NIST Presents an Infrastructure Plan to Strengthen Forensic Science Committees
News Feb 09, 2014
The plan lays out how the new organization will coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community to improve quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community.
The OSAC will unify the currently independent scientific working groups and incorporate their work products.
A summary of the plan and the presentation are available on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s forensic science website. Public comments from a Federal Register Notice of Inquiry are also posted. Find these items at:
Scientists Decry Lack of Science in ‘Forensic Science’News
Many of the “forensic science” methods commonly used in criminal cases and portrayed in popular police TV dramas have never been scientifically validated and may lead to unjust verdicts, according to a recent article.
Drug Prevalence Means that Even Many Non-Users Have Them on Their FingerprintsNews
Scientists have found that drugs are now so prevalent that 13 per cent of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints - despite never using them.READ MORE
Robotics Takes Mass Spec to the Third DimensionNews
Within the past decade, many advancements have been made in the 3-D market from printing to movies. Now scientists report that by combining a robotic arm and mass spectrometry, they can analyze the surface of irregularly shaped 3-D objects, potentially opening up new branches of forensics and pharmaceutics.READ MORE