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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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The Curious Case of the 'Unfossilized' Bones

The Curious Case of the 'Unfossilized' Bones | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Without being a paleontologist myself, and without being able to personally examine the bones, I am limited to the expertise of the scientists who have examined them. After looking at all the sources available, a consistent picture is emerging. It seems that these bones are indeed mostly unpermineralized, and that is an embarrassing and difficult-to-explain fact for those who maintain these bones must be millions of years old.
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Volcanic Lava Candles

Volcanic Lava Candles | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
There are currently two mountain replicas in the Cascadia Candles series: Mount Saint Helens and Mount Ranier. The idea behind the candles is that, when lit, the yellow wax will begin to drip down the side of the black base. Ultimately, the effect will be like lava flowing down the side of a volcano during an eruption.
YEC Geo's insight:
For the geologist on your Christmas list who has everything.
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“Dinosaur” in Amber: Evolutionists Spin Another Tail

“Dinosaur” in Amber: Evolutionists Spin Another Tail | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The recent spouting by some media outlets of a feathered dinosaur tail preserved in amber may be a case of counting chickens before they’re hatched."

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Stay tuned...more analysis to come.
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Dr. Strange Introduces the Multiverse to the Masses

Dr. Strange Introduces the Multiverse to the Masses | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The film is a worthy and thought-provoking entertainment, but an idea that serves as a good plot device for imaginative counterfactual play in the realm of fiction becomes something very different when taken as an article of faith and used as an explanatory tool in science.

You see, there's a big divide running through physics, astronomy, and cosmology, and the idea of a multiverse is at the center of the controversy, serving as a crucial means of explaining away some powerful evidence for intelligent design.
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Climate Expert Says He Was Targeted by Reporters, Academics for Critical View of Global Warming

Climate Expert Says He Was Targeted by Reporters, Academics for Critical View of Global Warming | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The climate researcher targeted by a well-funded liberal media outlet earlier this year said billionaire-backed environmentalists railroaded his career.
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Thought police in action.  #notscience!
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Ancient beasts roamed this secret spot in Death Valley, but you probably can't go

Ancient beasts roamed this secret spot in Death Valley, but you probably can't go | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Paleontologists call it “The Barnyard,” a remote canyon in Death Valley, where slabs of mud stone are indented with fossil tracks left by mastodons, camels, cats and other beasts.
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Wow--sign me up!
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Can Radioactive Decay Constants Vary?

Can Radioactive Decay Constants Vary? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Three physicists claim to see cyclical variations in beta decay rates of two elements correlated with solar neutrino flux.
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Theory that challenges Einstein’s physics could soon be put to the test

Theory that challenges Einstein’s physics could soon be put to the test | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Scientists behind a theory that the speed of light is variable – and not constant as Einstein suggested – have made a prediction that could be tested.
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Really interesting--hadn't heard of this before.
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Has Mars undergone one or more RATE episodes ?

Has Mars undergone one or more RATE episodes ? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
I propose that Mars is an analog of an extreme desert. I postulate that there is a history of volcanic eruptions producing rain, flash floods, and volcanic flows, which created a terraformed Mars complete with streams and lakes and an ocean.
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A creationist hypothesis
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Big Picture: a window into one of the world's most active volcanoes

Big Picture: a window into one of the world's most active volcanoes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
This skylight measures six metres across inside one of the world's most active volcanoes
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Pictured: New Zealand's powerful earthquake lifts the seabed by metres

Pictured: New Zealand's powerful earthquake lifts the seabed by metres | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
These incredible photographs show how New Zealand's 7.8 magnitude earthquake lifted the seabed two metres - and exploded through the sand.
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Mind-boggling, unless you're a catastrophist.  Even then it's pretty amazing!
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Permian’s Wolfcamp formation called biggest shale oil field in U.S.

Permian’s Wolfcamp formation called biggest shale oil field in U.S. | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
In a troubled oil world, the Permian Basin is the gift that keeps on giving.
YEC Geo's insight:
The monster under our noses.
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Did a Dinosaur Get Its Feathered Tail Caught in Amber?

Did a Dinosaur Get Its Feathered Tail Caught in Amber? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
But a dinosaur tail trapped in tree sap? It should be noted that the fossil is not a whole dinosaur tail, but rather only a small piece of a tiny feathered tail measuring about 1.4 inches in length and containing 8 vertebrae, each about the size of a grain of rice! It is estimated that this would make this presumed relative of T. rex about the size of a sparrow. The tail piece is undoubtedly covered with tiny feathers that are essentially identical to those of modern birds, but is this in fact a dinosaur tail rather than a bird tail?
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Google unveils the most detailed view of Earth's changing oceans, seas, rivers and lakes

The project took more than three years and involved thousands of computers downloading 1.8 petabytes of data from the USGS/NASA Landsat satellite program.
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Rapid Earth Changes in Historic Times

Rapid Earth Changes in Historic Times | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
What happened to the Sahara desert? What’s going on in Java, man? Geologists are surprised sometimes by recent major changes.
YEC Geo's insight:
Lots of confirmation of my theory of Creeping Catastrophism, which is that rates of geologic change tend to increase with increasing investigation.
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Make your own Planet Earth-style documentaries with this BBC app

The best part about the new app, which is available to download on iOS and Android today, is that you can make your own nature documentaries, just like Attenborough, using the app’s ‘My Collections’ tool.
YEC Geo's insight:
But can you imitate his accent?
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Sorry how many feathers did you find?

Sorry how many feathers did you find? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Tongtianlong limosus - More feathered-dinosaur story telling that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
YEC Geo's insight:
Exactly....zero.
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The great wall of New Zealand: Incredible aftermath of the 7.8 quake

The great wall of New Zealand: Incredible aftermath of the 7.8 quake | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
For the first time since the natural disaster, scientists have been allowed into the area surrounding the epicentre in New Zealand, and discovered the massive Hadrian's Wall-like rock formation.
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I predict a lot of papers are going to come out of this one.
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Is A Lithium Price Shock Just Around The Corner?

Is A Lithium Price Shock Just Around The Corner? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"We already know that lithium is the hottest commodity on the planet and is fueling a massive energy revolution; and we already know that juniors are the key to the lithium boom. We are now at the next stage: the critical point where the best-positioned juniors reveal themselves."

YEC Geo's insight:
A puff piece for a mining company with very interesting information about the geology of lithium deposits.
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Look Again: It’s Not Snow

Look Again: It’s Not Snow | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
These white mounds are the world’s largest gypsum dune field, centerpiece of the White Sands National Monument.
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Why Fake Data When You Can Fake a Scientist?

Why Fake Data When You Can Fake a Scientist? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The fact is that professional advancement for scientists around the world is becoming more and more challenging in an era of ever-scarcer funding for research and tightening competition for faculty spots. To succeed in the publish-or-perish environment of academia, most scientists hit the lab and play within the rules. Others, though, hatch schemes.
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More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.
YEC Geo's insight:
The reports just keep on coming.  It's looking like 2016 will end up with almost one discovery per month of preserved organic material.
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Earth Exploration Phone Cases

Earth Exploration Phone Cases | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
The case works by being installed onto your smartphone and allowing it to be linked with your smartphone to have a rolling roster of different wallpapers to be displayed on the smartphone screen.
YEC Geo's insight:
Somewhat creepy, but interesting.
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'Google Earth VR' Revealed Today in Surprise Announcement

'Google Earth VR' Revealed Today in Surprise Announcement | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
'We've accidentally been developing one of the ultimate content libraries for VR without even realizing it.'
YEC Geo's insight:
I'm apprehensive about the effect of VR upon an already distracted populace, but this--now this is really cool!
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