Forensic science has come under great scrutiny since the turn of the century. Scientists often pride themselves on having the ability to evolve as new evidence is presented. But can they adapt their communication skills to better the flow of knowledge delivery to their target audience? Continue reading Issues in Forensic Science Communication
Technology in 3D-printing has advanced to allow for the printing of firearms and firearm parts. A group at the University of Mississippi are investigating the potential evidence the plastics from these guns may leave behind and how they can be identified. Continue reading Can forensic science keep up with homemade weapons?
Fibers are a common type of forensic trace evidence and can be used to link a suspect, scene and victim. But the general presence and composition of fibers prevents the specificity that detectives and crime scenes techs crave. Could a new statistical analysis called Lasso increase the evidentiary value of fibers? Continue reading Tying it all together: Lasso statistical analysis brings new power to fiber evidence
Crime scenes can be messy and disorganized places, taking days to collect evidence and weeks to analyze in the laboratory. Analysts and researchers alike are working towards improving all parts of the crime solving process to speed up cases and provide better analysis methods. Continue reading Using machine learning to find patterns in blood
With the advancement of the internet and spreading of information, it has become easier for people to create dangerous devices. Crime laboratories are looking for a quick and surefire way to identify explosive devices before and after detonation. Continue reading New technique explodes into the forensic scene
Every day, people come in contact with legal and illegal substances, whether directly or indirectly – such as handling cocaine-contaminated bills. How do crime laboratories separate the difference from cross-contamination on the scientists and the samples from casework? Continue reading Drugs, Drugs Everywhere
Researchers as Oklahoma State University and the ATF show that setting a meth lab aflame does not cover the perpetrator’s tracks; both accelerant and drug evidence can be recovered and identified. Continue reading Arson can’t keep us down: identifying meth amidst a fire scene