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Fingerprint Identification May Prevent Wildlife Crime

Korean artist Jazoo Yang protests forcible demolition in vulnerable areas of Motogol where inhabitants are being displaced by new real estate, and she uses fingerprints to demonstrate this. Yang speaks out against the disenfranchisement of, brutality towards, and exploitation of […]

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The Story of How Identical Inmates Sparked the Use of Fingerprinting

  The roots of fingerprinting trace back to a case in Kansas in 1903, when Clerk M.W. McClaughtry of a local penitentiary was puzzled upon processing an inmate that he had seemingly already admitted years before. The new inmate, Will […]

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Judge Signs Off on Fingerprint Unlock During Investigation

In the investigation of the girlfriend of an Armenian gang member in California, a new problem faced police in getting information from her: they could not unlock her iPhone with the fingerprinting sensor. A judge in the county signed off […]

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Fingerprint Test Reveals What You Have Touched

Professors of Chemistry at Purdue University have discovered a fingerprint test that can identify what you’ve been touching, whether it be your pet, food, illicit substances, or explosives.  One can get fingerprinted and figure out what they’ve touched which has […]

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Why We Have Different Fingerprints

It’s common knowledge that everyone has a unique fingerprint—even identical twins do.  But why is this the case? Because fingerprints are formed during fetal development, they are greatly affected by subtle mechanical forces that the fetus experiences in the uterus.  […]

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