FORENSIC SCIENCE

Forensics is the examination, through physical evidence, of a criminal event or incident. Learn about the various types of forensic disciplines and how they are used to bring the guilty to justice.
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How Forensic Lab Techniques Work

With a little ingenuity and some very high-tech equipment, forensic scientists can help law enforcement catch even the wiliest perpetrator. What are their techniques?

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  • Can you explain the diameter measurements used in bullets, wire and nails?
    Can you explain the diameter measurements used in bullets, wire and nails?

    Bullets, wires and nails are all measured with unusual measurement systems and units -- and they all show just how interesting measurement systems can be! See more »

  • Celebrity Deaths and Autopsies Quiz
    Celebrity Deaths and Autopsies Quiz

    When a celebrity dies, it makes news, especially when there are questions about the cause. Are you steeped in the news of autopsy results and the mortality of famous people? Answer these questions to see if you know the real scoop. See more »

  • Could someone really find a mummy in his backyard?
    Could someone really find a mummy in his backyard?

    I was watching a movie the other night and the main character found a mummy in his backyard. Does this really happen? Could someone find a mummy in his backyard? See more »

  • How Autopsies Work
    How Autopsies Work

    The job of a coroner usually provokes fear, apprehension, or extreme anxiety in people. But handling the deceased is a necessary task. Cut through the mystery of this often misunderstood process and learn the details of the preparation, procedure, and tools needed to perform an autopsy. See more »

  • How Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Works
    How Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Works

    Was it Miss Scarlett in the conservatory with a wrench? A bloodstain pattern analyst might be able to tell you. The blood from a crime scene has a story to tell. See more »

  • How Body Farms Work
    How Body Farms Work

    Imagine walking through a field and stumbling upon scads of corpses, all in various states of decomposition. It's not the setting for your next nightmare, but rather a very real discipline of forensic anthropology. See more »

  • How Cremation Works
    How Cremation Works

    First, you burn the body until only brittle, pulverized bones are left. These remains are pulverized into ashes, and then placed into urns -- or diamonds, coral reefs and even outer space. See more »

  • How Crime Scene Investigation Works
    How Crime Scene Investigation Works

    Learn what really goes on when a CSI "processes a crime scene" and get a real-world view of crime scene investigation from a primary scene responder with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. See more »

  • How Crime Scene Photography Works
    How Crime Scene Photography Works

    In detective movies or TV shows like "CSI," photographers swarm in and take countless pictures of a crime scene. But how does crime scene photography really go down? See more »

  • How Crime-scene Clean-up Works
    How Crime-scene Clean-up Works

    When you watch crime drama on TV, you don't usually see what happens after the police and ambulance leave a murder scene. One thing those people do not do is clean up the blood. That's the work of a whole different team. See more »

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