and starring Faye Wray. But, of course, the real star of the movie was the "...
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Ceramic Miracles

Psalm 9:1
"I will praise [thee], O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works."

Scientists who are working on newer and better materials out of which to make things are concentrating their attention on ceramics. Ceramics do not break or wear as easily as other materials, including metals. High temperatures don't cause them to weaken. Some ceramics have even shown the promise of bringing about another revolution in electronics. Ceramics have one Ceramic Miraclesmajor problem, though. They are difficult to form into usable parts. Sometimes they are also too brittle to work well as machine parts.

Nature, on the other hand, regularly custom-forms ceramics for the most-demanding duties. The ceramics made in living bodies include teeth and shells. Living creatures bind inorganic crystals into a hard, custom-fashioned ceramic that is both strong and much less brittle than man-made ceramics.

Taking their cue from living things, scientists have successfully made stronger, less-brittle ceramics patterned after biological ceramics. The new ceramics offer great promise in designing radical new electronics. Perhaps most dramatically, one version has served well as artificial bone. The body even accepts the ceramic as though it was true bone!

Modern science has gained some wonderful knowledge. However, modern scientists have learned that to solve an engineering problem it is better to learn how our wise Creator solved the same problem in the first place.

Prayer: 
I thank You, Father, that You have given me my body with all its wondrously designed parts. Help me to take good care of it as a gift from You; and raise it back to life in the resurrection of the dead. Amen.
Notes: 
E. Pennisi. "Nature Points the Way to Tougher Ceramics." Science News, Vol. 140, p. 150. Photo: Dental porcelain bridge, used by permission of Wagonerj and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.