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Dutch Police Eagles Take Out Rogue Drones

February 2, 2016 | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Eagles have been used to hunt small game for more than a thousand years. Now, a Dutch team is considering hunting 21st-century prey: the rogue drone.

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New mtDNA Discovery Shapes Human Migration in Europe 15,000 Years Ago

February 5, 2016 1:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The researchers extracted usable DNA from bones and teeth of 35 ancient humans living throughout Europe over a span of 35,000 years to generate complete mtDNA profiles.

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Access Denied: Source Code for DNA Software Remains Protected in Pa. Murder Trial

February 5, 2016 12:27 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Pennsylvania judge ruled that the maker of a DNA-mixture interpretation software does not have to reveal the source code of the program as part of a murder trial.

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After Exhumation, Strange Bacteria a Clue in Mysterious Death of Pablo Neruda

February 4, 2016 12:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda was exhumed in 2013, and forensic tests identified strange bacteria in the bones. New DNA results might now shed light into his mysterious death.

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1992 Rape Conviction Overturned Due to Flawed FBI Hair Analysis

February 3, 2016 12:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

​A man who has spent 30 years behind bars for a 1985 rape will get a whole new trial, since the hair analysis used to convict him has since been proven to be junk science.

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Forensic Analysis of Automotive Paint Using Dark-Field Microscopy

February 2, 2016 12:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Car paint fragments bring a serious challenge to forensic experts, considering how they vary by make and model, and even how they age and weather over time.

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Monday's Briefing: 02/01/16

February 1, 2016 12:24 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s what 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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Preserving Forensic Evidence of an ISIS Genocide in Iraq

February 1, 2016 12:02 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Human Rights Watch and Yazda, a Yezidi support group, issued the joint call for preservation of the mass graves and their evidence for future international prosecution of the alleged ISIS killers.

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The Rise of the Neurobiological Defense with Nita Farahany

January 29, 2016 1:38 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The “haphazard” use of neuroscience in the courtroom isn't resulting in injustice, but holding back more-productive uses of proven sciences, Farahany told Forensic Magazine.

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Video: Italian Police Storm Secret Mafia Bunker

January 29, 2016 12:56 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Two convicted mafia bosses were discovered holed up in a secret underground bunker stocked full of semi-automatic weapons, bottles of wine, a flat screen TV, and a pasta pot neatly hanging from the wall.

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Two US Cities among 20 Deadliest in the World – Is ‘Ferguson Effect’ to Blame?

January 28, 2016 12:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

St. Louis and Baltimore were ranked the 15th and 19th most deadly cities in the world last year, with 59.23 and 54.98 killings per 100,000 people, respectively.

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Detroit ‘Jane Doe’ Exhumed in Hopes of a DNA Match, Two Decades Later

January 28, 2016 12:27 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

In 1996, a deceased woman’s body was found in an alley way in Detroit. Some two decades later, police have exhumed the body to look for a usable DNA profile. 

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The Forensic Investigation into the Polonium Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

January 27, 2016 1:10 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A Russian dissident was poisoned with polonium in London in 2006. But a new government report tries to determine where that radioactive material came from, and who was ultimately behind the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko.

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Court Supports Expert Testimony on Eyewitness IDs, Affirms New Trial for Convicted Killer

January 26, 2016 12:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Chicago man convicted of gunning down his neighbor will get a new trial, because he was not allowed to bring an expert on eyewitness testimony to testify during his trial.

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New Forensic Analysis Shoots Holes in the JFK Assassination Report

January 26, 2016 11:30 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Using neutron activation analysis, researchers found chemical analysis of bullets is not nearly as precise as JFK investigators thought, and that the government reports are 'fundamentally flawed.'

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Monday's Briefing: 01/25/15

January 25, 2016 11:51 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s what 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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