THE FORENSIC SCIENCE EDUCATION BLOG

The blog provides specific information to help you decide if forensic science is the right choice for you. With the inside scoop on forensic science professors, schools and training programs, as well as detailed information on the steps and requirements to become a forensics professional, the Forensic EDU blog is a fine place to begin your research.

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At any crime scene, tiny bits of information can be the difference between freedom and a life behind bars. From blood spatter patterns to DNA sequencing, forensic biology is the incredible field where crimes are analyzed at a molecular level.

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When there is only half a sandwich as crime scene evidence, forensic chemists are the best source for getting real criminal data. Whether it's new ways to collect hair and blood samples, or developing the most cutting edge technologies for lifting and analyzing fingerprints, forensic chemists are the people who are on the front lines of how we capture criminals.

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Although police officers depend on forensic science to be able to accurately solve cases, not every city truly embraces forensic scientists as full members of the investigation team. Fortunately, some of the best police departments in the US are making aggressive moves to increase the access that officers have to skilled forensic professionals.

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According to the American Psychological Association, forensic psychology is "the application of clinical specialties to the legal arena." This very broad definition helps to explain why there are so many different opportunities and paths for someone who chooses to pursue forensic psychology.

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Whether you're an up and coming forensic analyst or just someone who can't get enough of CSI, chances are you have heard a thing or two about blood spatter analysis. This field involves using the physics of fluids to help to determine the events of a (usually) violent crime by analyzing the placement of the blood droplets at the crime scene.

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Science is cool, death is cool, so it just stands to reason that science about death is wicked awesome .

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Did you know that just 54 percent of lies can be accurately spotted? Extroverts also tell more lies than introverts and at least 82 percent of lies go undetected, according to the scienceofpeople.com website. The good news, however, is that people can improve their lie detection abilities, increasing them to near 90 percent accuracy. But how do you get started?

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From the hacking of female celebrities’ phones to the massive cyberattack on Sony that ignited geopolitical tensions, it’s clear that cybercrime is on the rise and here to stay. Like diseases which evolve to render antibiotics ineffective, the nature of these crimes adapts in response to improving cybersecurity tactics, and the sheer variety and hybrid nature of virtual thefts, denials of service, and other methods is unprecedented.

Editor

Barry Franklin

Barry is Managing Editor of ForensicsColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Barry was previously VP for a financial software company, and currently sits on the board of a K-8 school and lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.