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Faster, Cheaper Rapid DNA System Unveiled in Poland

September 1, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The quicker turnaround on DNA samples could free up laboratories to make headway on other testing – notably that of the nationwide rape-kit backlog, said some advocates.

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Man Jailed for 4 Months Until Test Showed 'Meth' Was Just Epsom Salt

August 31, 2015 2:27 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man charged with methamphetamine possession spent four months in an Australian jail, until the forensic analysis of the substance came back, and it was determined that the substance was actually Epsom salt.

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Grim Discovery of Deceased Migrants Poses a Familiar Problem

August 28, 2015 1:08 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

When migrants flee one life for another, they’re taking a gamble on the future. But by leaving forms of identification behind, and by putting their lives in the hands of profit-driven smugglers, they are taking a risk – the biggest risk of all.

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‘Bible of Homicide Investigation’ Author Vernon Geberth on the Extensive 5th Edition

August 27, 2015 2:25 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Packed with color illustrations of crime scenes and autopsies, the fifth edition is essentially a whole new book, including advancements in DNA and other technologies that were unthinkable 30 years ago.

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‘Baby Doe’ Breakthrough Showcases Pollen Forensics

August 27, 2015 9:39 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Forensic palynology, or the scientific method of establishing “pollen prints” on clothing based on the geography of plants, is now center stage in the major investigation.

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‘Microbial Zoo’ Might Lead Forensic Investigations of the Future

August 26, 2015 1:06 pm | Comments

Although the research is in its infancy, the findings could eventually lead to breakthroughs in forensic investigation, according to the scientists, and might at least help law enforcement investigate certain crimes, if not get convictions.

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Virginia News Crew Fatally Shot During Live Broadcast

August 26, 2015 9:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Video from the scene shows that Parker was conducting a live interview when shots pop off camera. Parker screams, and the camera falls. The broadcast cut back to the studio quickly.

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Cellphone Location Evidence Questioned in the Murder Conviction of 'Serial' Killer Adnan Syed

August 25, 2015 2:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The lawyer for the convicted killer, who is the subject of the record-breaking “Serial” podcast, now argues the evidence that landed his client behind bars was inaccurate – and prosecutors were warned not to use it.

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NASA Plane to Crash Wednesday

August 25, 2015 9:23 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Aboard will be five emergency locator transmitters, data-collecting sensors and two crash-test dummies, the agency said, that will help provide forensic investigators an inside look at emergency landings.

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Did DNA Evidence Survive the Bangkok Bombing?

August 24, 2015 12:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Heat from the bombing in Bangkok could pose a complication for Thai investigators looking for DNA evidence from fragments of a backpack that allegedly held the bomb.

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DNA Phenotyping Gets a Forensic Artist's Touch

August 21, 2015 2:21 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The reconstruction of faces using DNA, called phenotyping, is being used in criminal investigations nationwide. But the facial images constructed from DNA samples are all defaults. Now a company is employing the touch of a forensic artist to help produce more-accurate visualizations of persons unknown, in concert with the computerizations.

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Ashley Madison hackers have released another dump of data - nearly twice the size of the first 10 GB dump - two days after the first. The second dump seems to be a response to denials that the information in the first exposure was legitimate.

Ashley Madison Hackers Double Down on Exposing Data

August 21, 2015 9:47 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Ashley Madison hackers have released another dump of data - nearly twice the size of the first 10 GB dump - two days after the first. The second dump seems to be a response to denials that the information in the first exposure was legitimate.   

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Protests Erupt in St. Louis after Police Fatally Shoot 18 Year Old

August 20, 2015 2:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Nine were arrested amid a tear-gassed crowd following the death of Mansur Ball-Bey on Wednesday afternoon. The fatal police shooting comes as law enforcement agencies come under continued scrutiny in greater St. Louis and neighboring Ferguson – where the fatal shooting of Michael Brown last year kicked off a national movement of protests against police.

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Gang Homicides Found to Disseminate Like Diseases

August 19, 2015 2:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Clusters of gang-related homicide from 2002 to 2005 showed a clockwise migration from the center of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, drifting into its South Ward, then curving upward into its western part.

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Digital investigators are right be concerned with the legal issues surrounding their own practices or the behavior of the organization they work for. Privacy and liability issues create a growing number of unanswered questions. Benjamin Wright can answer

Privacy, Attribution and Liability Law for the Digital Investigator

August 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Digital investigators are right be concerned with the legal issues surrounding their own practices or the behavior of the organization they work for. Privacy and liability issues create a growing number of unanswered questions. Benjamin Wright can answer many of those legal questions and add some of his own.

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Prehistoric Grave Hides Evidence of a 7,000-Year-Old Massacre

August 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The 26 victims at the Stone Age grave site near Frankfurt, Germany, are evidence of “a final lethal crisis of the first Central European farmers of the Early Neolithic."

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