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You Could Be Your Cat’s Favorite Meal

The picturesque campus of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) stands in stark contrast to the school's Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS), where a...

Inside the Australia body farm: Where scientists and detectives go to learn about death

The barbed wire gate creaks open, beckoning us into a most unusual paddock. A few steps forward and we all stand still, staring. The first...

Human remains decompose in B.C. waters in less than four days

Human remains lost in deep waters off the B.C. coast decompose at a much faster rate than previously thought, suggests a new Simon Fraser...

Scientists identify gases unique to rotting pigs and human bones

After we die, our rotting bodies release specific types of gases into the environment. When a body goes missing, dogs can sniff for these...

Meet the ‘living dead’: Forensic scientists’ new weapon

In the seconds after you breathe your last breath, the living dead take over. Now that your blood no longer flows, oxygen levels within...

The Chemistry of the Odour of Decomposition

Decomposition is an incredibly complicated process, but we do know a little about the chemical culprits behind some of the terrible smells as the...

What Happens To Our Bodies After We Die?

Our focus tends to be on dying, death and the afterlife - but how many of us know what actually happens to our physical vessel when...

The acid test: Can you dissolve a body completely?

Think you can dissolve a body in an acid bath, Breaking Bad style, and get away with it? Think again says Erwin Vermeij Working at the...

Local ‘body farm’ to allow Australian researchers to study decomposing human corpses

An American-style "body farm" will be made available to Australian researchers for the first time to allow them to study decomposing cadavers. A new secure...

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Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography

Adhesive tape is a common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case...

Presenting Fingerprint Comparisons in Court using Forensic Comparison Software

This video gives the fingerprint technician some ideas on how to present a Fingerprint Comparison result to the court that looks professional. To accomplish this...

New modified fingerprint chemical that fluoresces touch DNA on clothing

In sexual assault and burglary investigations, the recovery of DNA from items that have been handled by the suspect is very important....
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