forensic science Articles

  • Environmental forensics: courting science?

    Forensics and hydrology are two terms that may not seem to go together well. To the uninitiated, this combination may evoke images of the crime scene investigation that ensues when some patsy goes into the drink wearing cement overshoes. Rather, the term environmental forensics, essentially the parent discipline of forensic hydrology, has found its way into contemporary parlance owing to ...


    By Hargis + Associates Inc

  • Considerations in forensic examination of automotive systems

    Automotive forensic examination is the systematical analyses of failed automotive components in the pursuit of and the identification of the cause(s) or root cause(s) of the physical damage or other disablement done to vehicle by collision. It comprises a combination of science, experience and some art by using the laws of physics, mathematics, engineering, etc. mixed with the expert's real–world ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The (Environmental) Science of Investigation: Interactive Forensics Training Helps Professionals Solve Petroleum Contamination Cases

    When a site is contaminated with petroleum products, there are many questions. How did it happen? When did it happen? And, most importantly, who is responsible for paying to clean it up? This fall, Rutgers University’s Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will ...

  • INFRARED TECHNOLOGY - It`s Use in Forensic Building Science to Solve Moisture Intrusion Problems

    This paper will focus discussion on the building envelope, the science behind the inspection, techniques for inspection, and verification of the findings. Because much of our work is pioneering, we will end by addressing the question 'Where do we go from here?' WHY USE INFRAREDA picture says a thousand words; infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that lets you instantly ...

  • The use of portable and handheld Raman spectroscopy for forensic investigations

    The Raman technique is gaining widespread acceptance as an investigative tool for forensic applications. This article focuses on the use of portable and handheld Raman spectroscopy in the field of forensic science and illustrates it with real-world examples. The benefits of Raman spectroscopy are well recognized for the molecular identification of unknown molecular compounds and as a result the ...


    By B&W Tek

  • Precellys application focus forensic - case study

    Forensic laboratories working with hard samples such as hair [1, 2J, bone [3], teeth, skin, etc. experience difficulties with DNA extraction due to the high energy needed to grind these tissues. Moreover, biological evidence is available in small quantities and the current techniques used do not provide high quality results. The Precellys homogenizers provides high speed sample disruption based ...

  • Computer forensics: from the technological, procedural/organisational and legal perspectives

    Computer forensics forms a vital part in the procurement for better data security. It helps law enforcement officers as well as computer forensic specialists to unveil the illegal dealings of miscreants who usually cover up their cyber crime in the foggy environment of the digital world. Computer forensics makes it easier for law enforcement officers to ferret out cyber miscreants and convict ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Surface Enhanced Raman - Spectroscopy (SERS) and Databases for the Characterization of Dyes

    Research Objectives To validate SERS in a forensic context, and show the conditions under which Raman spectroscopy and especially SERS contribute to the value of forensic science. To compare both SERS and normal Raman spectra, and to explore the conditions in which each may be of value. To validate certain specialized SERS techniques To provide useful ...


    By AcuTech Scientific Inc.

  • A comparison of four commercially available portable Raman spectrometers

    Abstract The objective of this presentation is to discuss the results of the evaluation studies conducted on four commercially available field-portable Raman spectrometers. The data presented in this comparison will affect the forensic science community by assisting a prospective user in determining which portable Raman device may best suit their agency’s needs. This presentation ...


    By AcuTech Scientific Inc.

  • The role of measurement uncertainty in doping analysis

    The determination of measurement uncertainty is a critical issue in all fields of experimental science; its importance becomes maximal in the specific case of forensic analytical chemistry (including doping analysis), where uncertainty has not only to be calculated with precision, but it also has to be both small and reliable enough to support effective decision making. This contribution gives a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Women @ Energy: Brienne Seiner

    Brienne Seiner is currently a research scientist in the radiochemistry analysis group which is under the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Washington State University and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Missouri. She currently leads work involving post-detonation nuclear forensics and ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Previous elephant killing spots offer clues to stem future deaths

    This morning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held an “ivory crush” event in Times Square in New York City, highlighting the huge problem that is elephant poaching and wildlife crime more generally. In addition to raising awareness of the problem, the point of pulverizing 1 ton of seized elephant tusks is to diminish demand and disrupt the ...


    By Ensia

  • The history of leaded gasoline

    Forensic investigations are often a combination of both scientific techniques and historical background studies. One example that is often used is the background to leaded gasoline. Gasoline service stations can be found on many street corners and, in fact, there were many more service stations in the United States in the 1960s than there are today. This means that potential sources of ...


  • Interview with Thomas A. Schwartz - 2014 Chairman of the ASTM Board of Directors

    As president and senior principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., what challenges and opportunities do you see for your company as it prepares to close out its sixth decade of serving a broad client base? SGH has been very fortunate to have had a decades-long unbroken string of growth and expansion of services and client base. As we look to the future, we focus on maintaining the ...


    By ASTM International

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