Let It Snow!

Snow provides more than winter fun.  It supplies a measured supply of water to underground water reserves as it slowly melts and percolates down to the water table.  In contrast, rain water is often carried away quickly as surface runoff along with an accompanying soil erosion. Falling snow also purifies the air.  Every snow flake…

Read More

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,…

Read More

Chemical Evolution

This time, Dr. Humphreys and Ron Hughes discuss the improbability of Chemical Evolution, which is a major problem for the theory of Biological Evolution. Ron Hughes:  People think of Biological Evolution, starting with single celled aquatic creatures and ending with man, but what most people don’t think is Chemical Evolution.  I mean, all the building…

Read More

Turn That Noise Down!

As a parent I always told my kids that loud rock music would damage their hearing.  But as a scientist I was on flimsy ground. I ignored experiments that compared hearing loss in people who regularly attended rock concerts with control groups who didn’t listen to this kind of loud music.  An insignificant hearing loss…

Read More

Edible Explosives

Before my life-transforming heart by-pass operation, I controlled angina pain by taking tablets containing nitroglycerine. Since this is a highly explosive substance, one of my friends speculated that I might be banned from flying if I got too close to the sniffer dogs at the airport! Nitroglycerine is so easy to detonate that it wasn’t…

Read More

Water, The Miracle Molecule

In the intensive search for extra-terrestrial life scientists always look for water because of its crucial role in supporting life. They recognize that without liquid water, physical life is impossible because water has a number of unusual properties that are crucial to maintaining life. There is no evidence that any other simple molecule exists that…

Read More