You can’t tape off an entire ocean. But ‘aquatic forensics’ is an emerging field, with techniques borrowed from archaeology, marine biology and more.
A satellite image shows burning homes in Chernihiv, Ukraine, in March 2022.
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Digital evidence is becoming a routine fixture for war crimes investigations, including the one focused on Ukraine, changing the landscape for international tribunal investigations.
“The camera never lies,” goes the old adage. But how true is that?
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.
Analyzing DNA can tell us what colour a person’s eyes are.
Our DNA contains the information that determines the colour of our eyes.
Researchers know better ways to get accurate information from child witnesses.
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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 Ukrainian war crimes investigator photographs the aftermath of a Russian missile attack in Zatoka, Ukraine, on July 26, 2022.
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Other recent conflicts that resulted in war crimes allegations help explain how complex it will be to gather evidence of war crimes in Ukraine – and provide answers for families of victims of the war.
A protest against police brutality outside parliament buildings in Nairobi.
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A host of problems are behind police failures, including poor evidence gathering and the mistreatment of witnesses.
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Identifying the victims of a mass casualty event is a crucial part of grieving and community healing.
Evidence: the hard and often heartbreaking work of forensic investigators.
The grisly work of forensic investigators at the scene of a possible war crime.
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.
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There are no COVID-specific protocols for forensic officers collecting evidence from crime scenes. New recommendations suggest how teams and their equipment can be reorganised to minimise the risk.
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The Australia Federal Police is set to start using controversial technology that predicts the ancestry and appearance of suspects from DNA samples.
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.
The 144 mental health care users were failed from the get go.
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An immediate police investigation into the deaths was prevented because the cause of death was indicated as ‘natural causes’ on their death certificates.
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The science behind today’s petition to pardon Kathleen Folbigg has been peer reviewed. Here’s what it says.
For decades, forensic linguists have helped crack cases involving false author attribution, masked voices, false confessions in criminal cases and copyright disputes.
Can plants signal to us when they are sick or detect radiation?
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Researchers are figuring out how plants respond to the presence of human cadavers. The findings could prove important for discovering the locations of murder victims or mass graves.
No one knows exactly how AI-based DNA analysis software works, so it can’t be scrutinised in court.