Hackers Reproduce A German Politician's Fingerprint From Photos

A member of the Chaos Computer Club has shown how you can use photos to reconstruct a person's fingerprint — and to prove his point, he replicated the thumbprint of the German defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen. » 12/29/14 2:00pm 12/29/14 2:00pm

The Quantum Mechanics Of Fingerprints On Your Water Glass

Have you ever gripped a drinking glass, looked down, and saw your fingerprints on the side of the glass? That mundane phenomenon is due to a crazy thing called "quantum tunneling." It explains why your fingerprints are on a glass, and why fingerprint scans work. » 11/03/14 8:00am 11/03/14 8:00am

Your fingerprint at the scene of a crime doesn't prove anything

We've all seen police dramas where triumphant suspects are appalled to learn that their fingerprint is on, say, the underside of the door handle of the victim's car. But what qualifies as a 'matching' print? And is the system always perfect, or does it make mistakes? Take a look at how incriminating your fingertips… » 4/09/12 3:08pm 4/09/12 3:08pm

Koalas have exactly the same fingerprints as humans

Humans, along with our closest relatives chimps and gorillas, are pretty much the only animals that have fingerprints. The only other is the koala, an adorable marsupial that is separated from us by 70 million years worth of evolution. » 5/04/11 10:40am 5/04/11 10:40am

New Thor, vintage horror, and an Elvis impersonator hitman invade…

It's a diverse line-up at your friendly neighborhood comic book store tomorrow. Among many things, there's new Thor and Walking Dead, classic horror tales from comic masters, and a reprint of a great graphic novel from the director of Mirrormask. » 9/21/10 9:00am 9/21/10 9:00am