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Creation: The amazing egg

The source of the following is Maxx’s article on My Technology World, Oct. 22, 2014. I’ve rewritten and reformatted the essay.
First, a few fun facts about egg shells:

  • An egg shell is made of calcium carbonate, which is also the main ingredient in some antacids. Each medium sized egg shell has about 750-800 mgs of calcium.
  • The shell makes up 9-12% of an egg’s total weight, and contains pores that allow oxygen in and carbon dioxide and moisture out.
  • The shell color of an egg is representative of the breed of hen that produces the egg. White hens produce white eggs and brown hens produce brown eggs.

13 cool ways to use egg shells

1. As a nourishing face mask:

  • Pulverize dried egg shells with a mortar and pestle.
  • Whisk the powder in with an egg white.
  • Put the solution on your face as a healthful, skin-tightening facial.
  • Allow the face mask to dry before rinsing it off with water.

2. Treat skin irritations:

  • Drop an eggshell into a small container of apple cider vinegar.
  • Let it soak for a couple of days.
  • Dab the mixture on minor skin irritations or on itchy skin.

3. As a powerful cleaner:

  • Ground eggshells make a wonderful (and nontoxic!) abrasive for those tough-to-clean pots and pans.
  • Mix them with a little soapy water for a powerful clean.
  • Hummingbird feeders tend to grow all sorts of nasty stuff. Clean it by first by rinsing with hot water. Then add some crushed egg shells, fill 1/2 way with water, and shake. The shells act as an abrasive, removing mold or other built-up gunk. Rinse well before re-filling with hummingbird food.
  • It’s almost impossible to get a scrub brush down the narrow neck of a thermos. Clean your thermos using the instructions above for hummingbird feeders.

4. As a garden fertilizer:

  • Eggshells are rich in calcium and other minerals that help your garden thrive.
  • Crush eggshells into tiny pieces and sprinkle into each hole before planting.
  • Then, sprinkle additional shells around the base of your plants every two weeks.

5. Containers to start seedlings:

  • Fill an egg carton with empty, rinsed eggshell halves.
  • Poke a hole in each eggshell half for drainage.
  • Add potting soil and one or two seeds to each shell.
  • When the seedlings are big enough for transplanting outside, just crack the shell at the bottom and plant them, shell and all.

6. Pest control:

  • Crush eggshells and scatter them around your vegetables and flowers to fend off slugs, snails, and cutworms.
  • These soft-bodied critters don’t like crawling over sharp pieces of shell.
  • The smell of eggs will also deter deer.

7. House plant booster:

  • Keep a mason jar of eggshells covered with water for watering indoor plants.

8. As a cat deterrent from using your garden as a litter box:

  • Crush egg shells.
  • Scatter shells in the areas that cats frequent.
  • After stepping on those shells a few times, they’ll move on.

9. Better tasting coffee:

  • Add some crushed eggshells to ground coffee before brewing it to make it taste less bitter.
  • When you’re done, toss the grounds and shells on your compost heap; or
  • add the coffee grounds — a rich source of fatty acids, essential oils and nutrients (nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals) to your garden soil! Some examples of plants that thrive in a nitrogen-rich planting area include leafy vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, corn; roses, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.

10. As a powdered calcium supplement:

  • Instead of purchased calcium pills, simply bake your egg shells at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Let them cool.
  • Grind them to a fine powder.
  • Add a teaspoon or less of the powder to your favorite smoothie or juice once a day.

11. Make your own sidewalk chalk:

  • What you’ll need:
    • Approximately five empty egg shells
    • 1 teaspoon flour
    • 1 teaspoon very hot water
    • food coloring (for colored chalk)
  • Wash and dry the egg shells.
  • Crush the egg shell into a bowl and grind it until it is a powder. Make sure all the pieces are ground. Take out any big pieces before going on to the next step.
  • Mix the flour and hot water in another bowl. Then add 1 tablespoon egg shell powder and mix into a thick paste.
  • Add a drop or two of food coloring for colored chalk. If you want white chalk do not add anything.
  • Shape the paste into chalk sticks or press into soap molds for fun shapes. If making chalk sticks roll the sticks up tightly in a paper towel.
  • Let your chalk dry for 3 days.

12. As a laundry whitener:

  • Some say that if you toss some shells in a mesh bag in your laundry, the gray tint to your whites will disappear.

13. Eggshell candles:

  • Carefully crack the shells in half.
  • Fill each half with beeswax.
  • Insert a wick.
  • Let the wax set.
  • Remove the egg shell.

For most eggshell uses, it is better to make sure they are clean and free from bacteria. If you don’t wash the eggs thoroughly before using, bake the shells at 150 degrees Fahrenheit on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes.

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Creation: "Goldilocks" Earth

We are told by astronomers that the Universe has countless Earth-like planets and, by implication, the possibility of intelligent life abounds.
Dr. Hugh Ross is an astronomer, physicist, Christian, and contrarian who holds a very different view.
According to Ross, our Earth is like the fairy tale Goldilocks: It is not too big nor too small, but somehow has just the right amounts of certain important minerals so as to support not just life, but intelligent life.
Too much water would mean an Earth of all oceans and no continents. Too much carbon would mean an atmosphere so thick as to make lungs inoperable and photosynthesis impossible. Too little phosphorous would mean no assembly of DNA and RNA molecules — the building blocks of life.
Can someone say “Intelligent Design”?
The frightening thing about this is: If our Earth is really unusual, perhaps unique, that means we human beings — we woefully flawed “tinder for sin” (fomes peccati, the Latin for the concupiscence of Original Sin) — are really alone in this infinitesimally vast Universe . . . .

Earth’s Unique Element Abundances

December 21, 2009
By Dr. Hugh Ross
Earth is not at all ordinary in its assortment of elements and compounds.

For the planet’s size and distance from its star, it possesses an anomalous (abnormal) amount of every measurable element and compound. Today, the list of such uniquely abundant or scarce substances includes water, carbon, sulfur, phosphorus, uranium, and thorium. Each of these anomalous amounts proves to be a vital requirement for advanced life and a significant piece of evidence that Earth was supernaturally designed for humanity’s benefit.
study performed by two MIT planetary scientists showed that Earth is actually lacking in both water and carbon. They produced the most detailed model to date of degassing during the accretion phase of planetary formation for planets ranging in mass from 1 to 30 times the mass of Earth.1 The team based their models on measurements of the bulk compositions in the most primitive meteorites found in the solar system. These ancient remnants of the solar system’s protoplanetary disk represent the material from which Earth formed. They contain up to 20 percent by mass of water.
Using the range of water and carbon found in such meteorites and modeling how much of that water and carbon would be retained in the formation process by Earths and super-Earths, the MIT scientists determined that degassing during the accretion process alone would result in water and carbon compounds making up to 20 percent and 5 percent of the mass of Earths and super-Earths, respectively. They found, too, that using even modest estimates of water and carbon in the meteorites resulted in Earths and super-Earths ending up with very deep oceans and very thick atmospheres.
The problem posed by deep oceans is that no conceivable amount of plate tectonic activity would ever produce continents. Without continents there would be no possibility for land life, and many important nutrient-recycling mechanisms would be absent. The problem posed by thick atmospheres loaded with carbon compounds is that such atmospheres would trap tremendous amounts of heat, would result in such high atmospheric pressures as to make lungs inoperable, and would block out so much stellar light as to impede photosynthesis.
While water and carbon are essential for life, too little or too much proves deadly, especially in the case of advanced life. Earth possesses the just-right amount of each. The MIT team’s study underscored Earth’s uniqueness. For a planet as large as it is and as far away as it is from its star, Earth is miraculously water- and carbon-poor. Water makes up just 0.02 percent of Earth’s mass; carbon just 0.003 percent.
Measurements on Mars reveal another way in which our life-friendly home is unusual among its planetary peers. Earth is sulfur poor, especially in the sulfur compounds most hazardous to life. Two planetary scientists, Fabrice Gaillard and Bruno Scaillet, determined that the Martian mantle contains at least three to four times as much sulfur as does Earth’s and that volcanic gas emissions during the late stages of Mars’ history are ten to a hundred times richer in sulfur and sulfur compounds than similar emissions on Earth.2
Mars’ atmosphere was tenuous (just one bar or less) during the late stages of its history. Such a thin atmosphere implies that the sulfuric volcanic gases Mars retains are dominated by heavier sulfur dioxide rather than by hydrogen sulfide. This sulfur dioxide can penetrate any existing persistent water layer on Mars, making such water much too acidic for the origin of life or for the maintenance of anything other than the most extreme acidophilic bacterial species.
Too much sulfur on a planet is deadly to life. But Gaillard and Scaillet do not address whether Earth or Mars is the exception among planets.
Sulfur ranks as the tenth most abundant element in the universe. Its abundance by weight is 500 parts per million. This compares with 1,100, 700, and 600 parts per million, respectively, for iron, silicon, and magnesium, which rank seventh, eighth, and ninth. Yet in Earth’s crust, sulfur ranks as only the seventeenth most abundant element. There, its abundance by weight is 0.04 percent. The abundance levels for iron, silicon, and magnesium are 4.10, 27.71, and 2.30 percent, respectively. Thus, relative to iron and magnesium, sulfur is fifty times less abundant in Earth’s crust than it is in the universe.
Phosphorus, an element crucial for the assembly of DNA and RNA molecules, and likewise critical for metabolic reactions in all organisms, is super-abundant in Earth’s crust. Relative to magnesium and iron, phosphorus is four times more abundant in Earth’s crust than it is in the universe or the Sun.
Relative to magnesium and iron, uranium and thorium, which provide most of the energy driving plate tectonics, and thereby making continents possible, are about 10,000 and 1,000 times more abundant in Earth’s crust, respectively, than in the universe or the Sun. They are both much more abundant in the planet’s interior (the necessary location for the energy driving plate tectonics) than in the crust.
The table below summarizes Earth’s anomalous abundances of elements. Every one of our planet’s exceptional abundance characteristics discovered so far has proven to be essential for the support of life and of advanced life in particular. The evidence for the supernatural, super-intelligent design of Earth is mounting.
Earth’s Anomalous Abundances 
carbon 500 times less
water 250 times less
sulfur 50 times less
phosphorus 4 times more
uranium 10,000 times more
thorium 1,000 times more
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