Footprinting crime scenes, wine refueling stations for King Tut and more in this week’s news

By Science News, 09:47 AM September 12, 2011

Sole evidence
Most criminals know to avoid leaving fingerprints at a crime scene, but soon footprints may also be a concern. Rather than signature ridges, the sole of the foot has an identifiable pressure signature that can be used to identify an individual with 99 percent accuracy, an analysis of 104 individuals reveals. The new work examined only barefoot walkers; how shoes and different gaits might alter patterns isn’t clear. But the data are now easy to analyze, an international team re...

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