The Whirlpool Galaxy | David Rives

Situated in the constellation Canes Venatici, we find the breathtaking Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51. This stunning object in the night sky appears as one large spiral galaxy feeding into another much smaller one. The primary galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier in 1774, however, its companion galaxy was not discovered until 1781 by … Read More

The Crab Nebula | David Rives

The Crab Nebula, also known as Messier 1, was the very first of 110 objects to be catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier. He mistook this nebula for a comet upon first observation, and thus began the famous Messier catalogue. This colorful nebula is quite bright, and fairly easy to spot using a moderately … Read More

Human Population Problem | David Rives

Why should you believe in creation, and not evolution? I mean, scientifically speaking. Haven’t we proven that evolution is a fact? Over one million years ago modern humans arrived on the planet, or so the evolutionary story goes. Now have you ever wondered where all the people are if humans have been around for over … Read More

What is a Quark? | David Rives

To discover what a quark is, you’ve got to think small. Really, really small. So everything in the universe is made up of atoms. Your body, your dinner, your driveway, all the stars in the night sky—they’re all made of atoms. And atoms are made of three tiny subatomic particles; protons, neutrons, and electrons. We’re … Read More

The Four Fundamental Forces | David Rives

There are four fundamental forces of nature that govern the way things operate. Many scientists think that perhaps, one day, a unified field theory will be developed that will bring all four forces together but that hasn’t happened yet. So here are the four fundamental forces: The gravitational force. This is the one you’re probably … Read More

What is a Black Hole? | David Rives

How do you detect something out in space that’s invisible? Well, you observe how the objects near it behave. This gives you clues about the nature of the invisible body. And that’s exactly how scientists have discovered and described black holes. Black holes are not visible through standard technology or telescopes, even though they’ve been … Read More

What is a Quasar? | David Rives

In the 1950s astronomers were using radio telescopes to learn more about the heavens and they discovered something very strange. These objects, which they named “quasi-stellar objects” (Quasars for short), were small but extremely bright despite being very, very, very far away. What were they? Well, future research revealed Quasars are feeding black holes or … Read More

What is Antimatter? | David Rives

One of the greatest mysteries in secular physics is why there isn’t much antimatter to be found anywhere in our universe. What is antimatter? Well, it’s particles that share the same mass as matter but with opposite qualities. That means if matter has a positive charge, antimatter will have a negative charge. Basically, antimatter is … Read More

What is a Pulsar? | David Rives

If you ask the average person to name some things found in “outer space” they’ll probably name the moon, stars, planets, and maybe asteroids and comets. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the incredible diversity found throughout the cosmos. Today let’s look at pulsars. We’ve only known about pulsars since the 1960’s, … Read More

Your Microbiome and You | David RIves

Your Microbiome and You | David Rives

God designed His creation to work together. Just think about how many systems in nature involve multiple parts or a variety of organisms functioning together; photosynthesis requires the sun and the plant; the water cycle needs the sun, water vapor, and liquid water; decomposition involves plants or dead animals, scavengers, fungi, and microbes. Each part … Read More