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Glass Insects in Space!
Psalm 9:1
"I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvelous works."
Brine shrimp and water bears are tiny animals that are able to basically freeze dry into a state of suspended animation and then return to active life. Scientists have learned that they do this by...

Sometimes Brain Size Doesn’t Count

2 Timothy 2:8
“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel....”

You look up a telephone number and dial it. You didn’t write it down, you simply remembered it. But an hour later, you will probably not be able to remember the number. That kind of memory is known as “working memory.”

brain size doesn't countHoneybees may not have much for a brain, but researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra have found that honeybees have a surprisingly good working memory. Researchers constructed a tunnel, connected to a pipe with openings to different destinations. They marked these openings with simple signs – like wavy lines. They trained the bees to learn that an opening with a specific sign offered a treat, while the other opening – also marked by a sign – offered nothing. After the bees had learned which sign marked the goodies, the scientists made the tunnel longer to learn how long the bees’ working memory lasted. They also began offering differing signs to learn how flexible the bees’ working memory is. Their conclusion is that honeybees have a working memory that lasts about five seconds, the same as birds. But more amazing is that their memory proved as flexible as a rhesus monkey.

Gathering pollen from a range of flowering plants requires a good working memory. Honeybees’ sophisticated working memories have nothing to do with evolutionary ascent. It’s a needed ability given them by a loving Creator.

Father, I remember Your love and mercy toward me in Jesus Christ, Whose innocent suffering and death saved me. Amen.
Science News, 4/2/05, p. 213, S. Milius, “Little Brains That Could.”