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Nov. 7, 2018 — Laser-based 'optical tweezers' could levitate uranium and plutonium particles, thus allowing the measurement of nuclear recoil during radioactive decay. This technique provides a new method ... read more

3D Printers Have 'Fingerprints,' a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns

Oct. 18, 2018 — Like fingerprints, no 3D printer is exactly the same. That's the takeaway from a new study that describes what's believed to be the first accurate method for tracing a 3D-printed object to ... read more

Combining Multiple CCTV Images Could Help Catch Suspects

Sep. 21, 2018 — Combining multiple poor quality CCTV images into a single, computer-enhanced composite could improve the accuracy of facial recognition systems used to identify criminal suspects, new research ... read more

Sep. 18, 2018 — A multidisciplinary team of researchers has developed a portable, easy-to-use device for quick and accurate screening of diseases. This versatile technology platform called enVision (enzyme-assisted ... read more

Switching DNA and RNA on and Off

Aug. 21, 2018 — DNA and RNA are naturally polarized molecules. Scientists believe that these molecules have an in-built polarity that can be reoriented or reversed fully or in part under an electric field. In a new ... read more

Aug. 20, 2018 — Researchers constructed integrated gene logic-chips called 'gene nanochips.' These self-contained nanochips can switch genes on or off according to the environment, where ... read more

Computer Security: Processor Vulnerability Can Be Exploited to Access Memory

Aug. 15, 2018 — Two international teams of security researchers have uncovered Foreshadow, a new variant of the hardware vulnerability Meltdown announced earlier in the year, that can be exploited to bypass Intel ... read more

July 23, 2018 — When experts compare the DNA left at a crime scene with the DNA of a suspect, they generate statistics that describe how closely those DNA samples match. These match statistics are reliable because ... read more

July 9, 2018 — Scientists have developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and send the results in real time to an electronic device. The chip is at ... read more

Using Bloodstains at Crime Scenes to Determine Age of a Suspect or Victim

June 20, 2018 — From the spatter analysis made famous in the TV show Dexter to the frequent DNA profiling of CSI and the real cases covered in the FBI Files, blood tests are ubiquitous in forensic science. Now, ... read more

May 23, 2018 — Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, a chip-based dual-comb spectrometer in the mid-infrared range, that requires no moving parts and can acquire spectra in less than 2 microseconds. ... read more

Fingerprints in Birefringence

May 18, 2018 — Stimuli-sensitive materials can respond to physical forces with structural phase transitions. This also applies to biopolymer-surfactant mixtures, a study by German and Chinese scientists now ... read more

Chemical Sensing Chip Sniffs out Cocaine Within Minutes

May 7, 2018 — What if you could test for cocaine, opioids and marijuana as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol? A new, low-cost chemical sensing chip brings us one step closer to this portable tech, which ... read more

Apr. 16, 2018 — Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face captured in low-light or nighttime ... read more

Scientists Decry Lack of Science in 'Forensic Science'

Apr. 9, 2018 — Many of the 'forensic science' methods commonly used in criminal cases and portrayed in popular police TV dramas have never been scientifically validated and may lead to unjust verdicts, ... read more

Mar. 26, 2018 — The Department of Homeland Security could benefit from a reliable, real-time instrument that could scan the atmosphere for toxic agents in order to alert communities to a biological or chemical ... read more

Mar. 22, 2018 — In an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, finding the exact source as quickly as possible is essential to preventing further infections. To date, a standard analysis takes days. Researchers have ... read more

Feb. 28, 2018 — Technological progress in the electronics sector, such as higher speeds, reduced costs, and smaller sizes, result in entirely new possibilities of automation and industrial production, without which ... read more

Real-Time Captcha Technique Improves Biometric Authentication

Feb. 19, 2018 — A new login authentication approach could improve the security of current biometric techniques that rely on video or images of users' faces. Known as Real-Time Captcha, the technique uses a ... read more

Feb. 8, 2018 — When comparing bullets or cartridge cases, a forensic firearms examiner can offer an expert opinion as to whether or not they match. But they cannot express the strength of the evidence numerically, ... read more

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