One of forensic science’s dirty little secrets is that it isn’t always accurate; results are subject to interpretation and error. In some cases, there are no set standards for technicians or expert witnesses to follow when evaluating evidence. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has released their 2016 report: Forensic Science […]
While there is no doubt that modern advances in technology have led to numerous crimes being solved that would have been dismissed as a cold case decades ago, there hasn’t always been the technological advances in the field. The early days of forensic science must have been quite frustrating for detectives with a lack of options, outside of their own skills of inquiry and a trusty magnifying glass. Modern marvels such as DNA analysis or image enhancement technologies, have made forensic science easier in one respect. However, the methods of criminals have changed with advancement of technology as well. Forensic scientists not only solve for murders and other violent crimes, but for chemical attacks, cyber crimes, and any other acts of violence that come with the modern territory.
How exactly has forensic science changed over time? Here is a run down of some of the advances made in forensic technology along with other important milestones in forensics history that date all the way back from the 1200’s to today, with a variety of forensic applications. By the time you complete your forensics degree, there will be even more technology at your disposal.