How Pill DNA Could Snare Drug Syndicates? (Forensic Science)

Forensic scientists have for the first time shown that DNA can be recovered from the surface of capsules after just 15 seconds of contact by drug manufacturers & dealers – making it possible for law enforcement agencies to track down criminal syndicates around the world. In a new study published in Forensic Science International: Genetics, Flinders … Continue reading How Pill DNA Could Snare Drug Syndicates? (Forensic Science)

New Method To Identify Dirt On Criminals Can Lead To Prosecution (Forensic Science)

Scientists have taken the first steps in developing a new method of identifying the movements of criminals using chemical analysis of soil and dust found on equipment, clothing and cars. The locating system allows police or security services to match soil remnants found on personal items to regional soil samples, to either implicate or eliminate … Continue reading New Method To Identify Dirt On Criminals Can Lead To Prosecution (Forensic Science)

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)

Let’s Replace ‘Ancestry’ in Forensics With Something More Accurate (Archeology)

A new study finds forensics researchers use terms related to ancestry and race in inconsistent ways, and calls for the discipline to adopt a new approach to better account for both the fluidity of populations and how historical events have shaped our skeletal characteristics. “Forensic anthropology is a science, and we need to use terms … Continue reading Let’s Replace ‘Ancestry’ in Forensics With Something More Accurate (Archeology)

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)