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Record-breaking DNA comparisons drive fast forensics

June 30, 2019

Developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, IdPrism and its award-winning algorithms provide rapid analysis for complex forensic DNA samples.…
Study finds any single hair from the human body can be used for identification

June 19, 2019

Any single hair from anywhere on the human body can be used to identify a person. This conclusion…
Solving a hairy forensic problem

April 1, 2019

For decades, forensic scientists have tested strands of hair to reveal drug use or poisoning. But in recent…
Stanford researchers discover a new way to find relatives from forensic DNA

October 21, 2018

It might seem like the only thing anyone could do with forensic DNA is match suspects to crime…
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3D printers have ‘fingerprints,’ a discovery that could help trace 3D-printed guns, counterfeit goods

October 19, 2018

Like fingerprints, no 3D printer is exactly the same. That’s the takeaway from a new University at Buffalo-led study…
New Way of Measuring Drug Debris in Labs Can Provide More Accurate Test Results

October 8, 2018

When forensics professionals work with controlled substances in crime labs, even their most careful efforts result in drug…
Database of Software “Fingerprints” Expands to Include Computer Games

September 11, 2018

Digital forensics experts use NIST’s National Software Reference Library to speed their investigations. One of the largest software…
Sight unseen: Novel method detects evidence of unmarked human graves

August 14, 2018

A new approach to find unmarked gravesites could help narrow the scope and potentially speed up the search…
NIST Builds Statistical Foundation for Next-Generation Forensic DNA Profiling

July 23, 2018

DNA is often considered the most reliable form of forensic evidence, and this reputation is based on the…
Three New Standards Approved for OSAC Registry

June 27, 2018

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) has approved three new standards for inclusion on…
Drone Forensics Gets a Boost With New Data on NIST Website

June 6, 2018

Aerial drones might someday deliver online purchases to your home. But in some prisons, drone delivery is already…
NIST Study Shows Face Recognition Experts Perform Better With AI as Partner

May 29, 2018

Experts at recognizing faces often play a crucial role in criminal cases. A photo from a security camera…
Team expands forensic method to identify people using proteins from bones

May 22, 2018

When a team of researchers led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) developed a new biological identification method…
Dodo’s violent death revealed

April 20, 2018

The famous Oxford Dodo died after being shot in the back of the head, according to breakthrough research…
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OSAC Releases an Online Lexicon for the Forensic Sciences

March 13, 2018

Publicly available document defines over 4,000 terms shared by many forensic science disciplines. The forensic sciences encompass dozens…
How Good a Match is It? Putting Statistics into Forensic Firearm Identification

February 8, 2018

On February 14, 1929, gunmen working for Al Capone disguised themselves as police officers, entered the warehouse of…
A Framework for Harmonizing Forensic Science Practices and Digital/Multimedia Evidence

January 13, 2018

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which works to strengthen forensic science through the…
New NIST Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

December 12, 2017

Data found on a suspect’s computer, cell phone or tablet can prove to be crucial evidence in a…
Scientists Automate Key Step in Forensic Fingerprint Analysis

August 16, 2017

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings…
NIST Research Enables Enhanced DNA “Fingerprints”

December 16, 2016

As the new year approaches, forensic labs across the country are gearing up for a big change in…
Forensic technique reveals sex of prehistoric hand stencil artists

December 14, 2016

Prehistoric ancestors creating human hand stencils in caves 40,000 years ago can now be identified as male or…
NIST Unveils Forensic Technique to Measure Mechanical Properties of Evidence

November 5, 2016

You may have seen it on CSI: The star examines hair from a crime scene and concludes its…
Splitting hairs to advance forensic science

September 21, 2016

With initial help from his work at a Utah university (link is external), an Australian-born biochemist is partnering…
Team develops forensic method to identify people using human hair proteins

September 9, 2016

In an important breakthrough for the forensic science community, researchers have developed the first-ever biological identification method that…
NIST Forensic Scientist Helps Vietnamese Counterparts Identify Wartime Remains

May 19, 2016

In a Hanoi, Vietnam, hotel conference room, Mike Coble led a group of scientists through a series of…
Portable NIST Kit Can Recover Traces of Chemical Evidence

January 9, 2016

A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a portable version of his…
Update: Vertebrate Decomposition Study Provides Potential New Tool for Forensic Science

December 13, 2015

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of Colorado Boulder have discovered that…
Vertebrate decomposition study provides potential new tool for forensic science

December 12, 2015

A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California, San Diego indicates…
Study Reveals Forensic Facial Examiners Can Be Near Perfect

September 30, 2015

In what might be the first face-off of its kind, trained forensics examiners from the FBI and law…
Who, What, WHEN: Determining the Age of Fingerprints

August 26, 2015

Watch the imprint of a tire track in soft mud, and it will slowly blur, the ridges of…
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