In 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was completed. It was a 13 year project operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. The project had contributors from all around the world, hoping to finally identify every last gene that makes up the human DNA – a significant accomplishment, considering that human DNA has approximately 20,000 to 25,000 genes. One of the most significant effects of the project has been a boost in biotech drugs either created or in development that make use of information gathered by the project. Many of those new drugs focus on genetics. The ethical concerns related to knowing what genes can identify whether a person is prone to have certain traits or illnesses actually sparked the creation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) in May of 2008. The project marked the beginning of a massive explosion in genetics research. In this article, I am going to discuss a few human genetics websites you can use to catch up on the current state of human genetics research, or just to get a basic understanding of what scientists know about human DNA at this point.
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The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information. The organization maintains roughly three million publications which are available to colleges, companies, and the general public. These publications range in topics from Aeronautics to Urban and Regional Technology and Development. However, one of the more interesting products that NTIS provides is the Social Security death index, also known as the Death Master File. This index could be very beneficial in a variety of ways when conducting particular types of research.
I spy with my little eye: a gross intrusion on the privacy of the American people. Constitutionally speaking the term ?right to privacy? does not appear anywhere in the U.S. Constitution. However, these rights are implied in the Bill of Rights. These implications have been discussed repeatedly within the federal court system. Which is great news for those of us who wish to keep our private lives, just that, private. Yet these implications mainly focus on our right to privacy from the federal government, not from each other. What are the boundaries for civilians or even private investigators when investigating in the lives of others?
Open source intelligence is a unique artifact of the intelligence community, and because of that the U.S. government’s Open Source Center is something that many people can not quite understand. Most people view any intelligence organization as dark and secretive, with not only closed doors, but locks and bars over those doors. This isn’t actually an accurate representation of what constitutes a real intelligence organization. What is Open Source Intelligence? When most people imagine what methods an intelligence agency uses to gather intelligence, the movie-inspired image of a James Bond-like figure lurking and sneaking around in foreign lands, and infiltrating foreign government agencies and organizations, is the first thing that comes to mind.
In the years that I’ve been researching both mundane and weird claims, I’ve had both the pleasure and displeasure of working with both avid believers and the morbidly skeptic. Being the type of guy who constantly rides the fence until enough information is in to draw, at the least, an educated guess about a situation – I find both the avid believer and the morbidly skeptic to be two of the most annoying, frustrating types of people to work with. Here’s why: 1. They make an early decision about what to believe, and then only search for evidence to support it. If you’re ever doing research with someone, and they state a hypothesis and then seek evidence to prove it, you are in the company of a good researcher. However, if you notice that the same researcher tends to ignore any findings that do not support the original hypothesis – that’s a bad sign. All new information, whether verified or not, needs to be fully authenticated before accepting or dismissing. And when there is an abundance of new information – all the more reason for aligning your efforts in that direction.
One of the things that I’ve learned over the past few months, from my research efforts in the world of conspiracy theories, is that ultimately when you research and write about conspiracy theories, you are bound to end up facing tough decisions. Sometimes it’s a matter of discovering something so troubling, and so damaging about someone, that you realize that nothing good can come out of making that information public. In many ways, a person’s personal life isn’t really relevant to most major news stories – even when credibility is at stake. Sure, if they’ve had business dealings that are shady, or they have a criminal record, then yes that will reflect upon the validity of their public statements. But what if they treat their family horribly? What if they are controlling and domineering inside the privacy of their home? Do these private matters have a place in the public domain? Understanding Journalistic Principles The Project for Excellence in Journalism, by the Pew Research Center, is one of the best resource for Journalists. On their website, they offer a very valuable page titled, “Principles of Journalism.” Unfortunately, in the field of conspiracy theories, there are so many unknowns and so much controversy that even seasoned journalists can get swept away in the sea of discourse and debate. Any time things get heated and controversial, it is a good idea to reflect upon the principles as printed by Pew Research Center.
So you’re on a mission. Maybe it’s not for the president of the United States, and maybe it’s not even for the CIA or the FBI – but still, you have information that you need to obtain using covert means, and you need to do it now. It’s during times such as these that high tech spy gadgets really come in handy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a miniature helicopter that could perform surveillance in the sky above a certain area, so you can see what’s going on? Or, how about a series of perimeter alarms that let off an ear-piercing sound to alert you that someone’s approaching? Good news! In this post I’m going to share some of the coolest high tech spy gadgets that you’ll find anywhere. Some of these you might have heard about, and others you probably never even imaged existed. One thing I can guarantee is that there will be at least one very cool spy gadget on this list that you’ll realize you can’t live without!
A new and booming industry in the field of private investigation is companies that sell and process covert DNA test kits. If you’ve never heard of these, you may be surprised to learn that the police are not the only ones who can send biological samples out “to the lab” for DNA test. Now, private companies offer you the ability to send in whatever evidence you can collect in order to prove things like: – Infidelity – Paternity or Maternity – Proof of family connection for immigration purposes – Any other time you may need to “match” DNA Just considering the possibilities is eye opening. Now, anyone can covertly collect samples of someone’s hair follicles, nails or even undergarments in order to send off for testing. The companies offer covert DNA test kits you can use to collect your samples to ship off to the lab. The process is simple – you collect a sample of the item for testing, collect a second sample of the test subject, and send it in to the lab to determine a match. Or, in the case of maternity testing, a sample from the child and a sample from the parent will do the trick. The following are some of the leading companies that are now offering this DNA test service to private citizens.
Using small disguised tape recorders for spying has a number of additional, useful purposes beside surveillance. Have you ever gone to a conference or some other meeting, and you really wanted to record all of the conversations that you had for future reference, but you simply can’t keep notes fast enough to retain all of the important information? These miniature gadgets can provide high quality audio recording in a discrete way so that no one knows you’re monitoring the conversation for future playback. The following spy gadgets include not only small disguised tape recorders for spying, but also a top list of other cool spy gadgets that you’re sure to need if you ever decide to enter into any situation that may require defense, surveillance, data transfer, deception and other important tasks related to the act and art of spying. The following spy gadgets are all that you’ll need to completely and covertly “scope out” an entire area.
Even though I spend a great deal of my time writing for income, I’ve been lucky enough to integrate much of that paid writing work into paranormal and UFO research into fringe ideas and conspiracy theories. There are many people out there who are interested in these topics and who are very curious about their own UFO sightings or strange experiences. In other cases the claims come from odd characters on an online forum of a community board, and you may be curious as to the authenticity of that claim. There are a number of methods you can use to investigate a potential fraud, but one of the techniques that’s the most fun is one that I recently wrote about in an article over at MakeUseOf.com titled How to Use Google Earth to Investigate Conspiracy Theories.