Wild chimpanzees are hard to find, but their DNA – left-behind genetic traces – are opening up a new way of studying them.
The immediate aftermath of the shooting of President Kennedy in November 1963.
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Applying actual science to forensic investigations can yield substantially different results from the findings of standard methods in the field.
Children observe the eruption of Mount Agung on Bali, November 29, 2017.
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'Volcano forensics' involves a mixture of modern day monitoring and analysis of past eruptions. Geologists use volcanic rocks as a kind of time capsule to assess what happened previously.
There’s a margin of error in relying on fingerprinting to catch criminals.
Fingerprinting is a valuable police tool for tracking down suspects, but it's not perfect. However, we can reduce the risk of any mistaken identity if we work within the limits of fingerprinting.
DNA evidence has a profile which it might not deserve.
Saddleworth moor, where the victims of the Moors Murders were buried.
50 years after the Moors Murders, UK police are still hoping to find a missing body. And scientists are working hard to help.
Courtroom decisions are more like a game of chance than you may think.
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We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.
When lawyers submit forensic evidence in court, is there legit science to back it up?
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Forensics has a way to go before it's a mature, academic science. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just terminated an independent commission charged with helping it get there.
A search for a teenager who went missing in Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1994, presumed murdered.
How does the police decide where to send dive teams to search for bodies? They ask scientists for advice.
Mathematicians make a splash with new theory that could lead to breakthroughs in 3D printing, climate science and forensics.
Scientific crime scene analysis is more popular in India's pulp fiction than in real life investigations.
Experimentally produced hand stencils at ‘The Cave’.
Jason Hall, University of Liverpool
New ways of using forensic science in anthropology have been developed to advance our understanding of the past.
Is this worth the tape it’s wrapped with?
Is forensic science an oxymoron? A new White House report suggests there are major issues with many of the forensic disciplines used to convict defendants of crimes in the U.S.
Researchers have created a new kind of 'drugalyser' that's less likely to give false positive readings.
Sam Hallam had his conviction quashed after seven years in jail.
Your memory of an event can be manipulated – and miscarriages of justice can follow.
Microsoft Kinect's cheap sensors could create low-cost 3D computer models of crime scenes.
Tread carefully when relying on forensic footwear evidence.
A US report has cast doubt on a range of techniques commonly used to secure criminal convictions, such as identification using bite marks, hair strands or footwear.
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New plastic banknotes pose a challenge to forensic scientists that clever chemistry can solve.
Genetic techniques can help make pollen useful for cracking criminal cases.
Karen L. Bell
Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
Using a robotic video camera to digitally recreate a crime scene could give juries greater insight without the logistical nightmare and potential bias of a physical visit.