You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
— Maya Angelou
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that I’ve got the chemistry right, i.e. that the TS image was created by a binary mix of lemon juice (or some other source of active aldehyde) and protein (or some other source of amino acids), and that elevated temperature was required to produce a Maillard non-enzymatic browning reaction.
What about the technology? How might the chemistry have been achieved while at the same time imprinting the negative image of a man that is both exceedingly superficial and which responds well to modern 3D-rendering software (e.g. ImageJ)?
What follows is pure speculation, but one has to start somewhere.
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. . . So what Rogers conjectured as a starch impurity coating was in my model a protein coating that provided the amino (-NH2) groups for the Maillard reaction. Putrefaction amines were not needed in the protein/lemon juice model.
So, there you have it, in a few short paragraphs – the Invisible Ink model - post-STURP Maillard reaction Mk2, one in which a corpse was non-obligatory – a marriage of science and medieval technology.
Interestingly, the model described allows for a ‘blood before image’ modus operandi . . .
You should/must fill in the dots by reading Colin’s latest amendment to a posting. CLICK HERE and fast-scroll down to Friday October 3.
Has he got the chemistry right?