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5 Self-Help Books for Skeptics

5 Self-Help Books for Skeptics

From 2014 to 2017, I lived in China and the Marshall Islands and taught science to high school and community college students. One of the things I missed the most about living in the US was having access to my local library. Sarah, one of my oldest friends, borrowed...

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How to Format Numbers in Your Fiction Novels

How to Format Numbers in Your Fiction Novels

You’re sitting at your desk doing your favorite thing ever: writing. Your characters are coming alive and going on their adventures. Your amateur sleuth is following your cleverly laid out clues (and those tricky red herrings) to figure out whodunit. Maybe she had to...

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What Do Forensic Scientists Do?

What Do Forensic Scientists Do?

TV shows mainly portray forensic scientists in an investigative role, where they follow clues based on the lab results to solve a crime. In each episode, there’s a little bit of lab work, they conveniently get the results they need, and then they’re off to catch the...

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Can Forensic DNA Tell Identical Twins Apart?

Can Forensic DNA Tell Identical Twins Apart?

Have you ever thought of using identical twins in your next crime fiction novel as a plot twist? What if your suspect had an identical twin that no one knew about? What if one twin deliberately framed the other? Or what if they were in it together? Could they get away...

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What It’s Like to Date a Police Officer

What It’s Like to Date a Police Officer

I’m going to do something a little different for this post. I’m going to talk about my love life. My romantic relationships are not something I normally put out on the internet for all to read. In fact, only my sisters and some close friends know what goes on in that...

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How Working in a Crime Lab Changed Me

How Working in a Crime Lab Changed Me

I’ve had many jobs in my lifetime. My part-time jobs have included detassling (bonus points if you know what this is), waitressing, mail room clerk at college, science tutor, and meat and cheese tray maker. After college, I worked as a lab tech in a parasite lab and...

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The Best Body Fluids for Forensic DNA Results

The Best Body Fluids for Forensic DNA Results

When you’re writing your crime fiction book and you’re using forensic DNA evidence as part of your homicide investigation (or other criminal act), it would be helpful to know what types of samples you can get DNA from and have a general idea of their success rates....

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