How Science Is Solving More Crimes

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OK, turn off the CSI-type TV show for a few minutes and find out, for real, just how science is solving more crimes than ever before. With so many scientific and technological advances, pretty soon, there might be a Pre-Crimes division out there. Oh, Wait…
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

Link Analysis Software for Forensic Accountants. Investigators use this type of software to root out links between shady financial deals and shady characters. In order to accurately understand and interpret findings with this forensic technology, a Master’s Degree in Forensic Accounting is necessary.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

Forensic Carbon-14 Dating. This science is used to put a date on archaeological findings, in this sense, human remains. Carbon dating has been in use for decades but, as science has improved, the accuracy of this method has become nearly flawless.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

DNA Sequencing. We all know that crime labs use DNA profiling to confirm identities but, in cases where those samples are highly degraded, they often turn to the more powerful DNA sequencer. This sophisticated machine allows them to analyze old bones or teeth to determine a unique DNA pattern that can help identify that person as a possible suspect or victim.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

3D Forensic Facial Reconstruction. While not 100 percent accurate, this is definitely one of the more interesting processes (especially to the layman). In this technique, 3D facial reconstruction software takes real-life human remains and extrapolates a possible physical appearance which can be used to identify missing persons.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

Video Spectral Comparator 2000. This may be one of the most important processes used by forensic investigators when solving crimes that do not involve physical human evidence. With this machine, scientists and investigators can look at a piece of paper and see obscured or hidden writing, determine quality of paper and origin, and “lift” indented writing. This is the virtual “paper trail” chaser.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

High-Speed Ballistics Photography. Being able to identify and match bullet trajectories, impact marks and exit wounds is a must when investigating gun crimes, and can only be done with the help of some pretty sharp eyes. Using high-speed cameras to understand how bullet holes, gunshot wounds and glass shatters are created aids in getting a full picture, along with physical ballistics testing, and increases the chances of catching a criminal.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Broken windows tell no lies? Not many people know that this machine exists and how amazingly accurate its findings are. Through its highly sensitive isotopic recognition ability, this machine breaks glass samples of almost any size down to their atomic structure. Then, forensic investigators are able to match even the smallest sliver of glass found on clothing to a sample from a crime scene.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

Magnetic Fingerprinting and Automated Fingerprint Identification (AFIS). The AFIS system has been around a while, but upgrades in the software and the widening of the database has made fingerprint comparison nearly infallible. The incorporation of magnetic fingerprinting dust and no-touch wanding allows investigators to get a perfect impression of fingerprints at a crime scene without contamination.
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How Science Is Solving More Crimes

Digital Surveillance For Xbox (XFT Device). Believe it or not, criminals play games too! Nowadays nearly every home has a gaming device but, in some households, the gamers are participating in some sort of cyber-crime. In one of the most ground-breaking forensic technologies for digital forensic specialists, the XFT is being developed to allow authorities visual access to hidden files on the Xbox hard drive and enable surveillance of nefarious online chatter. Look out Future Criminals.
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