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On the Trail of Dinosaurs: Dr. Raúl Esperante
In this educational video, paleontologist Raul Esperante teaches how to identify and classify dinosaur tracks. Although dinosaurs are no longer with us, they left many clues that allow us to discover what they were like and how they lived. Dr. Esperante studies dinosaur footprints all over the world and in this program he visits various sites found in Spain; in the provinces of La Rioja, Burgos and Soria. Here there are footprints of sauropod, ornithopod and theropod dinosaurs, which you will learn to distinguish by paying attention to details such as the shape, proportions and number of digits on each limb. You'll also discover that the type of substrate dinosaurs walked on influences the shape of the tracks, and how paleontologists use tracks to learn important behavioral features of these fascinating animals. To view the Spanish version of this video, visit: https://www.grisda.org/audio-visual-media?album=10146315&video=792737472
Wood Wide Web
New video by The John 10:10 Project illustrates mutually beneficial interactions and connectivity between fungi and trees
Seeking Understanding: Sue Radd
What if a simple and tasty dietary change increases brain function? Dr. Sue Radd has found this to be the case with something called the “Mediterranean diet.” Based on her rigorous scientific research, her award-winning cookbook Food as Medicine dazzles with flavor, but also implements her research in a simple approachable way that anyone can follow. Any foodie will salivate at the mention of Mediterranean food, but why do our bodies crave falafel, Greek salad, and baklava? To find out, join Dr. Radd on her journey as a scientist to hear the surprising and inspiring story of how her faith in the Bible led her to study food that brings joy to our dinner tables and also results in healthy bodies and minds!
Extremely Widespread Beds Generated in a Low-Gradient, Flood-Dominated Coastal Plain
Research partially funded by the Geoscience Research Institute was presented at the 2022 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. It was based on field and laboratory analysis of distinctive widespread beds in the uppermost part of the Triassic Moenkopi Formation, in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona. Access the abstract for further information
The New Evangelical Protology and Its Impact On Eschatology
Adam’s role and identity in the Genesis account, his use in the New Testament, and his theological function in major Christian doctrines have become the epicenter of the new discussion concerning human origins. The hermeneutical and theological dilemmas created by these new proposals are ground shaking when it comes to the assumed stance on origins and soteriology sustained by an increasing number of Evangelicals. Slowly but surely this paradigm shift among and within Evangelicals is affecting their understanding of Scripture, and of its authority and primacy in matters of doctrine. Article published in Reflections, n. 80, newsletter of the Biblical Research Institute.
Human (Boot) Tracks Preserved in Volcanic Deposits of Surtsey Island, Iceland
The volcanic island of Surtsey, located about 30 km south of Iceland, is an iconic place for geologists. It represents a natural laboratory for the study of volcanic activity, rapid erosion, island biology, and species colonization. A fascinating research project, partly funded by GRI, has looked at some unique trackways preserved in the volcanic deposits of the island. The trackways consist of boot impressions left by early visitors who were exploring the island just a few years after it had emerged above sea level. Learn more from this article about the conditions necessary for preservation of footprints in the geologic record.
Magmatic Diversity of the Peruvian Coastal Batholith Near Lima, Peru: Insights from Oxygen and Strontium Isotopes
Research partially funded by the Geoscience Research Institute was presented at the October 2022 Geological Society of America meetings. It was based on geochemical analyses of Cretaceous granitic rocks from the Peruvian Andes foothills. Stable oxygen isotopes and radiogenic strontium isotopes were used to infer magma source, continental crust recycling, magma mixing, and some hydrothermal alteration.
The Big Bang, Standard Cosmological Model, and the Bible
Do modern cosmological theories provide adequate answers regarding the origins of the universe? How do they relate to the biblical picture of the origin of our world?
More Than Mere Coincidence
Refined observations in the universe have, to some extent, encouraged scientists to admit that a large number of physical conditions in our universe must coincide for the existence of life. This unexpected view opens the door to the possibility that the universe might not just be a result of pure random processes, but that it has been carefully designed with the right conditions for life.
Searching For Life Beyond Our System
What are some of the ways in which astronomers seek to find an earthlike planet or one that could be inhabited?