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The next frontier of forensic science: blood splatter in microgravity?

The next frontier of forensic science: blood splatter in microgravity?

[ad_1] Blood spatter on high “Be prepared!” This enduring motto of the Scout movement will come to mind for many readers of a paper called “Bloodstain pattern dynamics in microgravity: Observations of a pilot study in the next frontier of forensic science”. Reader Sara Rosenbaum alerted Feedback to the explicitly stated first purpose of the research: “the investigation of eventual violent criminal acts that occur outside of Earth’s environment”. This is forensic science at its most future-is-almost-here-istic. And at its most efficiently British-American collaborative-crime-investigation-istic. The researchers are at Staffordshire University and the University of Hull in the UK, and in the US at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and the Roswell Police Department in Georgia. “We hypothesize,” they write, “that if gravity is removed as an acting force on a blood drop in flight, then the calculated angle of impact will be more accurate.” They ran, or rather flew, their tests aboard a parabolic flight research aeroplane, departing and landing at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. (Fort Lauderdale, like many cities in Florida, is …