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The Power of Science

Science. What does this word bring to your mind?  Maybe you think of test tubes and lab coats.  Maybe you imagine Albert Einstein and other brilliant, if eccentric individuals.  You see the double-helix from DNA, electrons clouding around a nucleus, microscopes showing organisms that are otherwise an invisible mystery. Amy Albritton’s life was dismantled by…

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Feasting, Drinking, and Driving

Family and friends gather around the table and its centerpiece, a giant turkey overflowing with stuffing, ready to be slathered with gravy or cranberry sauce, accompanied by sweet potatoes, and washed down with beer and wine.  As the food is passed around and the green bean casserole stays mysteriously intact, the conversation begins: “I told…

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The State of Forensic Sciences

Fingerprints. DNA. Bite marks. Polygraphs. Ballistics. Blood spatters. Gas chromatography. Burn Patterns. Handwriting. Toxicology. All of these areas of forensic science provide a window into explaining the evidence collected from crime scenes and alleged suspects. Watch an episode of CSI, and you’re likely to turn off the T.V. believing that these methods are infallible because…

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Thermal Imaging for DUI Detection: A Constitutional Violation?

The University of Greece has recently published a report on thermal imaging of intoxication technology this year in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics. It describes the new testing method, which uses various algorithms to scan images from thermal cameras for signs and symptoms of intoxication. This is simply astounding (and scary)….