An Indiana-based academic institute has announced that while a physics professor who taught intelligent design will stay with the university, his proposed controversial course will not.
Professor Jo Ann Gora, president of Ball State University, announced Wednesday that while Physics Prof. Eric Hedin would remain, intelligent design would not be taught as part of a science course.
Theories of evolution, Darwinian and otherwise, fail to explain the development of animal life, and intelligent design explains it better, argues former geophysicist Stephen C. Meyer in his recently released New York Times best-selling book, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design
"The best scientific evidence undermines Darwinism, and the more current form of Darwinism known as neo-darwinism," Meyer, a former oil industry geophysicist who holds a Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Wash., said in a Tuesday interview with The Christian Post.
"The burden of proof that I proudly bear in the book is to show that the best scientific evidence now challenges the theory" of evolution, the author explained. more >>
A Christian education publisher based in Tennessee has removed references to the existence of the Loch Ness Monster from a biology textbook.
According to Scotland's Sunday Herald, Accelerated Christian Education, Inc. has opted to remove a statement from a textbook used in Europe and will likely do the same for American textbooks.
"Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland?" reads the deleted passage. "'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur." more >>
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that would ban the controversial practice of sexual orientation change efforts for minors.
Democratic Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., introduced the bill, known as H.154, earlier this year with a hearing being held last week before the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
If enacted, H.154 would bar licensed professionals from performing "Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts" in the state. more >>
University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists announced on Wednesday that they have identified a natural "off switch" for the X chromosome making it possible to explore treatment for Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra X chromosome which results in cognitive impairment.
In a report on a study of the subject posted on the medical school's website, they noted that they are the first to establish the "off switch" for the X chromosome and highlighted that it provides the first clues that the genetic root of Down syndrome can be suppressed in vitro.
"The last decade has seen great advances in efforts to correct single-gene disorders, beginning with cells in vitro and in several cases advancing to in vivo and clinical trials," said lead author Jeanne B. Lawrence, professor of cell & developmental biology. "By contrast, genetic correction of hundreds of genes across an entire extra chromosome has remained outside the realm of possibility. Our hope is that for individuals living with Down syndrome, this proof-of-principal opens up multiple exciting new avenues for studying the disorder now, and brings into the realm of consideration research on the concept of 'chromosome therapy' in the future." more >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis is getting ready to host the Answers Mega Conference in Tennessee from July 22 to 25, which he says will present the latest research in creationism from leading scientists.
"At Answers in Genesis, we understand the importance of backing up what we write and lecture about with high-quality scientific and theological research," Ham wrote on Monday.
He also highlighted AiG's Answers Research Journal (ARJ), which collects both scientific and theological research on biblical events such as the great Flood, saying that the papers are reviewed by well-qualified scholars before they are published. more >>