Crime Lab

From accidents to crime scenes, scientists are helping detectives solve mysteries.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM December 7, 2004

Suppose you've just been in a car accident. A sport utility vehicle slammed into your little sedan at high speed. After the impact, your vehicle spun around before crashing into a telephone pole. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, but the SUV sped away before you had a chance to see its license plate. What do you do?

You'd probably wait for an ambulance to take you to the hospital to get checked out. Meanwhile, police officers would arrive at the scene. They'd talk to witnesses, examine sk...

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