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Forensic Fails: The Shirley McKie Fingerprint Scandal

In light of the recent FBI hair analysis outrage, it seemed appropriate to revisit an old classic in the history of failing forensic science. The...

Fingerprint Examiners Found to Have Very Low Error Rates

A large-scale study of the accuracy and reliability of decisions made by latent fingerprint examiners found that examiners make extremely few errors. Even when examiners...

Canadian court rejects fingerprint evidence

In 2013, R. vs Bornyk was heard in the Supreme Court of British Columbia before The Honourable Mr. Justice Funt. The case is centered on a single...

Video: Nova – Forensics On Trial

On 17th October 2012, the PBS Show Nova investigates forensic science and examines how what is often perceived as rock solid forensic evidence can sometimes...

Science in court: The fine print

A single incriminating fingerprint can land someone in jail. But, Laura Spinney finds, there is little empirical basis for such decisions. The terrorist explosions that...

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Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification....

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...
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