How forensic investigations left the kitchen

Katherine Ford, in the History of Science Centre’s blog, writes about the history and advantages of science laboratories: I came across an unnamed manuscript dated c.1859, discussing the various effects of certain solutions on worms and other small things.  What caught my eye, though, was the reference to a worm, post-dunking in a chemical solution, […]

“So-called Spontaneous Human Combustion”

Some people are fascinated with the idea of spontaneous human combustion. If you’re one of those people, grab hold of a fire extinguisher and a copy of this new study: “So-called Spontaneous Human Combustion,” Thierry W. Levi-Faict and Gérald Quatrehomme, Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 56, no. 5, September 2011, pp. 1334–9. (Thanks to investigator […]