When Brooks Britt, a geological sciences professor at BYU, searched through the latest Triassic sandstone samples in his lab, he expected to find bones of early crocodiles and dinosaurs. Instead, he discovered the bones of a new pterosaur specimen, now named Caelestiventus (heavenly wind) hanseni. Dating back more than 200 million years, it’s one of the earliest ever found.
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The 198 Christian, Jewish and Muslim families in the study lived in 17 different states and represented eight religious/ethnic faith communities. Family members were asked questions such as “Does your relationship with God influence your family relationships?,” “How does your family overcome major stresses and problems?” and “How do you share your faith with your children?”
A study published today in Nature Genetics co-authored by BYU geneticist Mary Davis identifies biomarkers in multiple sclerosis patients that indicate if they are more likely to develop liver injury (a serious side effect) during the most common type of MS treatment. The research provides a path for clinicians to test patients prior to treatment so they can prevent drug-induced liver damage in at-risk patients.
Something said in the temple that I heard again on a recent visit — those who have been to the temple should have no difficulty recognizing it — reminded me, curiously, of a passage from Charles Darwin that I ran across only recently.
When NASA’s New Horizons mission sent the first high-res images of Pluto to Earth in July 2015, Jani Radebaugh was awed with the rest of the world by the tiny planet’s massive heart-shaped glacier. As she looked more closely at additional images of the glacier in days, weeks and months to come, she noticed something else: dunes. This meant that the surface of Pluto is entirely different than scientists always expected.
One of the most positive fruits of the great latter-day restoration is the ongoing reconciliation of the so-called conflict between science and religion. As a powerful example of that reconciliation, recent discoveries in astronomy are resulting in revolutionary new theories of how habitable worlds and their solar systems are created.