Single Fingerprint At A Crime Scene Detects Class A Drug Usage (Forensic Science)

The latest findings show that with clever science, a single fingerprint left at a crime scene could be used to determine whether someone has touched or ingested class A drugs. In a paper published in Royal Society of Chemistry’s Analyst journal, a team of researchers at the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the National Centre … Continue reading Single Fingerprint At A Crime Scene Detects Class A Drug Usage (Forensic Science)

UCF Forensic Scientists Unlocking Unique Chemical Signatures In Tires (Forensic Science)

Skid marks left by cars are often analyzed for their impression patterns, but they often don’t provide enough information to identify a specific vehicle. UCF Chemistry Associate Professor Matthieu Baudelet and his forensics team at the National Center for Forensic Science, which was established at UCF in 1997, may have just unlocked a new way to … Continue reading UCF Forensic Scientists Unlocking Unique Chemical Signatures In Tires (Forensic Science)

Who Pulled the Trigger? Gun Muzzle Exhaust May Complicate Analysis of Crime Scenes (Forensic Science)

U.S. B-movie actress Lana Clarkson was found dead on 3 February 2003. She had been shot in the mouth at close range in the California mansion of record producer Phil Spector, who was later found guilty of her murder. In his trial, the defense alleged that because Spector’s white jacket was stained with only 18 … Continue reading Who Pulled the Trigger? Gun Muzzle Exhaust May Complicate Analysis of Crime Scenes (Forensic Science)

Illuminating Invisible Bloody Fingerprints With A Fluorescent Polymer (Forensic Science / Chemistry)

Careful criminals usually clean a scene, wiping away visible blood and fingerprints. However, prints made with trace amounts of blood, invisible to the naked eye, could remain. Dyes can detect these hidden prints, but the dyes don’t work well on certain surfaces. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed a fluorescent polymer that … Continue reading Illuminating Invisible Bloody Fingerprints With A Fluorescent Polymer (Forensic Science / Chemistry)

Forensics Puzzle Cracked via Fluid Mechanical Principles (Forensic Science)

How can clothing of a close-range shooter remain free of bloodstains? In 2009, music producer Phil Spector was convicted for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot in the face from a very short distance. He was dressed in white clothes, but no bloodstains were found on his clothing — even though … Continue reading Forensics Puzzle Cracked via Fluid Mechanical Principles (Forensic Science)

Cranfield Forensic Archaeologists Begin To Recover Spanish Civil War Missing (Archeology)

Forensic archaeologists and anthropologists from Cranfield University have started to recover the bodies of victims executed by the Franco regime at the end of the Spanish Civil War during an excavation in the Ciudad Real region of Spain. The team from Cranfield is working with partners from the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) and social … Continue reading Cranfield Forensic Archaeologists Begin To Recover Spanish Civil War Missing (Archeology)

New Study Finds False Memories can be Reversed (Neuroscience)

Rich false memories of autobiographical events can be planted – and then reversed, a new paper has found. The study highlights – for the first time – techniques that can correct false recollections without damaging true memories. It is published by researchers from the University of Portsmouth, UK, and the Universities of Hagen and Mainz, … Continue reading New Study Finds False Memories can be Reversed (Neuroscience)

Muddying The Waters: Rock Breakdown May Play Less of a Role in Regulating Climate Than Previously Thought (Earth Science)

The weathering of rocks at the Earth’s surface may remove less greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than previous estimates, says new research from the University of Cambridge. “People have spent decades looking on the continents for weathering – so maybe we now need to start expanding where we look”, – said Ed Tipper. The findings, … Continue reading Muddying The Waters: Rock Breakdown May Play Less of a Role in Regulating Climate Than Previously Thought (Earth Science)

How SARS-CoV-2 Reaches the Brain? (Neuroscience)

Using post-mortem tissue samples, a team of researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have studied the mechanisms by which the novel coronavirus can reach the brains of patients with COVID-19, and how the immune system responds to the virus once it does. The results, which show that SARS-CoV-2 enters the brain via nerve cells in … Continue reading How SARS-CoV-2 Reaches the Brain? (Neuroscience)