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The era of “Big Data” is already upon us and the continued exponential growth   of electronic devices and archival storage capacity will soon reach a crises   point regarding digital forensic analysis and investigations.

The Challenge of Finding Digital Evidence

October 31, 2014 8:49 am | Articles | Comments

The era of “Big Data” is already upon us and the continued exponential growth of electronic devices and archival storage capacity will soon reach a crises point regarding digital forensic analysis and investigations.         

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Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.

DNA from Toilet Leads Police to Burglary Suspect

October 30, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.                                       

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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology   has announced the final appointments to the Organization for Scientific Area   Committees (OSAC), established to coordinate development of standards and   guidelines for the f

402 Members Named to Forensic Science Standards Organization

October 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced the final appointments to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), established to coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community.

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At long last, it seems that dogged investigation and advanced technology may have finally solved the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.

Modern Forensics Plots Amelia Earhart's Course

October 30, 2014 12:29 pm | by Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech | News | Comments

At long last, it seems that dogged investigation and advanced technology may have finally solved the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.                              

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The Wayne County Medical Examiner is sending swab samples from dead bodies to Michigan State University researchers. They're going to run a new kind of analysis in hopes of determining when someone died, whether they touched a weapon, and possibly even wh

Detroit and MSU Analyze Bacteria to Investigate Murders

October 30, 2014 12:06 pm | by Kate Wells, Michigan Radio | News | Comments

The Wayne County Medical Examiner is sending swab samples from dead bodies to Michigan State University researchers. They're going to run a new kind of analysis in hopes of determining when someone died, whether they touched a weapon, and possibly even where they've been. 

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Crime scene investigation is about to get more affordable and efficient, as researchers from the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida, have found a cheaper and faster method to identify a wide range of body fluids.

Alternate Techniques Identify Body Fluid Evidence

October 30, 2014 11:53 am | by Maaike Pols, Security Info Watch | News | Comments

Crime scene investigation is about to get more affordable and efficient, as researchers from the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida, have found a cheaper and faster method to identify a wide range of body fluids.     

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Spectral Surface Mapping™ gives CRAIC microspectrometer users the ability to map the spectral responses across of surfaces of their samples point-by-point. With microscopic spatial resolution, surface profiles can be created using UV-visible-NIR transmiss

Spectral Surface Mapping with Microscopic Resolution

October 30, 2014 8:28 am | CRAIC Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Spectral Surface Mapping™ gives CRAIC microspectrometer users the ability to map the spectral responses across of surfaces of their samples point-by-point. With microscopic spatial resolution, surface profiles can be created using UV-visible-NIR transmission, absorbance, emission, fluorescence and polarization microspectral data.

Jury Hears from Forensic Scientist in Indiana Murder Trial

October 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by Gary Popp, News and Tribune | News | Comments

Additional evidence was presented during a Clark County trial where two young men are charged in the murder of a Clarksville man. Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull presented testimony from an Indiana State Police forensic scientist who processed fingerprints and footprints taken from the home of Steven Baldwin, who was killed nearly 19 months ago.

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Just in time for Halloween, a forensic anthropologist will study human   remains found by contractors digging a swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Skeleton to be Studied by Forensic Anthropologist

October 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andy Polhamus, NJ.com | News | Comments

Just in time for Halloween, a forensic anthropologist will study human remains found by contractors digging a swimming pool.                                    

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A law that requires DNA samples from everyone arrested on a felony charge has drawn little attention in the nearly four months it has been in practice in Nevada, despite criticism that it would violate the privacy of people who hadn't been convicted of a

Nevada Jail DNA Collection Sees Little Pushback

October 29, 2014 11:46 am | by Annalise Little, Ecko Daily Free Press | News | Comments

A law that requires DNA samples from everyone arrested on a felony charge has drawn little attention in the nearly four months it has been in practice in Nevada, despite criticism that it would violate the privacy of people who hadn't been convicted of a crime.

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Pathologist Says Brown Autopsy Quotes Taken Out of Context

October 29, 2014 11:15 am | by Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post | News | Comments

A forensic pathologist quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about the shooting death of Michael Brown said some of her statements concerning the autopsy were taken out of context.                   

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Centice Corporation has announced that a major federal agency is now using the Centice MFL-3000 drug analysis system to aid in prescription pill abuse operations.

Centice Systems Aid Federal Agency in Prescription Pill Abuse Operations

October 29, 2014 10:59 am | Centice Corporation | News | Comments

Centice Corporation has announced that a major federal agency is now using the Centice MFL-3000 drug analysis system to aid in prescription pill abuse operations.                         

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Morgue Design: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

October 29, 2014 8:52 am | by Susan Halla | Crime Lab Design | Articles | Comments

Over the years we have been invited in to see many morgues of various ages, designs, and with varying wear and tear. We have designed and observed the construction of several facilities and have been invited to tour other new facilities. There are many lessons to be learned in each of these facilities. Some of these are lessons on what to implement in your own facility, while many of these are examples of what not to emulate. 

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An ocean's oxygen levels may play a role in the impact of marine predators on bodies when they are immersed in the sea, according to a new study.

Oxygen Levels May Impact Scavenger Response to Submerged Bodies

October 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by Simon Fraser Univ. | News | Comments

An ocean's oxygen levels may play a role in the impact of marine predators on bodies when they are immersed in the sea, according to a new study.                             

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Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself.

Heroin Sample Laced with Fentanyl

October 28, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jordan Cuddemi, Valley News | News | Comments

Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself.                       

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