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What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

Testimony Through the Graves of Guatemala

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Photos by: Ryan Suffern On June 2, 1982, armed members of the Guatemalan military walked into the village of Pambach. They separated men from the wom...

Scientists Find Way To Create 'Mugshot' From Perp's DNA

natureheader | Sara Reardon | Posted 03.21.2014 | Science

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face. Researchers have developed a computer program that c...

What To Do If You're Terrified Of Public Speaking (Like Me)

Morgan Levy | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Morgan Levy

If walking into high school somebody told me that I would willingly join a competitive public speaking team, loving it so much that I would eventually become President, I would reply that the chances of that happening are lower than those of Miley Cyrus becoming President.

WATCH: Crime Victims' Eyes May Hold Key To Pinpointing Perps

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Scientists in the U.K. are eyeing a remarkable new crime-fighting tool -- one that makes it possible to finger the bad guys simply by examining the re...

We Are Naturally Bad Sleuths.. And Frequently Fail To Find The Truth

Mark Godsey | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Godsey

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow could 10 witnesses have all said they were certain a defendant was the perpetrator of the crime, when DNA testing later proved that he was innocent?

DNA Evidence Not Very Helpful In THIS Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

DNA evidence normally points to one suspect in a crime -- but what happens when two people share that same DNA? That's the case with identical twin...

Can Social Media Predict Behavior?

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Social media has gotten the credit -- and, in some quarters, the blame -- for inspiring social and political revolutions around the globe.

How Can Scientists Solve Case With 50-Year-Old DNA?

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 07.12.2013 | Science

The news that 50-year-old DNA provided a break in the Boston Strangler murder case may have you wondering: just how long does DNA last? Yesterday, in...

Forensic Confirmation Bias: When the Evidence Doesn't Speak for Itself

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 06.29.2013 | Science
Jeff Kukucka

Latent fingerprint analysis is one of the more well-established domains of forensic science, yet these human examiners are vulnerable to the same confirmation biases that plague us all. It logically follows that other, less 'scientific' domains of forensic science that involve visual comparisons could be similarly hampered.

Mathematics in Forensic Science

Leila Schneps | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Leila Schneps

Where once a Sherlock Holmes would have had to be content with a magnifying glass, or a jury with gut instinct and rational discussion, now a range of methods from probability and statistics are available to help.

Predicting Sexual Crime: Are the Experts Biased?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.24.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Twenty states now have Sexual Violent Predator laws, which allow civil commitment of offenders who are considered likely to continue as sexual predators. But how reliable are the forensic mental health experts making the judgments of risk?

Identical Twins' DNA Evidence: Who Committed Rapes?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.11.2013 | World

A series of rapes in Marseille, France, has generated a rare forensic puzzle: DNA evidence nabbed identical twins as suspects, LaProvence originally r...

New Gene Method Reveals Looks Of Long-Dead

Posted 01.15.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/14/2013 03:58 PM EST on LiveScience The color of the eyes and hair of ancestors dead for h...

A Massive Mess of Forensics

Radley Balko | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

How is it that our courts have for decades now allowed the use of bad science to put citizens in prison -- or even to send them to their deaths? Why is it that junk science can so easily slip into the courtroom during a criminal trial?

Ancient Pharaoh Mummy Mystery Solved

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 12.18.2012 | Science

In a murder mystery fit for prime time, scientists say they have solved the 3,000-year-old killing of one of Egypt's last great pharaohs. The first...

Mississippi Man Convicted With Dubious Testimony Moves Closer To Execution

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

It shouldn't be up for debate that the experts who are allowed to testify in Shaken Baby Syndrome cases must be qualified, accredited and meet a minimum set of standards with respect to their practices, methods and professionalism.

College Plans To Open 'Body Farm' In Colorado

Posted 01.19.2013 | Denver

An outdoor forensic laboratory meant to provide a real-world study of human decomposition for Colorado Mesa University students is being built near Gr...

Science, Standards and Forensics: Part III

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 11.10.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Our entire system of forensics needs to be shored up -- and Congress may finally be responding to the crisis.

Forensics on the Hill: Part I

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Why didn't anyone tell Gates over a decade before that the hair analysis in his case was all wrong? In fact, the hair testimony was scientifically unsound. There is no research on how common microscopic hair characteristics are. Hair is not like DNA or even a fingerprint.

Why More Women Are Trying To Be Like 'Bones'

The Washington Post | Posted 08.07.2012 | Women

In the middle of a July heat wave, a circle of students knelt around a hole in the ground in a partly shaded grove at George Mason University, digging...

Texas Body Farms Study Vultures Feasting On Human Remains

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.08.2012 | Crime

SAN MARCOS, Texas — For more than five weeks, a woman's body lay undisturbed in a secluded Texas field. Then a frenzied flock of vultures descen...

The Reputation Assassination of Ryan Braun

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 05.06.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

There is not one legitimate shred of valid forensic evidence to prove Braun is guilty -- yet he stands accused by both baseball and public opinion with an axe over his head.

Vultures Pick Away At Human Corpse For Science

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.30.2012 | Science

Somewhere in Texas, people are videotaping vultures ravaging a human body. Twisted horror flick? No. Just another day in forensic science. In a pil...

BTK Trial Crime Quiz: Got What It Takes To Be A Detective?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

Serial killer Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, killed 10 people between 1974 and 1991, terrorizing residents of Wichita, Kan. During his killing...