Infographic: Watch Out for DNA Evidence

So. You’ve walked into your master bedroom to discover your wife in bed with the gardener. Or you’ve just rung your beloved boyfriend’s cell and a woman with a voice like she’s smoked too many cigarettes picks up: “I’ll get him, he’s just in the shower.” Like any rational person, your mind immediately jumps to […]

The CSI Effect

CSI: The Reality. ‘Forensics has never been more popular or popularized: eight crime dramas, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its sibling programs, made it into the top 20 shows last October. On one Thursday that month, 27 percent of all American televisions that were turned on were tuned to CSI. On cable, CourtTV’s Forensic […]

Exhibition – Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body

Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body. ‘Visible Proofs is about the history of forensic medicine. Over the centuries, physicians, surgeons, and other professionals have struggled to develop scientific methods that translate views of bodies and body parts into “visible proofs” that can persuade judges, juries, and the public.’ Education. ‘Three online activities and three […]

Detecting Blood: Luminol

How Luminol Works. ‘There’s a lot of unbelievable technology in cop shows and movies — computers that can zoom in and “enhance” a tiny section of a video frame; machines that can isolate a particular background voice from a muffled recording in a matter of seconds. Most of this stuff is pure fiction, fabricated by […]

Real CSIs

Experts: ‘CSI’ Unrealistically Depicts Job. ‘We don’t solve crimes in 46 minutes, we don’t all drive Hummers and we’re not all models.’