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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- March 19, 2008
Date:3/24/2008

n, nylon, and other types of fibers, a technique that could help distinguish between fibers that appear similar. Other innovative tools include a handheld spectrometer for on-site detection of explosives and illegal drug residues and a long-lasting fluorescent dye solution that allows a longer, more detailed analysis of bloodstains than do conventional dyes.

The popularization of forensics on television has also spurred a new appreciation for this science among college students and the general public, the article suggests. But instant crime-solving remains the stuff of fiction. Real chemists cant always come up with solutions quite that fast. But theyre working on it, Jacoby notes in the article.

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Clues at the scene of the crime

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