Engineer working to put more science behind bloodstain pattern analysis
(Phys.org) —Daniel Attinger paused before handing over a photo of a crime scene. "Are you bothered by the sight of blood?" There was good reason for his question: The photo showed blood pooled and smeared ...
Forensic scientists recover fingerprints from foods
(Phys.org) —Forensic scientists at the University of Abertay Dundee have recovered latent fingerprints from foods – publishing the UK's first academic paper on this subject.
Mathematician models the spread—and prevention—of crime as a wave
(Phys.org)—Crime can happen anywhere, but it usually doesn't. Researchers have noticed that criminal activity seems to be concentrated in self-perpetuating hotspots. Crime leads to more crime. Then, from ...
World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing
Activists pushing for free, open access to academic papers will eventually defeat publishers who seek to lock scholarly findings behind paywalls, the founder of the world wide web said today.
NEC plans DNA analyzer for nearly-instant results
Researchers develop method for creating artificial fingerprints
Footwear forensics: CSI needs to tread carefully
A new computer algorithm can analyze the footwear marks left at a crime scene according to clusters of footwear types, makes and tread patterns even if the imprint recorded by crime scene investigators is distorted or only ...
Free app successfully flaggs 97 percent of spam and malware posts on Facebook
(Phys.org)—Cyber-crime is expanding to the fertile grounds of social networks and University of California, Riverside engineers are fighting it.
Hacker 'command' servers seized in US: Microsoft (Update)
Microsoft on Monday said that cyber crime "command" servers in two US states were seized in an ongoing campaign to sever online crooks from infected computers used as virtual henchmen.
'Hacktivists' biggest data thieves in 2011: Verizon
Activists with hacker skills were behind more than half the data stolen in cyber attacks last year, according to findings released on Thursday by Verizon Communications.
Swedish parliament passes controversial data storage bill
Sweden's parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted through an EU-backed law obliging telecom and Internet operators to store data traffic information for at least six months.
Fighting violent gang crime with math
(PhysOrg.com) -- UCLA mathematicians working with the Los Angeles Police Department to analyze crime patterns have designed a mathematical algorithm to identify street gangs involved in unsolved violent crimes. Their research ...
Romance scams online hit hundreds of thousands of victims
New online research led by the University of Leicester reveals that over 200,000 people living in Britain may have fallen victim to online romance scams far more than had been previously estimated. The study is believed ...
CSI: PCR-free techniques ID the most active microbes on the scene
Anyone who has watched one of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television shows knows that PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a technology used to amplify the tiniest samples of DNA into forensic evidence ...