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Culture Talk: What is Dark Matter and Does it Matter? 
with astrophysicist Hugh Ross 
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Everyday Apologetics: Experiencing Dark Matter and Dark Energy
with astrophysicist Michael Guillen 
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Science and Faith Connection: Searching for Dark Matter with Particle Accelerators 
with theologian Mike Strauss 
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Join Drs. Hugh Ross and David Block as they discuss the theological and philosophical implications of the dynamically open systems in our universe and how those systems point to the reality of God’s existence.

In this episode, Hugh and David discuss how the gold-plated mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are revealing a plethora of detail in both our low- and high-z redshift universe. Galaxies are dynamically open systems, interacting and colliding with one another. This is true for look-back times of 13 billion years or a mere 2 million years. An example of a dynamically open system in our local universe is a near head-on collision in the Andromeda Spiral Galaxy, Messier 31. Hugh and David also explore the larger implications of high-z JWST images, especially in terms of Cauchy data in spacetimes with singularities.

References:
“An almost head-on collision as the origin of two off-centre rings in the Andromeda galaxy” https://doi.org/10.1038/nature05184, D.L. Block, F. Bourmaud, F. Combes, et. al (article) 

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Culture Talk: Did Jesus Say He Was God?  
with professor George Haraksin 
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Everyday Apologetics: Explaining the Trinity  
with theologian Ken Keathley 
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Science and Faith Connection: Is the Trinity Important to Science? 
with theologian Ken Samples
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Marking the life parallels and influence of two of Christianity's giants. 

Join Hugh Ross and Jeff Zweerink as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

The fine-tuning of the rates, magnitudes, depths, and locations of ocean currents is crucial for the existence of global human civilization. Using chemical tracers, oceanographers are discovering that undersea mountains and ridges play a vital role in governing these currents. To what degree do these initial studies reveal that Earth’s presently existing continents, oceans, and undersea mountains and ridges are fine-tuned to make global, high-technology civilization possible? Do they promise to help us respond well to global warming and to help restore climate stability? 

AIs continue to pass increasingly challenging benchmarks related to language translation, image recognition, and even poetry generation. Some of these benchmarks already exceed human capabilities. Are these AIs getting closer to being human, or are they just growing more adept at mimicking human behavior?
In this episode Hugh and Jeff discuss these important topics.

References:
“Undersea Mountains Stir Up Currents Critical to Earth’s Climate,” https://www.science.org/content/article/undersea-mountains-stir-currents-critical-earth-s-climate, Paul Voosen (article)

Additional Resources:
Designed to the Core, (Covina, CA: RTB Press, 2022): chapters 15 and 16, by Hugh Ross

“Taught to the Test: AI Software Clears High Hurdles on IQ Tests but Still Makes Dumb Mistakes. Can Better Benchmarks Help?” https://www.science.org/content/article/computers-ace-iq-tests-still-make-dumb-mistakes-can-different-tests-help, Matthew Hutson (article)

Join Hugh Ross and Fazale “Fuz” Rana as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence. The Milky Way Galaxy’s supermassive black hole is exceptionally small, about 35 times less massive than spiral galaxies of a similar size. The first-achieved image of its event horizon by the Event Horizon Telescope reveals an exceptionally quiet radiation level. What is the intensity and variability of our galaxy’s supermassive black hole’s radiation just outside its event horizon? What do this intensity and variability imply for advanced civilization on Earth? How much longer can we count on our galaxy’s supermassive black hole being quiet enough for civilization on Earth?    For many people, the shared ERV sequences in the human and great ape genomes evince common ancestry and an evolutionary origin for humanity. Yet, new discoveries about the physiological role of ERVs suggest another interpretation of ERVs in the human genome. Biochemist Fuz Rana discusses the latest insight into ERV molecular biology and explores the question: “Can a creation model explain the occurrence of ERV sequences in the human genome?” In this episode, Hugh and Fuz discuss these important topics. 

Join Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Jeff Zweerink as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

Cell membranes are incredibly complex biochemical suprasystems composed of hundreds of different types of lipids. Is there any rhyme or reason to the compositional makeup of cell membranes or do they merely reflect the outworking of historically contingent evolution? In this episode, Fuz Rana discusses a recent study that reveals the rationale for the compositional complexity of cell membranes, highlighting that these systems display an organization and compositional fine-tuning that can be marshaled to make a case for intelligent design.

The standard model of particle physics stands as an incredibly robust model of the universe with great explanatory power. Yet scientists know it is incomplete. New measurements of the W boson mass might provide clues about how to extend the standard model. Will the new measurements hold up under further scrutiny? Will they provide ways to explain dark matter and other holes in the standard model?

In this episode Fuz and Jeff discuss these important topics.

References:
“Membrane Thickness, Lipid Phase and Sterol Type Are Determining Factors in the Permeability of Membranes to Small Solutes,” https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-29272-x Jacopo Frallicciardi, et al. (article)

 “High-Precision Measurement of the W Boson Mass with the CDF II Detector,” https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abk1781 CDF Collaboration, T Aaltonen, et al. (article)

Additional Resources:
“Bringing Order to the Case for Intelligent Design, Part 1,”
https://reasons.org/explore/publications/articles/bringing-order-to-the-case-for-intelligent-design-part-1, Fazale Rana (blog)
“Biotic Borders: Cell Membranes under Scrutiny,”
https://reasons.org/explore/publications/facts-for-faith/biotic-borders-cell-membranes-under-scrutiny, Fazale Rana (blog)

Two of Christianity's great thinkers wandered from the faith early. 

Join Hugh Ross and Fazale “Fuz” Rana as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

An interdisciplinary, international team of 33 scientists states that “life was seeded here on Earth by life-bearing comets as soon as conditions on Earth allowed it.” However, their assertion requires that prebiotic chemistry has been operating ubiquitously throughout the universe for near-infinite time and that “the entire galaxy (and perhaps a local group of galaxies) constitutes a single connected biosphere.” Do astronomical observations support the team’s assertion and their hypothesis that life, viruses, genes, or life molecules could survive interstellar space travel?    

One of the defining features of life is the ability to self-replicate. How did chemical evolutionary processes generate self-replicating systems? To address this question, origin-of-life investigators seek to create self-replicating RNA molecules through a process called in vitro evolution. A team of Japanese scientists evolved a network of self-replicating RNA molecules from a clonal population of self-replicating RNAs. What does this work mean for evolutionary models for the origin of life—and what does it mean for RTB’s creation model?

In this episode, Hugh and Fuz discuss these important topics.

References:
“Chapter Two – Cometary Panspermia and Origin of Life?,” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0065266020300067?via%3Dihub, N. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Dayal T. Wickramasinghe, and Edward J.Steele (article)
“Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic?,”  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0079610718300798,  Edward J. Steele et al. (article) 

Intuitive or Rational? Students and Experts Need to Be Both. 

Join Fazale Rana and Jeff Zweerink as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

References: Protein import points to a Creator: For podcast: Global Kinome Profiling Reveals DYRK1A as Critical Activator of the Human Mitochondrial Import Machinery

Join Hugh Ross and Jeff Zweerink as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence. Large galaxies and galaxy clusters, acting as gravitational lenses, allow astronomers to observe supernova eruption events occurring in much more distant galaxies. Such observations provide astronomers with the opportunity to determine cosmic creation parameters during that part of the early history of the universe where previously they could make only ballpark determinations. It’s now within astronomers’ grasp to obtain high precision measurements of the entire history of the universe. These measurements promise to provide a more detailed and comprehensive confirmation of the biblical cosmic creation model and for Jesus Christ as the Creator of the universe and everything that it contains. Using the Event Horizon Telescope, astronomers have now imaged a second supermassive black hole—the one at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The technology required for these observations is remarkable, and the data will give us important insight into how this black hole affects our galaxy. Will this data help us gain tools to probe quantum gravity? What do these insights tell us about the habitability of the Milky Way? In this episode Hugh and Jeff discuss these important topics. References: “The Hubble Constant from Strongly Lensed Supernovae with Standardizable Magnifications,” https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/ac323a, by Simon Birrer, Suhail Dhawan, and Anowar J. Shajib (article)

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