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July 30, 2016

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July 30, 2016

Low-Cost, Contactless and Accurate 3D Fingerprint Identification System

Mar. 21, 2016 — A low-cost and touchless 3D fingerprint identification has been developed with higher security and hygiene in mind. The touchless 3D finger imaging can provide more accurate personal identification ... read more

Forensic Seismology Tested on 2006 Munitions Depot 'Cook-Off' in Baghdad

Dec. 22, 2015 — Curious seismologists who looked at the recordings made by a seismic station four miles away from the "cook-off" of an ammunition holding area in Iraq in 2006 found they could distinguish, ... read more

New 'Party Pill' Test Could Help Authorities Keep Up With Trends in Drug (Ab)use

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new test for club drugs like ketamine can detect low levels of drugs in urine and plasma, making it faster, easier and cheaper to identify them. The authors of the study say it could give ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — By 'crumpling' to increase the surface area of graphene-gold nanostructures, researchers have improved the sensitivity of these materials, opening the door to novel opportunities in ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — A potential rival to the storied forensics tool luminol has emerged. Researchers show that using a hand steamer in combination with thermal imaging, a visualization technique they term "steam ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — Rapid DNA, a newly commercialized technology, greatly expedites DNA testing to accurately verify family ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — A scientist who had his home broken into has developed a new crime scene identification technique to help fingerprint ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — A new study confirms the authenticity of the famous backyard photo of Lee Harvey Oswald holding the same type of rifle used to assassinate President John F. ... read more

Bioinformaticians Make the Most Efficient Search Engine for Molecular Structures Available Online

Sep. 22, 2015 — “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” is a well-known American TV series where murder cases are solved with the help of precise forensic science. Although these researchers have nothing to do with ... read more

A New CSI Tool Could Pinpoint When Fingerprints Were Left Behind

Aug. 12, 2015 — The crime scene investigators on TV's popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series seem able to solve any mystery thanks to a little science and a lot of artistic license. But now there is a ... read more

July 31, 2015 — Researchers used LEDs and a thin film of gold to turbocharge the heating and cooling cycles of the PCR test so results are ready in minutes, not hours. The innovation greatly expands the clinical and ... read more

May 28, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that when it comes to rubbers, textured surfaces, and reproduction, more fluid formulations have greater reliability than those that are thick and ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A researcher applies materials science techniques to the field of forensics, and some of her research has helped crime scene investigators rebuild fingerprints after they have faded over ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Since its first use in the 1980s -- a breakthrough dramatized in recent crime-solving dramas -- DNA profiling has been a vital tool for forensic investigators.  Now researchers have solved one of ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — An unusual and very exciting form of carbon -- that can be created by drawing on paper -- looks to hold the key to real-time, high throughput DNA sequencing, a technique that would revolutionize ... read more

Feb. 12, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms, a common challenge in ... read more

New Tracers Can Identify Coal Ash Contamination in Water

Dec. 16, 2014 — Laboratory and field tests confirm that new boron and strontium tracers can detect the distinctive isotopic and geochemical fingerprints of coal ash contamination in water. The tracers will allow the ... read more

Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management

Dec. 5, 2014 — Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags -- devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people -- have become increasingly popular for tracking everything ... read more

Oct. 20, 2014 — Scientists have developed geochemical tracers to identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. The tracers have been field-tested at two sites ... read more

Laser Comb System Maps 3-D Surfaces Remotely for Manufacturing, Forensics

Oct. 7, 2014 — Researchers have demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3-D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 meters. The method may be useful in diverse fields, including ... read more

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