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15 Suspended after NY State Police Probe

April 23, 2015 | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Although the new software was not used in any cases involving the suspended employees, the agency said it is providing pertinent information to ensure legal obligations are upheld in cases involving the suspended employees.

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There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for   you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign   of something bad. We are talking about back pain, herniated discs, or worse. Back   i

Spine Tingling

April 24, 2015 5:24 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Articles | Comments

There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign of something bad. Back injuries are probably not something you immediately associate with forensics and laboratory work. However, there are plenty of ways to injure your back if you perform forensic field work or work in a laboratory.

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From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recy

Data Sanitization: Part 1

April 24, 2015 4:45 pm | by John J. Barbara | Articles | Comments

From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin. Depending upon the length of time a file has been deleted, forensic tools can recover the entire file or parts of the file (if it was partially overwritten).

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When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodolo

A Gold Standard in Forensics: A GC/MS Case Study

April 24, 2015 3:31 pm | by Kristen Parnell | Articles | Comments

When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodologies for many forensic tests.

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So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to

LIMS vs QMS: What Are They and Do I Need Both?

April 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Juliann Poff | Articles | Comments

So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to be able to help a laboratory efficiently capture that sample analytical testing data. 

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The cybersecurity workforce gap has been well-documented — and cultivating the next generation of cyber workers, the Millennials, from an early age has been widely seen as a mandate for continued industry viability.

Recruiting the Next-Generation Cyber Workforce

April 24, 2015 12:58 pm | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | News | Comments

The cybersecurity workforce gap has been well-documented — and cultivating the next generation of cyber workers, the Millennials, from an early age has been widely seen as a mandate for continued industry viability.

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Germany's intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been helping the NSA spy on European politicians and companies for years, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Spies Like Us: German Intelligence Helps the NSA

April 24, 2015 12:22 pm | by Glyn Moody, Ars Technica | News | Comments

Germany's intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been helping the NSA spy on European politicians and companies for years, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced new partnership initiatives on the first day of a two-day visit to California's Silicon Valley to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation's innovation hotspots.

Defense Secretary Seeks Tech-Sector Partnerships for Innovation

April 24, 2015 11:56 am | by Cheryl Pellerin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced new partnership initiatives on the first day of a two-day visit to California's Silicon Valley to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation's innovation hotspots.

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Scientists have invented sophisticated fluorescent inks that one day could be used   as multicolored barcodes for consumers to authenticate products that are often   counterfeited. Snap a photo with your smartphone, and it will tell you if the item   is r

Invisible Inks Could Help Foil Counterfeiters of All Kinds

April 24, 2015 10:43 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists have invented sophisticated fluorescent inks that one day could be used as multicolored barcodes for consumers to authenticate products that are often counterfeited. Snap a photo with your smartphone, and it will tell you if the item is real and worth your money.

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Entomology, that is the study of insects, can provide vital information during a forensic investigation. After an individual dies their body begins to undergo a complex decomposition process almost immediately, attracting a variety of insects along the wa

Identifying Insects With Spectroscopy

April 24, 2015 10:25 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Entomology, that is the study of insects, can provide vital information during a forensic investigation. After an individual dies their body begins to undergo a complex decomposition process almost immediately, attracting a variety of insects along the way who wish to colonize, feed on the temptingly putrefying remains and reproduce.

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Forensic biology has made tremendous strides in the past few decades thanks largely to advances in DNA techniques and analysis. Genomic sequencing has generated new methods of human identification reaching far beyond fingerprints and dental records, provi

The Maps Within: Using Viruses in Forensic Biology

April 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Rebecca Kreston | Blogs | Comments

Forensic biology has made tremendous strides in the past few decades thanks largely to advances in DNA techniques and analysis. Genomic sequencing has generated new methods of human identification reaching far beyond fingerprints and dental records, providing crucial information in the course of investigations, valuable evidence in historical fieldwork, and personal closure in the wake of tragedy.

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While the world of 3D printing is still in a fairly lawless, unregulated state (one to be enjoyed while it lasts by those on the right side of the law), that doesn’t mean it can’t be used to the law’s benefit.

3D Printed Beer Bottle Instrumental Evidence in UK Murder Conviction

April 24, 2015 10:05 am | by Bridget Butler Millsaps, 3DPrint.com | News | Comments

While the world of 3D printing is still in a fairly lawless, unregulated state (one to be enjoyed while it lasts by those on the right side of the law), that doesn’t mean it can’t be used to the law’s benefit.

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Nuix 6.2

April 24, 2015 8:09 am | Nuix | Product Releases | Comments

Nuix 6.2 is a major release of the Nuix Engine, our eDiscovery and Investigator products, and our Director and Web Review & Analytics web applications. It includes a vast range of new features and capabilities that will benefit all Nuix customers and partners.

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Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach

Legal Issues with Cloud Forensics

April 23, 2015 5:15 pm | by David Wilson | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach, and you find yourself in the position of having to conduct digital forensics? What now?

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This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment o

Blood-Alcohol Analysis via Gas Chromatography: Assessment of Data Reliability

April 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by Dominick A. Labianca | Articles | Comments

This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment of the data stemming from the analysis, which involved direct injection of appropriately prepared liquid samples into the gas chromatograph. 

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Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence.

New Technologies for Shooting Incident Reconstruction

April 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Nathan Lefebvre, James Molinaro and Howard Ryan | Articles | Comments

Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence. 

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