Evidence: the hard and often heartbreaking work of forensic investigators.
The grisly work of forensic investigators at the scene of a possible war crime.
As a forensic scientist who has worked at thousands of homicide, sexual assault and serious crime scenes, I can tell you the process is not as straightforward as depicted on popular true crime shows.
Artificial intelligence could help police catch criminals – but we need human experts for the big cases.
No one knows exactly how AI-based DNA analysis software works, so it can’t be scrutinised in court.
Footprints aren’t always as clear as this - but they nevertheless have their uses.
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.
Doctors and nurses will collect vital evidence and arrange care with understanding and compassion at a traumatic time.
What happens during a forensic medical examination? And if you’ve been sexually assaulted, what can you expect?
Research underway at the University of Technology, Sydney’s AFTER facility is yielding some surprising new findings about how bodies decompose in the Australian bush.
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‘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.
The remains of an Ixil man emerge from the ground, one of the countless victims of the civil war in Guatemala.
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The Ixil people of Guatemala dream of the places where their dead, massacred during the country’s armed conflict might be located.
Lifting fingermarks from a crime scene often destroys the DNA they can contain.
Research is increasingly proving fingerprints can be used for much more than identifying people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is science, not clairvoyance.
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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.
Advances in science are causing problems in courtrooms.
Despite what we see on television, forensic science is not always easy to understand or simple to convey to a jury, many of whom may not have studied science since they were in school. When a case fails…