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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.

Blind Mexican Tetra, Astyanax mexicanus: ID 69637818 © Wrangel |

Do Blind Cavefish Cooperate with Evolutionary Thinking?

[Originally published as The Surprising Reason that Some Cave Fish are Blind] The Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) can be found living in fresh water above or below ground. The ones living in water above ground are “normal,” but the ones…

February 3, 2020

Brown Falcon sitting on a tree in Australia: ID 46401241 © Tinamou |

Study of Australian Birds Shows They Help Fires Spread

[Originally published Jan. 15, 2018 as Birds Seem to Intentionally Spread Fires!] Birds are incredibly intelligent animals. They work through certain probability problems better than some students, they communicate with people in order to hunt, they build structures with perspective in mind, they can…

January 27, 2020

Australian water rat, Rakali: ID 121311268 © Lukas Blazek |

Surgical Precision…in Rats

[Originally published as Rat Surgeons?] I have written previously about Australia’s cane toad problem (here and here). In 1935, cane toads were brought in to control a pest that was feeding on sugar cane in northeastern Queensland. They ended up being ineffective…

January 13, 2020

E. coli Bacteria

Bacteria, Predictions, Insulin, and Carbon Footprints

[Originally published as A Bacterium That “Eats” Carbon Dioxide…and a Creationist Prediction] Escherichia coli (E. coli) are the workhorses of the bacterial world. They are found in every human being and most warm-blooded animals, but they are also found in laboratories…

January 6, 2020

Atom graphic with spherical depictions in the background, photo credit: Pixabay

Education to Question, and, Light from a Single Atom

[Originally published as No, It’s Not a Picture of an Atom] When I wrote the first edition of my high school chemistry textbook (back in 1994), I discussed the impossibility of seeing atoms. Atoms aren’t just small; they are simply…

December 30, 2019

Two images of the delicate, one-way valves from veins. They were found in dinosaur soft tissue! (Image copied from the presentation embedded below)

Dinosaur Soft Tissue, Fragile but Intact

[Originally published as Incredibly Fragile Dinosaur Soft Tissue] Mark Armitage and James Solliday at the Dinosaur Soft Tissue Research Institute have been doing some amazing work. On October 5th, Mr. Armitage presented their findings at Lower Columbia College. Apparently, he has not yet…

December 23, 2019

Digital to analog audio converter diagram

Digital to Analog Converters at the Cellular Level

A schematic representation of the digital-to-analog conversion process. [Originally published as Cells Have Digital-to-Analog Converters] Suppose you want to listen to some music. You pull out your iPod or your phone, put the earbuds in your ears, and you start…

December 16, 2019

Dr. Jekyll stage photo

Chemistry for Dramatic Effect

The very talented Eric Bailey portraying Dr. Jekyll in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical (edited photo by Michelle Mullins) [Originally published as Another Special Effect Based on Chemistry] I just got finished portraying Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll and Hyde:…

December 9, 2019

Vintage circuit board: ID 1900477 © Junda |

God’s Handle on Tech Blows our Minds

[Originally published as Human Technology is Garbage Compared to Biology] Look at the picture above. It’s part of the circuit board from a computer. How do you think it came to be? It could have been formed by an earthquake…

December 2, 2019

Artist Frank Wu’s interpretation of Job 1:20-21

Job: at the Root of Western Philosophy

[Originally published as Where Did Western Philosophy Begin?] In my sophomore year at university, my roommate was Frank Wu. He was a fun, energetic guy, and we had a great time together. We remained friends throughout our time at university. I…

November 26, 2019