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Pollen Pins ‘Buck Skin’ Jane Doe to the Northeast, 35 Years Later

May 4, 2016 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Authorities believe they may have a geographic lead into where the girl was from based on a forensic pollen analysis.


Government Report: Crime Dropped Overall in Nation's Schools

May 4, 2016 12:03 pm | by Carole Feldman and Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest government snapshot of school crime paints a picture of safer schools with declines in violent crime, bullying and harassment because of sexual orientation.


Captain Cook's Legendary Ship May Be Discovery at Bottom of Newport Harbor

May 4, 2016 9:20 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The 13 ships were split into five groups in Newport Harbor, and researchers believe the group that included the Lord Sandwich was positively located.


Prosecutor: Same Gun, Same DNA in 'Grim Sleeper' Slayings

May 3, 2016 12:20 pm | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A serial killer preying on vulnerable young black women on the rough streets of South Los Angeles eluded police for two decades until someone rifling through a dumpster in 2007 noticed red fingernails poking out of a garbage bag.


The Government Wants Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone. Should That Be Allowed?

May 3, 2016 12:16 pm | by Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton, LA Times | News | Comments

As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom.


After Legalizing Pot, Teens Still Get ‘Easy’ Access

May 3, 2016 12:02 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Marijuana has long been the drug du jour among teenagers across the country, and for good reason—it continues to be the most easily accessible.


Decomposition Rates Between Humans, Pigs May Vary Wildly

May 3, 2016 11:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Traditional decomposition models may have to be reconsidered, according to an ambitious new series of studies by a team of researchers at the famed “Body Farm.”


As US Drops 'Cyber Bombs' ISIS Retools Its Own Cyber Army

May 2, 2016 12:41 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | News | Comments

ISIS has long leveraged social media to spread propaganda and even coordinate targets for attacks, using an ever-shifting collection of social media accounts for recruitment and even to call for attacks on individuals ISIS leaders have designated as enemies


Monday's Briefing: 05/02/16

May 2, 2016 12:29 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.


Jane Doe No. 59 ID’ed, But is She Another Victim of the Manson Family?

April 29, 2016 12:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The body of a young woman was found in the brush off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles on No. 16, 1969. Forty-six years later, a series of developments have identified her as a girl who moved to LA from Montreal – and then ended up being brutally slain by the side of a road. Whether she was a victim of the then-at-large Manson Family remains to be seen.


Outwitting Poachers with Artificial Intelligence

April 28, 2016 12:11 pm | by The National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A century ago, more than 60,000 tigers roamed the wild. Today, the worldwide estimate has dwindled to around 3,200.


Blame the Victim: Report Shows Fifth of Breaches Caused by 'Miscellaneous Errors'

April 28, 2016 12:05 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | News | Comments

​The number of reported breaches of organizations' data has been growing hyperbolically over the past few years, based on data in Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).


US House Unanimously Passed Bill Requiring Warrants for Email

April 28, 2016 11:59 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | News | Comments

The US House unanimously approved legislation Wednesday requiring authorities to obtain a court warrant to acquire e-mails and data stored in the cloud.


Study Finds Laws Protecting Child Witnesses Lack Uniformity

April 28, 2016 11:15 am | by Sam Houston State University | News | Comments

Each year, more than 100,000 children take the stand to testify in criminal, civil or juvenile courts, but legal protections for these underage witnesses and victims greatly vary from state to state.


Device 'Fingerprints' Could Help Protect Power Grid

April 28, 2016 11:06 am | by John Toon, | News | Comments

Researchers are using unique electronic “voices” to hopefully help investigator identify devices on electrical grid control networks.


FBI Says It Won't Disclose How It Accessed Locked iPhone

April 27, 2016 1:04 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI says it won't publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.



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