Now Police Can Reconstruct Your Face From DNA Evidence

Criminals who inadvertently leave traces of their DNA at the crime scene now have something more to worry about. By isolating 24 genetic variants, researchers have developed a computer program that can construct surprisingly accurate 3D models of facial features. » 3/21/14 4:00pm 3/21/14 4:00pm

Science makes it difficult for racists to be racist

There have now been a series of incidents where state workers have taken light-haired children away from their Roma parents — a witch-hunt spurred by recent events in Greece. But unlike in the past, we now have a scientific way to fight this kind of racism. » 10/24/13 10:30am 10/24/13 10:30am

The Science of Mummies

Mummies are well-preserved bodies that have been frozen (sometimes literally) in time. By studying these remnants of the past, we learn about ancient cultures — and bizarre death rituals from history. But how do you get answers out of a mummy? That's a science unto itself. » 8/02/13 11:11am 8/02/13 11:11am

6 Historical Forensic Detectives Who Deserve Their Own TV Shows

We've seen not one but two modern reinterpretations of Sherlock Holmes in the last couple of years, plus countless procedural dramas, including forensic-themed shows like Bones and CSI. Meanwhile, TV audiences are utterly charmed by historical dramas like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire. And just this summer, ABC… » 2/17/13 7:00am 2/17/13 7:00am

How forensic pathologists used maggots to identify an "unrecognizable"…

Police investigators recently uncovered a body in Mexico that was so badly burned and unrecognizable that even its DNA could not be extracted. Desperate to identify the body, a team of pathologists took a chance by analyzing the stomach contents of the maggots who were feasting on the corpse. Much to their surprise,… » 10/01/12 3:55pm 10/01/12 3:55pm

New forensic test can predict hair and eye color of suspects

Police looking to identify an unknown suspect often rely upon a technique called criminal profiling in hopes of gaining some potential insight into their psychologies. But now a new forensic technique called Hirisplex could soon allow investigators to take this process a step further by allowing them to predict… » 8/27/12 1:25pm 8/27/12 1:25pm

Ultra-Creepy Look at the First Forensic Scientists: Were the bones in…

We're all obsessed with forensic science nowadays, from CSI to Bones — but this amazing science had some pretty weird origins. A new show on the Smithsonian Channel, Forensic Firsts, looks into the history of early forensics — and we've got an exclusive sneak peek clip, dealing with some mysterious bones in a sausage… » 6/14/12 4:40pm 6/14/12 4:40pm

After nine months, authorities still don't know the true identity of…

Do you know or recognize Ray? The teenage boy turned up in Berlin nine months ago claiming to know little about himself beyond his name and birthday (June 20, 1994). When pressed to divulge more about himself and his history, he claims he is unable to remember. Now, after close to a year of investigation, Berlin police … » 6/14/12 7:40am 6/14/12 7:40am

Britain’s national forensics lab is auctioning off their stuff, start…

Grabbing a bullet can be harder than you might think. If it's buried deep inside a wall, how could you get your fingers around it? For that matter, you really shouldn't be getting your fingers around this bullet—you might get charged with some crime. The solution is obvious: you need a tool to pull out that bullet.… » 5/12/12 12:50pm 5/12/12 12:50pm