Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday at work and some interesting links.

I stayed up late last night fuming once again about the Patriot Act. I feel helpless and ineffectual as a citizen when it comes to this issue, unable to adequately respond to what I think is as real a threat to our rights as Americans as this country has faced in recent times. I doubt that writing to my congressional representatives will have any effect whatsoever (but I will write to them), and I sometimes wonder if my commentary about the topic comes across as being too preachy to be useful.

I was up late, so I slept in late this morning before going to work and experiencing yet another enjoyable afternoon. I have to say that I am really liking the relatively low stress environment that I'm in these days. All I have to do is go to work and do my job, and then come home and study for my college classes. I couldn't be happier with that situation. I love learning, and I'm doing plenty of that!

While looking up information on DNA and the double-helix last night, I came across an interesting link detailing the story of Rosalind Franklin's unsung contribution to our modern understanding of DNA structure. I had never heard her name mentioned before. After reading a few more articles about her, I'm wondering if maybe everyone else knows her name, and I'm just way out of the scientific loop. Anyway - if you don't know about her, or if you want to know more... here is the link:

Rosalind Franklin DNA Link