No More Stars?

Molecular cloud gives creationists the fingerIt’s time to return to another of the missed DpSUs. This one, as usual, is by Brian Thomas, and is called… No, don’t close the tab – it’s not another genetics article, I swear! It’s called Study: Star Formation Is Virtually Finished – so it’s about astronomy instead. Much better.

The topic is a study that inspected the quantity of light at a certain frequency associated with star formation from galaxies at different red shifts. They determined that star formation reached its peak eleven billion years ago (for context, the universe is in the order of 13.75 billion years old), and that from current trends it looks like only a further 5% of stars than those that exist today are yet to form. A sobering thought, but one that was apparently predicted – not that Thomas will tell you that. Continue reading

No Kin to Bigfoot

The relatively topical Your Origins Matter (where’s their Pat Robertson coverage?) has a post up about the Ketchum bigfoot DNA business. While creationists are generally quite fond of cryptids, maintaining a errant belief that the discovery of a dinosaur or the Loch Ness Monster would somehow disprove evolution, they take the complete opposite view on bigfoot. Accordingly, YOM dismisses the reports as being “big on hype but lean on facts,” which is true – though it’s worth remembering that Dr Ketchum’s hand has apparently been forced by a fellow researcher “spilling the beans,” and wasn’t originally planning to release the results at this point.

Most interesting about the YOM article is how they frame the issue, writing:

There seems to be an effort to lower mankind to the level of animals and to elevate animals to the level of man. Why is that so?

Yes, everything is about creationism vs evolution.

You can find some much better commentary on this story at Sharon Hill’s Doubtful News site, along with Steven Novella and Ben Radford’s pieces.