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Young-Earth Creationist Leads Award-Winning Research Team

Posted by jlwile on September 15, 2011


The bombardier beetle is an amazing animal. It has a fully-functional chemical weapon that it uses to protect itself. Inside its body are two chambers that are separated by a muscle-controlled valve. In the first chamber, the beetle makes and stores hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone. In the second chamber, it makes and stores two enzymes. When the beetle feels threatened, it opens the valve between the two chambers, which allows all the chemicals to mix. The enzymes catalyze a reaction between the hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone, resulting in the production of a very hot gas. The gas builds up pressure and is then released, shooting from the abdomen and hitting whatever the beetle thinks is a threat. As shown in the video above, this weapon is quite effective.

The bombardier beetle has fascinated young-earth creationists for quite some time, because its chemical weapon is best understood as a product of design. This fascination caused Dr. Andy McIntosh, a young-earth creationist, to lead his research team at the University of Leeds to develop an artificial system that mimics the bombardier beetle’s weaponry. What was the result? New technology that received the 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology award at the Times Higher Education awards ceremony in London.

Dr. McIntosh is a professor of thermodynamics and combustion theory at the University of Leeds and performs original research into how pressure waves interact with flames and how hazardous materials are ignited. Because he reads the young-earth creationist literature, he is very familiar with the exquisite design of the bombardier beetle. As a result, he decided to see if it could teach his team anything new in the areas related to their research.

One way you can learn about a system is to try to build your own model of it, so that’s what Mcintosh’s team did. Over the course of five years, they made a scaled-up version of the insect’s defense mechanism and used it to propel a variety of liquids several feet. Along the way, they learned a lot about controlling a liquid’s droplet size, temperature, and velocity. As McIntosh says:

Nobody had studied the beetle from a physics and engineering perspective as we did, and we didn’t appreciate how much we would learn from it.

They apparently learned a lot, since they say their research can lead to significant advancements in the design of nebulizers, medical injection systems, fire extinguishers, and fuel injection systems.

As I have mentioned before, young-earth creationism is good for science. This research shows that young-earth creationism is also good for engineering.

Comments

12 Responses to “Young-Earth Creationist Leads Award-Winning Research Team”
  1. The Black Sheep says:

    I see amazing potential for this technology to be used by women who get hit on creepy guys at bars!

  2. jlwile says:

    Black Sheep, I am surprised McIntosh didn’t list that one!

  3. Amanda Read says:

    Bahahaha, Black Sheep! I’m glad to read this news about Dr. McIntosh.

    It reminds me of a somewhat unrelated topic – a show on the History Channel about Biblical history from a military perspective. It highlights several instances in which generals in recent history have implemented tactics and geographic information found in the Bible – and had success with it!

    How timeless are the facts woven in GOD’s Word and creation!

  4. jlwile says:

    Amanda, I had not heard of military leaders using tactics and geographic information from the Bible. I would love to learn more about that. It doesn’t surprise me, of course. As you said, many of the facts woven into Scripture are timeless.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    So young earth creationists actually do REAL science. Very enjoyable read. Thanks, Dr. Wile!

  6. jlwile says:

    They do, indeed. Of course, you wouldn’t know that if you only listened to evolutionists, as one of their favorite lies is that young-earth creationists aren’t scientists.

  7. NoOneKnows says:

    Elizabeth, though very few and far between, young earth scientists may achieve minor results like above. Not surprisingly, any breakthrough they might achieve are in fields completely unrelated to their bible based belief system like young earth or creationism thelselves? Ironic, isn’t it? :D

  8. jlwile says:

    Elizabeth, NoOne has NoIdea what he is talking about. As the article clearly states, this specific breakthrough was directly related to McIntosh’s young-earth creationism, as it was the young-earth creationist literature that got him interested in the bombardier beetle. In addition, in the link that explains why young-earth creationism is good for science, you can learn how young-earth paleontologist Leonard Brand used Flood geology to correct evolutionists and provide the proper interpretation of fossil footprints in Arizona. These are just two of many examples of young-earth creationists using young-earth creationism to produce solid scientific results.

  9. josiah says:

    Of course if you believed everything evolutionists say, anybody crazy enough to be a creationist to begin with cannot understand science nor make any scientific breakthrough at all. They’re just to dumb for that. :P

  10. jlwile says:

    How true, Josiah.

  11. Enoch H. says:

    Oh! I wonder how much new technological advances we would have today, if we followed in the footsteps of great scientists such as George Washington Carver who looked to the work of the greatest Scientist to be an inspiration and guide for their work. How many secrets are there yet to be revealed that are hidden in our own backyard? We were created to imitate and follow our Creator!

  12. jlwile says:

    That’s so true, Enoch. Carver himself used the following story to explain his “love affair” with the peanut.

    I asked God, “Why did you make the universe, Lord?”
    “Ask for something more in proportion to that little mind of yours,” replied God.
    “Why did you make the earth, Lord?” I asked.
    “Your little mind still wants to know far too much. Ask for something more in proportion to that little mind of yours,” replied God.
    “Why did you make man, Lord?” I asked.
    “Far too much. Far too much. Ask again,” replied God.
    “Explain to me why you made plants, Lord,” I asked.
    “Your little mind still wants to know far too much.”
    “The peanut?” I asked meekly.
    “Yes! For your modest proportions I will grant you the mystery of the peanut. Take it inside your laboratory and separate it into water, fats, oils, gums, resins, sugars, starches and amino acids. Then recombine these under my three laws of compatibility, temperature and pressure. Then you will know why I made the peanut.”
    [Sam Wellman, George Washington Carver (part of the "Heroes of the Faith" series), 1948, p. 173]

    Although he does not portray this as a real conversation between him and the Lord, he says it illustrates why he chose to study the peanut. That attitude is what produced modern science, and if more scientists had that attitude today, science would be significantly more advanced.

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