How can you navigate a world full of outlandish claims?
Forensic scientists are trained to disprove claims. This sort of thinking is useful when you're trying to make sense of "miracle cures", "wonder drugs" and other fantastic claims.
Algae in water and soils can be a great forensic tool.
We are only just starting to understand the potential of microscopic algae as forensic evidence.
Hand it over.
Research shows hand gestures used in the right way can help implant false memories, with serious implications for police interviews.
A new technique could help the police identify more criminals from just their footprints.
This is the business end of how investigations are solved.
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Paris police were able to use information found on a phone, but what details can be found that could tackle future attacks?
Too controversial for some.
Why the UK needs a body farm for research.
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.
© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
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.
Up in flames: the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare in 2014 was a smoke-filled celebration.
South African forensics may provide clues to the 400-year-old mystery of what was smoked in pipes found in Shakespeare's garden.
Elephants examine tusk of poached brethren.
Using DNA testing, researchers find that most elephant poaching is happening in two spots – crucial information to stopping the flow of ivory out of Africa.
Scene of the crime.
CSI lied to you: investigating a crime scene is long, complicated and often boring.
There must be a dirty shoe here somewhere.
Germs on shoes and mobile phones are a good way of tracing criminal suspects, finds study.
Won’t get fooled again (posed by models).
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DNA profiling is a powerful tool, but being faced with identical DNA from identical genes has been a problem - until now.
This is science, not clairvoyance.
fingerprint by Torsak Thammachote/www.shutterstock.com
Forensic science has revolutionised justice, but we may have too much faith in it.
Forensics is a very different business when it comes to technology.
Forensics is changing in the digital age, and the legal system is still catching up in terms of how it uses digital evidence.
First bodies of victims in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash arrive at Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands.
The first of the bodies from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in the Netherlands ready for forensic investigation into the remains of the 298 passengers and crew. Identifying the victims is…
This piece of fuselage might hold vital clues about the downing of MH17.
Much has been made of the possibility that the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was the work of an anti-aircraft missile. Even without confirmation or corroboration, investigators will have a wealth…
Vital forensic evidence could be lost as bodies from Malaysia Airlines MH17 are moved.
Returning the 298 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to their families with dignity and respect is a major priority for each nation involved. Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult…
The physiological stress of the heat accumulates and takes its toll after two or three days.
AAP Image/Joe Castro
Hopefully the southern Australian heatwave is coming to an end – for now. But for health-care providers and death investigators, such as me, the fallout will continue for some time to come. It’s unclear…