Scottish authorities say eight dead in police helicopter crash;
Obama administration says health care website fix on track;
Egypt panel begins vote on draft constitution;
Obama shops at Washington bookstore.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psa. 46:1).
The Hebrew word "matsa," which is translated "very present," is often translated "to find out." It is used in Genesis 2:20 when no help meet could be found for Adam. Though the entire creation was considered, no help meet could be found. The dove that was sent out by Noah "found [matsa] no rest." The Lord said, "If I find [matsa] in Sodom fifty righteous..." (Gen. 18:26). The term speaks of a diligent search. Likewise, in time of trouble, the Lord is there with all of His compassionate Being, knowing everything about the situation, and not only knowing but helping.
(Friday Church News Notes, November 22, 2013, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
Shoppers race for bargains on Black Friday;
Obama meets immigration protesters on National Mall;
White House Christmas Tree arrives at White House;
Stocks mixed in holiday-shortened session.
"Over the next decade, new implantable technologies will fundamentally alter the social landscape. We are fast approaching a milestone in the eons-long relationship between human beings and their technology. Families once gathered around the radio like it was a warm fireplace. Then boom boxes leapt onto our shoulders. The Sony Walkman climbed into our pockets and sank its black foam tentacles into our ears. The newest tools are creeping still closer: They will soon come inside and make themselves at home under our skin--some already have. ... neural implants are ... rapidly maturing, promising to provide mental augmentation rather than physical. Neural implants, also called brain implants, are medical devices designed to be placed under the skull, on the surface of the brain. Often as small as an aspirin, implants use thin metal electrodes to 'listen' to brain activity and in some cases to stimulate activity in the brain. Attuned to the activity between neurons, a neural implant can essentially 'listen' to your brain activity and then 'talk' directly to your brain. If that prospect makes you queasy, you may be surprised to learn that the installation of a neural implant is relatively simple and fast. Under anesthesia, an incision is made in the scalp, a hole is drilled in the skull, and the device is placed on the surface of the brain. Diagnostic communication with the device can take place wirelessly. When it is not an outpatient procedure, patients typically require only an overnight stay at the hospital. ... In the future, it will be feasible for an implant to recognize almost anything. For instance, it could detect inattention. In response, the implant could stimulate the brain toward a state of focused attention."
("Bionic Brains and Beyond," Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2012)
1 Corinthians 8:2
“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.”
According to evolutionists, the early family of mammals called Diatomyidae has been extinct for eleven million years. Of course, as creationists, we do not accept this dating. This Diatomyidae family included rat-like creatures with long skulls, a furry tail and rounded ears.
Then, in 1996, a wildlife-survey team bought some strange looking animals in a meat market in Laos. This led to the discovery of living Laotian rock rats. These animals were placed into a family that includes porcupines and guinea pigs. Others argued that it belonged to a new family. The debate sparked a more detailed look at its DNA and bone structure by researchers in five countries. The results ruled out any possibility that the rats were related to guinea pigs. But the rock rat’s characteristic long skull, furred tail and round ears seemed to settle the matter. The Diatomyidae are not extinct, and the Laotian rock rat is indeed a member of this family. This discovery of thought-to-be extinct families happens frequently enough that such families are called Lazarus taxon or, more popularly, “living fossils.”
So, when evolutionists proclaim that this or that creature or family has been extinct for millions of years, it takes only one living specimen to disprove it. Furthermore, many creatures do not appear in the recent fossil record, and this puts the entire interpretation into question.
Notes: Science News, 4/28/07, p. 260, S. Milius, “Living Fossil.”
Photo: Guinea pigs. The Laotian rock rat is considered to be in the same family. Courtesy of Mike Russell. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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President Obama thanks military families on Thanksgiving;
Ind. tornado victims receive Thanksgiving Day meals;
Retailers open early for holiday shopping;
Despite windy weather, NYC parade goes on.
Iran announces nuclear plans;
US offers to destroy Syrian chemical weapons;
Snow socks Indiana, Michigan;
Police chief shocked.
"Last week, engineers sniffing around the programming code for Google Glass found hidden examples of ways that people might interact with the wearable computers without having to say a word. Among them, a user could nod to turn the glasses on or off. A single wink might tell the glasses to take a picture. But don't expect these gestures to be necessary for long. Soon, we might interact with our smartphones and computers simply by using our minds. In a couple of years, we could be turning on the lights at home just by thinking about it, or sending an e-mail from our smartphone without even pulling the device from our pocket. ... Researchers in Samsung's Emerging Technology Lab are testing tablets that can be controlled by your brain, using a cap that resembles a ski hat studded with monitoring electrodes, the MIT Technology Review , the science and technology journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reported this month. The technology, often called a brain computer interface, was conceived to enable people with paralysis and other disabilities to interact with computers or control robotic arms, all by simply thinking about such actions. Before long, these technologies could well be in consumer electronics, too. Some crude brain-reading products already exist, letting people play easy games or move a mouse around a screen. NeuroSky, a company based in San Jose, Calif., recently released a Bluetooth-enabled headset that can monitor slight changes in brain waves and allow people to play concentration-based games on computers and smartphones. ... But the products commercially available today will soon look archaic. 'The current brain technologies are like trying to listen to a conversation in a football stadium from a blimp,' said John Donoghue, a neuroscientist and director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science. 'To really be able to understand what is going on with the brain today you need to surgically implant an array of sensors into the brain.' In other words, to gain access to the brain, for now you still need a chip in your head. Last year, a project called BrainGate pioneered by Dr. Donoghue, enabled two people with full paralysis to use a robotic arm with a computer responding to their brain activity."
("Brain Computer Interfaces Move Closer to Mainstream," New York Times, April 28, 2013)
“Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.”
A parasitic worm that matures on land but must breed under the water has some remarkable abilities to make this difficult trick possible.
The worm grows to maturity on dry land but must return to a body of water to find a mate and breed. It grows inside insects like crickets. The insects it infests are typically not aquatic, making this problem number one. When breeding time comes, the worm causes the insect to move in such an uncontrolled manner that it eventually ends up in the water. Once in the water, it takes the worm about 10 minutes to escape from the insect. However, an insect struggling on the surface of the water is very attractive to a hungry fish. This is problem number two. But if the worm can’t wriggle free of the insect before it is eaten, the worm has more abilities to put into play. The worm inside an eaten insect continues to wriggle until it finally escapes through the fish’s mouth or gills. Scientists studying the worm reported observing six escapes each from frogs and perch and more than 20 escapes from trout.
God has marvelously provided for this little worm. But then, this is easy for Him, considering He has provided us with escape from sin, death and Satan through the innocent death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Notes: Science News, 4/22/06, p. 252, “Worm Can Crawl Out of Predator.”
Photo: Horsehair worms, also known as Gordian worms because they often tie themselves in knots. Courtesy of Bildspende von D. Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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Travel troubles for Thanksgiving,
Dramatic pictures of a burning car rescue,
President Obama pardons the National Turkey,
Prince William joins Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift in the chorus.