CSI: The Experience

CSI: The Experience

Analyse forensic evidence and test your investigative skills.

Crime Scene Science

Crime Scene Science

Crime Scene Science: The Modern Methods for Solving Crimes - There are many specialists that are needed in order to solve crimes. From forensic scientists to detectives and more, the modern technology we use to solve crimes is astounding.

The CSI Effect

The CSI Effect

The CSI Effect: Fact vs. Fiction - Some of the most popular shows on television revolve around scientists and investigators trying to hunt down criminals. Using forensic evidence, they assembled pieces of the puzzle until they uncover ...

Forensic Evidence - Behind the News

Forensic Evidence - Behind the News

Most nights on the news, there are stories about crimes. You're probably familiar with what a crime scene looks like there's often police tape blocking off areas and people in funny suits checking for forensics. So how is forensic science used to solve crimes? Let's investigate.

Fingerprint Testing Gets ...

Fingerprint Testing Gets ...

A break-in at his home was the inspiration for an Australian researcher to pioneer a new technique for fingerprinting crime scenes.

Cool Jobs: Crime scene investigators

Cool Jobs: Crime scene investigators

Some crime scenes come loaded with clues: fingerprints, bullet holes, blood spots and even a body or two. Others have almost none: Maybe just a small swatch of an escapee’s clothing snagged on a fence, or a tiny scrape where a burglar jimmied a window. In still other cases, the clues can be so minuscule that they require a microscope to reveal...

Forensic Tools: What’s Reliable ...

Forensic Tools: What’s Reliable ...

Forensic Tools: What’s Reliable and What’s Not-So-Scientific - For years, American TV shows have featured crime scene investigators using forensic evidence to solve grim murders. Often, however, these fictional CSIs present unrealistic portrayals of the capabilities of forensic science.

Is The 'CSI Effect' Influencing ...

Is The 'CSI Effect' Influencing ...

Is The 'CSI Effect' Influencing Courtrooms? The fictional forensic investigators in shows like CSI put old-time sleuths like Sherlock Holmes to shame. They can read a crime scene like it's a glossy magazine. But Post Mortem, an investigation by NPR, PBS Frontline and ProPublica, has exposed how death investigation in America is nothing like what you see on TV. Many prosecutors complain that shows like CSI make their job harder, as jurors demand ultra-high-tech tests to convict suspects.

The Real CSI

The Real CSI

The Real CSI - How reliable is the science behind forensics?

Police interrogation techniques ...

Police interrogation techniques ...

Police interrogation techniques generate false memories of committing crimes.

Explore Forensics

Explore Forensics

For many people, forensics is a fascinating but confusing field that is full of mystery and intrigue. Whether it's learning more about how criminal evidence is collected and stored or finding out how the legal system uses this information, everyone should explore the world of forensics.

How Crime Scene Investigation Works

How Crime Scene Investigation Works

Crime scene investigation is the meeting point of science, logic and law. "Processing a crime scene" is a long, tedious process that involves purposeful documentation of the conditions at the scene and the collection of any physical evidence that coul­d possibly illuminate what happened and point to who did it. There is no typical crime scene, there is no typical body of evidence and there is no typical investigative approach.

How Fingerprinting Works

How Fingerprinting Works

A woman has been murdered. When the detectives arrive on the scene, the house is in shambles. Clothes are strewn about the floor, lamps are ov­erturned and there's no sign of the assailant. Then, one of the detectives picks up a glass. On its side is a smudged, bloody thumbprint. He takes it down to the lab, where it's analyzed and matched to a recorded set of prints. The detectives catch their killer.

How DNA Profiling Works

How DNA Profiling Works

The term "DNA," once used only by scientists, has become an everyday part of our vocabulary. It's almost impossible to be unaware of the impact that the use of DNA has had on everything from the court system to genealogy. It's also nearly impossible to be unaware of the controversy. Now that, theoretically, we could each have a profile that can identify us solely by our DNA, many people are worried about how that profile might be used.

Centre for Forensic Science

Centre for Forensic Science

Our students are exposed to a variety of disciplines in forensic science, including entomology, anthropology, DNA, chemistry and pathology. We have also expanded into other activities, such as criminal cold case reviews, forensic consultancy, teaching abroad and hosting international conferences on a variety of forensic issues.

Why does the human brain create ...

Why does the human brain create ...

Why does the human brain create false memories? Human memory constantly adapts and moulds itself to fit the world. Now an art project hopes to highlight just how fallible our recollections are.

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