Category Archives: Chemistry

“Just A Thought”: DNA or N/A?

During a January 2, 2009, radio interview with Kobi Nnamdi of WAMU, Maryland Attorney General, Douglas F. Gansler, discussed his support for a recently ratified law that states that people charged with a violent crime in Maryland, or who attempt to commit one, must submit a DNA sample to the state’s DNA database.

My primary concern with regard to this law is that even a person who is charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. In my opinion, DNA should only be allowed to be databased after a person has been convicted of a violent crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Additionally, Attorney Gensler stated that the collection of DNA is no different from the decades old practice of taking a baby’s footprint or a person’s fingerprint. I strongly disagree.

Though DNA evidence collected from an earlier crime scene may help to vindicate an innocent person who has been wrongly convicted of a crime. And though DNA evidence gathered from a convicted criminal may help to solve other crimes committed by this person. The process of DNA collection proposed by the new law in Maryland, especially by an underqualified officer of the law, is by default, subject to any number of human errors. And knowing the weight that DNA carries in a court of law, a savvy criminal could easily plant a person’s DNA – be it hair, nail, skin, blood, or semen – onto a victim or at the scene of a violent crime. By contrast, it would take great lengths to do so with a fingerprint.

What do you think?

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Science Fiction? No More…

Over one-hundred years ago H.G. Wells enlivened our collective imagination with time machines and alien visitation, while soon thereafter one of the very first short films showed a rocket blasting off to crash into the eye of the moon. We were entertained by these ideas, but said to ourselves and each other, “That’s impossible!” As the 20th Century progressed, Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry, and many other scientists, writers, philosophers, and futurists challenged our imagination with concepts, many of which have since come to pass into the realm of the possible.

Its always been considered impossible by the realists... while the dreamers often seem to find a way.

The realists probably invented the word "impossible"... meanwhile the dreamers were discovering ways to make possible the impossible.

I guess the lesson I am trying to impart is that, if we put our hearts and minds into an endeavor, whether it be a personal manifestation or a great discovery for the good (or not so good) of humanity, very little of what is humanly imaginable is truly impossible.

With that said, here are a few links to little known advances and discoveries that you should know about from over the decade…

What About Immortality?

Read: “Who Wants To Live Forever?”

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And Weather Modification?

Watch: “H.A.A.R.P.”

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Time Travel?

Watch: “National Geographic Takes A Look At Time Travel”

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And Water As Fuel?

Watch: “Denny Klein and HHO Gas”

Watch: “Stan Meyer and the Water Fuel Cell”

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And Ultra-Efficient Solar Collectors?

Watch: “Solar Energy Technology Breakthrough”

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And A Quasi-Perpetual Motion Machine?

Watch: “Zero-Point Energy Off-The-Grid Home Generator”

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And Teleportation?

Read: “Australian Teleport Breakthrough”

Read: “Teleportation Breakthrough Made”

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And Invisibility?

Read: Science Reveals The Secrets Of Invisibility”