Inside the Forensic Lab That Fights Crime and Counterfeits With DNA

What you're looking at is me, being blasted by a fog machine. It's not a prop for a rave or a haunted house; it's vapor laced with custom DNA particles that could prove I was at the scene of a crime. And it's just one way a cutting-edge security firm is using life's building blocks to detect counterfeits and bust… » 9/27/14 5:29pm 9/27/14 5:29pm

A fascinating documentary on the history of poisoning and forensics

If you're intrigued by historical crimes and the birth of forensic science, you need to drop everything and watch this incredible PBS documentary, The Poisoner's Handbook, based on award-winning science journalist Deborah Blum's amazing book. It's streaming for free on the American Experience website. » 1/08/14 10:38am 1/08/14 10:38am

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

A gruesome forensics experiment that reveals why severed feet sometimes…

You may have read about mysterious cases of severed feet washing up on beaches in British Columbia. Now forensic scientists have done a simple experiment to show how these things happen. They put a pig carcass underwater and filmed it to demonstrate how quickly ocean life can strip a dead body of all its flesh -… » 10/31/12 12:56pm 10/31/12 12:56pm