The Weekly Wrap-Up

| June 7, 2014
Image: aljezeera.com

Image: aljezeera.com

Words by Ryan Grice

The age of fingerprints, Foreign doodle fuck-ups, sleep is power, Old rocks shed new light on the moon, and Obama(don’t)Care.

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) has discovered and successfully demonstrated a method by which they are able to accurately date fingerprints found at crime scenes. “It’s not quite the Holy Grail of fingerprinting, but it’s a very important discovery,” said fingerprint researcher Marcel de Puit. By analyzing the chemicals present in the sample, the specialists are able to determine which have deteriorated and thus gauge how old the sample is.

Image: google.com

Image: google.com

That awkward moment when you’re supposed to be honoring thousands of brave soldiers that fought and died for their country, and instead you post a picture of the Japanese guy who was the greatest Go player to ever live. Unfortunately this was the moment Google experienced on Friday when “…a technical error crept in and for a short period an international doodle appeared.” We can only assume that the error they were referring to was human error and that the UK will not be seeing anymore Japanese doodles on their desktops.

Image: followpics.com

Image: followpics.com

Our reason for sleep has plagued scientists for centuries and so far the only answer we have come up with is that ‘we get tired’. A new collaborative study by the New York University School of Medicine and the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School has yielded amazing results that show new synapse connections occurring during sleep that can only do so during this process. Their study went on to prove that even intense training of a skill could not make up for lost sleep. Through various applications of sleep deprivation the team proved that those with long undisturbed sleep are able to learn more and at a faster rate.

Image: nasa.gov

Image: nasa.gov

Slightly belated analysis of lunar rocks brought back from the Apollo missions has supplied some incredible evidence supporting the theory that a planet called Theia crashed into Earth approximately 4.5 billion years ago creating what we now know to be our moon. In what is apparently a ‘simple’ explanation scientists are now able to replicate the occurrence in a computer simulation that is believed to be mathematically and astronomically correct.

Image: bbc.co.uk

Image: bbc.co.uk

United States President Barack Obama is presently in hot water over his decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay Detainees with the Taliban for one US sergeant, who had been a prisoner of war for the last five years, without first running the decision by Congress. “We saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that,” the President said. The gulf state of Qatar brokered the deal that is said to have begun negotiations as early as 2011. There is no official word yet on whether Obama will see punishment for his actions.

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