Big Picture Science: Whodunit, Who’ll Do It?

by Gary Niederhoff on February 18, 2013









The tools of forensics have moved way beyond fingerprint kits. These days, a prosecutor is as likely to wave a fMRI brain scan as a smoking gun as “Exhibit A.” Discover what happens when neuroscience has its day in court.

Meanwhile, research into the gold standard of identification, DNA, marches on. One day we may determine a suspect’s eye color from a drop of blood.

Plus, why much of forensic science – from fingerprinting to the polygraph – is more like reading tea leaves than science. And will future crime victims be robots?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: MRI Evidence
Part 2: Scopes Trial Redux
Part 3: DNA evidence
Part 4: Witch Trial Redux
Part 5: Future Crime
Part 6: Seth’s Future Crime
Part 7: The Limits of Forensic Science

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