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Jay Wile

As a scientist, it is hard for me to fathom anyone who has scientific training and does not believe in God. Indeed, it was science that brought me not only to a belief in God, but also to faith in Christianity. I have an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. blog.drwile.com

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Just Who is Really Blinded to Science?

[Originally published on Nov. 30, 2017 as More Evidence That Bill Nye Has No Idea What He Is Talking About] Bill Nye calls himself “The Science Guy,” but most of his actions are decidedly anti-science. In 2012, he made a video…

May 25, 2020

artist's grid showing gravitational waves around two circling stars, photo credit: NASA

Neutron Stars and the Theory of General Relativity

[Originally published as Another Stunning Confirmation of General Relativity] Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity make some really odd predictions. Many people don’t care for those predictions, but as a scientist, I have one simple question: Are the predictions…

May 18, 2020

DNA pictured on an incomplete jigsaw puzzle

Scientists Call for Their Colleagues to Overcome Dogma

[Originally published as Please…Discard the Dogma!] It always troubles me when I read other scientists who ignore the data in order to cling to their cherished dogmas. As a scientist, I know that this holds back the progress of science….

May 11, 2020

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Freshwater, Saltwater, and the Scientific Method

[Originally published as A Cool Variation on an Experiment] In my elementary science book, Science in the Beginning, I explain to students that many things in science are counterintuitive. To make this point clear, I have them do an experiment with…

May 4, 2020

Cepheid star RS Puppis, photo credit: Hubble Telescope

Assumptions in the Dark…Energy

[Originally published as 68% of the Universe May Not Exist!] Unsuspecting students are often taught “facts” that are anything but actual facts. Consider, for example, what NASA says about the nature of the universe: It turns out that roughly 68% of…

April 27, 2020

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Lightning, Carbon-14 and Dating the Past

[Originally published December 7, 2017 as Lightning: A Natural Nuclear Reactor!] In 1994, a scientific team using the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory reported seeing intense gamma ray flashes coming from the earth. The researchers called it an “unexplained terrestrial phenomenon,” but they noted: The…

April 13, 2020

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Surviving Dinosaur Cells Caught in the Act of Dividing

[Originally published as No Other Explanation: Dinosaur DNA!] Despite the overwhelming evidence, there are some who are skeptical that soft tissue can be found in dinosaur fossils. Even among those who think that there may be soft tissue in some dinosaur…

April 6, 2020

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Scientists Discover More Complex Design of Blood

This image showing a single mitochondria [Originally published as A Newly-Discovered Component of Blood] I have been teaching science for 34 years. I have been writing science textbooks for 27 years. I can’t tell you how many times I have…

March 30, 2020

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Brain vs Supercomputer—There’s No Contest!

[Originally published as Our Best Computer is Positively PRIMITIVE Compared to the Human Brain] I have been working on my new book, Science in the Atomic Age, which (Lord willing) will be published this summer. In the section where I cover…

March 23, 2020

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Scientists Need to Watch for Bias

[Originally published as Bias in Science on December 14, 2017] Several years ago, Dr. Ivan Oransky (MD) and Adam Marcus (MA in science writing) started a blog called Retraction Watch, which reports on scientific papers that have been retracted by the…

March 16, 2020