The meanings we carry around in our heads seem so natural and inborn that we fail to realise other people can have quite different understandings.
Educating mock jurors about what kinds of statements are appropriate − or not − led to more critical assessments of forensic testimony and improved the quality of their decisions.
Human scent could one day be used as evidence in forensics and as diagnostic information in medicine.
We can predict hair and eye colour with reasonable accuracy from DNA, but other characteristics are being investigated.
Fatal stabbings are the leading cause of homicide in countries with restricted access to firearms, including Australia. New research could help solve these cases.
The Titan disaster happened in international waters, in a commercially operated vessel, and with victims of different nationalities. Any details that emerge will likely be treated with sensitivity.
Such bodies have proven to bring a cost-effective improvement to the accuracy of criminal justice systems overseas.
A way to recover the owner’s DNA from ancient artefacts will help archaeologists understand past societies in more detail than ever before.
CCTV is a popular form of digital evidence but it can be unreliable and problematic.
Most methods for detecting lies actually detect signs of stress – which makes them extremely unreliable.
Our vehicles hold a remarkable amount of information, which can be used by digital forensic investigators in the detection of crime.
Modern DNA sampling is shockingly sensitive – you can get someone’s profile from just 80 cells.
Human memory doesn’t work like a video camera, simply recording a scene as it happens. But researchers know how to help children recall information accurately.
The remains of murder victims often turn up in suitcases, bins, and similar items. Forensic researchers in Australia are leading the way in helping to solve such cases.
A host of problems are behind police failures, including poor evidence gathering and the mistreatment of witnesses.
Identifying the victims of a mass casualty event is a crucial part of grieving and community healing.
Forensic entomologists analyse blowflies and cocoon cases to help solve crimes.
We’re searching for ways to use recovered bones and teeth to better understand time spent in the sea, and the overall journey of the mortal remains.
Researchers are using modern forensic techniques to find the bodies of victims of civil conflict in Latin America.
The Australia Federal Police is set to start using controversial technology that predicts the ancestry and appearance of suspects from DNA samples.