December 2nd, 2005

not mine, mat

cape v. cloak. v. mantle

i checked the OED and googlged excessively
i need to know the difference between a cloak a cape and a mantle.
from definitions I’ve gotten:
cloak: lose fitting garment akin to what a religious person would ware
cape: hooded cloak
mantel: sleeveless, hoodless cape.

these kind of run counter to what I’d been taught, my brain wants to say cape= no hood or sleeves, cloak= sleeves, hood optional, mantel=cape.

EDIT: there, now my post is in english :P. Sorry was realy sleepy.
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DNA and police procedure...

Okay - I know you can get DNA from remains, bones, etc. But is there a noticiable difference between 'dead' DNA that's taken from a corpse or bones and 'live' DNA taken from, say, the mouth of a person?

Here's the set-up - you have an undead person - vampire - and the police take DNA to rule this person out as a suspect. *They* don't know the person is undead. Would one look at the DNA make someone scream - this is from a dead person! Or would they only see the markers and say - no, no match - and the whole deak/alive thing not even come into play?


ETA: Daaamn you people are fast! I've got my answers but of course curiosity would welcome any and all info anyone wanted to toss my way.
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identifying human clones

I have a question about human cloning... I tried google, but I don't really know how to google this. I tried to search, but I didn't get anything.

My question is: Is there any way to tell if a clone is really a clone? Like a blood or DNA test? Preferably something that could be done somewhat easily and isn't extremely involved. I'll take anything, though.

I've thought of a way around this bit, but I'd still like to know in case I end up needing to use it. Plus, options are good to have.

Thank you.