Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Tue, 3rd May 2016

Can Science Prove Whodunnit?

CSI crime (c) Yumi Kimura

This week on the Naked Scientists, we’ve got science on trial! We look at real case studies, finding out how forensics can both help and hinder criminal investigations, including the insects who are first on the scene, how your phone can tell tales, and why DNA can lead you on a wild goose chase.

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  • 17:26 - The tell-tale hum!

    Wiretaps and CCTV can be important in police investigations, so how do you know what you've got is genuine?

  • 25:03 - How does DNA profiling work?

    DNA is seen as the gold standard in forensic science, but is it really all it's cracked up to be?

  • 45:54 - Blame it on your brain

    As neuroscience improves, does this mean defendants could blame their crimes on specific defects in their brain?

 

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