Category Archives: Forensic Science

Forensics: The battle of open access for scientific research papers. UCLA get slapped by mega publisher Elsevier.

The publisher spans the world for science, medicine and some things forensics. It has one open access (i.e. free) journal about forensics. Good for them.  This story covers the larger issue of  corporate profiteering (over charging) for information that is … Continue reading

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Forensics: Statements why Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses are flawed and influenced by the courts.

The scientific fallacies of SBS This article has a checkered past as the authors’ compelling analysis was initially  rejected. It is telling that their story parallels the process of how overreaching expertism, once adopted by the courts and despite scant … Continue reading

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Forensics: Have you left your DNA trail at a crime scene recently?

Terrible questions will come to mind when the police call you up for an “interview.”  Read this in advance. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/long-handshake-spread-your-dna-objects-you-didnt-touch

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The fascinating backstory of the periodic table, which is about to turn 150 years old – Los Angeles Times

Scientists around the world will be celebrating the 150th birthday of the periodic table this week. Here’s the backstory of how the table came together. — Read on http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-periodic-table-150-birthday-20190131-story.html Finally. Something I remember from high school.

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Faulty Forensics Put Me on Death Row – VICE Video: Documentaries, Films, News Videos

Another look at bitemark “experts” running amok. Most people are introduced to forensic science through TV and film, and because of this we have come to see forensic techniques as foolproof methods for solving crimes. But many forensic science techniques … Continue reading

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Forensics: Excuses for using inaccurate dental ageing methods fill this interview with University of Texas adjunct professor Dr. David Senn

The UT system made $16,000 so far this year from ICE cases involving children claiming to be children. The method is quite popular with the man hired to do it. He also considers ” bitemark matching” to be useful for … Continue reading

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Immigration agents X-raying migrants to determine age isn’t just illegal, it’s a misuse of science

Immigration agents X-raying migrants to determine age isn’t just illegal, it’s a misuse of science — Read on medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-immigration-agents-x-raying-migrants-age.html Up to this point, US Office of Homeland Security (ICE) doesn’t really care about this one bit.

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Forensics: Another bogus method from the bitemarkers. Ageing children as adults for ICE

Since this article came out in May, 2018, I have been swamped from pro bono immigration law firms representing children  held in adult custody over claims made by members of the bitemarker bunch the American Board of Forensic Odontology.  These … Continue reading

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Scotland Yard Suspends Forensic Scientist Amid Fears 21 Rape Cases Could Be Compromised

The UK Forensic Regulator recently has warned the government about budget cuts creating sub standard crime lab oversight. Scotland Yard Suspends Forensic Scientist Amid Fears 21 Rape Cases Could Be Compromised — Read on http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2018/05/scotland-yard-suspends-forensic-scientist-amid-fears-21-rape-cases-could-be-compromised

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Forensics: Fire-science getting the cold shoulder again in Texas

Lentini memo on arson science. John Lentini’s narrative about TX bureaucrats pulling back from scientific advances in arson investigation produced after Todd Willingham’s execution based on flawed forensics.

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