Hot tip for all you future would-be burglars out there: Maybe think about avoiding any and all houses that happen to have scientists living in them. Because one might just knock up and develop a game-changing method of getting you caught a hell of a lot faster.
“While police and forensics experts use a range of different techniques, sometimes in complex cases evidence needs to be sent off to a lab where heat and vacuum treatment is applied. Our method reduces these steps, and because it’s done on the spot, a digital device could be used at the scene to capture images of the glowing prints to run through the database in real time.”
The material has been tested on non-porous surfaces (like windows, wine glasses, metal, and plastic light switches) with great success. The materials are cheap, quick, leave no dust or residue behind, and would drastically improve a standard police procedure that’s been in practice for well over a century.