Can Science Prove Whodunnit?
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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Police are almost never the first at the scene of a murder: blow flies can arrive in just 15 seconds.
New technology is changing the way we catch crooks, and phones are key in a lot of cases...
Wiretaps and CCTV can be important in police investigations, so how do you know what you've got is genuine?
DNA is seen as the gold standard in forensic science, but is it really all it's cracked up to be?
Contamination is just one of the problems faced by forensic science, which can lead to getting the wrong person.
Forensic science is only crucial in about 3% of trials, so can we rely on eye-witness testimony?
As neuroscience improves, does this mean defendants could blame their crimes on specific defects in their brain?