Sep 142010
 

Dmitri Tsyboulski performs single nanotube experiment with tunable Ti:Sapphire laser Trestles Finesse. More details on related research can be found on Professor Bruce Weisman website. Dr. R. Bruce Weisman and his group investigate the spectroscopy and photophysics of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. All of these are closed nanoscopic structures formed from carbon atoms. Fullerenes, such as C60, C70, and their chemical derivatives, have unusual molecular properties that cause interesting behaviors following the absorption of light. Time-resolved absorption and emission methods are used to study radiationless decay, photochemical reactions, and energy transfer in fullerenes. Another major research topic is single-walled carbon nanotube spectroscopy. Following the discovery in Weisman?s lab of near-infrared nanotube fluorescence, the group has measured and unraveled the absorption and emission spectra of more than 30 semiconducting nanotube species. Follow-up projects include detailed elucidation of nanotube electronic structure, as well as applications in non-invasive biomedical imaging and analytical nanotechnology. Few publications and abstracts are cited below: Laurent Cognet, Dmitri A. Tsyboulski, John-David R. Rocha, Condell D. Doyle, James M. Tour and R. Bruce Weisman “Stepwise Quenching of Exciton Fluorescence in Carbon Nanotubes by Single Molecule Reactions.” Science, 316 (2007): 1465-1468. Dmitry Tsyboulski, Ph.D. “Spectroscopic and Optical Imaging Studies of
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Aug 072010
 

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world, and in their wake have left an uneasy coexistence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical inquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?

After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds, as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophic study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant

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Jul 032010
 

The Greatest Single Bible Prophecy

The best evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible are the many hundreds of predictive prophecies contained in its pages. It is important to go beyond this general statement and focus in on the very best of the best of the Bible’s predictive prophecies in order to understand this supernatural proof in a clear way.


In this article we will take a look at the CROWN JEWEL of Bible prophecy. I have often mentioned that the Bible is unique among sacred writings in that it contains this immense multitude of accurate predictive prophecies.


No other holy book of any other faith contains anything approaching the Bible’s record of prophecy and fulfillment. For instance, the Koran contains only about two dozen verses that could be purported to be predictive and these are very uncertain regarding fulfillment.


There is the Muslim belief in the future coming of a messianic figure called the Mahdi ['Mahdi' is from an Arabic word meaning the "guided one."] This prophecy is not rooted in any Koranic verse but derives from early Islamic folklore.


Some Christians who study Bible prophecies pertaining to the antichrist believe that many Muslims will be fooled into accepting the antichrist as being the Mahdi.


If someone approaches you on the street and asks you for the single best evidence for the Christian faith I would recommend that you point him to the predictive prophecy contained in the Bible in Isaiah chapter 53. This prophecy, written approximately 700 years before the birth of Christ, not only gives a description of some details about the life of Christ but repeatedly, in several ways, describes the fact that Jesus was coming to die for our sins.


It is highly significant from a theological perspective that this prophecy so clearly predicts the heart of the Gospel message. (The passage actually begins in Isaiah 52:13-15 and continues through all 12 verses of Isaiah 53.)


In reading the prophecy which consists of just fifteen verses, I have found no less than twelve direct or inferred references to Jesus suffering for our sins or taking our griefs upon Himself. This matter of repetition is of great theological significance.


In the Hebrew language the importance of things is indicated by repetition. For example, In Genesis 14:10 the treacherous tar pits are referred to in the original as “pit pits.” Instead of saying they are “bad pits” they are “pit pits.”


We see repitition all through the Hebrew scriptures most notably in Isaiah 6:3 which says “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts.” This is called by theologians the “thrice hagion” and the triple use of the word “holy” is meant to intensively emphasize that God is holy.


The Isaiah 53 twelve-fold repeat of the central mission of Jesus to die for our sins has no comparison in all of scripture. Even the New Testament itself which describes the substitutionary atonement in many passages has no single passage that compares with this twelve-fold repetition contained in Isaiah chapters 52-53!


It can be said that the Old Testament, in this predictive prophecy, has a more clear description of the central truth of the Gospel than any comparable passage of the New Testament. This also confirms that the crucifixion of Christ is the central event of all history and that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah of Israel.


Just one verse of Isaiah 53, verse 5, contains a fourfold repetition of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice. The verse reads “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” [NASB]


Animals were sacrificed in the Jewish temple at Jerusalem. Jesus fulfilled the prophetic significance of the Jewish sacrificial system when He offered Himself as “an offering for sin” (Isa. 53:10).


When Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice there was no more need for sacrifice of animals. The sacrifice of animals under Judaism ended,


Isaiah 52-53 also contains other predictive elements of interest. Isaiah 53:9 reads “His grave was assigned to be with wicked men, Yet with a rich man in His death.” [NASB] This is a clear prediction of Jesus being buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy man (Matthew 27:57-60).


Isaiah 53:10 contains a prediction of the resurrection of Christ. Isaiah 53:10 contains the phrase “He will prolong His days.” [NASB] The resurrection of Christ certainly has resulted in the prolonging of His days.


He was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and will return to rule and reign on this earth from the throne of David in Jerusalem (Luke 1:32).


As Peter, the apostle, admonished us “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”


There are many predictive prophecies that foretold the coming of Christ and gave details such as His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14), The fact that He would suffer death by crucifixion (Psalm 22:1-16), and there’s even a prophecy that foretold the time of His coming (Daniel 9:24-26) but the clearest of all is that incomparable, inescapable Isaiah 53!

Bill Nugent has written many articles on Christianity, philosophy and science. He has also written books that give Bible based teaching on sanctification and that caution against the error of legalism. His books are available at his website www.gracelawandsonship.com.

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Feb 272010
 

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

From Publishers Weekly

As the Dalai Lama observes in this wise and humble book, dialogue between scientists and those interested in spirituality is important because science is not neutral; it can be used for good or ill, and we must approach scientific inquiry with compassion and empathy. Similarly, a spirituality that ignores science can quickly become a rigid fundamentalism. Sometimes the Dalai Lama discovers similarities between the two fields. For example, Einstein’s idea th (more…)

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