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Monday, November 17, 2003
BREAKING NEWz you can
compiled by Jon Stimac
Fingerprint Expert Accused of Meddling with Crime Scene -
NEWSDAY, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - Nov. 15, 2003
...expert attached to the fingerprints
office was told by attorney that as a police officer her “first duty is to
preserve life, not to pick up rum bottles”...
Sheriff Buys Fingerprint System -
THE LEDGER, FL - Nov. 10, 2003 ...in
response to an inmate escape, the agency bought a new system that prevents
inmates from assuming someone else's identity...
Revolution At Our Fingertips -
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, AU -
Nov. 10, 2003
fact that no two people have the same fingerprints is set to revolutionize
the retail world with the use of pay-by-touch technology...
Developed for Police - ANANOVA, UK
- Nov. 5, 2003
say nano-technology could in the future help police catch criminals by
providing clearer and more detailed prints...
Good morning via the "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets latent
print examiners around the globe every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail
is to help keep you informed of the current state of affairs in the latent print
community, to provide an avenue to circulate original fingerprint-related
articles, and to announce important events as they happen in our field.
It has come to our attention that the published dates [in the JFI] for the 2004
Conference are incorrect. The correct dates are:
August 22-27, 2004
The Conference will begin, as usual with the President's Reception on Sunday
evening, August 22nd and conclude with the Annual Banquet on Friday evening,
Hope this clears the confusion.
Chief Operations Officer
Last week, John Nielson
brought us The State of Ship asking if you are confident to address the Daubert
issues related to fingerprints. This week William Morris, a friend and
colleague from the UK, brings us a book review.
Right Hand, Left Hand, The origins of asymmetry in Brains, Bodies,
Atoms and Cultures.
Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2002
In this sweeping and penetrating investigation into he lop-sided universe, Chris
McManus takes familiar, deceptively simple, questions about handedness and
asymmetry and attempts to answer them: Why are most people right-handed? Do
left-handers behave differently to right-handers? Why don't identical twins
always have the same dominant hand? Why is the heart on the left-hand side of
the body? Why is each side of the human brain so different? Why does one third
of the world drive on the left and the other two thirds on the right? Why does
European writing go from left to right, while Arabic scripts go from right to
left? Why do clocks go clockwise? What is the relationship between handedness
and speech disorders such as stuttering? Why are male testicles unbalanced? Why
do mirrors reflect left-right but not top-bottom? Why are Muppets left-handed?
As you can see from the description above, this is not a book that has issues of
fingerprinting at it's core and it is not a book that is essential reading for a
Fingerprint Expert. Indeed, the only group for whom it would be essential
reading for is probably left-handed people who may learn a great deal about
their physiology, place in history and the truth behind many myths concerning
However, given that Fingerprint examiners will spend their time looking at marks
and considering the ergonomics of how they were placed, as well as possibly
being asked questions regarding handedness and how the hands are formed it can
enlighten many closely linked areas. Not only is it illuminating regarding many
areas from genetics to physiology and culture it is also very well written, very
thorough in it's scope and apparently meticulously researched. The sources for
the book range from medical papers to photographs of the wild west, all of which
are digested and translated superbly for a lay-reader who is willing to put in a
little bit of effort. Most importantly, the sources of the book are usually
first generation research or original documents, allowing the author to
deconstruct the urban myths that surround common knowledge of handedness.
The answers to all of the questions in the blurb above and many more besides are
within this book. Enough to infuriate everyone you know with mind-boggling
trivia and entertaining stories. If you wish to find out more about the use of
the hands, the development of the human body, brain and culture as well as
deepening your understanding of how fingerprinting is borne from these areas
then this is a well written, award winning and entertaining book.
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FUNNY FINGERPRINT FINDS
I found this quote in the same article as one of the other
"Funny Fingerprint Finds" articles:
"The prints are scanned into a computer that looks for unique characteristics
or ''points,'' such as arches, loops and rolls."
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