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Do Not Wear a Mixed Fabric Garment

You must keep my statutes. You must not allow two different kinds of your animals to breed, you must not sow your field with two different kinds of seed, and you must not wear a garment made of two different kinds of fabric. 33 (Lev 19:19)

33 sn Cf. Deu_22:11 where the Hebrew term translated “two different kinds” (כִּלְאַיִם, kil’ayim) refers to a mixture of linen and wool woven together in a garment.

I was reminded of this verse when reading about a new shirt that can be worn for 100 days between cleanings. 

Clothing company Wool & Prince, founded in New York City by entrepreneur Mac Bishop, has developed the “better button-down,” a tailored men’s shirt that can be worn for 100 days straight with “No washing. No dry cleaning. No wrinkles. No odor.” Funding has come from a Kickstarter campaign, which had already pulled in more than $167,000 on Tuesday—putting it $135,000 past its goal way before its May 22 deadline. While the retail price has yet to be announced, shirts are available to Kickstarter investors for $98 each.

Bishop, 24, whose family owns the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon (“Fashion is in my blood, I guess you could say,” he told Shine), created and trademarked the “Cotton-Soft” wool fabric after six months of working with mills around the world. Then he and 15 testers put a prototype through the ringer, wearing it for 100 days straight for everything from nightclub outings to workout sessions. Amazingly, the shirts retained their crisp look and neutral odor.

“How?” Bishop asks on his Kickstarter video. “Wool.”

Wool is six times more durable than cotton, plus it’s wrinkle resistant, proving in laboratory tests that the fibers can snap back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking, while cotton tends to break after 3,200 bends, the Wool & Prince blog reports. Wool can be stretched by as much as 30 percent and still spring right back to its original size.

Then there’s the no-stink aspect, made possible because sweat, apparently, has no odor on its own, but develops one when it remains on the skin and bacteria develop. Wool, though, is a natural antibacterial fabric, and is efficient at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air, the company claims.

Now I am not saying this shirt is confirmation of God, but it nice to see there is a modern explanation for why the ancient Hebrew’s clothing should not mix the wool with anything else.

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Life Began Before the World

A new paper by Staff Scientist Alexei Sharov, of the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, and Theoretical Biologist Richard Gordon, of the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory in Florida, took Moore’s Law and applied it to the complexity in which life on Earth grows to come up with a surprising theory.

Moore’s Law is the observation that technology increases exponentially in complexity at a predicable rate of double the transistors per integrated circuit every couple of years.  Using the law and working backward from the last few years of computational complexity, you will get back to the 1960’s, which was when the first microchip was invented.

Sharov and Gordon, using this same standard with the complexity of life, where able to come to the conclusion that life came into existence long before the Earth itself.  About 5.5 billion years before the Earth.

So even if it’s mathematically possible for life to have existed before Earth did, is it physically possible? Again, Sharov and Gordon said yes, it is. As our solar system was forming, pre-existing bacteria-like organisms, or even simple nucleotides from an older part of the galaxy, could have reached Earth by hitching an interstellar ride on comets, asteroids or other inorganic space debris — a theoretical process called panspermia

Now there is no way for the scientist to know with certainty that organic complexity increased at a stable rate throughout the history of the universe, so they prefer to call the paper a “thought exercise or essay” according to Sharov.

One of the more interesting conclusions from this research is that it goes to debunk the idea of advanced alien life on another world, since all life would develop at the same rate.  What you would find would be aliens who are just as developed as humans in terms of knowledge and ability.

Although some may be skeptical of Sharov and Gordon’s findings, the scientists stand by their conclusions. “Contamination with bacterial spores from space appears the most plausible hypothesis that explains the early appearance of life on Earth,” they argue in the paper, which is published online in the preprint journal Arxiv.

Sharov said that if he had to bet on it, he’d say “it’s 99 percent true that life started before Earth — but we should leave 1 percent for some wild chance that we haven’t accounted for.”

This comes at the same time that Stephen Hawking declares that the Big Bang did not need a god, but that is nothing new.  In his April 16th lecture, Hawking explained how theories about the universe having no beginning or end do not stand up as observations go to show that there was only one big bang.  According to Hawking, time began at the moment of singularity and it is likely that this has only occurred once.  If he is correct, this puts the age of the universe at 13.8 billion years, which is only 3.8 billion years before life began. 

Hawking closed by outlining his “M-theory” which states that multiple universes are created out of nothing, with many possible histories and many possible states of existence.  In only a few of these states would life be possible and even fewer in which human type life could exist.

Now I know there will be those who disagree with me, but I look at this as more proof towards creation than random and uncontrolled evolution from bacteria.

http://www.livescience.com/28787-could-life-be-older-than-earth-itself.html

http://www.livescience.com/28805-stephen-hawking-god-big-bang.html

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