A research group at NIST has demonstrated a new method for detecting ignitable liquids that could change the way arson fires are investigated. The new process for analyzing debris for traces of fire accelerants is faster and more accurate than conventional methods and produces less waste.
Ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup, SelectScience traveled to Brazil to talk to leading scientists to learn how in-field and laboratory sciences are helping to protect players and fans during the tournament, and how scientific analysis tools can be used to manage athlete health and improve player performance.
This NIJ-funded, hands-on workshop will allow participants to improve their ability to carry out and interpret mass spectrometric analyses as well as solve common problems with instrumentation.
A DNA match has given new life to the troubled investigation into Holly Staker's 1992 rape and murder, and Lake County authorities are trying to solve her killing by reinvestigating a crime committed nearly a decade later.
Changes in marijuana laws in Washington have affected operations at state crime labs, which still must process the drug for cases involving juveniles and impaired drivers.
This NIJ-funded course will cover the basic concepts of clandestine grave discovery, control and excavation including for deaths occurring underwater.
Police have released an image of a distinctive tattoo in an effort to identity a man whose dismembered body was found partially encased in cement inside a garage behind a Detroit home.
Another day has begun at the Bode Technology laboratory in Lorton, Virginia. Another slow excavation of a national problem. The problem is a backlog of untested rape kits, tens of thousands of them, each representing an alleged assault.
Society's tolerance for violence changed drastically during the Victorian era, according to a linguistic analysis of testimonies given in the Old Bailey, London's oldest criminal court.
A 66-year-old woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was found dead under a pile of debris after the first floor of her Connecticut home collapsed into the basement under the weight of all the clutter, authorities said.
A Chicago man who served 32 years in prison before DNA evidence overturned his conviction in the 1980 rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl has now been charged with killing a man after a dispute in a dice game.
Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have announced plans to establish two new research Centers of Excellence to work with academia and industry on issues in forensic science and disaster resilience.
A key part of any shooting incident reconstruction is the determination of a projectile’s trajectory through items at the scene. Learn more about measurement, estimation, and other variables for shooting reconstruction in this online, on-demand course.
The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods.
Recently, Slate magazine published an article by Mark Joseph Stern announcing that “Forensic Science Isn’t Science.” The writer’s objective — to urge that forensic science be conducted rigorously and fairly — is laudable. But just as shabby science should not be tolerated in the courtroom or the police station, journalism that pays little heed to the facts should not be acceptable in serious publications.