The peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus, also known as the harlequin or painted shrimp, is a fairly large shrimp, growing up to 7 inches in length.  They are brightly colored and have large pinchers to go with their aggressive hunting behavior.  Living in the Indian Ocean area, they actively hunt down small crustaceans, gastropods and bivalve mollusks.   Once they catch a prey, such as a bivalve, they beat it against a rock or hard coral until the shell is cracked and broken, giving the shrimp access to their intended meal.

Now, a team of scientists are studying the eyes of the peacock mantis shrimp and gleaning new insights that are proving to be useful to technology.  Apparently, these shrimp are one of the few animals that can see using circular polarized light.  Circular polarized light technology is used to create waveplates which are an integral part of the production of CDs, DVDs, blu-ray and holographs.

Current waveplates are used to modify the polarization of light.  The waveplates use what is known as birefringent or double refraction of the light.  These waveplates work in devices that utilize a single polarization of light.  Made from quartz or calcite minerals or a birefringent polymer, the current waveplates lose some polarization quality.

The goal according to Akhlesh Lakhtakia, the Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State is:

We want to change the polarization without affecting the amount of light that gets through.  We want both transmittance and changing polarization to occur quite independent of frequency. In other words, we do not want to affect the color.

Studying the birefringent properties on the peacock mantis shrimp’s eyes, engineers from the National Taipei University of Technology along with Professor Lakhtakia have been developing a new method of waveplate construction.  The new waveplate uses separate layers of nanorods arranged similarly to the construction of the shrimp’s eyes according to Professor Lakhtakia:

The two separate layers are needed so that we can play off one against the other to achieve the desired polarization without significantly reducing transmittance over a broad range of frequencies.

The new waveplates consist of an upper layer with upright nanorods, a middle layer of slanted nanorods and a bottom layer of upright nanorods.  Since the nanorods are smaller in size than the wavelengths of light, the waveplate is birefringent which can polarize or re-polarize the light throughout the range of the visual spectrum of light waves instead of a single light source.

The article reporting this new technology, lists researchers and students from a number of institutions that were involved with the study and development of the new waveplates.  While the article does not mention how much all of the research and technology development cost, it had to be in the millions of dollars considering how many institutions and professionals were involved.

Secular evolutionists advocate that the same technology that took so many intellectuals and money to develop evolved by pure random chance without any source of intelligence in the eyes of the peacock mantis shrimp.  They claim to see no evidence of an intelligent Designer when they look at nature’s wonders like the shrimp’s eyes.

Once again this reminds me of one of my favorite sections of Scripture:

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind
.  Job 12:7-10

Reference

Mantis Shrimp Eye Could Improve High-Definition CDs, DVDs, ScienceDaily.com, June 24, 2011.

Religion of Evolution (DVD) w/free companion booklet

A video presentation by Gary DeMar

Is the Theory of Evolution really science? Or, is it religion masquerading as science? More importantly, what will happen to America if evolutionists are successful in removing the Creator from public life?

The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain “unalienable rights.” America’s founding fathers believed that earthly governments cannot convey rights; this is God’s jurisdiction. Governments must protect what only our Creator can give. But if scienceas it claimshas demonstrated that there is no Creator, from where (or what) do our rights come?

To avoid anarchy, a nation that removes God must turn to the State to grant rights. Scientific reason becomes the new God, and scientists the new priests. As politics change, the State can determine that it no longer wants to allow its citizens to have a right that it once graciously granted. Read a little further in history textbooks and you will see that we are repeating the mistakes of the past. The bloody French Revolution and the rise of Marxism in the Russian Revolution may give you some idea where America could be headed.

Filmed during the Defending the Faith Conference at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in early 2005, The Religion of Evolution exposes the religious foundation and political implications of the theory of evolution. Gary DeMar (President of American Vision) will show you why evolution is really a false religion masquerading as science and how it was purposefully designed to be the antithesis of the Christian faith. You will also learn what happens when societies remove God from their public life. The DVD package also includes a 40-page booklet which expands upon the content discussed in the presentation.

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