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Forensic R&D in the Cause of Justice


Photomicrograph of human hair sample with cross section.Today, 12/10, the FBI posted its January 2004 issue of Forensic Science Communications, a quarterly scientific journal dedicated to the advancement of forensic techniques that serve to identify and implicate the guilty... and to exonerate the innocent.

It's technical, but it's also a fascinating read. This issue includes, for example:

  • a practical guide and manual for human hairs.
  • a survey of tissue-depth landmarks for facial approximation.
  • wounding power of .315/8mm bullets fired through glass windowpanes.
  • the FBI visiting scientist program.

What's its history?

This journal started out life in 1974 as The Crime Laboratory Digest -- largely an "inside law enforcement" kind of thing that published short articles of use to laboratory technicians.

By 1999, however, it had evolved into a major online forensic forum -- truly a means of communication among U.S. and international forensic scientists. And today it is known as an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal that puts the best scientific minds in the world to work on problems that go to the heart of innocence and guilt --delivering justice to criminals... and often bringing closure to victims or their families.

Highlights of current issues.

They're a compendium of amazing information. Everything you ever wanted to know about forensic video processing... photographing footwear and tire impressions... polygraph issues... using luminescence and chemical imaging for fingerprint visualization... and lots more.

Please pull up a chair and make yourself at home in our Online Laboratory Library to read current and back issues of Forensic Science Communications. And if you work in the field of forensic science -- anywhere in the world -- and have manuscripts or other information to submit, please send them to the Editor of Forensic Science Communications at labfsc@ic.fbi.gov.