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Johannes Kepler [1571-1630]
of Planetary Motion

"I had the intention of
 becoming a theologian
...but now I see how God is,
 by my endeavors, also
glorified in astronomy,
for 'the heavens declare the
glory of God

"I am a Christian...I believe...
only and alone in the service
 of Jesus Christ...In Him is
 all refuge, all solace."
"Let my name perish if only
 the name of God the Father
 is thereby elevated."
"[God] is the kind Creator
who brought forth nature
out of nothing."


Sir Isaac Newton [1642-1727]
Mathematician, Physicist
Inventor of calculus, Law
of universal gravitation
Newton's three laws of

"There are more sure
marks of authenticity in the
Bible than in any profane

" This thing [a scale model
of our solar system] is but a
puny imitation of a much
grander system whose laws
you know, and I am not able
 to convince you that this
 mere toy is without a
designer and maker; yet you,
 as an atheist, profess to
believe that the great original
 from which the design is
taken has come into being
without either designer or
maker! Now tell me by what
 sort of reasoning do you
reach such an incongruous

Wernher Von Braun
 [1912-1977]; first Director
of  NASA, pioneer of space

"Scientific concepts exist
only in the minds of men.
Behind these concepts lies
the reality which is being
revealed to us, but only by
 the grace of God."

Louis Pasteur [1822-1895]
Father of Microbiology,
developed "pasteurization

"The more I study nature,
the more I stand
amazed at the work
of the Creator."

"Science brings men nearer
to God."

Dan Eumurian [1996]
"Where have you been,
 Lord Random, my son?
Where have you been,
my brilliant young man?

I have learned math
and science; to me
they both sing
Of the infinite glory of
God, our wise King."



Youth Page

To our younger readers: 

This is your page - one designed to encourage young Christians to develop their
interests in the natural world - perhaps to consider a career in science, mathematics,
medicine or engineering and relate science to your Christian faith.  Teachers or
parents are welcome to take a peek.


First, a word from a Texas teacher who began her path to science in high school. 
Read her article,  

Science as Compassion.

onfused about the evolution question? Do not miss Fish Wars ..
Is there a place for girls in science and engineering? Try Woman Role Models
reation Care:  Back to Eden - Students Find Inspiration in Creation Care
thoughtful poem.

Off the wall...Science News

First-Place Sweep by American Girls at First Google Science Fair

A 17-year-old from Fort Worth won the $50,000 grand prize at Google’s science fair last week.

Green Chemistry in action Video - National Geographic

The good vibrations of the stars
Did you know that the sun is vibrating? It's very hard to see, but researchers who
study the sun can measure how strong those vibrations are. They can also tell how
smooth the surface of the
sun is. 

Sticky spider web caught bugs millions of years ago Have you ever touched a
spider's web?  If you have, you know they are sticky but also pretty easy  to break.
 It's hard to believe a spider's  web could last for millions of years, but one web did.
Scientists from Spain and the United States say they found a 110-million spider web
that still has bug parts sticking to it.

Symphony Of Colours In The Tarantula  The Tarantula Nebula is the most vigorous star
 forming region known in the local Universe. Using
the power of the freely available ESA/ESO/NASA
Photoshop FITS Liberator package a young amateur
astronomer has created an amazing panorama of
 the centre of the Tarantula.

Gender split in science attitudes Girls and boys in
 Britain both think science is important but there are
marked differences in their interests, a survey suggests.
Two-thirds of boys were keen on the latest technological
developments. But only 37% of girls felt the same - and
 they were much more likely to think animal experiments
 were always wrong. Mori polled 704 youngsters aged
11 to 21 in England, Wales and Scotland, for food
company Nestle's social research programme. (English spelling)

Seven out of ten boys and girls agreed that science and technology made modern life
healthier and  more comfortable. Two-thirds wanted more money spent on making
"environmentally friendly products",  while 43% called for more investment in research
into genetically modified food. And 53% of those surveyed trusted scientists to be
responsible about the potential dangers of their work.

They were split on whether or not the government could be trusted to legislate to control dangerous
scientific developments. Just over half agreed "people like me and my family have little chance to
influence the  government".

Girls were much more likely to say they learned how to deal with life's
 problems by reading fiction and watching films and TV dramas.
Nestle research director Helen Haste said girls were not as turned off
by science as was commonly believed but were much more concerned
than boys about the ethical issues surrounding the subject. She said
one of the most interesting aspects of her study was that skepticism
about the benefits of science was highest among the very girls who
were most interested in scientific careers. "If we want to get girls more
interested in science and technology, we must move away from
purveying the 'space and techie' stereotype that seems to appeal to boys, and bring ethics
and the human context into the science curriculum
," Prof Haste said. 
BBC News

 Natalie Portman, Oscar Winner, Was Also a Precocious Scientist By Natalie Angier

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman is one of a handful of stars who have serious scientific
credentials. The Intel Science Talent Search  is considered the nation’s
most elite and demanding high school research competition, attracting the
crème de la milk-fats-encased-in-a-phospholipid-and-protein-membrane
of aspiring young scientists. Victors and near-victors in the 69-year-old
contest have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes in physics or chemistry,
two Fields Medals in mathematics, a half-dozen National Medals in
science and technology, a long string of MacArthur Foundation

genius” grants — and now, an Academy Award for best actress in a
leading role. New York Times

As sticky as a gecko ... but 10 times stronger!
The gecko's amazing ability to stick to surfaces and walk up walls has
inspired many researchers to manufacture materials that mimic the
special surface of a gecko's foot. 

'Oldest star chart' found A carving made more than 30,000 years ago may be the oldest image
of a star pattern yet discovered, claims a German scientist. BBC News

The ride of their lives
Scientists study male frogs that take their clutch on piggy-back journeys
through the forests of Papua New Guinea. BBC News

Owls have 'surround sound' 
A new study reveals that owls catch their prey by
creating a two dimensional map of sound signals BBC News

Sorry, Charlie, you and Nemo aren't the only fish that talk
Talking fish are no strangers to Americans. From the comedic portrayal of "Mr.
 Limpet" by Don Knotts, to the children's Disney favorite, "Nemo," fish can talk,
laugh  and tell jokes -- at least on television and the silver screen. But can real
fish verbally communicate?

chem cartoon

Careers in Science

An Interesting Career in Psychology : A Social Psychologist in Rehabilitation Technology.
David Boninger, Three Rivers 

Rosie and Riff Talk to Lief Sigren, a Wetland Ecologistimages/lung

Rosie and Riff Talk to Dr. Cindy
, a Lung Doctor

Rosie and Riff Talk to Ms. Linda
a Microbiologist

Advice for Computer Science
College Students,
  Aaron Topance 
1. Practice the fundamentals. Don't spend all
your efforts on popular languages and tools,
and the skills listed in the job advertisements.
Instead,  master your skills in statistics,
computing, databases, operating systems,
computer architecture, computer networks
and discrete mathematics. Try to solve problems
in Donald Knuth's Art of Programmingî. If you
can solve most of the problems, your skills in
computing are not bad.

Living the Issue B. L. Benderly. A family health crisis led lab scientist Adil Shamoo to a new passion
 and a new career in bioethics.

Geoscience Peter Fiske, national lab researcher.


Some great science links!

For Home Schoolers

Classical Astronomy Home School Page.  A good source of texts, practical projects and timely
information for young Christians interested in the heavens.  Get the free newsletter!

GooglepicAAAS Science for Kids (updated every

Chemistry for Bored Kids  Really!

PBS-Nature  Learn a lot of interesting stuff
 about animals.

Never lend a geologist money. They consider a million years ago to be recent.

For Teens

Does taking tests help students learn science?


A New York Times article  based upon a recent
Purdue study by Jeffrey D. Karpicke and Janell R.
Blunt shows that when students take tests they
learn science better than when they use study aids
such as concept maps and other learning devices.

Test of FAITH: Science and Christianity Unpacked:
Youth Leader's Guide

Stewardship: Doing the Right Thing. 17. Thinking about
Human Identity. 21. and much more.
an excellent set of age
 graded faith-science lessons.

An Interesting Sunday School Course: Fossils and
Faith - Finding Our Way Through the Creation Controversy,
Thea Leunk  Sessions:
4. New course for  teens!

DNA From the Beginning Get it right! 

Internet Public Library Science Fair Project Resource
When all else fails!

Science Fair Guide Suggested by a student in India

Super Science Fair Projects Packed with all sorts of
good ideas.

About Your Health  Start here.

The National Air and Space Museum  Take a tour. 

Your Sky Generate a virtual map of the sky.

For The Younger Set

Astronomy for Kids  A great site of things for kids and their parents to do on a clear evening.

Kitchen Scientists - A Guide To Home Science Experiments (suggested by Andrea Merkel)

 NASA's For Kids Only

Science 4 Kids

Mathematics is made of 40 percent formulas, 40 percent proofs and 40 percent imagination!

Let us in on other links that you have enjoyed.


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Latest entry: 7/20/2011