Study on cadavers shows ant activity can mislead investigators

Understanding ant activity on bodies can help us reconstruct the events that occurred at the time of death and during early post-mortem periods. For the first time, a study has been carried out looking at 10 real cases of ...

DNA evidence on dogs can help track down offenders

Canines are often used in tracking down criminals but forensic science researchers say they could also help provide crucial evidence in police investigations—by being a witness or resident at the crime scene.

Forensics lab cracks case on newer, 'greener' gunshot residue

Discoveries by West Virginia University forensic scientists about how gunshot residue behaves on skin, hair and fabric will allow crime scene investigators to catch up to the proliferation of new, eco-friendly types of ammunition ...

Hand odor can reveal a person's sex, study shows

The profile of scent compounds from a person's hand can be used to predict their sex, according to a new study led by Kenneth Furton of Florida International University, and published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Improving bloodstain pattern analysis with fluid dynamics

Often left on the surfaces of a crime scene or on the clothes of an accused criminal, blood backspatter can be used as evidence for forensic scientists to reconstruct what occurred. However, the fluid dynamics at play are ...

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