Trust Me, I’m An Expert: forensic entomology, or what bugs can tell police about when someone died.
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James Wallman is one of Australia's few forensic entomologists. It’s his job to unpack the tiny clues left behind by insects that can help police solve crimes.
The debate about the reliability of forensic evidence reflects a lack of understanding of how forensic science is best used in the justice system, rather than a problem with forensic science itself.
Readers are invited to a special screening and Q&A with former detective Jackie Malton, criminologist Fiona Brookman and forensic scientist Martin Evison.
What happens during a forensic medical examination? And if you've been sexually assaulted, what can you expect?
Meet the unsung aid workers who put their lives on the line during war and natural disaster to make sure the dead are treated with respect – and that their grieving families get closure.
DNA profiling is one of the most reliable techniques we have, but it can be misused.
‘This is going to affect how we determine time since death’: how studying body donors in the bush is changing forensic science.
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On the outskirts of Sydney, in a secret bushland location, lies what's officially known as the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research. In books or movies, it'd be called a body farm.
Despite privacy concerns over police use of DNA uploaded to ancestry websites, many people are just excited that their genetic material could get a killer off the streets.
A failure to introduce robust science means forensic science has reached crisis point. The UK has to act now to address this threat to justice.
Indistinct forensic audio is often 'enhanced' to make it sound clearer. But how effective are the techniques that are used? A new experiment suggests they can be highly misleading.
UK forensic science and technology is lurching from crisis to crisis. A fundamental reform of governance and policy making is needed.
Forensic science is only as good as the equipment and the people who calibrate it, some high-profile cases indicate. Thousands of innocent people have been harmed. Here's how.
Scavengers play an important but often poorly understood role in how fast bodies decompose.
The Ixil people of Guatemala dream of the places where their dead, massacred during the country's armed conflict might be located.
It would be great to know for sure when someone is lying and when someone is telling the truth. But no technology that purports to do so is foolproof.
One hundred years after its capture from the battle fields of France, the last German battle tank of its kind is giving up its secrets to archeologists and forensic analysis.
Lifting fingermarks from a crime scene often destroys the DNA they can contain.
Your hair can reveal how much you drink, whether you smoke or take drugs, and perhaps even how stressed you are.
Your blood is red;
it's never blue.
Because of hemoglobin;
and the view through tissue.
If an undocumented migrant is a minor or an adult can have far-reaching implications. A forensic anthropologist explains why relying solely on dental X-rays to determine age doesn't work.