After years of reports of troubled crime labs, the U.S. Department of Justice is putting together a commission that will set standards, a professional code and education requirements for forensic scientists.
The high profile courtroom drama unfolding around Casey Anthony--the Florida mother accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008--has not been short on conflicts and legal confrontation. But one controversial aspect is stemming from an unexpected source: a can of air.
By Caitlin Kearney
Posted 03.21.2011 at 10:17 am 3 Comments
The aftermath of violent crimes is nothing like what we see on TV, says Stephen Morgan, a forensic analytic chemist. “Crime scenes are messy, chaotic. There’s a lot to look at.” Too much, in fact. What’s needed are methods to simplify the forensic process without damaging evidence at the scene. These three breakthroughs will do just that.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.