January 14th Weekly Forensic Round-Up

We’re back again this Tuesday, just in time for our our second turn at rounding up the three top stories in forensic science.

As always, if you’ve got any suggestions for something we ought to cover in our weekly round-up next week or the week after, let us know by dropping us an email: hello@forensicoutreach.com. We’ll make sure to credit you here with a link to your Twitter or blog.

For all you aspiring and current forensic scientists (or crime writers, lovers of the genre, etc), here’s the link round-up and the most fascinating stories for the week of January 14, 2013.

1. Virtual autopsies provide new insights into death.

Swiss researchers have found a compelling new way to perform an autopsy without ever having to touch a scalpel. This article published in the German newspaper Spiegel elucidates how some difficult-to-crack cases have been approached with this powerful new technique involving computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging  (MRI).

2. The man who gets bones to tell a story.

Not an article, but a radio broadcast that is available to hear for more than one year — so no hurry. Listen to the fascinating account of Fredy Peccerilli, who heads the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation, as he discusses his work: the exhumation and analysis of thousands of bodies in the last eighteen years.

3. Forensic scientists need skeletons to train, but they’re down to bare bones.

The Independent ran an article on the scarcity of skeletal remains available for educational purposes — causing additional pressure on University courses designed to teach forensic anthropology either as a degree programme or even as a distinct module across the UK. If you’ve got that skeleton in your closet (and we did, literally, at one point — much to the chagrin of our visitors), it’s probably time to consider donating it now.


Your Turn: Liked the radio broadcast we included this week from BBC World Service? Think there’s something more intriguing in the news this week that we unfortunately might have missed? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

See you next week!

The Forensic Outreach Team



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