Does Science Give Value For Money?

Scientific research is done for many different reasons, in some cases the goal is quite practical, such as the effort to develop new drugs or prevent disease.  In other cases research is done purely to understand the universe and answer questions that interest us. When it comes to spending public funds on things like space…

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Physics On The Golf Course

Your great drive on the golf course depends as much on physics as your skill.  The smooth balls which were used until the early 1900’s would only travel about 70 yards, even when driven well.  A good golfer today can drive dimpled golf balls over four times farther. Why do about 400 dimples, less than…

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The Universal Speed Limit

Despite the impression you get from watching Star Trek adventures, you can’t really zip around the Universe faster than the speed of light!  Light always obeys the speed limit. In the vacuum of outer space, it hurtles along at three hundred thousand kilometres a second.  The speed of light is nature’s speed limit – the…

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Balancing Science and Faith:

Ron Hughes:  There seems to be some confusion about how faith is expressed in our day-to-day lives.  Some seem to keep it locked up in the realm of ideas.  But, David, there’s a real experiential aspect to faith in the Lord Jesus. Dr. Humphreys:  Oh, absolutely.  I mean, I am a Christian because of some…

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Automobile Air Bags

Air bags are now widely used in automobiles in North America to protect the occupants in the event of a collision.  It is essential that the bag inflate very quickly: that is, within a few one-hundredths of a second.  Thus, the gas used must be produced by some very rapid reaction.  Moreover, that gas should…

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Lap-Chee Tsui

Lap-Chee Tsui is a Chinese Canadian molecular geneticist. His research team is responsible for finding the gene for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Born in China and educated in Hong Kong, Dr. Tsui undertook his doctoral studies in biological sciences in the United States. After receiving his PhD, he became interested in genetics. He immigrated to Canada,…

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Discovery of Phosphorus

German alchemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorous in 1669 when he strongly heated the residue left by the evaporation of urine. He observed the striking blue-green light that is emitted by phosphorus vapour when it comes in contact with air. The urine residue contained organic compounds and phosphate. When it was heated, the organic compounds were…

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The World’s Most Popular Dessert

Jell-O® dessert is eaten regularly in about two thirds of North American homes.  One of most popular versions of Jell-O® is blue – a colour which attracts kids but turns off adults.  It was so successful that in 1992 it was awarded one of the spoof Nobel prizes in chemistry called the ‘Ig Nobel prize’….

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Newton – Scientist and Prophet

Sir Isaac Newton was famous for formulating the laws of gravity, but he was also a theologian, who wrote extensively on biblical subjects.  For most of his life he studied the Bible in an effort to understand what he saw as God’s plan for the universe.  Since Newton got the physical mechanisms right, there are…

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