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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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Active DNA Wonders

[Originally published as DNA Is Even More Complex Than We Thought!] DNA is a wonderfully complex chemical that we are still a long way from fully understanding. Its ability to store information is amazing. Experiments indicate that a single gram…

June 29, 2020

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Assumption Frameworks, Science, and Lichen

[Originally published as Lichen Hid This Secret From Scientists for More Than 140 Years!] For more than 140 years, scientists have taught that lichens are the result of a relationship between a fungus and an alga (singular of algae). The fungus gives…

June 22, 2020

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Scientific Free Speech is Dangerous?

[Originally published as It is Now a Risk to Promote Free Speech in Science!] Dr. Adam Perkins is a personality researcher at King’s College London (KCL). On March 16, 2018, he was scheduled to give a talk to a group…

June 15, 2020

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DNA Recipes, Bar Codes, and Design

[Originally published as Study Demonstrates that Most Animal Species Came Into Existence at the Same Time?] In a comment on a previous article, a reader informed me of a study that I had not seen. It was published in the journal Human…

June 8, 2020

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It’s More Than Just a Balance of Nature

[Originally published as Another excerpt from Science in the Atomic Age] I am putting the finishing touches on my 7th/8th grade book Science in the Atomic Age (which should be available for purchase in June), and I wanted to post another excerpt from…

June 1, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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