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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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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

ISS Lightning, Earth's Horizon, and the Milky Way, photo credit: NASA

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

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Brazil and Evolutionary Consensus Denial

[Originally published as The Inquisition Is Furious About Brazil!] Bill Nye says and writes a lot of ignorant things (see here, here, here, here, and here, for example). While it is hard to choose the most ignorant statement he has ever made, this one has…

March 9, 2020

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Seeds, A Grain of Salt, and Facebook “Science” Reports

[Originally published as Please Stop Believing Facebook, Especially When It Comes to Science!] As I was scrolling through Facebook, finding my historical twin and learning what my friends are eating, I noticed a post on my wall. It was from…

March 2, 2020

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Play in the Dirt, it’s Good for You!

[Originally published as A Dirty Childhood Can Lead to a Healthy Life] One of the proposed explanations for the rise in allergies seen in the industrialized world is the hygiene hypothesis. It argues that many children who live in industrialized nations…

February 24, 2020

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An Exoplanet with Two Suns in Its Sky

[Originally published as How Can a Planet Orbit Two Stars?] If you haven’t seen it, there is a viral story about a high school student, Wolf Cukier, who made a significant discovery. During a summer internship, he was looking through data that…

February 17, 2020