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November 25, 2006 

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Q: What does SpongeBob SquarePants, the popular cartoon character, have to do with glass?

A: A recent article used the popularity of this cartoon character to draw attention to a report on sponges that actually produce glass. Scientists have found sponges on the ocean floor that build glass cages. They “have biologists and materials scientists oohing, ahhing and taking notes for future bio-inspired engineering projects and materials.”

According to the scientists, these sponges use mechanical engineering principles—just like today’s engineering students study in their textbooks—to make their glass cages. The sponges produce bundles of glass fibers held together with a special glue; these bundles can be twisted and bent without breaking.

As one of the authors put it, “It’s quite remarkable how many basic engineering design principles the sponge uses.”

Instead of being surprised by such a sophisticated level of engineering skill, we should look at these sponges and think about the greatest engineer ever—the Creator God of the universe. He’s the One who designed the sponge to do what it does do—and what it does do, it does do very well!

Want to learn more about these incredible examples of God’s design? See Fantastic fibre-optics—sponge’s super spicules.

Recommended resources:

Marvels of Creation: Sensational Sea Creatures
Marvels of Creation: Sensational Sea Creatures
Itís Designed to Do What It Does Do (Board book)
It’s Designed to Do What It Does Do (Board book)
If Animals Could Talk: Updated
If Animals Could Talk: Updated
Zoo Guide
Zoo Guide

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November 18: News to Note
November 20: Read the Fine Print
November 20: Launching a new public school outreach
November 21: The Intelligent Design Movement
November 22: Richard Dawkins Foundation plan to supply atheist literature to schools
November 22: The trouble with sequencing
November 23: The Lie, chapter 3: Creation Is Religion
November 24: Feedback: Giving thanks to our Creator-Savior

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