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Arches--Fingerprint Pattern

This is part 2 in a series of 3 about fingerprint patterns. Last week's post introduced you to the loop. This post we will explore arches--both plain and tented. In arch patterns, the ridges of the finger run continuous from one side of the finger to the other with no recurving. There are...

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Loops--Fingerprint Pattern

The loop is the most often seen pattern in the world's population. These prints recurve back on themselves to form a loop shape. Divided into radial loops (pointing toward the radius bone, or thumb) and ulnar loops (pointing toward the ulna bone, or pinky), loops account for approximately 60...

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Fingerprint Basics: It's L.A.W.

No two people have the exact same fingerprints--no even identical twins. Because prints are so unique, they have been used as a primary source of personal identification in cases of mass disasters, criminal cases, biometrics processes, and even as unlocking your computer and phone. But why...

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LinkedIn Basics: Don't Be a Fake.

I simply love LinkedIn. In my opinion, it's the most powerful professional platform students can use in their favor. I tend to my LinkedIn profile on a daily basis (I highly recommend making this a habit so you can connect with forensic professionals and connect with other students who share...

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What is Forensic Pathology?

What is Forensic Pathology? Here's a breakdown of forensic pathology and the differences between general pathologists and forensic pathologists--a question I'm often asked. Forensic pathology is a specialized branch of medicine that applies the art and science of medicine to...

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What is a Criminalist?

Here's a question I receive often---- What is a Criminalist and what does a Criminalist do? Criminalists analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence, such a body fluids, DNA, fingerprint enhancements, tool marks, foot prints, shoe impressions, hair, glass, paint, and soil...

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JonBenet Case--Will New Evidence Solve This Case?

The JonBenet Case: Will New Evidence Finally Solve Her Murder? These past few weeks, the JonBenet Ramsey murder is once again in the headlines especially since her death occurred 20 years ago this month. This time her death is not the primary focus; it's the new evidence that has been...

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Where are the Forensic Jobs?

Where are the forensic jobs? I get lots of questions about forensic science and the starting of a forensic career, specifically where to find forensic job. There was a recent study that may answer why some students have no problem finding a forensic job vs. others who are finding forensic jobs a...

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Bitemark Evidence. Outdated Forensic Science?

Why is forensic bitemark identification likely to be abolished as a form of trial evidence? The public holds exaggerated views of the quality of the scientific foundations of a surprising number of forensics sciences, as well as of the courts’ scrutiny of that evidence. The most significant of...

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Job vs. Career. Which one do you want?

Do you want a job or do you want a career? Is there a difference? YES! This difference usually has to do with YOUR attitude toward your current work duties. When you think of your career, what comes to mind? LONG TERM GOALS. What do you need to do (extra training, additional education) to get...

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