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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.