Police in Toronto say they've found the remains of at least six people in the midst of their investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Here's what goes on in such investigations.
New evidence points to a possible burial site for South Australia's Beaumont children, missing for 52 years. Specialist techniques will be applied to extract and sequence DNA if remains are found.
Applying actual science to forensic investigations can yield substantially different results from the findings of standard methods in the field.
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.
From the man who gave away his genome under open consent, to the 'Mathematikado', this episode of the podcast features highlights from the British Science Festival in Brighton.
If only DNA samples and microfibres made crimes as easy to solve as on CSI.
Genetic evidence has become a critical aspect of modern criminal investigations. What are the methods and approaches used in present-day DNA forensics?
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia's police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.
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 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.
Researchers have created a new kind of 'drugalyser' that's less likely to give false positive readings.
Using terrestrial forensic science to point the finger of blame to criminals in space will be much harder than it looks.
New plastic banknotes pose a challenge to forensic scientists that clever chemistry can solve.
Move over, DNA profilers. Scientists are developing a potentially more powerful technique to identify criminals from their hair.
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.
Works like "Elegy" are ciphers for what it means to be human and vulnerable within a social and political regime in which not all bodies are considered equal
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.
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.
A new technique could help the police identify more criminals from just their footprints.