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Biocontainment Is a Bigger Challenge in Medical Examiner Facilities

September 1, 2014 | Crime Lab Design | Articles | Comments

How well do biocontainment and biosafety guidelines written for research facilities apply to medical examiners? The mission of medical examiners and the procedures they use present significantly different challenges. There are major differences between medical examiner and research operations with respect to biocontainment and biosafety.

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

DNA Could Exonerate Two in NC Death Row Case

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Two North Carolina men who have been behind bars for 30 years, one of them on death row, will go before a judge on Tuesday morning to present new DNA evidence of their innocence of the murder and rape for which they were convicted as teenagers in 1984.  

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Schuylkill County Decreases Compensation for Deputy Coroners

August 28, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, has changed its policy regarding compensation rates for its deputy coroners in an effort to cut costs. Proposed by County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan, the new per diem compensation rate will be $50 for all job responsibilities starting Friday. That rate includes mileage, photographs and documentation associated with a case.

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FBI Readies for NGI

August 28, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

The FBI says it is modernizing the way it stores fingerprint cards, criminal history folders and civil identity files by digitally converting more than 30 million records – and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards. The organization says it is fully activating its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a digital platform for biometric and other types of identity information.

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Forensics Unmasks James Foley's Killer

August 28, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

U.S. forensic experts have unmasked the alleged British ISIS militant who killed American photojournalist James Foley in a computer reconstruction of his face. With Arab features and seemingly in his late 20s or 30s, the reconstruction of Foley’s killer appeared in two images reported by ABC news, which added that experts consulted with the U.S. government.

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2007 DNA Sample Withheld Until 2010

August 28, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

A retired Lucas County sheriff’s detective said she kept a DNA sample from murder suspect Andrew Gustafson in her middle desk drawer for more than three years before turning it over to the Lucas County cold case unit in 2010.  

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Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit

August 28, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. It also has many other potential uses, such as border security, forensics, or environmental monitoring.

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

UK Police Seek DNA from Missing Woman's Family

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

When Priscilla Berry vanished from her home in 1978 a question-mark was left over the fate of the 39-year-old. But 36 years later police are hoping to solve the mystery of the missing nurse from Mochdre, Conwy county, thanks to new DNA techniques.  

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Processing a Fire or Arson Scene

August 27, 2014 11:55 pm | Articles | Comments

The investigator should control access to a fire scene after fire suppression and see that evidence is collected, stored, and transported so that it will not be contaminated. Follow this walkthrough to properly process the scene and take precautions to prevent contamination.

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Actively Listen to Subordinates

August 27, 2014 7:55 pm | Articles | Comments

Draw out the thoughts and ideas of subordinates, as well as their feelings. Ask questions and rephrase key points that are made (e.g., "Do you mean that ... "). Don't respond until you clearly understand what's being said. Even if you disagree, allow the person to complete what he/she wants to say.

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A pair of thefts have disrupted the quiet rhythms of two Connecticut towns and have up-at-dawn farmers and their loyal farm stand clientele fuming.

Crime Where Telltale Clue is a Corn Tassel

August 27, 2014 2:36 pm | by Alison Leigh Cowan, The New York Times | News | Comments

A pair of thefts have disrupted the quiet rhythms of two Connecticut towns and have up-at-dawn farmers and their loyal farm stand clientele fuming.                             

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State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Lab Opens in Illinois

August 27, 2014 2:18 pm | by State of Illinois | News | Comments

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities.

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Arapahoe County district attorney George Brauchler, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing on whether testimony on fingerprint comparison should be allowed at the trial in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, Monday, August

Colorado Theater Attack Lawyers Argue Fingerprints

August 27, 2014 1:02 pm | by Dan Eliot, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crime analysts testified recently about how they matched fingerprint evidence in the Colorado theater shooting investigation but provided little new information about the 2012 massacre that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded.       

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Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's

Experts Find 283 DNA Samples from MH17 Site

August 27, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's identification.

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CRAIC Technologies has added Raman microspectroscopy to its flagship product: the 20/30 Perfect Vision™ microspectrophotometer. Users of the 20/30 PV™ now have the ability to acquire Raman spectra, with multiple laser wavelengths, in addition to UV-visibl

UV-Visible-NIR Microspectrophotometer with Raman

August 27, 2014 8:32 am | CRAIC Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

CRAIC Technologies has added Raman microspectroscopy to its flagship product: the 20/30 Perfect Vision™ microspectrophotometer. Users of the 20/30 PV™now have the ability to acquire Raman spectra, with multiple laser wavelengths, in addition to UV-visible-NIR absorbance, reflectance, fluorescence and emission microspectra™. 

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Solid State Drives: Part 7

August 27, 2014 8:12 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Articles | Comments

SSDs have been in use since the 1950s. When compared to a conventional HDD, they are totally different in architecture and functionality. These differences offer many advantages such as no moving parts, having low random access times, and being shock and vibration resistant. However, their architecture and functionality creates some difficult issues to deal with pertaining to their forensic analysis. 

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