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James Ussher’s Education
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
James Ussher is famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, for his work on creation. It was Ussher who calculated that the Earth was created at 6 pm on the evening before October 23rd 4004...

Self-Cleaning Feet

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

Here on Creation Moments we have often mentioned the gecko’s amazing ability to walk up or even upside down on surfaces as smooth as glass. We have pointed out that the gecko can grip even a glass surface as it walks with microscopic hairs on its feet. These minute hairs actually grip the surface at the molecular level.
geckoNoting that geckos never seem to clean their feet, scientists wondered what would happen if the microscopic hairs became fouled with microscopic dust particles. They computed that particles would have to foul between 26 and 59 hairs on each foot to be effective. They then fouled geckos’ feet with micro-spheres and observed them as they walked on a glass surface. To their surprise, with each step the geckos’ grip on the glass surface became stronger. This result suggested that with each step, the geckos’ feet were shedding some of the micro-spheres. To determine if this was what was happening, scientists removed some of the fibers from gecko feet and studied their interaction with the micro-spheres. Their conclusion was that gecko feet are indeed self-cleaning.

Not only is the design of the gecko’s feet amazing, but God evidently realized that His design would not work unless it was self-cleaning and able to shed dust. This design certainly cannot be attributed to a hit or miss process like evolution.

Father, with all You have made, I praise You, not only for my being, but also for my redemption in Christ. Amen.
Science News, 1/8/05, pp. 21-22, P. Weiss, “Twinkle Toes.” Photo: Courtesy of Ginger Me. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.