Taken from Discovery News
"'CSI'-Like Camera Reveals Hidden Blood"
The eerie blue glow of luminol on TV crime dramas could soon be replaced with a less dramatic, but far more revealing photograph. Scientists from the University of South Carolina have created a new proof-of-concept camera that takes pictures of blood stains. If miniaturized and optimized, the new camera could be used by crime scene investigators to find the tiniest blood mists, and even detect whether a person handled drugs or explosives. "It's called multimode imaging in the thermal infrared, and with it we have the capability to detect any kind of stain on any kind of surface," said Stephen Morgan, who, along with fellow professor Michael Myrick and several graduate students from University of South Carolina, developed the new blood revealing technology. Their research is detailed in the journal ACS Analytical Chemistry.