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February 26, 2013, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Forensics
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New Virtual Autopsy Procedure Is Changing Forensics – SPIEGEL ONLINE
January 26, 2013, 6:02 pm
Filed under: Bones, Forensics

It used to be that the cause of death could only be determined by cutting a corpse open. But a new, virtual procedure developed by Swiss researchers is providing new insights into dead bodies. It could help identify previously undiscovered murders.

New Virtual Autopsy Procedure Is Changing Forensics – SPIEGEL ONLINE.



In the deep sea, bacon doesn’t last long | Deep Sea News
November 1, 2012, 4:53 am
Filed under: Forensics

Now a pioneering experiment lead by forensic scientist Gail Anderson from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is using dead pigs as a model for humans to gain insight. In this video, a pig carcass is tracked as it turns to bones in the ocean, capturing the scavengers that visit the body. Sharks are unable to tuck in since it’s enclosed (as is the octopus lurking at the end of the video), giving sea lice exclusive access to the remains. They enter orifices in droves to feast on the animal from the inside out and congregate on the cage bars to prevent other arthropods, like shrimp, from getting a bite. “By the end of the fourth day, the sea lice had left and the pigs were reduced to bones,” says Anderson.

via In the deep sea, bacon doesn’t last long | Deep Sea News.



Skull Anatomy Tutorial
September 17, 2012, 12:51 am
Filed under: Anthropology, Bones, Forensics

Skull Anatomy Tutorial.



From Arab News: Rare artifacts excavated in Kingdom’s al-Maqar area
July 29, 2012, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Forensics

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Tuesday expressed his satisfaction over the discovery of rare antiques during recent excavations that revealed that people in the Arabian Peninsula were interested in horses 9,000 years ago.

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and members of the excavation team briefed the king on the importance of the artifacts that were found in Al-Maqar in the central region of Saudi Arabia.

via From Arab News: Rare artifacts excavated in Kingdom’s al-Maqar area.



Best Forensic Artist: Cowetan Lawson honored for work to assist lawmen – The Times-Herald
July 29, 2012, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Forensics

Coweta County resident Marla Lawson was honored this week by a statewide law enforcement association for her work as a forensic artist.

The special accolade was given at the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police 50th anniversary banquet held in Savannah. The award was presented by GACP President Stan York of Sandersville.

via Best Forensic Artist: Cowetan Lawson honored for work to assist lawmen – The Times-Herald.



Notebooks | Notebooks | dOCUMENTA(13)
July 29, 2012, 7:01 pm
Filed under: Forensics

This notebook is a philosophical and cultural-critical examination of Israel’s policy of occupation. The architect Eyal Weizman uses the term “forensic,” derived from the Latin forensis, “forum,” to reconstruct the history of attacks on and violations of buildings. Drawing from the fields of judicial medicine and psychiatry, “Forensic Architecture” serves in revisiting damaged Palestinian houses and ruins. Weizman, who is a member of the collective Decolonizing Architecture, founded in 2007, describes Forensic Architecture as “the archaeology of the very recent past” and “a form of assembling for the future.” Forensic Aesthetics mirror relationships and logics of action, objective and subjective probabilities; what is needed is an interpreter who addresses the public in the name of a destroyed home.

via Notebooks | Notebooks | dOCUMENTA(13).