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.
From the man who gave away his genome under open consent, to the 'Mathematikado', this episode of the podcast features highlights from the British Science Festival in Brighton.
The truth is not always out there.
If only DNA samples and microfibres made crimes as easy to solve as on CSI.
Forensic techniques are getting more sophisticated.
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Genetic evidence has become a critical aspect of modern criminal investigations. What are the methods and approaches used in present-day DNA forensics?
Dogs can reliably sniff out human blood, even after two years of environmental degradation.
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia's police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
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.
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.
Using terrestrial forensic science to point the finger of blame to criminals in space will be much harder than it looks.
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New plastic banknotes pose a challenge to forensic scientists that clever chemistry can solve.
Too good to be true? Time to hair the evidence!
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Move over, DNA profilers. Scientists are developing a potentially more powerful technique to identify criminals from their hair.
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.
Forensic scientists should be encouraged to shed more light on a pattern of behaviour when investigating incidence.
Forensic scientists should be encouraged to help detect patterns of behaviour in the incidents they investigate. This could lead to changes in the way some things are done and potentially save lives.
Latent fingermarks dusted with micronised Egyptian blue on a $20 note, viewed in the Near Infrared.
The ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about how to produce a vibrant blue pigment for their tombs and coffins. Now it's being used to help find fingerprints.
A new technique could help the police identify more criminals from just their footprints.
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Trace fiber from Freud’s couch under crossed polars with Quartz wedge compensator (#1), 2015, unique jacquard woven tapestry, 2.9m x 2m.
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In the middle of a rose garden, on a leafy road in northwest London, nestles the Freud Museum – though the petals, in October, are tumbling. The house, at 20 Maresfield Gardens, is the proud bearer of…
Bodies thought to belong to members of Russia's murdered royal family are to be re-examined for new evidence but forensics has its potential and limitations.
CSI and its franchise has achieved something unique: making forensics glamorous and sexy and fuelling public fascination with the dead.
How to deal with all that digital evidence?
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So much of modern life involves our digital devices – including crime. As the field of digital forensics gains prominence, practitioners need practical and ethical guidelines.