Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Casey Anthony Trial: Forensic Evidence Questioned for Validity

Casey Anthony's defense lawyers are questioning the validity of the forensic evidence that suggests Anthony killed her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Prosecutors attempted to prove that Anthony hid her daughter’s body body in her car’s trunk based on decomposition odor analysis, the study of chemicals released when a body decomposes. Dr. Arpad Vass, a scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, testified early in the trial that the presence of certain chemicals proves that there was a decomposing body in the trunk of the car.

Some experts questioned the validity of Dr. Arpad’s methods and whether this can be of valuable use in court. Dr. Kenneth Furton, studying the chemistry of human decomposition, directly contested Vass's techniques. Furton said, "It's my expert opinion that there's currently no instrumental method that has been scientifically validated to the level that it could be used to identify the presence or absence of human decomposition."


HIV Testing Day

HIV tests are used to detect the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), in serum, saliva, or urine. Such tests may detect antibodies, antigens, or RNA.

Monday is National HIV Testing Day and the Illinois Department of Public Health is sponsoring numerous events around the state to help people get tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The said state is the seventh-highest number of AIDS cases in the nation, with more than 41,000 reported cases since 1981.

This event encourages people to be tested for HIV because many people infected with the virus don't know they have it. Testing and counseling are some of the activities to be held around the state.

HIV can be acquired in many ways.  It can be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk but not through saliva, tears, sweat, feces, urine, hugging, kissing, massage, shaking hands, insect bites, living in the same house with someone who has HIV or sharing showers or toilets with them.


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The battle of the Autobots and Decepticons continues in the big screen as Transformers: Dark of the Moon films on theaters in June 29, 2011.

This third installment of the movie involves previous events that occurred way back in 1961. A spacecraft crashed on the dark side of the moon which is said to hold secrets that can turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle.

Filmed in different locations such as Moscow, Russia, Los Angeles, California, Texas, China, Africa, Florida, Chicago, and Illinois, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is surely one of the most anticipated movie of the year.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Michael Jackson Items for Auction

Items worn by the King of Pop are auctioned with great value two years after his death on June 25, 2009. The world was shocked as the death of the King of Pop hit the news. Michael died of acute propofol intoxication after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.

Jackson had been scheduled to perform his This Is It concert series to over one million people at London's O2 Arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010. A public memorial service was held for him on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he had rehearsed for the London concerts the night before his death. 

The service was broadcasted live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people. One of the hottest items being auctioned today is his ‘Thriller Jacket’. Michael’s Red Jacket he wore during his thriller video is expected to go for as much as $400,000 with a starting bid of $100,000. This iconic red and black calf jacket worn by the King of Pop was put on auction on Saturday, the Pop legend’s second death anniversary.

Other items put on auction are his glove adorned with black Swarovski crystals that the singer donned at the 1984 American Music Awards. Its starting bid is $10,000 and his MTV Video Music Award moonman for Best Choreography that was given for the "Thriller" video. It has a $4,000 starting bid.