Your Fingerprints Are Uniquely Yours Out of the World’s 7.2 Billion People


Anyone who knows anything about crime knows one of the first things detectives look for at a crime scene is fingerprints, those unique markers left by the ridges on everyone’s fingers.

These impressions have been used as personal signatures for thousands of years, going as far back as 300 B.C. in China, where letters would be sealed with clay and impressed with the authors fingerprint.

And in the late 1800s, a medical missionary in Japan named Henry Faulds was the first to publish research in a journal about the uniqueness, and potential for individualization, of these ridges.

It was around this time that fingerprints, with their loops, arches, and whorls, became an identifying factor in criminal cases. Sir Francis Galton, a jack-of-all-trades in many things scientific, calculated that the probability of two whole fingerprints matching was somewhere around one in 64 billion — making your fingerprints uniquely yours out of the 7.2 billion people around the world.

While it’s debatable how accurate that is (not everyone’s had their fingerprints taken, obviously) and how well forensic scientists can identify a person with them, the general consensus is they’ve been more accurate than not.

This article was originally published by Medical Daily by Anthony Rivas

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Miller High Life is stone cold sober to Budweiser’s flirty $104 billion advances




The world’s second largest beer company has a simple message for the top brewer trying to buy it: your $ 104 billion offer isn’t good enough

SABMiller, owner of popular party-friendly beers like Coors and Miller High Life, revealed Wednesday that it has rejected a roughly $ 104 billion (yes, that’s billion with a “b”) buyout offer from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, which owns Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois.

Alcohol really will make you do the craziest things.

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The latest offer of £42.15 per share, put forward on Wednesday morning, marked the third attempt from Anheuser-Busch to buy its rival and build a true global giant with a stronger footprint in Africa, Asia and Australia. SABMiller had previously rejected a £38 and £40 offer since the bidding went public in mid-September. Read more…

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