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New Forensic Analysis Shoots Holes in the JFK Assassination Report

January 26, 2016 | 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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Briefs: More Women in Science and Civil War Crime Scenes

May 31, 2016 11:56 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

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

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‘Forensic Breakthrough’ Leads to Potential Suspect in 40-Year-Old Irish Massacre

May 31, 2016 11:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

An overlooked palm print might be the key to solving the 40-year-old Kingsmill Massacre that left 10 unarmed men dead, and an entire nation searching for answers.

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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 | 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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Ancient Egyptian Pigment Reveals Latent Prints in the Near-Infrared

May 27, 2016 11:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | 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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Novel Forensic Jeweler Looks to Gold, Diamonds for Clues

May 26, 2016 10:27 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | 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 | 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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Pittsburgh Man Considered for Death Penalty After Convicted of Slaying Sisters Next Door

May 24, 2016 12:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | 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 | 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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Forensic Anthropologists Find Rare Skull Condition in Modern Humans

May 18, 2016 10:03 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Cribra Orbitalia was thought to be extinct in modern human populations, but new research has found that not only does it still exist, it’s not even uncommon.

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Sharp Rise in Poisonings Among Teen Girls Baffles Researchers

May 18, 2016 9:44 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers from the U.K. have published new discoveries about poisonings over the past two decades that they hope will be used to guide policy development in the near future.

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Do Body Cameras Increase Assaults Against Officers?

May 17, 2016 10:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A new study says the presence of body cameras might actually have increased assaults against officers.

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‘Social Engineering’ Hacks: You Are the Weakest Link

May 13, 2016 12:53 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Any good computer hacker knows to look for the weakest link in a security chain to access a protected network—unfortunately the weakest link just happens to be you.

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Convicted Drug Analyst Worked on 1 in 6 Cases in Mass., ACLU Says

May 13, 2016 12:43 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The former forensic chemist who was convicted of falsifying her results over a number of years had a hand in thousands of Massachusetts criminal cases that landed people behind bars.

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After Exoneration, State's Attorney Pledges to Find Killer in 18-Year-Old Murder Case

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

Even as Malcolm Bryant was cleared of the crime, the state’s attorney pledged to find the real killer of 16-year-old Toni Bullock, stabbed to death in East Baltimore in November 1998.

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How Rapid DNA Could Stop Illegal Poaching in Its Tracks

May 12, 2016 12:13 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Poaching isn't just a problem of wildlife conservation. Black-market trade—like the lucrative ivory trade—has funded some of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups.

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