Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 8, 2012 - Law - 448 pages
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Have you ever wondered whether the forensic science you’ve seen on TV is anything like the real thing? There’s no better way to find out than to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. This full-color book offers advice for setting up an inexpensive home lab, and includes more than 50 hands-on lab sessions that deal with forensic science experiments in biology, chemistry, and physics. You’ll learn the practical skills and fundamental knowledge needed to pursue forensics as a lifelong hobby—or even a career.

The forensic science procedures in this book are not merely educational, they’re the real deal. Each chapter includes one or more lab sessions devoted to a particular topic. You’ll find a complete list of equipment and chemicals you need for each session.

  • Analyze soil, hair, and fibers
  • Match glass and plastic specimens
  • Develop latent fingerprints and reveal blood traces
  • Conduct drug and toxicology tests
  • Analyze gunshot and explosives residues
  • Detect forgeries and fakes
  • Analyze impressions, such as tool marks and footprints
  • Match pollen and diatom samples
  • Extract, isolate, and visualize DNA samples

Through their company, The Home Scientist, LLC (thehomescientist.com/forensics), the authors also offer inexpensive custom kits that provide specialized equipment and supplies you’ll need to complete the experiments. Add a microscope and some common household items and you’re good to go.

 

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Contents

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Group I
31
Lab I1
35
Lab I2
43
Lab I3
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Lab I4
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Lab I5
67
Lab V1
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Group VI
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Lab VI1
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Lab VI2
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Lab VI3
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Group VII
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Lab VII1
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Lab VII2
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Group II
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Lab II1
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Lab II2
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Lab II3
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Lab II4
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Lab II5
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Lab II6
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Lab II7
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Group III
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Lab III1
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Lab III2
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Lab III3
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Group IV
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Lab IV1
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DDE_LINK
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Lab IV2
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Lab IV3
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Lab IV4
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Lab IV5
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Lab IV6
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Group V
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Lab VII3
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Lab VII4
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Lab VII5
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Group VIII
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Lab VIII1
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Lab VIII2
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Group IX
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Lab IX1
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Lab IX2
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Group X
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Lab X1
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Lab X2
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Lab X3
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Group XI
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Lab XI1
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Lab XI2
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Lab XI3
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Lab XI4
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Index
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Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, and is currently designing a larger, computerized, truss-tube Dobsonian that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is, with her husband Robert, the co-author of numerous books about computers, science, and technology. With her Masters in Library Science and twenty years' experience as a public librarian, Barbara is the research half of our writing team.

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