Artificial intelligence could help police catch criminals – but we need human experts for the big cases.
The science behind today’s petition to pardon Kathleen Folbigg has been peer reviewed. Here’s what it says.
Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton’s concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.
It turns out liars and truth-tellers behave very differently when questioned.
A forensic archaeologist and former Zimbabwe police officer uses his investigative skills to find the missing and the dead in his homeland.
New research shows fibres can transfer between people without any contact.
Eyewitness testimony can hold a lot of weight with jurors. But eyewitnesses aren’t always right, and poor investigative practices can make matters worse.
An expert on forensic science explains the critical role of coroners and pathologists in the COVID-19 crisis, as many cities struggle to manage the soaring number of dead bodies.
You’ve had your own personal set of fingerprints since before you were born, and they’ll be with you throughout your whole life.
No one knows exactly how AI-based DNA analysis software works, so it can’t be scrutinised in court.
Scientific advances are allowing forensic archaeologists to shed light on mysteries long thought unsolvable.
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.