Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science

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Sir Sydney Smith and the development of police forensic laboratories | Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Sir Sydney Smith (1883-1969) was one of the pre-eminent medico-legal specialists of his day. As a leading forensic pathologist, Professor of Forensic …

Forensics

These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Patterns

Bloodstain pattern analysis is used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of origin

Mathematics

Nikki Allan murder: DNA clue in girl's 1992 killing inquiry

<b>Fresh DNA evidence has been recovered by detectives hunting the killer of a seven-year-old girl 25 years ago.</b><p>The body of Nikki Allan, who had been stabbed 37 times, was found in a then derelict building near her Sunderland home, in October 1992.<p>Police say advanced testing has enabled the DNA of a …

Crime

DNA databases: it's still far from clear how effective they are in fighting crime

Thanks to television detectives, the power of forensic DNA evidence is well known. Viewers are familiar with criminals leaving their DNA at the scene …

Crime

The Smithsonian Conserves Blood Pools and Charred Skeletons from 1940s Crime Dioramas

Frances Glessner Lee, “Burned Cabin” (detail) (1944-48) (Collection of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, courtesy Office of the Chief …

Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer

It’s 30 years since DNA fingerprinting was first used in a police investigation. The technique has since put millions of criminals behind bars – and it all began when one scientist stumbled on the idea in a failed experiment<p>Thirty years ago this summer, at 4.30 one Thursday afternoon, a 15-year-old …

Crime

DNA in the dock: how flawed techniques send innocent people to prison

Many juries believe crime-scene DNA evidence is watertight – but this is far from the case. As forensic technology gets ever more sophisticated, experts are only just realising how difficult interpreting the evidence can be<p>For David Butler, it began with a knock on the door early one November …

DNA

Eye tracking to evaluate evidence recognition in crime scene investigations

•<p>Large-scale study of crime scene investigators using eye trackers.<p>•<p>Analysis of visual fixations, durations and search patterns of 32 …

Fiction: The science in Sherlock Holmes

Maria Konnikova detects the fictional sleuth's inner researcher, 130 years on from his 'birth'.<p>Sherlock Holmes applies his chemical skills in this …

Sherlock Holmes

Take pity on forensic scientists – crime writers make their lives a nightmare

A blackmailer steals a compromising letter from a woman of high standing. The police know he is keeping this letter in his home, but they cannot find …

BBC Radio 4 - The Race to Fingerprint the Human Voice

Impressionist Rory Bremner explores the role of the human voice in forensic phonetics.<p>Forensic phonetics - or voice identification - has long been used in legal proceedings to help determine if the voice on a recording is that of the defendant. But with the electronic age enabling the recording and …

British Humour

John Cassella National Citizen Service Forensic Event 2017

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Finding the way forward for forensic science in the US—A commentary on the PCAST report

•<p>A response to the PCAST report on the future of forensic science.<p>•<p>We reject the PCAST vision of the scientist as a “black-box”.<p>•<p>We strongly favour …

Pioneers in Forensic Science

Forensics

Measurement of blood loss: review of the literature. - PubMed

It is important to recognize excessive blood loss during childbirth, which is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. This article reviews …

Health

Salvador Dalí's moustache still intact, embalmer reveals after exhumation

Narcís Bardalet, who tended Dalí’s body after his death in 1989, ‘delighted’ to see surrealist’s best-known feature remains<p>Experts who exhumed the body of Salvador Dalí to collect samples for use in a paternity claim have revealed that the enigmatic artist’s trademark moustache still graces his …

Art

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‘Baby Driver’ – a film about getaway driving with forensic science in the engine…

[serious spoilers ahead, natch]<p>Baby Driver is a fast, funny and relentlessly entertaining film by Edgar Wright about a young getaway driver who just …

Forensics

Can "contamination" occur in body bags?-The example of background fibres in body bags used in Australia.

2016 Sep;266:517-526. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.07.012. Epub 2016 Jul 18.<p>1University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Forensic Science, Broadway …

Australian Universities

Basics of Blood Pattern Evidence

What occurred?<p>Where did the events occur?<p>Approximately when and in what sequence?<p>Who was there? Where were they in relation to each other?<p>What did …

Crime

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Forensic Fingerprint Examiner?

Being a forensic examiner seems glamorous on TV. But working in a crime lab requires long hours of intense focus that are anything but action-packed. …

Forensics

Can Pollen Help Solve Crimes?

Now who will push ahead on validating forensic science disciplines?

Science and the law are not natural partners. Science seeks to advance our understanding of the natural world. The law is tasked with ensuring public …

Jeff Sessions wants to keep forensics in the Dark Ages

When Jeff Sessions was a senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was part of hearings to address the National Academy of Sciences report on the use of forensics in America’s courtrooms. The NAS report had been commissioned by Congress after DNA testing had revealed not only that hundreds of …

Forensics

Crime-Solving Isn't a Science (But It Could Be)

Why did Jeff Sessions pull the plug on an initiative to make criminal forensics more scientific?<p>The latest victim of Trump administration cuts -- the National Commission on Forensic Science -- could have more accurately been called “The Commission to Help Forensics Become a Real Science.” That …

Science

The War Over Forensic Science Started Well Before Jeff Sessions

Forensic science—the techniques law enforcement applies to cases, CSI-style—desperately needs an overhaul. Although investigators regularly use …

Forensics

Inside the Crime Lab: Forensic Chemisty Unit

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