Whether it’s "Law & Order," "Criminal Minds" or "CSI," many of us have a favorite crime scene show. Suspense, drama, and intrigue offer thought-provoking entertainment and a basic understanding of forensic investigation techniques, such as fingerprinting. But what if this form of identification remained unavailable to detectives? Read this week’s Science Times to learn more about a rare gene mutation that disables the development of fingerprints and footprints.

Just for fun, can you guess whose fingerprint appears below?

Week of August 1

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Who doesn’t love July? The month kicks off with fireworks on Independence Day and is soon filled with weekend trips, summer vacations, afternoons in the sun, and family get-togethers. However, along with all the fun in the sun, there is also a marked increase of medical errors in hospitals. Take a look at this week’s Science Times synthesis and learn how the schedule of new doctor training coincides with this pattern.

Please share your thoughts in our comments section, and let us know which article intrigues you and why!

Week of July 2

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In New England, we have an expression: If you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes. Changes in weather patterns, such as an increase in average temperature, have become common in many parts of the world. These signs of global warming may prove to have devastating effects. Take a look at this week’s “Science Times” to learn more about some of the research taking place and how the findings might be applied to global climate change. As always, please share your thoughts in our comments section, and let us know which article is your favorite!

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