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Ancient Egyptian Pigment Reveals Latent Prints in the Near-Infrared

May 27, 2016 | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Articles | Comments

Egyptian blue is the world’s first known synthetic pigment, used for thousands of years until the ancient recipe was lost after the fall of the Roman Empire.

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Wrongly Convicted on Bite-Marks, Man Exonerated after 19 Years

May 27, 2016 12:58 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

After three mistrials, the 1997 conviction incorporated bite-mark evidence for the first time, which apparently swayed jurors to the conviction, according to court documents.

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Crow Steals Knife from Crime Scene in Canada

May 27, 2016 12:39 pm | by Keri Blakinger, Daily News | News | Comments

A group of crows is called a murder — but this one may have murderous intent.

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Brainwaves - A New Type of Fingerprint?

May 26, 2016 12:20 pm | by Viatcheslav Wlassoff, BrainBlogger | News | Comments

Studying the electrical activity of the brain has revealed one amazing thing: our brainwaves are individualized and unique.

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Key Findings from Inspector General Report on Clinton Emails

May 26, 2016 12:13 pm | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Key findings from the State Department inspector general's report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and private server and the department's email practices.

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Novel Forensic Jeweler Looks to Gold, Diamonds for Clues

May 26, 2016 10:27 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings say a lot about the person wearing them, but what do those same objects tell investigators post-mortem?

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Bringing Juries to the Crime Scene – with Virtual Reality?

May 25, 2016 11:18 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Prosecutors and investigators need to bring juries to the crime scene, but virtual reality headsets could help juries see without ever leaving the courtroom.

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Police Find Bodies Believed to Be Missing Washington Couple

May 25, 2016 10:11 am | by Lisa Baumann and Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

For six weeks, authorities said a missing Washington state couple had been slain. Prosecutors had charged two brothers with their murder. But until Tuesday, no bodies had been found.

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Beware of Keystroke Loggers Disguised as USB Phone Chargers, FBI Warns

May 25, 2016 9:57 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards.

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Hawaii Could Be First to Put Gun Owners in Federal Database

May 24, 2016 12:41 pm | by Marina Starleaf Riker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

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Forensic Official: EgyptAir Human Remains Suggest Explosion

May 24, 2016 12:23 pm | by Sam Magdy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burn marks and are very small in size, suggesting an explosion on board may have downed the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said Tuesday.

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Pittsburgh Man Considered for Death Penalty After Convicted of Slaying Sisters Next Door

May 24, 2016 12:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A Pittsburgh man was convicted Monday of slaying two sisters who lived next door to him, based on DNA evidence and surveillance footage.

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Monday's Briefing: 05/23/16

May 23, 2016 12:47 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.

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Officer Acquitted on All Charges in Freddie Gray Case

May 23, 2016 12:31 pm | by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man's death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van.

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Big-Picture Solution Needed in Drug Lab Scandals

May 23, 2016 12:21 pm | by The Boston Globe | News | Comments

The Commonwealth's drug lab scandal widened in scope this month with revelations about the misdeeds of Sonja Farak, a state chemist who regularly got high on the job by dipping into drug samples and stores of evidence.

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Supreme Court Throws Out Death Sentence From All-White Jury

May 23, 2016 12:05 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia on Monday, chastising state prosecutors for improperly keeping African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.

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