The 'Magic' of Tin
(PhysOrg.com) -- The metal tin lacks the value and prestige of gold, silver, and platinum -- but to nuclear physicists, tin is magic.
New hand bacteria study holds promise for forensics identification
Forensic scientists may soon have a valuable new item in their toolkits -- a way to identify individuals using unique, telltale types of hand bacteria left behind on objects like keyboards and computer mice, ...
Roman era York may have been more diverse than today
Invisible ink? What Rorschach tests really tell us
One of the most well-known psychological tools is the Rorschach Inkblot Test. A viewer looks at ten inkblots, one at a time, and describes what they see. The rationale behind this test is the idea that certain aspects of ...
New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes
Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.
Scholars find cannibalism at Jamestown settlement
Scientists revealed Wednesday that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Virginia, survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism.
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.
Optical-sensing device may lead to quicker, more efficient diagnostics
A twist on thin-film technology may provide a way to optically detect and analyze multiple substances simultaneously, leading to quicker diagnostics in such industries as health care and homeland security, ...
Richard the Lionheart 'had mummified heart'
Forensic scientists on Thursday announced they had delved into the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, finding chemical evidence that the remains of England's Crusader king were handled with holy reverence.
What did our ancestors look like?
A new method of establishing hair and eye colour from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains, finds a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal ...
Dried squash holds headless French king's blood, study finds
Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, scientists believe they have authenticated the remains of one such rag kept as a revolutionary souvenir.
The Flores Hobbit's face revealed
An Australian anthropologist has used forensic facial reconstruction techniques to show, for the first time, how the mysterious Flores 'hobbit' might have once looked.