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A Culture of Science within NIJ

October 26, 2011 8:00 am | Comments

NIJ Director John H. Laub discusses the creation of a culture of science within the National Institute of Justice, including the value of embracing transparency and a critical perspective.


New Forensic Fingerprinting Approach Retrieves Elusive Prints

August 3, 2011 9:13 am | Comments

Forensics experts can't always retrieve fingerprints from objects, but a new coating process developed by Penn State professors may change that. The process reveals hard-to-develop fingerprints on nonporous surfaces without altering the chemistry of the print.


Cadaver Dog Searches on USMC Cemetery in Tarawa

June 1, 2011 2:20 am | Comments

History Flight's clandestine grave detection team runs Buster, the world's most scientifically tested cadaver dog, on a lost U.S. Marine cemetery #27 that they found with ground penetrating radar in 2008.


Bullet-Resistant Wool Softens the Blow

April 11, 2011 4:29 am | Comments

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia are developing wool-Kevlar blends for ballistic materials, in a bid to create lighter, cheaper, and more effective bullet-resistant vests that work in both dry and wet conditions.


Digital Mapping in Police Work

March 18, 2011 4:47 am | Comments

Geospatial technology allows law enforcement officials to identify crime hot spots in the communities they serve, so they can dedicate the necessary resources to these areas, thus maximizing efficiency.


Fingerprint Dusting

January 31, 2011 7:31 am | Comments

How to dust for fingerprints with a Magna brush and Magnetic powder.


Chemistry Researchers Create Tool to Visualize Bloodstains

November 23, 2010 2:07 pm | Comments

Chemists at the University of South Carolina have developed a camera that can capture blood stains that the human eye can’t see using multimode imaging in the thermal infrared.


Forensic Medical Center Opens at UMB

September 24, 2010 2:06 pm | Comments

The Maryland Forensic Medical Center, which officially opened last week, became the latest addition to the University of Maryland BioPark in Baltimore. The $44 million, state-of-forensic-science facility, under the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, is one of the nation's largest stand-alone medical examiner services.


Crime Scene Evidence

August 3, 2010 8:50 am | Comments

The role of the CSI is very specific. It's important to be meticulous and know when to call on specialists.


Anthropology in Cold Cases

July 27, 2010 8:10 am | Comments

A University of South Florida anthropologist is joined by a team of graduate students helping Saint Petersburg Police excavate a trio of long-buried bodies, which will hopefully finally give the families of these unnamed murder victims some sense of closure.


3D Crime Scene Imaging

July 13, 2010 9:16 am | Comments

Forensic Investigator Jessica Kline shows how high-tech 3D camera technology freezes time and preserves a crime scene.


Groundbreaking Fingerprint Technique

June 25, 2010 4:14 pm | Comments

A groundbreaking technique called "fingerprint visualizing" could help solve thousands of unsolved murders.


Forensic Science Field Techniques: Identifying Burials

June 17, 2010 9:04 am | Comments

Tips on identifying the location of a burial. Excerpt from Chapter: Identifying Burials, from Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains.


Forensic Science Field Techniques: Forensic Entomology

June 17, 2010 8:56 am | Comments

Tips on preparing a forensic entomology kit. Excerpt from Chapter: Forensic Entomology, from Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains.


Forensic Science Field Techniques: Forensic Botany

June 17, 2010 8:45 am | Comments

Excerpt from Chapter: Forensic Botany, from Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains.



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