Pelleti’s team at the University of Bologna developed a straightforward way to distinguish fly artifacts from real bloodstains using electron microscopy. Continue reading Fly Be-Gone: Discerning Bloodstains from Fly Stains with Electron Microscopy
Researchers from Florida International University investigate if they can use SERS to rapidly detect synthetic cannabinoids in oral fluid. Continue reading Can metal nanoparticles and portable lasers detect synthetic cannabinoids in saliva?
To make invisible fingermarks, well, visible, forensic scientists use chemical compounds like superglue. But what if instead we could make them glow – using quantum dot technology? Continue reading Quantum dots shine new light on latent fingermarks
Researchers from Florida International University develop a method that can help analyze new drugs. Continue reading A New Method for Identifying Novel Psychoactive Substances
Bed bugs invade homes to engorge themselves on our blood. Can forensic scientists crack open these pesky critters and trace back to who they recently feasted upon? Continue reading Fact or Fiction: Extracting human DNA evidence from bed bugs
Knowing whether a stain is semen or saliva helps investigators recreate crime scenes and solidify links between suspects and criminal acts. But degraded samples are difficult to analyze – could microRNAs be the solution? Continue reading The smallest RNAs identify the most important body fluids in forensics
Scientists from the National Center for Forensic Science and Indiana University document soil degradation of ignitable liquids, potentially allowing analysts to overcome this issue with real evidence. Continue reading How does dirt affect ignitable liquids?
PhD student Francesco Sessa and his colleagues at the University of Foggia, Italy have determined that adhesive tape is the best method for retrieving touch DNA left on clothing- even after only 2 seconds of contact. Continue reading What is the best method for collecting touch DNA on clothing?
Researchers from the University of Ottawa develop a method that uses organic thin film transistors for the on-spot detection of THC and CBD. Continue reading Transitioning from color tests to electric currents for identifying cannabinoids
A team in Spain developed a rapid and accurate way to detect chemical warfare agents- in the air. Continue reading Can Raman spectroscopy protect us from nerve gas?