April 1st Weekly Forensic Round-Up

We’re back again on the first week of the month to bring you a highly-anticipated weekly forensic round-up. Here, we provide our readers with a quick glimpse of the goings-on in forensic science in an easily digestible format. You’re invited to pour yourself a quick cup of morning coffee while you assume the role of a detective — ready to blaze the trail of groundbreaking new techniques and other intriguing developments in this world of forensic science.

As always, we invite our readers to submit anything they find interesting — from their own blog posts to articles they’ve happened upon on their own (without our astute guidance!) — by sending it to hello@forensicoutreach.com. We eagerly await your response, and can’t wait to read your recommendations. Leave your comments regarding the articles we’ve provided here.


Forensic scientist uses secret technique to rehydrate mummified corpses from old homicides

This ones a rather strange one from Mexico: a forensic expert has developed a sort of “magic solution” to rehydrate mummified remains in a bid to reopen some cold cases. Alejandro Hernandez dips these dried cadavers into a transparent bath, which makes facial features and even stab wounds appear. This is the only known method of rehydrating a corpse — so it’s certainly a development to keep an eye on.


Titanic Violin Found: Forensic Science Service Confirms the Instrument, Wallace Hartley’s Band Lives On

The Titanic appears to be just the sort of thing that never escapes our collective psyche. From the murky depths below, we always seem to be finding and retrieving new treasures from the unfortunate ship that sank on its maiden voyage. In this newest chapter, the Forensic Science has confirmed that the violin played by the ship’s band leader, Wallace Hartley, has been found.


Science in the Service of Human Rights: Argentina 37 Years After the Coup

A considerably more serious article, to be sure: this piece unravels how DNA identification is providing “one of the most valuable tools for healing crimes against humanity perpetuated by Argentina’s brutal dictatorship.” Click through to discover more about how this pioneering technique is being utilised in service of human rights in a manner that isn’t necessarily well-recognised.


See you next week,
The Forensic Outreach Team



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